• http://www.TheHistoryList.com Lee Wright

    Glad to see the city’s (and the area’s) rich history and historic sites highlighted.

    If anything, we may take for granted some of the nation’s most important historic sites as we rush past them on the way to work or to shop. One only has to look at what some other communities around the country do to turn much less well-known sites or events into big draws for tourists.

    The author correctly sites the several private non-profit efforts that literally saved many of these historic structures and maintain them to this day. Their role, along with that of the Freedom Trail Foundation, which does great work, should be recognized and supported by all of us.

    What is the role of our local and state government? What about a partnership that comes together around a handful of key events and examines them from the viewpoint of someone interested in learning about our history? What is the experience of someone who is interested in walking the Freedom Trail? Is the trail, today, well-marked? Is there signage along the way that helps inform and educate? How does the city welcome people who are interested in attending the daytime Fourth of July weekend events or any of the many other history-related events throughout the year? Do we take for granted the fact that tourists will always come and view police and other city services only as expenses, or do we work hard to make it a better experience for every person every year?

    A quick comparison of the visitor’s experience here and in other communities outside of the region would be eye-opening and might form the basis for reassessing the way public entities can support the long-standing efforts of the history and historic preservation organizations, including the interpreters, guides, and reenactors, who today welcome people from throughout the world who come here for our unique historic attractions.