Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Sunday, October 26, 2008

History Poll Results

The results of a recent poll are posted below. They are as I had anticipated, largely in favor of learning more about our history here in town. If you would like to learn more about any time in our past, or have a suggestion please contact Bob Briere of the Historical Society. Bob's knowledge of the towns past is vast, and he is always willing to teach. Some indicated that they had objects of significant historical value concerning the town. If you would like to share the history of those objects so that others may learn, please contact Bob.

One thing out town does need, without question, is a central place in which to house and display the historical artifacts of our past. Currently there is no place. Other towns have a town "museum" such as the Ryder Tavern in Charlton. Of all the places one would expect to find such a place, Sturbridge would be number one, but it isn't even in the running. A room in the soon to be refurbished Center School would be great, especially in one of the second story rooms with the book shelves and glass cabinets already in place.

Write to the Town Administrator, and the Town Selectmen and tell them of the need.

The results of the poll are below.

Would you like to learn more about the history of Sturbridge?
Would this be something that you would like to involve your children in?
Would lectures and slide/video presentations be something you would enjoy?
Would a tour of the historic sites in town be something you would like to do?
Do you have anything of historic significance concerning the Town of Sturbridge that you would like to share with others?
Do you feel that preserving our past is important?
Would you like to see artifacts, photographs, and documents concerning our town put on display?

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