In HON 110, First Year Seminar in Honors (FYSH) students learn about primary sources such as: rare monographs, maps, photographs, personal papers, reports, and city documents. To achieve this goal, FYSH teachers and their students were recently treated to a mini-tour of Lowell led by two UMass Lowell librarians: Martha Mayo and Anthony Sampas. First, Mayo, a UMass Lowell Special Collections librarian, hosted the students at the Center for Lowell History on French Street (http://library.uml.edu/clh/).
Martha showed the students the vast array of primary source materials available to them. Then Sampas, a UMass Lowell Archivist, led the class on a walking tour from the Center for Lowell History to Lowellís Victorian Era public library (the Pollard Memorial Library). Along the way, they learned about many historic locations: the Mill Agentís House on Kirk Street, Lowell High School, St. Annís Church, Monument Square, the Merrimack Canal, the underground Moody Street Feeder Canal, and the Lowell City Hall. The Pollard Memorial library is awe-inspiring, both inside and outside. Tony explained its history, its architecture, and its phenomenal art collection: particularly the enormous and imposing civil war paintings that fill the walls. He also highlighted primary sources that are unique to the library. All UMass Lowell students can freely acquire a Pollard Memorial library card to continue their studies. Four separate tours were provided as multiple sections of FYSH took advantage of this opportunity. FYSH instructor Shanna Thompsonís class walked from campus to the Center for Lowell History via the beautiful Lowell Riverwalk. FYSH instructor, Stephen Courtemanche said, "The students had a great time and Tony is an encyclopedia of Lowell lore." An informative time was had by all. Thank you Martha Mayo and Tony Sampas!