While I have been busy doing other things and not really been doing much blogging lately; Mary Eaton over at Newburyport Blog has been doing a bang up job of holding up the flame of historic preservation.
And I can tell that she is having a wonderful time discovering the previously unknown. In our age, as perhaps in previous ages before; there is always this sense that anything that has been known, has already been known. All the discoveries have already been unveiled and there is nothing left to find. And yet, in the world of Archeology; more has been revealed from this discipline since the turn of the Millennium to the point that history books now have to be re-written! Even Science has caused the burying of old assumptions (and embarrassing old textbooks) from revelations since 2001!
Now, don’t get me wrong! There is a big difference between an adventure and exploration. They can many times be one and the same but as Bilbo Baggins exclaimed, “Adventures make you late for dinner!” Adventure is dangerous, risky, highly emotional and the resulting discovery is more about finding yourself than achieving a tangible result. (Which is often doubtful!) In comparison, exploration is like digging for treasure not knowing what you’ll find but always expecting something new and wonderful. Compare Indiana Jones (the real one, Anderson; not the fictitious one) who was always in danger and risked his life and Albert Einstein: both were explorers but Anderson who didn’t discover anything is largely forgotten while Einstein is a household word.
I can not tell you how frustrating it was to find out the Hamilton Room (The Archive Room) in the Public Library has barely been tapped – elusive findings are still there waiting for explorers from students to factory workers to those with doctorates to stumble upon them.
It has not been my main thrust in my doings but I’ve been steadily uncovering the facts on our smuggling tunnels; and I am not done yet! A mysterious historic hole lies in a period of time when the tunnels were constructed from 1807 to 1825. A period when such upheaval occurred that the population literally halved and many fleeing to greener pastures took their local knowledge with them.
But digging constantly reveals golden pieces of knowledge unknown never to have previously graced the electronic fields of the Internet.
One of the cool discoveries by Ms. Eaton is the man Truman Nelson who mysteriously appears in, “A Measure of Change”. The first response when you see the video is, “Who is this guy? Why was he approached?”
What a fabulous find by her digging!
What pure joy!