Friday, November 23, 2007

Purpose



The goal of this website is to highlight the beautiful and abundant historic architecture of the Rumford Falls area and to bring greater attention to the opportunities for participating in the preservation of its buildings and history. We hope to provide a forum where people can both find information on the history of the area - its buildings and its people - and contribute to the growth of this knowlege by submitting their photos, ideas and stories.Please help this site to grow by submitting your photos, ideas and stories!We also hope to facilitate a low-commitment network of those interested in preserving the architectural legacy of Rumford Falls. The central purpose will be to highlight and spread the vision of the unique legacy found here, bringing neighbors together socially and as a local political/community influence while reaching as many people as possible who may be able to purchase and preserve the many historic properties available in Rumford Falls.Why Rumford Falls as opposed to other parts of Rumford and the River Valley?Emphasizing Rumford Falls has several advantages. First, it allows for a focus regarding the concerns and reasons for preservation specific to the area historically known as Rumford Falls. Although there are many buildings and homes eminently worthy of preservation in greater Rumford and the River Valley area, Rumford Falls has many qualities that make it unique and worthy of a separate focus.

1 comment:

Tom Fallon said...

I think that the history of Rumford, with Rumford Falls, Rumford Center, Rumford Point, South Rumford included, should be the purpose of the site. The present purpose seems to be directed toward economic development of the particular Rumford Falls' place, and presents an incomplete picture to people that Rumford as first settled by Jonathan Keyes was not significant in the history of Rumford Falls, later settled and significant in Rumford's history. I hope you will consider including some of the history of the town, Rumford, which includes the various entitities.

Also, if the history of Rumford Falls is here the acknowledgement of the labor union at the paper mill must be included. This has not been the case in the past partly because white collar workers, usually those on the paper mill payroll, have written the history of the town. The fact that the majority of the townspeople who worke in the mill belonged to a labor union, benefited, as did local businesses, by labor union contracts with increased pay, should be somewhere acknowledged. I realize that the labor union strikes at the paper mill represent some problem for a minority of Rumford or Rumford Falls' citizens, but the fact that a majority of citizens participated should not be forgotten.

The above is a mute point if the website is only dealing with historic architecture.