It’s time to pull out an album from your record collection or pick up one from a thrift store! Grab a partner and some simple supplies and you can make a turntable to listen to a vinyl LP without electricity. This activity teaches aspects of engineering and technology, and the physics behind sound waves. Thank you Eli and Kate Carlson for submitting your project and being this week’s Arts Quincy STEAM Stars!
Quincy Preserves to Host First-Ever Walking Tour!
Historical preservation is integral to the identity of Quincy. It contributes to the liveliness of our streets and our booming downtown district. It symbolizes important events, people, and ideas in our area’s history. It promotes the heritage of our city to all who visit and live here. Without historical preservation, there would be far fewer gems in the “Gem City.”
Preservation is so important because once a historical building is demolished, it is lost forever. The chance to renovate or save a structure that adds so much to the cultural landscape of an area is eliminated. These beautiful buildings showcase high-quality building materials that are no longer found in newer construction, such as rare hardwoods and unusual tinted glass. To lose them would greatly hinder our community’s understanding and appreciation of great architecture and craftsmanship.
The historic Washington Theater located in downtown Quincy is the only remaining theater of several that were found along or near Hampshire street in the 1920’s. These entertainment establishments formed Quincy’s very own “Great White Way”. A crowd of 5,000 flocked to the Washington Theater for the grand opening on June 19, 1924 to see vaudeville acts that traveled to Quincy from all across the country. Going to a movie house like the Washington Theater about 100 years ago looked drastically different from what going to the movies looks like today. Movies in the 1920’s cost about a nickel and provided a much greater variety of entertainment. Not only would you get to see a silent or talkie film, but your ticket also provided you with the opportunity to see live performances such as vaudeville acts with in person accompaniments.