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ROOTS AND DREAMS: TWENTY YEARS OF THE 
HUMAN SERVICES CORPORATION
 
Patrick J. Mogan
 
Program from 1972 through 1979 enabled HSC to provide planning services to support the development of the Park.

     Through the years, HSC effectively used community conferences as a device to encourage dialogue and direct action towards the desired goal. "Charting the Course" (1974), "Keeping on Course" (1976), "Pathways to Human Development" (1979), and "Culture: A Celebration of Lowell" (1986) were pivotal events in the renewal process.  The conferences provided opportunities to assess community needs and gauge the response to proposed developments.

     The idea of an urban park evolved from Patrick J. Mogan's vision of "the educative city," a concept for lifelong learning utilizing the local environment as a 'laboratory and alternative classroom.  Mogan believed ,that an institution other than the conventional school was required to address the need for personal and community development.  Economic, cultural, and educational renewal were inseparable.

     The city-scale park was seen as a living exhibit of the I process and consequences of the American Industrial Revolution.  In this "exhibit" the 19th century mills, canals, and other physical structures were regarded as stage props around which the story of Lowell's multi-ethnic heritage would be told. The first issue of the Urban National Cultural Park Newsletter posed the question, "What is the Park?" The answer: "The Park will be... the rebirth of the city of Lowell ...."

     From the beginning, HSC was committed to building

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