First Unitarian Church (Lawrence, MA)



The Unitarian Church (also called the Unitarian Society) was organized November 15, 1847.  The first meetings were held in the Odd Fellows Hall on Hampshire Street and later in a chapel created for that purpose.  The wooden structure at the northeast corner of Haverhill and Jackson streets was dedicated in May of 1850.  The church was torn down in 1916 and was replaced by a much smaller structure.  Ultimately the Unitarian and Universalist Churches merged.  This congregation moved to North Andover.

Trinity Congregational Church (Lawrence, MA)


The Central Congregational Church was organized December 25, 1849.  Meetings were held in City Hall until August 5, 1854 when a new church was built at the corner of Essex and Appleton Streets.  August 12, 1859 the church was destroyed by fire.  Eventually the new stone church was built (now Trinity Church) on Haverhill Street across from the Common.  It was dedicated June 1, 1860.  On June 28, 1883 the Central and Eliot Congregational Churches were consolidated under the name Trinity.  The building still stands and is now Fuentes de Salvacion.

Lawrence Street Congregational Church (Lawrence, MA)


The Merrimack Congregational Society was organized August 1, 1846.  The name was changed to the Lawrence Street Congregational Church January 5, 1847.  The first structure was a small wooden church located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Lawrence and Haverhill Streets.  The church was destroyed by fire in 1912 and replaced with a stone building in 1915.

The building still stands and is now Iglesia de Dios.  This church was established on August 28, 1968.  In 1975 the congregation moved into the building that had been the Lawrence Street Congregational Church.

Sewer Plans (Lawrence, MA)

Plan and profile of sewer in Water St., section 1

These sewer plans are bound in twelve volumes measuring 66 x 53 cm.  Each plan is hand drawn and lettered.  They show the date they were accepted.  Later additions are also dated.  Some of the original drawings and additions are signed by the engineer.  There are occasional insertions.  Scale and direction is illustrated.  Included on each page is an indexing number that refers to a table at the engineer’s office.  The plans were drawn over a period from 1848 to 1921.

There are 724 plans.  All are available on Digital Commonwealth.

German School (Lawrence, MA)


The first classes of the Lawrence German School began in January of 1876 at the Old Turn Hall on Park Street.  The school held classes on Saturdays and Sundays to as many as 100 pupils intent on learning to read and write the German language. Later singing would be added to the curriculum.  It would find its home in the Lyra hall at 41 Berkeley Street and Harugari Hall at 284 Prospect Street.  Its final home would be in the old Berkeley Street School.  The Berkeley Street School was built in 1902 at 21 Berkeley Street.  It functioned as a school until 1925. At some time after that it became the German School through at least 1977.

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Pianoforte Teachers Association of Greater Lawrence (Lawrence, MA)


My sympathies for both teachers and students.

Arlington Mills: News and Views (Lawrence, MA)


The Lawrence Public Library owns copies of this publication from 1941 to 1948.  It was meant as connection between employees of the mills and administration.  There are pictures, articles about events sponsored by the mills, information about the men in uniform, new babies, – and deaths.  An index has just been completed showing the names of various employees and the location in the publication where the information about them or pictures of them are located.  These volumes also give detailed descriptions of various departments, including photographs, and the processes that took raw wool and manufactured excellent quality cloth from it.