Timeline of Lowell History
1996: The Lowell Spinners, a minor-league Red Sox affiliate, begin play.
2000: National Trust for Historic Preservation names Lowell one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations.”
2006: UMass Lowell announces a plan to build an $80 million nanotechnology center.
2009: Brazilian, African, and Iraqi families are among Lowell’s newcomers.