Our “500 for 225 Campaign”
Lowell’s Boat Shop, a National Historic Landmark and working museum, has launched a campaign to raise $500,000 to install a fire suppression system, rebuild foundations, and reinforce some fatigued structural members before they impede activity. In addition, the funds will be used to expand and refine our program offerings for youth and adults. In order to receive $150,000 in matching grants we must reach our goal by the end of August 2019.
Over the past decade, Lowell’s Boat Shop has become a thriving community resource, drawing visitors and schools from around the region and the world with its rich history and innovative programs.
Please support our “500 for 225 Campaign” by calling the shop at (978) 834-0050, or clicking here.
To preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building and promote the history of Lowell’s Boat Shop and its environs.
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Lowell’s by the Numbers (2017)
Museum Visitors 4,680
Visiting Schools/Groups 68
Students Served 1400+
Volunteer Hours 10,000+
Boats Built 9
225 years ago, Simeon Lowell established a boat building operation at this site that would pass through seven generations of the Lowell family
45 years ago, Jim Odell purchased the shop from Simeon’s fifth great grandson with the vision of preserving the boat building traditions of the Lowell and family and this region.
Today, we are charged with the preservation of this precious heritage. Our working museum is actively building boats and teaching skills to new generations. Our shop buildings need attention to sustain this level of activity without compromising historic integrity.
Lowell’s Maritime Foundation dba Lowell’s Boat Shop is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax-deductible.
“500 for 225 Campaign” Proposed Expenditures
Structural and roof repair: $60k
Painting and trim repair: $15k
Fire suppression system: $125k
Window and door repair and replacement: $75k
Jack up paint shop, install footings, posts and joists: $75k (Total: $350k)
Education (program staff and development): $65k
Boat building education materials and staff: $55k
Office staff fair wage: $30k (Total: $150k)