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ROOTS AND DREAMS: TWENTY YEARS OF THE 
HUMAN SERVICES CORPORATION
 
The Exhibit

Roots and Dreams: Twenty Years of the Human Services Corporation is a creative profile of a community organization that helped change the course of history in Lowell.  With fresh ideas, enthusiastic leadership, and persistent advocacy, HSC played a key role in the city's revival.  As a result of intensive and lengthy planning efforts, Lowell's vocabulary and conceptual language changed.  Ideas like "urban laboratory," and "educative city" provided the conceptual foundation for Lowell Heritage State Park and Lowell National Historical Park.  Much of HSC's product is process: research, planning, meeting, discussion, promotion.  The other work is service: providing assistance to people in need.

     This exhibit explores the philosophy of the Human Services Corporation, and examines the impact made by HSC over the past twenty years.  A glossary of terms associated with HSC sets the conceptual stage.  Various programs and projects are featured in display cases as examples of HSC's work in the city.  A storefront office installation represents the continuing process of personal and community development.  Stepping into what might be HSC's current home, the visitor will learn about the organization's accomplishments and see connections between early development plans and the reality of Lowell today Finally, a brief video program presents a case study of successful community action, specifically, HSC's role in the revival of Lowell through the establishment of an urban park as a way to address the need for economic, educational, and cultural renewal.

Acknowledgements


Susan Gaylord
James Higgins
Martha Mayo
Ron Platt
Jack Tavares
Pauline Golec
Richard Marion
Rosemary Noon
Joan Ross

The Human Services Corporation Executive 
   Committee 
Lowell Historic Preservation Commission 
Lowell Historical Society 
Lowell Office of Cultural Affairs 
Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by 
   the Lowell Arts Council

Exhibit Plan and Brochure Text: Paul Marion
Exhibit Design: Jim Coates
Video Program: Page One Productions

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