Mill Girls: Life and Work in an Industrial City

by  Tsongas Industrial History Center at Lowell National Historical Park

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Follow the journey of a mill girl from her family farm in the New England countryside to her new job operating a loom in Lowell’s Boott Cotton Mills during the Industrial Revolution. Students will meet two mill girls during their virtual visit to the boardinghouse and weave room, learning about each girl's unique experience of life and work in a textile mill, and experience for themselves a bit of what it was like to work in the mills through a kinesthetic activity. Students put themselves into the shoes of a mill girls as they make some of the same difficult decisions mill girls faced.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $125.00


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Character Education, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom, Contact us about using alternate platforms.

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Two weeks notice for cancellations.

The Tsongas Industrial History Center — an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park — is a hands-on center where students, grade-school through college, learn about the American Industrial Revolution through activities, tours, and virtual programs of the sites where history and science happened. 

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Program Details


The program is interactive and participatory. Students engage our staff and each other in conversation, view videos, participate in a kinesthetic activity, and make informed decisions based on available historical information.

Classroom, home, and hybrid options are available. The classroom version requires individual computers (with headphones) or a computer and projector/smart-board. Home versions require each student to have their own computer or tablet. All programs use Zoom software. We will provide a passcode-protected link to share with students.


Enduring Understanding: Sometimes people find themselves in situation not of their own design, in which they have to make difficult decisions by weighing out the costs/benefits of their options.

Essential Question: How do people make choices when faced with a difficult decision that has both costs and benefits?

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

State Standards

Massachusetts History and Social Studies Frameworks
Grade 5:
Topic 4. The growth of the Republic.
4. On a map of New England, locate cities and towns that played important roles in the development of the textile and machinery industries, whaling, shipping, and the China trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and give examples of the short- and long-term benefits and costs of these industries.