Good Day Melissa; Here in Salem, Gordon College is almost ready to open a new museum in Salem'a Old Town Hall. I will be providing material & photos from my collection. Little was saved from Salem's industrial era, & it will be good to see my "junque" it go on display. Also working on getting 4 books published by years end. Also finding Gogle books is a good source of pre-WWI industrial period info. Nelson Dionne
Quite a bit of time has passed since I last wrote to you. Last year, I donated my 40 year collection of Salem material to Salem State U's archive. My 4th book will be out next month,
with more following ( health problems now require co-authors ). A series of booklets will see the first title published late spring. I see more interest in post Civil War era commercial & industrial local history recently, BUT, too much time has passed, & little remains to be found to make up for all the decades of ignoring current material that should have been gathered while current & available. ( Think local firms catalogs, advertising, etc ). I have a huge collection that has but a tiny fraction of what it should have if all the decades of
professionals had saved that which was going on around them. Their failure to realize that today quickly becomes yesterday. is an ongoing problem. If we , today, fail to think about how to tell our story's to great grandchildren , and assemble & plan our legacy now, it will not e done .
Just a few thoughts.
PS: I'm currently working on a good dozen presentations about Salem history, inc. work, food, military history, the Great Salem Fire, etc.