Commissioner, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
I’m pleased to announce the kickoff of Historic Preservation Month in Massachusetts and throughout the country. DCR is once again celebrating through the month of May by showcasing its preservation efforts at events held at historic properties throughout our state parks. This year’s theme is Stories in Stone, which will highlight the important role of stone in the history of the Commonwealth.
In addition to its role as a recreation and natural conservation agency, DCR is the steward of some of the Commonwealth’s most significant historic resources. From the peaks of the Berkshires to the shores of the Cape, we are charged with the management and protection of literally thousands of such historic wonders. As a result, DCR is one of the most active historic preservation organizations in the country. Whether managing hands-on preservation projects, documenting our portfolio of resources, spearheading nationally recognized preservation initiatives, or working closely with DCR staff to ensure the protection of cultural resources at our parks, DCR takes its preservation mission seriously.
Visitors can experience history firsthand by enjoying guided walks and programs at the rubble footprints of an abandoned town, an elegant stone mansion, or a towering monument. Take the rare opportunity to go behind closed doors and learn about how DCR is meeting the challenge of preserving such a vast and varied collection, including dams, bridges, and parkways, Native American landscapes, commemorative monuments, stately mansions, simple farmhouses, the famous Plymouth Rock, and the mysterious Dighton Rock. This May, take the opportunity to get to know your history. You may never look at a stone wall the same way again. Visit www.mass.gov/dcr for a roster of events and programs.
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