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Tell us what you'd like to see preserved

July 30, 2013

Haymarket cherries
Photo by Justin H. Goodstein-Aue from The Haymarket Project.


What are the aspects of life in New England that will be important for people to know about in the future? Is there a piece of jewelry or clothing, an appliance, or a gadget, that helps define the time in which you live? Historic New England wants to know about it.

As part of our Everyone’s History initiative, we want to know what you'd like to see preserved from today. Share stories and images that illustrate the New England people, places, and things that should be saved to tell the story of our region from the twentieth century and beyond.

Tell us what's important to you today.

Need to save New England's fishing heritage

Posted by Beth Welin on July 30, 2013
The fishing industry is shrinking (maybe dying) and will probably never regain to what it was. It's historic vessels, equipment and especially the stories for the old days need saving and sharing.

Fishing industry

Posted by Rob Watson on July 30, 2013
Hi Beth,

You might be interested in an oral history project we completed on the waning commercial fishing industry in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Audio interviews and transcripts are here: http://www.historicnewengla[…]commercial-fishing-industry

Rob Watson
Marketing Manager
Historic New England


Posted by Amy LaBranche on August 2, 2013
The entire downtown area of Portsmouth needs to be preserved. I've been away for 15 years, but I'm coming back soon and I've heard horrific things about the development of downtown.
Also, old stone walls. My parent's property, and the land around it, is crisscrossed with these beautiful, ancient stone walls that used to be property boundaries. I love those.

movie theaters

Posted by Amy LaBranche on August 2, 2013
I would also like to add old movie theaters. Many of them are in jeopardy.

colonial tools used for building homes

Posted by Barbara Johnston on August 13, 2013
Hi - I just received this e-mail today so thank you for all your help. In the past I have purchased plains made out of wood but if you send info on the tools for 1600 -1700's it would be of great help.

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