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TWO CENTURIES OF GERMANS IN LOWELL
 

  
Title page of Useful Travel for America, animmigrant guidebook by Hans Rau, (Ulm, Germany; 1870)
 
The Hirsch Family 
In this exhibit, Two Centuries of Germans in Lowell, we follow the life of a German family who came to America in the early nineteenth century.  glassblowers originally from Bohemia, the Hirsches moved around quite a bit before coming to Brunswick in Northern Germany.  This is documented by passports and letters of recommendation.  Shortly after 1810, the family embarked on a ship from Bremen to Baltimore. Eventually, the Hirsches settled in Massachusetts where they were able to find employment in the glassworks at Middlesex Village in East Chelmsford.  There they found themselves in the company of quite a few fellow Germans.  In 1824 they built a house in Lowell which remained in the family until 1971.  To illustrate the early period of German immigration in Lowell, this exhibit features glass blown by Hirsch family members more than 150 years ago.

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