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Preserving Brockton’s historic footprint


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Brockton, once the largest producer of footwear in the world, boasts an obscure but extraordinary museum in the 1767 homestead of a shoemaker named Jeremiah Beals, tracing the evolution of American shoemaking from moccasins to walking shoes. Also on display is celebrity footwear, including Ted Williams’s baseball spikes, shoes worn by Charles Lindbergh, President Ford’s golf shoes, running shoes of former presidents Carter and Clinton, comedian Jay Leno’s loafers, the size 24 shoes worn by Primo Carnera, Italian world heavyweight champion in 1933-34, and Mamie Eisenhower’s pumps.

Brockton Historical Society, 216 North Pearl St., 508-583-1039,

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