2016 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony to Honor Martha Lopez-Velez, June 23, 2016


It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center announces the recipient of the 2016 Eartha Dengler History Award:

Martha Lopez-Velez

Born in Cuba, an immigrant to Lawrence at age five, Martha and her family came to the United States with the hope of a better life. Anchored in love for her family and her new city, Martha has wrapped her arms around all who live in Lawrence by creating a bridge between diverse cultures and by giving a voice, dignity, and respect to all she meets. Her leadership at the Lawrence Council on Aging and her commitment as director of the Lawrence Senior Center to a holistic approach in creating community has resulted in a vibrant, enriching environment that serves thousands of people a year—seniors, veterans, and entire families. In all that Martha does, she brings together her hard working nature, her grateful spirit, and her deep personal understanding of the sacrifices immigrant families make when they come to this country, to help lift up and strengthen the city of Lawrence for the future.

2016 Eartha Dengler History Award Host Committee

Laura Alefantis, Lawrence Senior Center
Guy (Terry) Kelley, Merrimack Valley Community Services Corps
Vilma Lora, Mayor’s Health Task Force
Mary Morris Pannos, Lawrence History Center
Daniel Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence
JT Torres, New England Veterans Liberty House
Helen Tory, Essex Art Center
Francisco A. Ureña, Secretary of Veterans’ Services

Please join us as a guest and/or event sponsor on Thursday, June 23, 2016!


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

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Lawrence, MA 01840

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.