2017 Eartha Dengler History Award Ceremony to Honor Jim Beauchesne, Joseph G. Bella, Linda & Jurg Siegenthaler

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Lawrence History Center announces the recipients of the 2017 Eartha Dengler History Award:

Jim Beauchesne, Joseph G. Bella, Linda & Jurg Siegenthaler

Rooted in Lawrence from birth or by marriage…bearing Sicilian, French Canadian, Russian, Polish, or Swiss heritage…shaped by childhoods in the city’s triple deckers, its neighborhoods, its parishes, and its schools… our honorees have worked tirelessly, to nurture and sustain the organizations most vital to the dignity and story of our Immigrant City. Working apart and often together, Jim Beauchesne, Joe Bella, Linda and Jurg Siegenthaler have added incalculable value and staying power to the work of Lawrence Heritage State Park, the Bread and Roses Festival and Centennial Committees, the Lawrence History Center, and many others. Their work has provided the steady and unshakable long term response to Eartha Dengler’s vision in founding the Immigrant City Archives. And they have all answered the call that artist Ralph Fasanella made to one of our honorees when asked to autograph a poster. Looking the requester in the eye, Fasanella said simply “Lawrence Needs You.”

Click to Meet Our Honorees!

4th Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk/Roll, and Kids Canal Dash -- Sunday, May 21, 2017

(Race logo design by Robert Lussier | Lussier Photography)

On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the Lawrence History Center is welcoming athletes of all abilities to its 4th Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk/Roll and Kids Canal Dash in the North Canal district of Lawrence to raise awareness of the History Center in the community, and to promote fitness and economic and cultural development in the city of Lawrence.

Net proceeds to support the Lawrence History Center and the installation of a new elevator in our main building to restore equal access for all who visit, no matter their abilities.

Join us on at 9:00am for a scenic run through the city's revitalization of the local parks and historic mill buildings!

Annual Appeal, 2016-2017 -- Thank you!!

The Annual Appeal will be open until February 28, 2017 if you are interested in contributing to our successful campaign. All gifts - large or small - are tax-deductible and have an impact on our community.

Here's how:

  • By mail: Mail your donation payable to: Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

  • Online: Click to DONATE below and you will be taken to a Paypal page where you can donate any amount you like using a credit card. You do not need to have a Paypal account in order to make a donation.

Thank you very much for your support!


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Sun-Mon: Closed

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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.