Cross Street School, 50 Cross St., Lawrence, built in 1852. This picture is of the Miss Carlton's class in 1885.

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Lawrence History Curriculum Unit Plans

  • Lesson: Introduction to the History of Lawrence
  • Unit Plan #1: The Immigrant City
  • Unit Plan #2: Remembering the Pemberton Mill Tragedy

These plans are free and available for use at the link above.

The Great Strike Curriculum - Student and Teacher Materials

Small Planet Communications, Inc., in partnership with the Lawrence History Center, has developed a comprehensive curriculum for teachers and students on the historic textile strike that took place in Lawrence in 1912.

Maps of Lawrence Throughout the Years

This series of maps of Lawrence begins with the farmland of 1844 that was to become Lawrence, and proceeds through a 2008 Google satellite view. 


Alice Winifred O'Connor's Immigration Thesis (1914)

Alice Winifred O'Connor's Immigration Thesis (1914) and Diaries are available in Internet Archive. More about Alice O'Connor may be found here: HERE.

Pemberton Mill Collapse of 1860

Labor, the Textile Industry, the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912 (Bread and Roses), Strike of 1931

Oral History Projects (see also Oral History Collection)

Lawrence Riots in August, 1984

Economic Development

Housing Conditions and Public Health

Primary Source Sets

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. 

Student Research & Projects

Urban Redevelopment / Renewal

Lawrence World War I Project, by Marc Laplante

Guide to the Essex Company Blacksmith Shop, c.1883 (PDF)

Lost Lawrence: Images of two lost structures due to demolition.