The concept of Lowell as an educational hub is built into the city’s DNA. 

Beginning with Pat Mogan’s vision in the late 1970s of Lowell as “an educative city,” and its embodiment in the actions that led to the creation of the Lowell National Historical Park, education and learning are deeply rooted in Lowell.

This year, Lowell will celebrate that educative legacy with its first ever “Festival of Learning”, a four-day pilot festival highlighting the lifelong learning opportunities available in the city.  Eventually, Lowell hopes to be chosen as the first UNESCO Learning City designated in the United States. 

Lowell: The Educative City

The Lowell Mayor’s Office Blog “Return to Room 50” posted a retrospective piece on Lowell’s embrace of the “Educative City” concept in the 1970s.