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Massachusetts Bay Colony- Tercentenary Commission (MBC-TC) Markers



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It has been almost two years since I last posted regarding improvement of the MBC-TC markers in the Commonwealth. During that time a statewide inventory of the markers; as documented in my attachments was completed. I continue to follow the 2011 efforts by posting updates to the attached inventory document, as additional contacts occur with various towns.

The original 1930 Commonwealth publication documenting these markers ((Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930)); is available from The Internet Archive at Massachusetts Tercentenary Comm.... The attached PowerPoint slides are interactive with websites supporting the inventory result. Of special interest is a link to Historical Marker Data Base ( The publisher of HMdb established a separate series for the MBC-TC markers under their Historical Society collection at . Contained on the master display for this link (see upper right corner) is a connector to a Massachusetts map highlighting the location of existing markers. The sub-pages provide complete detail for each marker showing photography, full marker inscription and GPS location.

The MBC-TC marker inventory was featured in the New England Historical Genealogy Society, The Weekly Blog ( on November 17, 2011. In the process of compiling the inventory I made contact with the many town historical societies across the state. Several communities have made contact seeking advice on marker restorations. In other cases, when on site visits, I encountered historical professionals from the National Park Service and Historic New England, who dispute the accuracy of marker inscriptions approved by Samuel Eliot Morison's ( Commission in 1930. Generally, after having had a couple of dozen similar conversations with knowledgeable individuals from various towns; I believe that the degree of scholarship applied in 1930 could have been improved.

Notwithstanding the above, this roadside marker collection is the only Commonwealth sponsored effort I am aware of to educate the public regarding our colonial heritage, as one travels on our highways. As you travel around the state this responsibility has been ceded to local communities and private organizations in the form of tablets and plaques, placed at noteworthy sites. I would recommend reviewing the efforts by the state of North Carolina ( in regards to roadside historical markers. Many states sponsor a continuing marker program, where local groups nominate historical places and events for new aluminum castings, each year. In many cases ( e.g. Vermont) these markers are placed under their tourism promotion agency, not the Department of Transportation.

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