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Discover the stories of people who came from all over the world to Lowell and who now make up the city’s diverse community. By investigating primary sources, oral histories, and objects, students learn about the immigrant groups who arrived in the U.S. in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including why they came, what life was like in their home country, how they met the challenges of settling in a different environment, and how they contributed to their new community and made Lowell what it is today!

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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

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Primary Disciplines

International, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Community Interests, Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Character Education, Literacy, Reading, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom, Contact us about using alternate platforms.

Booking Information

Please contact us for available dates and times.

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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, investigate artifacts, and read stories of real people who immigrated to Lowell.

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: For various reasons, people throughout history have left places they called home and moved to other places. Often, challenges that drive them from their home are replaced by different challenges in their new locations.

Essential Question: What is the immigrant experience?

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

State Standards

Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework Connections
Grade 4
4.T4.4. Explain that many different groups of people immigrated to the United States from other places voluntarily and some were brought to the United States against their will (as in the case of African slaves).

4.T4a.4. Develop questions, conduct research, and analyze how people have adapted to the environment of the Northeast, and how physical features and natural resources affected settlement patterns, the growth of major urban/suburban areas, industries or trade.

4.T4a.5. Describe the diverse cultural nature of the region, including contributions of Native Peoples (e.g., Wampanoag, Iroquois, Abenaki), Africans, Europeans (e.g., the early settlements of the Dutch in New York, French near Canada, Germans in Pennsylvania, the English in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, subsequent 19th and early 20th century immigration by groups such as Irish, Italian, Portuguese, and Eastern Europeans) and various other immigrant groups from other regions of the world in the later 20th and 21st centuries (e.g., Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Salvadorans, Colombians, Guatemalans, Brazilians, Haitians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Chinese, Indians, and Somalis).