Francis Cabot Lowell: The Man Who Launched
America’s Industrial Revolution

September 17, 2014 

Francis Cabot Lowell BookThe Belmont Historical Society will open its fall season with an illustrated lecture on “Francis Cabot Lowell: The Man Who Launched America’s Industrial Revolution”. It will be presented by author Chaim M. Rosenberg, a retired Boston psychiatrist, who has written several books on America’s industrial age. Francis Cabot Lowell was born in Newburyport and educated at Phillips Academy and Harvard College. After Lowell and his family toured Great Britain and saw the tremendous changes brought about by the industrial revolution using waterpower, he returned to Boston and brought the industrial revolution to Waltham, powered by the waters of the Charles River. His associates later expanded his factory model to the Merrimack River and built America’s first industrial city, named Lowell, in his honor.

  • This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
  • Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library, 336 Concord Avenue, Belmont.
  • Contact the Belmont Historical Society at 617-993-2878 for more information. 

Future Events

  • Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:30 – 4:00 pm: Anne Marie Lambert, one of the recipients of the 2014 David R. Johnson Preservation Awards from the Belmont Historical Society for her work on promoting preservation and environmental quality, will speak about the Belmont Uplands.
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the past five years and expert on homeland security, will speak about the notorious theft of priceless masterpieces from that museum.
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: A surprise musical program for the holiday season.
  • January, 2015: No program.
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Terry Alan Bragg, Historian at McLean Hospital, will speak about the history of this world-famous hospital located in Belmont.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Dan Leclerc, retired history teacher, former Belmont Selectman, and former Vice-President of the Belmont Historical Society, will speak about Belmont and World War I.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Gerry Wright will present his one-man play honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture who designed the grounds of McLean Hospital and Boston’s “Emerald Necklace” among many other famous parks.
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm: Viktoria Haase, Belmont Historical Society Curator, will present a special program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rejuvenation of the Society.

Check this page for more information about each of these programs as the dates approach.