UML Professor Becomes Scholar in the City

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LOWELL - Chad Montrie, assistant professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been named this year's Scholar in the City by the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center.

       Montrie will use the $2,500 stipend, included with his award, to complete a history of Lowell's Concord River corridor. The project, which began last year with the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust, planned to build a path along the east side of the river's last mile. Montrie's research will provide material for brochures, trail markers, presentations and a published report with information about the significance of the area.  

       "We're starting on a path to make the people of this area more connected to the city and the place," says Montrie, who is conducting interviews with residents, seeking their recollections of the waterway and its role in their lives.

       Montrie hopes that his work will bring together the story of this portion of the Concord River and the people who have grown up around it. In addition to the interviews, he will be reviewing census data and examining maps that were created in the past 150 years. Montrie will present his results in a public presentation later this year.

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