Considering the persistency of comments like Mike Barnicle's, above, it is not surprising that many Brocktonians
continue to feel that their city is the butt of far too much spurious journalism.
Thanks to the internet, however, the media that have traditionally interpreted
and shaped this community's image are finally being challenged by "a new kid on
Because of its extraordinary resources, the Brockton
Historical Society - which is the principle guardian of our remarkable heritage
- is committed to producing a responsive project prototype. Under the aegis of brocktonma.com.,
concerned individuals and organizations throughout greater Brockton
increasingly coming together in a grassroots effort to utilize the internet to
more cooperatively promote the positive aspects of this city and region.
Supporters include The Fuller Craft Museum, The Brockton Symphony, The Little Red School House
Assoc., The Brockton Interfaith Community, The Brockton Christian School (and several other religious and fraternal organizations,) The Brockton Rotary Club, The Plymouth County Development Assoc., The Taunton River Watershed Assoc., The D.W. Field Park Association, The Massachusetts Offices of Travel, Tourism and Cultural Affairs, and area Chambers of Commerce etc. A number of private citizens and exemplary entrepreneurs throughout the area have also been especially supportive of the site. For example, a great deal of assistance in establishing the project has been, and is being, graciously provided by The Internet Connection Inc. of Mansfield, the Brockton Photo Engraving Inc.
and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
BROCKTON'S ELECTRONIC VILLAGE
Brockton's rich 350 year history - involving
"an extraordinary cross-section of people living in an extraordinarily special place" - reflects
a unique microcosm of Americana. Accordingly, interactive computer access to the city's "practically ignored " regional identity
is the cornerstones of Brocktonpride.com. For example, the incorporation of a regional "Electronic Multi-Cultural Heritage Trail" and a "virtual - electronic - Brockton"
are not only clarifying
the city's character and its "blurred" sense of place but are anticipated to generate more interest in area tourism than has been the case for over 50 years.
associated PRIDE ON LINE link will provide electronic
guests with a 24/7
opportunity to view numerous area historical highlights and features. Examples include: Cybertours, which
allows browsers to peruse and learn about such nationally important landmarks as the historic
Civil War paintings in the Memorial Corridor of Brockton's City Hall, the Edison plant on School St., and a host of other nationally significant tourist attractions that have been largely forgotten throughout the region.
Other planned components include "Ask Doctor Brockton - An Open Forum" which enables viewers to obtain live audio answers to frequently asked questions about past, present and future events; Roots, which focuses upon providing vital statistics and
associated genealogical assistance; and Alumni, which will ultimately link up the
thousands of former residents and area High School graduates dispersed throughout the world who still maintain a strong interest
in and belief in the future of greater Brockton.
Meanwhile, a unique "Anniversary Notes" link will keep the community appraised of significant dates in
Regional history. For example, a recent release detailed events surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Brockton Fire Dept., the 100th anniversary of the Brockton City Hall, the 100th
anniversary of the Brockton Day Nursery and the Brockton Hospital, and the
fasinating story of the settling of the area we now know as Greater
Brockton 300 years ago. An animated weekly Postcard Gallery and highlights of images and text in the Society's popular newsletter are also being featured.
Brockton's "primary" internet portal BrocktonMA.Com.
locally produced sites such as ThomasEdison.com, ShoeMuseums.com, FireMuseums.com, etc. are also undergoing major development.
For example, the eight major shoe museums throughout the world will soon to be "webbed" to the Brockton Historical Society Heritage Center for the purpose of sharing and disseminating information. Similar communicative benefits will be developed in association with the Society's proposed new Edison and Marciano wings and
their already developed and highly successful web pages.
Of course, once the BHS state-of-the-art model has been perfected and
completed, the scores of cultural organizations that flourish throughout the region will be distinctively, harmoniously, and seamlessly linked to each other - and to the world. It is
further anticipated that BrocktonMA.com will be the primary "nerve center" for processing and disseminating cultural information in the region.
An extraordinary educational feature will involve "live cam" input from - and out put to - area college and high school students. These
distant learning links will not only provide access to some of the remarkable accomplishments of area students, but inter-connectivity with the Electronic Village at the Brockton Historical Society Heritage Center, as well. Interestingly, one group of local students has already constructed a web page for the The Little Red School House. Meanwhile, another group has begun producing a souvenir CD-ROM on Brockton's History in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Brockton Historical Society, next year. Other groups are producing CD-ROMS in honor of the Brockton Fire Department's 150th anniversary and Brockton's 300th anniversary. Another interesting goal associated with the
PRIDE ON LINE link will be to involve the regular web publication of articles by members of Brockton's venerable "Scribblers" literary association. Finally, related "amateur works" of Brockton youths and seniors will also be a regular online feature.
Note: As Brockton continues to benefit from - and build upon
- increased awareness of its
glorious history, let it be
known that the new Brockton Historical Society will play an
important part in shaping the character of the "new Brockton." In
fact, we intend to continue to lead the way.
Any individual or organization interested in becoming a sponsor, or cooperatively enhancing the cultural image
and identity of greater Brockton, is cordially invited to join us.
To join or volunteer your assistance to THE BROCKTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY please call
508 238 9183
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