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Topsfield Proctor Elementary School’s Historic Bell
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The historic bell atop the Proctor School has been silent since 1978, when a neighbor complained about its ringing. But it now has a shot at a new life.

As part of the Proctor envelope project, the bell was taken down and shipped out for restoration. Now it’s back on top of the Georgian building, and Topsfield Historical Society President Norm Isler is one of a number of people who hope it will once again sound from the town center.

Recently, Isler teamed up with Doug Goddard of Compass Project Management to give a presentation to the students. Isler talked about the history of the bell, and Goddard, who is overseeing the envelope project at the school, discussed it from an architectural perspective.

Goddard says the kids wanted to know how the bell was taken down off the roof, where it was stored, what it’s made of, and what it will sound like. They wanted to know when they’d be able to hear it.

“It was the pairing of history and then technology and engineering,” he says.

Excerpt taken from Wicked Local Boxboro article by Wendall Waters

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