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A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC: TREASURES OF CITY HALL
 
dark and mysterious, with light slanting in from high windows.  In one comer you see 54 small metal boxes filled with City Farm Records kept by the Overseers of the Poor.  One room is filled with shelving, which is lined with bound volumes.  There are wooden ballot boxes from the Perfection Ballot Box Company in Worcester.  You step around holiday lights and decorations.  Inside a room marked "Laboratory" there's a beautifully framed Water Loan Bond from 1891, including the quill pens used by Mayor Charles D. Palmer in signing the first issue.  In another room, you pick up a small ledger, its reddish brown spine worn through.  The date "1835" is stamped on the cover.  You can smell the brittle, discolored paper.  On page eleven, written in fine script, you see the name "Boott Kirk'' and the amount "50.45," which was his total tax for the year.  These are the treasures of the attic.

     City Hall is a kind of "common" in the same way as public green spaces are available for all citizens to use.  It is a place for everyone, and our shared heritage is kept in its vaults, storerooms, and new machines.  It is the location of the City's memory.

Brian Martin Assistant City Manager
    Assistant City Manager Brian Martin examins an
  early 20th century tax ledger stored in the attic.

 
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