Yes, I know, a tired old joke! But let’s bring up this subject now because this is the 200th Anniversary of a rather tough event.
Personally, I think the Newburyport Preservation Trust did a great job bringing up last year’s tough anniversary, the Great Fire of 1811.
If you’re one of the many who keep groaning about us being negative – just keep this in mind:
WE WOULD LOOK AS POLLUTED, UGLY AND OVER-DEVELOPED AND GHASTLY LIKE EAST BOSTON IF IT WASN’T FOR THESE TWO EVENTS.
Let’s face it.
We’re pretty because the world passed us by. Like some time capsule, some visionary people opened up the frozen remnants back in the 60’s and 70’s and we have the great place we live in today!
And unlike the Great Fire, it wasn’t just that we were affected materially, Newburyport was actually making international and nationwide waves back then.
As we go into this VERY politically charged year and focus on the Presidential and many other political races, it will be fascinating to explore what happened in Newburyport during those tough years. I think what we would find would be very complicated and expose as false the old misconception that life was simpler back then.
It was as charged and as messy as 2012.
Don’t miss out this year as the Trust events are scheduled. Plan ahead. (Tentatively May 14-20) They are hoping to cover the importance of the waterfront to the rest of the city and that will include the War of 1812.