, Salem, MA


July 29, 2013

McAllister: Remembering those who helped preserve region's history


Colleen Bruce spent more than half of her 60 years on earth working for the National Park Service. She joined the staff of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site at a time when the park was undergoing a major overhaul with the help of a massive infusion of funds from the federal government and other sources.

As Marine Division chief, Colleen oversaw the restoration of the site’s decaying wharves before turning her attention to Friendship, a replica of an actual Salem vessel that dated to the late 18th century. While she had no experience in the field of ship building, operation and maintenance, Bruce quickly grew into the job. She became the vessel’s biggest advocate, and drew many others to the cause. Colleen played a leading role in defining and implementing Friendship’s mission, and lovingly and tenaciously fretted over its welfare until her dying days.

And finally, we remember Don Costin, longtime Wenham resident and antique collector, whose meticulous restoration of “Greymoor” at 329 Essex St. ca. 1980 inspired an article in a major American publication.

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