North Adams, MA - Local Historian Paul W. Marino has announced the next in his series of local history walks for 2008. It will be a walking tour of Church Street, to be held on Saturday, August 2 at 2:30pm.
In North Adams heyday, Church Street was THE street to live on; anybody who was anybody (and didn’t mind the higher property tax rate) wanted to live there, from the town’s first millionaire to the city’s first Mayor, and from the city’s first car owner to its first college-educated dentist. North Adams’ two greatest philanthropists lived on Church Street, as did its largest single holder of real estate. Many of the palaces of the city’s rich and important still stand, and many of their architectural features can still impress and amaze. Come and take a look back at North Adams’ glory days!
Paul W. Marino has more than fifteen years experience leading local history tours, which he handles with an eye for historical accuracy, a refined sense of showmanship and a honed sense of humor. Whether your taste is local history, architecture, or just getting out for some fresh air, the Church Street Walk is sure to please. Marino also advises bringing children. Walking is good exercise for them, but more than this, they need to develop an understanding of local history. “History is the story of where we come from,” Marino says. “And local history is the story of where our community came from. It’s interesting for adults, but kids need to hear it.”
The Church Street Walk starts at 2:30pm at Smith House on the MCLA campus; it ends at Monument Square. Interested persons are advised to dress for the weather, to wear sun block, a good pair of walking shoes and a hat with a wide brim, and carry a canteen or bottle of water, and be prepared to have their ears talked off. Rain or high wind cancels. For info, Marino can be reached at 413-207-1344.