The University of Massachusetts Lowell owes its origins to two institutions founded in the 1890s. In 1894, the state authorized the founding of the Lowell Normal School, an institution that trained teachers for the stateís public school system. In 1895, the state also authorized the founding of Lowell Textile School to encourage research in new technologies related to textile manufacture. Over the decades, the two schools on opposite sides of the Merrimack River grew. Lowell Normal became Lowell Teacherís College in 1922 and then Lowell State College in 1965, and Lowell Textile became Lowell Technological Institute in 1950. In 1975, the state merged the two institutions to form the University of Lowell, which, in 1991, became part of the UMass system. University of Massachusetts Lowell draws from a rich array of historical images to honor the schoolís past and present and preserve the memory of students, faculty, staff, buildings, and events.
Author Bio: Marie Frank, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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