Edward Bazinet, Chairman
Michael Branniff, Secretary
December 13, 2012
Ms. Brona Simon, SHPO & Executive Officer
Dear Ms. Simon:
The passage of time is relentless.
“Man springs from nowhere, crosses time and
disappears forever in the bosom of God; he is seen
but for a moment, wandering on the verge of the two
abysses, and there he is lost.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in
The bridge that links the past to the future is the current generation. The impulse to preserve the many constituent parts of a community’s heritage is a strangely, and in many cases, conveniently underappreciated duty of the present to its past and future generations. For reasons of ignorance, apathy, indifference or selfishness many shrink from this duty and reject recognition of their obligations. Stewardship of the past and present for the interests of those who will come after us is undervalued by many but no less important for all of that. Preservation serves to reanimate our connection with the past and fosters an understanding of a community’s sacrifices, endeavors, and development in such a way as to deepen and enrich the daily lives of citizens.
The history of the Town of
The reinvention of the Stevens mill complex will save something precious, refresh and empower this place and expand and empower its horizons and possibilities.
The tax credit application of Mr.
Peterson for a 164 unit mill conversion is the lever by which much
depends. Mr. Peterson told
In this respect the passage of time
is not our friend. The Dudley Historical
Commission supports the preservation and rehabilitation of Stevens Linn
Mill. The Commission urges you to grant
the maximum amount possible for this project, to enable Mr. Peterson to reach
his number and proceed with the project. Otherwise, the mill will deteriorate
Thank you for your attention.
45 Old City hall 4t Floor
Attn: Erin D. A. Kelly
National Trust for Historic Preservation
7 Faneuil Hall Marketplace 4th Floor
Attn: Rebecca Williams