Legacy Winchester

"Preserving Winchester's Digital Past and Present."


The Legacy Winchester Project seeks to both preserve and make readily available the electronically/digitally recorded history of Winchester Massachusetts. Join us and indicate your interest by signing up (use the Contact form) and providing your input.

Objectives

  • To develop a system and process to collect, index, convert, store and display the media that has both captured and is presently capturing Winchester's history-- the Winchester Legacy. Media includes, but not limited to, smart phone video, High Definition video, VHS tape recordings, public access TV produced programs (WinCAM), 16mm, super 8mm, 8mm, film, and audio tapes.

  • The Legacy information relating to the Town of Winchester is to be available online, readily accessible via the Internet, free and open to the public.

  • Develop and institute a sustainable process and infrastructure to enable Legacy Winchester to endure.

The Legacy Winchester initiative proposes to bring together stakeholders and interested persons to establish a process to capture, index, store, retrieve and display the digitized history of the town of Winchester, both past and current. The mandate is clear: those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat mistakes, sometimes big ones. Clarity of the town's history might even bring into light scandalous or shameful events, even as traditional history might prefer to celebrate major accomplishments. That is the role of an accurate history, to record faithfully and accurately the people and events all around.

New technologies bring new challenges: not just video (traditional and live streaming broadcasts), but Twitter, Snapchat, and even as FaceBook becomes the social media of grandparents and high school reunions, The stories that are told there are no less important and deserving of remembrance.

The Mass Memories Roadshow is an example of what Legacy Winchester could be. Collecting, indexing, and making available via the Internet, the memories and events of the people of the Town of Winchester.

Legacy Winchester Team

Joyce Westner

Shukong Ou

Peter Engeldrum