I was sitting at one of the non-profit booths enjoying the concert at Market Square when I overheard a conversation nearby. Visitors who had never been to the City were talking among themselves. One commented, "These buildings are so beautiful – does anyone know the history of this place?" Everyone else exclaimed they had no idea. Another said, "How come I never heard anything about this place?" *
All of a sudden someone joined the group all excited and had heard the last two statements,
"I just came from the Custom House and now I know the history of the City! Let me tell you" They all rose up and walked beyond my earshot so I couldn’t hear what the Maritime people had told them but obviously it was good because they gathered around the "informed one" listening intently with amazed expressions.
I just sat there and said to myself, "I have got to tell someone at the Museum what just happened!" You never know what a little effort can do to make a big impact.
* This I might add is a common refrain usually from someone who stumbles onto the city by accident. One thing we know for sure, the City and the Chamber have done a bang-up job promoting Newburyport nationally.(sarcasm) Dark Siders see nothing unique about our city and yet are often entrusted to promote the community. "Hey World, take a look at our industrial park" is about the best these people can do! Or, the same old lame statement, "Come see ‘historic’ Newburyport!" as if they have a clue about our history. To them, history is worthless. So how can they truly promote our history? Not long ago, a local blogger sent out excerpts about how Newburyport was ‘nothing special’ and we were delusional about our uniqueness. How am I not surprised.