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Letter: Our heritage

I want to add my comments to former mayor Christine Forgey’s My Turn discussion regarding saving the Wiley & Russell Dam. She pointed out the potential for industrial tourism by preserving Greenfield’s historic resources.

There is a proposal to establish a new National Park unit in the Connecticut River Valley. The theme will be precision manufacturing. It will be modeled on the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Here the theme is the historic textile industry and follows the Blackstone River from Worcester to Providence. The proposed National Park unit will follow the Connecticut River from Windsor, Vt., to New Haven, Conn. The tentative name is “Precision Manufacturing National Heritage Corridor.” Greenfield is in the center of the corridor.

The Wiley & Russell Dam has a historic story to tell and would be included in the proposed National Park. A National Park here would be an educational and business benefit to Greenfield.

AL SHANE

curator

Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

Greenfield

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