2020 marks the 200th anniversary year of the birth of Elisha Slade Converse, the first mayor of Malden and a major benefactor to the city. The video, “Who Was Elisha Converse?” (posted below) was produced by youth this past summer as part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP). Fengying Guo, Bridget Gately, and Joshua Dube worked at MATV, Malden’s Media Center (soon to be UMA) to co-produce this six-minute video.
“The most interesting thing to me about Elisha Converse was researching and learning about his incredible impact on Malden,” said Gately. “But what stuck out to me was his project on the creation of Fellsmere Pond after the burning of the Boston Rubber Shoe Company and how he paid all of his workers when they were out of work following the fire.”
“Before we started the Converse project, I knew nothing about our first mayor, but I learned a lot about him as we worked on this project,” said Guo. “We all worked together to do research and we attended two of the Converse 2020 events through the library. Then we spent a few days filming footage and doing the speaking parts. After that, we started doing the editing and picking out the background music. It took about three weeks to complete the project.”
“I liked working on the project because Elisha Converse did so much for our town and I didn’t know about him,” said Dube. “We also learned how to use a camera and edit videos.”
Check out the video created by these three young people and learn more about the man who was so central to the history of Malden. And keep an eye on the library’s calendar and website for upcoming Converse 2020 events.