I asked the artificial intelligence bot, ChatGPT, two questions about our town – see below:
I wonder if the statement about “poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison” having lived in town is correct? It did find the straw hat making. Not at all sure about the basis for saying we are known for our “long history with the military” that appears in both answers. Interesting, but all in all, I think Richard DeSorgher’s position as Town Historian is safe.
Medfield is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. It was first settled in 1649 and was officially incorporated in 1651. The town was named for its location in the midst of several meadows.
Medfield was originally a farming community, but it also had a number of small industries, including gristmills, sawmills, and tanneries. In the 19th century, the town became known for its production of straw hats, and the hat-making industry became an important part of the local economy.
Medfield has a long history of involvement in the military, with many of its residents serving in wars dating back to the American Revolution. The town has also been home to several notable figures, including poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.
Today, Medfield is a residential suburb of Boston with a population of about 12,000. It is known for its excellent schools, beautiful natural setting, and rich history.
for what is Medfield, Massachusetts famous?
Medfield, Massachusetts is known for a few things. One notable feature of the town is its rich history and long involvement in the military. Many of its residents have served in wars dating back to the American Revolution.
Medfield is also known for its excellent schools and beautiful natural setting. The town is located in Norfolk County, which is known for its rolling hills, wooded areas, and abundant green spaces. Medfield is home to a number of conservation areas and parks, including the Medfield State Hospital grounds, which offer hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing trails.
Medfield was once home to a number of small industries, including gristmills, sawmills, and tanneries. In the 19th century, the town became known for its production of straw hats, and the hat-making industry became an important part of the local economy.
Overall, Medfield is known for its rich history, excellent schools, beautiful natural setting, and involvement in the military.
Coming up– view the movie “2040” Jan. 31 Tuesday 7pm at United Church of Christ 496 Main Street Feb. 5 Sunday 1pm at the Medfield Public Library bring a friend!
Roger Ebert writes: An Australian dad (writer/director Damon Gameau) imagines what life could be like for his four-year-old daughter 20 years from now with a brief but very clear depiction of the precariousness of our current carbon overload and its consequences… The biggest risk in fighting climate change is an overwhelming sense of helplessness. “2040” points a practical, achievable path toward solutions, but its most important contribution is a sense that change is possible. Gameau says that he wants “to create a vision of a different future” with “an exercise in fact-based dreaming.” This film does not scold us; it is hopeful. Looking for a “natural high”? Donate to MEA! Get your endorphins flowing! Click hereThe next MEA meeting is Jan. 4, 2023 at 7:30pm by Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link. All are welcome!Our MissionMedfield Environment Action (MEA) is a grassroots organization of residents. We share information about the accelerating environmental destruction and climate emergency to empower local action. We seek to build a movement of informed citizens, dedicated to the preservation of a living environment in Medfield and beyond. Our goal is that those informed citizens support each other and work together for solutions.
“Although we recognize the paramount importance and profound significance of all end-of-life decisions, after careful consideration, we conclude that the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights does not reach so far as to protect physician-assisted suicide. We conclude as well that the law of manslaughter may prohibit physician-assisted suicide, and does so, without offending constitutional protections.”
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Posted onNovember 16, 2022|Comments Off on Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s 2021 grantees’ report
Legacy Fund Grantees Report
Grantees of the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund’s latest 2021 round of grants reported to the Medfield Foundation board and the Legacy Fund founders at a meeting this past Monday evening at the Public Safety Building.
Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Societyreported on the new cyclorama purchased with its grant which was installed at the back of the stage in the MHS auditorium, allowing for better performances. “The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the visual quality of shows for Community members who attend performances.”
Medfield Outreach used its grant to commission a survey of town needs, data designed to focus Outreach’s strategic plan. Outreach Director Kathy MacDonald reported on the survey and its results. “In the winter of 2022, Medfield Outreach began work to complete a community needs survey and create a five-year strategic plan for the department. What you see on these tabs is the result of that almost six month long undertaking.”
Sustainable Medfield used its grant to further publicize and share its mission promoting sustainability with town residents – “1. Provide residents a one-stop resource of Medfield-specific ACTIONS to improve our environment and reduce our carbon footprint. and 2. Connect community groups to network and collaborate on sustainability.”
About the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Is a professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non-profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit https://www.medfieldfoundation.org/legacy-fund.
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