Gloucester 400th Public Meeting

Joined: November 21st, 2007, 6:02 pm

April 8th, 2018, 9:24 am #1

On Saturday, April 28th, the Gloucester 400th Steering Committee will be hosting a public meeting at City Hall starting at 1:00 P.M. to begin soliciting ideas for the 400th.  This will happen in 2023.

Please think about attending the meeting so you can give the Committee your in-put.

The Committee is looking for copies of photos to display at the event from the 350th or 375th. Or even earlier.  If anyone would like to help with the photo display, please e-mail the Committee at gloucester400@gmail.com.
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Joined: November 21st, 2007, 6:02 pm

April 9th, 2018, 11:17 am #2

Gotten some images from the 300th.  Still looking for 350th and 375th.
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April 12th, 2018, 3:20 pm #3

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April 28th, 2018, 3:57 pm #4

For those of you who missed the meeting - about 100 people turned out to give their ideas.  I think that can be considered a success with such nice weather today to be out and about in after the winter we had.  There will be another meeting in the Fall.  To volunteer or submit ideas before then, contact gloucester400@gmail.com.
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

April 28th, 2018, 4:33 pm #5

That was a very respectable turnout today, especially with the great weather outside.
I rough-counted well over 100 in attendance. Maybe a bit over 130.

Anyway, a good kick-off.
With Ruth Pino, Bruce Tobey and Bob Gillis up front, you can't go wrong.

Back in 1923, the celebration was promoted as a week-long event.
It looks like there might be loftier goals this time around.

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Always amazing that no-matter what the purpose of a meeting, a few folks
will use a forum like this to promote for their favorite causes. These are the
precious charms of Gloucester.
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

April 28th, 2018, 6:23 pm #6

Had to be out of town for the weekend but happy to hear about the good turnout!

What kind of ideas were put forth?
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April 28th, 2018, 8:36 pm #7

DM3194 wrote: That was a very respectable turnout today, especially with the great weather outside.
I rough-counted well over 100 in attendance. Maybe a bit over 130.

Anyway, a good kick-off.
With Ruth Pino, Bruce Tobey and Bob Gillis up front, you can't go wrong.

Back in 1923, the celebration was promoted as a week-long event.
It looks like there might be loftier goals this time around.

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Always amazing that no-matter what the purpose of a meeting, a few folks
will use a forum like this to promote for their favorite causes. These are the
precious charms of Gloucester.
I wasn't there but I did hear that there was a decent crowd and that there was an interesting promotion of a favorite cause.

Sounds like they're in good hands.  I burnt myself out organizing and volunteering over a few decades.  Now I'm more of a "call me when you figure it out and let me know what you need" grunt volunteer.  And happy to be that, lol.
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May 28th, 2018, 12:01 am #8

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June 25th, 2018, 1:24 pm #9

Letter to the Editor  re. 4-28-18 Community Meeting for Gloucester 400th 


Please accept our sincere thanks for your participation in the April 28th City Hall Community Meeting held to launch planning for Gloucester’s 400th anniversary celebration in 2023. Our goal is to have a celebration that features 365 days of exciting events that residents, organizations, and businesses will organize and carry out to celebrate the 400 year timeline of Gloucester. The ideas shared on that Saturday afternoon give us a great head start toward building the calendar for a year that our community will long remember.
But it will take more than good ideas to bring that calendar to life in 2023: it will take the initiative, elbow grease and support of you and your family, friends and neighbors. You will see we’ve attached a categorized summary of the projects and events that were proposed on April 28th – please review it and, by return email, let us know where and how you can help!
And please stay in touch – we’ll be posting updates on the 400th anniversary Facebook page (be sure to Like it!), sharing reports with the Gloucester Daily Times, and holding more meetings to provide news, to solicit more involvement and expand on present and future ideas.
And, again, thank you!
Bob Gillis
Ruth Pino
Bruce Tobey
Co-chairs
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August 25th, 2018, 10:00 am #10

One this day...

August 25, 1923   Celebrating our 300th

The opening of the spiffy new track and field facility on Centennial Avenue
was the first event in the week long celebration of our 300th Anniversary.
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Before an assembly of 5,000 people, a colorful and eventful assemblage, too, athletic history for Gloucester was recorded on Saturday afternoon when was staged the track and field championships of the New England Association of the Amateur Athletic Union.
And it served a four-fold purpose, the deciding of New England champions for 1923, the selection of a team for the National Championships at Chicago on Friday, Saturday and Monday coming, the opening feature of the Gloucester’s 300th anniversary celebration, and the new athletic field on Centennial Avenue.
Yet in spite of the handicaps of the elements, rain, wind, thunder, lightning, and lots of it, it was a tremendous success.
                                                                                                   --Gloucester Daily Times, August 27, 1923
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September 1st, 2018, 8:06 pm #11



December, 1921
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September 2nd, 2018, 10:36 am #12

OMG - I knew one of them !
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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September 2nd, 2018, 3:09 pm #13

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September 2nd, 2018, 3:13 pm #14

Damon wrote: OMG - I knew one of them !
Which one, Damon?
(if you don't mind saying)
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September 2nd, 2018, 8:48 pm #15

Bill Moore was a neighbor of my grandmother up on Lookout Street and they moved close to my parents in Bass Rocks. I grew up with his sons one of whom was a Marine in WW2. They were older than I was but the two youngest sailed and went lobstering with me. One of his sons lived up the street from us in Lanesville. When my family was away I sometimes lived with the Moores.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: January 22nd, 2008, 2:01 pm

September 3rd, 2018, 11:55 am #16

I saw the name Homer R. Marchant  who was a former chief of the GFD.  I remembered the name from reading old fire logbooks , some went back to the days when horses pulled the hose wagons.     
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September 3rd, 2018, 1:24 pm #17

It is interesting to research any given name on the old "300th Committee" list.
Chief Marchant presided over the construction of the Central Fire Station in 1925.

I also got into reading the arson investigation of the Hawthorne Inn (1940).
A "diabolical" plan months in the making to destroy much of the E. Gloucester waterfront.
I didn't know about this story, now I can't put it down.


Chief Marchant

Chief Homer R. Marchant, of Gloucester, is very proud of the new building which is considered one of the finest structures of its kind. There had been agitation for years in Gloucester for a new central station to replace antiquated frame structures. The contract for the building was awarded to J. J. Bowes & Son on July 29, 1925, and actual work was commenced on August 3, 1925; the station and fittings cost $75,000. It takes the place of three old fire houses.  --Fire Engineering Magazine
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September 3rd, 2018, 3:52 pm #18

I think there is a very interesting book to be written in this, DM.
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September 3rd, 2018, 4:27 pm #19

Whenever I go back into the microfiche, I always get the feeling that there are about a
thousand more interesting books that need to be written about Gloucester's history

I tend to forget what I was originally looking for because there are so many interesting side tracks.


Fred Cook.
Fitting his expedition in Gloucester
in the Summer of '07.

Frederick Cook’s expedition to the Pole departed Gloucester, Massachusetts, in July 1907.
Gloucester had a role in the famous Cook vs Peary race to the Pole.

And Professional Wrestling has graced our City Hall Auditorium!

Always something amazing when you look at any give month or year in Gloucester's past.
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September 4th, 2018, 4:12 am #20

The woman of Gloucester are (or were)
"sturdy, ample bosomed and clear eyed"

It says so in the paper!


1933
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