Think you know Concord

By Phil Lupsiewicz

If you are like me, the word Concord has been a word that has always been part of your collective knowledge. I’m not sure when I first heard it, maybe in school learning about the events of April 19, 1775. Or It could have been the great works of literature and the great writers of the 19th century who all seemed to live in this town. It could have been the spiritual birthplace of the environmental movement in Walden as well.

I have now had the privilege to work in Concord for over 5 years, first with the National Park Service at Minute Man National Historical Park, and now with the Minuteman Media Network, the public access station for Concord and Carlisle Massachusetts communities. In this time, I thought I knew their stories, but I quickly found out that was not the case.

The story of Concord is deeper and richer than I had ever imagined. Locations on the Underground Railroad can be found in Concord. Artisans whose work can be found in the United States capitol lived and now are interred here. A famous grape helped launch an industry and our modern aerospace industry has a large but lesser known footprint in town. In future articles, I hope to share some of the well-known and hardly known stories of this most storied American Town.

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