Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] [ AMERICAN TEXTILE HERITAGE MUSEUM ] There's no better place to learn about Lowell's textile history and the role it played throughout the rest of the country than the city's American Textile Heritage Museum. The museum holds the world's largest collection of tools, spinning wheels and other machinery used in the production of fabrics, as well as more than 5 million pieces of textile prints and other items. The core exhibition showcases the variety of fabrics that have been used in industry, decor and fashion throughout the centuries. Groups can choose from a number of guided tours at the museum, which can focus on topics such as fashion, art and design in America, or industrialization and inventing in America. The museum has a variety of special events and programming available as well. WWW.ATHM.ORG [ CONCORD MUSEUM ] Though Concord is best known for its role at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, there's more to this Massachusetts town than "the shot heard round the world." At the Concord Museum, groups learn about the history of Concord and some of the notable figures who have lived there. A visit to the museum starts with the "Exploring Concord" film, which highlights the town's historic landscape. Exhibits and collections include the only known surviving lantern hung in the church steeple on the night of Paul Revere's famous ride, the desk at which Thoreau wrote "Walden" and furnishings from the study of Emerson. The museum also has a number of educa- tional programs and public events that are open to groups. WWW.CONCORDMUSEUM.ORG [ COLONIAL INN ] Visiting historical parks and museums is a good way to get an overview of a place, but there's no better way to immerse yourself in history than to experience it firsthand. In Merrimack Valley, that means a visit to Concord's Colonial Inn, a property first established in 1716 that served in various capacities during the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. The building was used as a munitions storehouse in the months leading up to the Battles of Lexington and Concord and later as a field hospital during the Revolutionary War. Today the inn offers 56 distinct, historically decorated rooms and suites, some of which are said to be haunted. There are also two restaurants — a historic tavern and a formal dining room — where groups can experience the inn's ambiance. WWW.CONCORDSCOLONIALINN.COM [ LIBERTY RIDE ] Taking a quick picture on Lexington Green might satisfy the most casual travelers through Merrimack Valley, but groups with more than a passing interest in American history should immerse themselves in the Revolutionary War stories of the area by taking a tour with Liberty Ride. These 90-minute trolley tours feature stops at historic sites in Lexington and Concord, along with informa- tive narration from costumed guides. Liberty Ride passengers see important sites such as Minute Man National Historic Museum, as well as several prominent homes and taverns that were used to house troops and plan the events of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The tour also includes stops at the homes of literary figures Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson. WWW.TOURLEXINGTON.US American Textile Heritage Museum Concord Museum Liberty Ride

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