We know that the Mass Memories Road Show, an event-based public history project at UMass Boston that digitizes personal photos shared by the people of Massachusetts, stopped by Lexington's Incorporation Weekend to collect and catalogue local memories.
What we didn't know was that Mass Memories Road Show would use its visit to Lexington High School this past March as a tutorial on how people can participate in recording their place in Massachusetts history.
But, apparently, that's just what they've done: A few months back, UMass Boston posted a video to its YouTube channel that explains the project using footage from the trip to Lexington. You can watch the video by clicking here, or on the YouTube clip posted to your right.
Lexington’s Tom Fenn is featured prominently in the video. Viewers first see him, dressed to the nines to represent the Lexington Minute Men, presenting a photograph of his father, Dan Fenn, with JFK. Later, we see him asking questions about and complimenting the project.
“I don’t know who thought of it,” says Fenn, “But it’s like an ‘Oh yea,’ idea, where it’s like so obvious that you would do this and you wonder why it hadn’t been thought of long before.”
In cased you missed it on Incorporation Weekend, check out the video to see what Mass Memories Road Show is all about. And a hat tip to Jessie Steigerwald, of the Lexington's 300th Committee, for first sharing the video with the community.