Education & Outreach
A joint collaboration between the Weymouth Historical Commission and WETC, Weymouth’s educational cable channel, the “Weymouth Historic Homes” DVD is an impressive accomplishment in educating the public about historic preservation. The program is narrated by the Chairman of the Weymouth Historical Commission, Ted Clarke, who takes viewers on an extended tour of buildings and areas significant to the history of the town. The Weymouth Historical Commission believes that education is a critical component of its comprehensive effort to promote historic preservation, and with this program, the Commission introduces the public to the town’s history and historic properties and encourages further inquiry.
The 30-minute program describes the historical and architectural significance of many of Weymouth’s most notable standing buildings, and also incorporates historic photographs to invoke places and activities important to the town’s past that have since disappeared. Some of the properties shown include the Abigail Adams Birthplace, the Jefferson School, the Civic Center Historic District, and the former Fore River Shipyard. Narrator Ted Clarke explains the significance of historic districts and sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The “Weymouth Historic Homes” DVD has been praised by town officials for its public outreach accomplishments. This program’s effectiveness and quality are commendable, and it should serve as a model for other local historical commissions.