What was the equivalent of a smart phone, an IPad or a laptop computer in 1650 America?
The answer: iron. You needed iron for the nails that held you house together, for the bullets and gun barrels that allowed you to go hunting, and for the shovels, rakes and ploughs that you used to till your farm. Not to mention the pots you used for cooking.
And where could you get wrought and cast iron products? Answer: the Saugus Iron Works.
On Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 PM in the First Congregational Church (West Foster Street), the Melrose Historical Society will present the story of the Saugus Iron Works and the crucial role it played in the 17th century settlement of Massachusetts. From 1646 to approximately 1670, it was using the most advanced iron making technology of its day. Its workers and craftsmen, in the decades following 1670, went on to establish other iron producing centers throughout the colonies. Their work was critical to the development of industry and technology in the emerging country.
This year also marks the hundredth anniversary of the National Park Service. Our program is part of the celebration of the people, resources and preservation activities of the NPS. To spread the good news of what they are doing, on Saturday, May 21, for those interested, the Melrose Historical Society will sponsor a visit (10:30-10:45) to the Saugus Iron Works museum, with a film and tour (11:15) of the historic site.
We invite you to enjoy and support the national parks that are in your own backyard!