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Wendy Pearl

Wendy Pearl

Preservation Planner, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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May is National Preservation Month, and DCR’s parks are a great place to see preservation in action. DCR’s mission is firmly rooted in the legacy of Charles Eliot and Frederick Law Olmsted, who dedicated their lives to preserving special places for public enjoyment.

Pilgrim Memorial Portico

Begin your preservation journey at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, where the restored 1921 portico is sharing the spotlight with the legendary boulder. Climb the steps across the street to Cole’s Hill, a National Historic Landmark filled with commemorative sculpture and spectacular harbor views. North of Boston, learn more about America’s first public beach though the weekly walk at Revere Beach (a National Historic Landmark) every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Round out your history tour with visits to Walden Pond in Concord, the Dorothy Quincy Homestead in Quincy, and Fort Warren in the Boston Harbor Islands.

This Saturday, May 15, there two history-related events:

In the central part of the state, Upton State Forest celebrates Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Day and the legacy of that New Deal-era work program. Upton State Forest has one of the only surviving CCC camps.

In the Berkshires, Bascom Lodge, operating at the summit of Mount Greylock under a lease through DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program, will celebrate its grand opening. Stop in for a bite to eat or an overnight stay. Leading to the summit, the historic parkways have been carefully rehabilitated to retain the rustic materials and craftsmanship of the CCC. The views will take your breath away.

Massachusetts state parks have a lot to offer this month. Get out there and see history!

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