September 23, 2014: Lawrence, MA – The Story of the Birth of a New City Captured in the New Book, The History of the Essex Company

September 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

The Story of the Birth of a New City Captured in the New Book, The History of the Essex Company
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Lawrence, MA – The Lawrence History Center and author Mike Hearn, Director of Libraries at Northern Essex Community College, are pleased to announce the publication of the new book, The History of the Essex Company.

Made possible with funding from Enel Green Power North America—the present day successors of the Essex Company—The History of the Essex Company is the story of dreams: dreams of a new, profitable city; dreams of a new life in America; dreams of a planned urban community that provides work, housing, and a quality of living not found in 19th century industrial Europe.

The Essex Company was formed by the Boston Associates in 1845 to build a “New City on the Merrimack”. This is the story of how they did it. The story is as much visual as it is written, just as the history of the company has been preserved through drawings and photographs as through writings and records. The company literally built a new city where one did not exist - rising up from farmlands at a point in the Merrimack Valley that afforded them the best chance to control the river. From their efforts the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts would emerge. The company, and the men that led it, would together experience the successes and challenges of the growth of their industrial enterprise.

Mike Hearn is the Director of Libraries at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. He will be presenting about the publication at a book signing event at the Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. The event is free and open to the public.

Book may be purchased online at our LHC Online Gift Shop.
lhc_logo.gif The Lawrence History Center was founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives by German immigrant Eartha Dengler. The organization’s mission is to collect, preserve, share, and interpret the history and heritage of Lawrence, Massachusetts and its people. The archive is located at 6 Essex Street, Lawrence, Massachusetts in the former Essex Company complex – a site built in 1883 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
enel-green-power.jpg Enel Green Power (EGP) operates in North America through Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGP-NA), which owns and operates over 90 plants in 21 U.S. States and two Canadian provinces with a total installed capacity of around 2,000 MW. Such a capacity base is diversified across four generation technologies, namely wind, geothermal, solar and hydro.

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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.