In early 2010 the city of Salem will be 150 years old. Instead of celebrating the day a charter was signed, let’s recognize events and people that have shaped our civic life as Salem developed during this whole century and a half.
Selecting a 150 day period during our beautiful months of April through October, let’s bring attention to one (or more) historical occasions of each calendar day in either business, civic institution, church, school or family life. This special recognition could be part of a routine public occasion: a sign in the business window downtown, an open house at a historic property, a mention during a elementary school activity or high school music performance, a recollection during a church service, an artist’s exhibit, visiting a neighborhood different from one’s own or taking an interpreted walk through one of our parks.
The list of activities would be published in the Statesman Journal, TravelSalem and Chamber of Commerce newsletters, on city and historical, cultural or educational institution websites. It could develop into a Scavenger Hunt for clues all over town. It might result in a historical document. (There is no written history of this remarkable city ~ isn’t that amazing?)
Employing low-cost, citywide and all-inclusive activities in a format similar to this, there are endless opportunities in 2010 to honor Salem’s past, celebrate life here today and anticipate future opportunities. And we have a whole year to plan it. What do you think? Please comment.