Visit the historic remains of two of Lowell's manufacturing sites -- the Tremont and Suffolk mills, and their examples of 19th-century waterpower systems -- this weekend as Lowell National Historical Park's contribution to October's Archaeology Month.
The tour takes place Saturday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and begins at the LNHP Visitor Center, 246 Market St.
The mills were each incorporated in 1831 and later merged into one company in 1871. Elements of the technology that powered the Tremont Mills remain visible in the basement of an office that is built on top of the mill site, while the Tremont mill yard retains remnants of mill features and canal waterpower systems. The tour concludes at the Suffolk Mill, where 1896-era turbines are still in place. It's free, but please call 978-970-5000 for reservations.
Minute Man National Historical Park gets into Archaeology Month next Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m., at the Major Buttrick House, across from the parking lot for the North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St., Concord. During the presentation, Nikki Walsh of the Museum Services Northeast Region of the National Park Service, shares various artifacts found throughout the park at sites from Concord to Lincoln to Lexington. Visitors can see the artifacts, and learn the stories behind where the items were found and how they were used historically. It's free.
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MARBLED DRAWINGS: "We Went So Fast Our Souls Fell Out," an exhibition of marbled drawings by Ellen Wetmore, is on view through Oct. 28 at Arts Research Collaborative, 82 Prescott St., Lowell. Wetmore, a UMass Lowell art professor, starts by marbling her own paper in the Turkish stone style. "The colors and shapes produced are random, and they dictate to me the images I will draw on them," she explains. "I work directly in ink, without planning, so any mistakes must be worked into the composition. The rules are that I must draw the first thing I see. To me, it is like looking for shapes in clouds -- I articulate what I see in the paper by outlining it in ink and annotating the shapes with pattern, light and shadow.www.ellenwetmore.com or www.artsresearchcollaborative.com. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment to see the show.
NEW AT UNCHARTED: "Scapegoats, Paintings and Drawings" by Kishor Haulenbeek is on view through Nov. 4 at UnchARTed Gallery, 103 Market St., Lowell. Featured are paintings and drawings that tap on medieval themes and esoteric images. The gallery also features a cafe offering pizza and other menu items. Call 978-323-9040 or visit www.unchartedgallery.com.
AT ALL GALLERY: The bright, inventive show "It's Primarily Secondary" is on view now at the ALL Gallery, 307 Market St., Lowell. Sponsored by local arts patron Martha Mayo, it features new work by Arts League of Lowell members and is on view through Nov. 12. A reception takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. A new exhibit of "Small Collages" by Lieby Miedema runs through Nov. 12 in the adjacent Greenwald Gallery. A reception takes place Saturday, October 28, 4-6 p.m. Both galleries are open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com.