Throughout all of its work Freedom’s Way strives to engage and collaborate with organizations within the heritage area to create and implement a shared regional vision and cultivate a sense of place. We are pleased to be partners with the following projects and programs.
DECLARING INDEPENDENCE – THEN & NOW
Declaring Independence – Then & Now is a joint program of the Freedom’s Way and the American Antiquarian Society in which citizen- historians conduct primary source research to reveal how individuals within their communities debated and responded to the Declaration of Independence.
BATTLE ROAD SCENIC BYWAY: ROAD TO REVOLUTIONS
Passing through Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, the Battle Road Scenic Byway follows the approximate path of British regulars on April 19, 1775 during the battles that marked the start of the American Revolution, and passes many sites of cultural and historical importance.
Partnering with The Battle Road Scenic Byway Committee, Freedom’s Way is supporting implementation of the Battle Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan including branding and the development of a website.
THOREAU 2017 WEBSITE
Freedom’s way is a partner of the Thoreau 2017 Bicentennial Planning Committee and has supported the design, implementation and ongoing management of the shared website, to promote activities and events occurring during the year-long celebration of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. Visit it at http://www.thoreaubicentennial.org.
THOREAU BICENTENNIAL STATEWIDE READ
The Walden Woods Project, Massachusetts Center for the Book, and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area are partners in the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read working with communities throughout the heritage area as well as every town or city in Massachusetts to host one event in 2017 that brings community members together to read a work by Thoreau.
FARMS, FIELDS & FORESTS; STORIES FROM THE LAND
An oral history project designed to record and preserve the stories of individuals within the heritage area involved in conservation and agriculture. In its first phase Freedom’s Way is partnering with the Nashua River Watershed Association to concentrate on the 28 communities within our shared service area with an emphasis on landowners whose property has been held by the same family for many generations as well as on lands that have been partly or wholly conserved for future generations.
PRESERVATION ASSESSMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE COMMUNITIES
Freedom’s Way places a high priority on Historic Preservation, noting the importance of recognition by local residents and planning of the central role that historic buildings and landscapes play in maintaining community character.
With a goal of fostering grassroots preservation initiatives tailored to the needs and interests of each community primary actions outlined in our management plan include (1) to undertake a general heritage area-wide survey and assessment of stewardship activity and needs of historic and other resources at the local level within the heritage area and (2) collaborate with statewide historic preservation partners and regional planning agencies in organizing, developing, and implementing a regional historic preservation strategy.
To that end Freedom’s Way and the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance have partnered to develop an assessment and survey of preservation needs and engagement of the eight New Hampshire communities within the heritage area. The assessment methodology will serve as a prototype for communities throughout the heritage area.
LEVI WETHERBEE (STEELE) FARMHOUSE
One of Boxborough’s oldest and most historic properties, Steele Farm contains 36 acres of land and the Levi Wetherbee Farmhouse, built by one of the town’s founders and dating to 1784. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property once included a house, barn, milk house, ice house hayfields, cart paths, farm pond, evergreen grove and apple orchard. Its network of trails connects to the adjacent Beaver Brooks Meadow Conservation land, part of Boxborough’s open space network.
In partnership with the Boxborough Historical Society Freedom’s Way is working to preserve the Levi Wetherbee (Steele) Farmhouse. In the first phase of a multiple year initiative planning and an structural assessment being completed.
SHIRLEY MEETING HOUSE
Beginning in 1773, the Shirley Meeting House has served as the center of the community as the site for town meetings, worship and community celebrations. An iconic landmark on Shirley’s town common, the meetinghouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Freedom’s Way has partnered with the Shirley Meeting House, a non-profit organization, as they proceed with a multi-year program of preservation and restoration.
FIND YOUR PARK: NATIONAL PARKS IN NEW ENGLAND – A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT FRUITLANDS MUSEUM
In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service Freedom’s Way partnered with Fruitlands Museum to mount an exhibit showcasing New England’s National Parks.
Exhibit runs September 2, 2016 – March 19, 2017.
SUDBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
This exciting project will allow the Society to access and display their collections (including the Harry Rice Collection of Native American Artifacts) and expand educational programming and research opportunities.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST & MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
In partnership with the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Minute Man National Historical Park, Freedom’s Way has sponsored a design studio exploring alternatives for the park’s “Battle Road” Entrance and Visitor Center.
The studio will address two outstanding needs for landscape design thinking at the park today: 1) the entrance at the east end of the park which lacks a significant sense of arrival at a national park and of entering a historic landscape; and 2) the principal interpretive experience and orientation to the park at the Visitor Center which does not engage visitors with the surrounding landscape features located in the east end of the park. Design alternatives will be presented for public discussion in early 2017.