Archive for February, 2009

Photo of the Week

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
This mid-19th century view of Elm Square showing EA Edwards Hairdressing and Barbershop, nestled under the great Elm tree, is one of the earliest photographs in the collection.

This mid-19th century view of Elm Square showing EA Edwards Hairdressing and Barbershop is one of the earliest photographs in the collection.

One of the best resources owned by the Historical Society is our collection of over 15,000 historic photographs of Andover. For the past few years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been scanning and cataloging the photographs. Once scanned, the original photographs are stored in the Society’s Archives to protect them from damage caused by handling. Printed copies of the scanned photographs are available for researchers in the Library.

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The printed copies are a short-term solution. In time we will have more computer research stations in the Library and researchers will be able to search the collection more efficiently using our computer database.

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To let readers know the scope of the Society’s historic photograph collection, we will post a photograph a week. Researchers have access to the photograph collection during open Library hours, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

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Searching + Shopping = Supporting AHS

Thursday, February 19th, 2009


GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!
Did you know that you can support the Andover Historical Society, just by searching and shopping online? Thanks to GoodSearch and GoodShop, powered by Yahoo!, it’s as easy as a few clicks of the mouse. Just visit GoodSearch, select Andover Historical Society as your non-profit of choice and search as usual. There are even quick and easy steps to add GoodSearch to your browser’s toolbar, making it even easier than ever to support AHS.

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And if you enjoy shopping online, visit GoodShop and access over 1000 big name retailers like Amazon, Dell, Expedia, and Gap. By stopping at GoodShop first, a percentage of each purchase is donated to the Historical Society.  Now it can be just as rewarding to give as it is to receive!

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Oral History Project Launched

Saturday, February 14th, 2009
We are pleased to announce the launch of our oral history project. The project is headed by a committee of dedicated volunteers. Volunteers will meet on a regular basis to learn and practice interviewing techniques. The committee will strive to gather stories from Andoverites of all generations on many topics ranging from education, to town politics, to family life. The committee is in the process of training and will begin interviews late this spring. Stay tuned!
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The Andover Lunch

Friday, February 13th, 2009

A few weeks ago, a researcher came into the library asking if we had any photographs of the Andover Lunch, located at 11 Main Street from around 1930 to the 1950s. Under earlier ownership, the restaurant was called the Andover Cafeteria. The Andover Lunch was owned by the researcher’s father. Located across the street from the Town House, it preceded Ford’s Coffee Shop as the lunch place for town employees, police, and firemen. It was also, we hear, the best place to go after seeing a movie.

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west-side-main-st011-croppedThe Historical Society’s archive holds earlier and later photographs of the west side of Main Street, such as the early 20th century photograph shown here. But none date from 1930-1950. We have no photographs of the Andover Lunch or the Andover Cafeteria, but we would love to add to our collection. Do you have any photographs of the outside or inside of the Andover Lunch? If you do, please leave a comment or send an email to info@andoverhistorical.org.
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Elaine Clements, Executive Director

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Ready, Set, Walk!

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Did you know that the Andover Historical Society has walking tour brochures available for seven different areas in town? Thanks to volunteer Jonah Kellman, these walking tour brochures have been digitally scanned and are now available for download  as pdf files by clicking below:

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Academy Hill Walking Tour

Andover Village Industrial District Walking Tour

Andover Village Walking Tour

Ballardvale Walking Tour

Central Street Walking Tour

Shawsheen Village Walking Tour

West Parish Center Walking Tour

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Printed copies are still available for purchase at the Society or by calling 978.475.2236. Are there other downloads you’d like to see here? If so, leave a comment to let us know!

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“History” doesn’t always mean “long, long ago”

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Regular Andover Townsman readers already know about Bill Dalton’s regular column. Bill has been writing about Andover history since the 1980s when he wrote a column for the Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Bill’s current column for the Andover Townsman is, in his words, “nostalgic, casual, or whimsical.” Today’s column is about the Indian Ridge School and is a nice companion to the Ken Seifert’s column on his years as Andover School Superintendent. You can read both columns at www.andovertownsman.com to learn a little “nearby” history of Andover.
Elaine Clements, Executive Director

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What’s It Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Back by popular demand! Mark your calendar now for the Society’s annual “What’s It Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event”, Friday, March 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, around the corner from the Historical Society.

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appraisal-2007-2-croppedSkinner appraiser and Antiques Roadshow favorite Stuart Whitehurst will be our appraiser for the evening. The open format appraisal event has become increasingly popular, as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about their neighbor’s objects as they are about their own. After registering their item, guests take their seat in the hall and enjoy the show as Whitehurst examines and discusses each item brought for appraisal. An entertaining speaker, Whitehurst’s goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines. Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.

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Ticket price will be announced by the end of February. For information and tickets, watch the blog or call 978-475-2236. Register for email updates by sending your email address to info@andoverhistorical.org.

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Giving the gift of time

Monday, February 9th, 2009

As many of you know, the Andover Historical Society can not operate without the many dedicated and talented volunteers that contribute to every facet of the museum’s operations. The Life Long Learning Committee (LLLC) and its amazing committee members are some of those fabulous volunteers. This dynamic group goes above and beyond by committing to regular monthly meetings where they are charged with developing, monitoring, and overseeing life-long learning opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

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The group has the energy and talent that is needed to develop and produce such wonderful programs as: Andover at Work, The Magical History Tour, and numerous outreach programs at local schools.

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Every month, the LLLC gathers to chat about current thoughts on educational programming, hot topics in town, or just to develop new strategies to better reach our audiences. Life Long Learning Committee members Jim Redmond, Jane Cairns, Jean Farrell, Steve Crockett, Joan Patrakis, and Susan Healey are truly exemplary volunteers who give so much to the Historical Society. To all of them, thank you!

LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT AHS

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Spring Woodworking Class

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Hand Planes & Wireless Routers
Woodworking Unplugged at the Andover Historical Society

Leave the 21st century behind to step back in time to an era before electricity when you enter the 187 year-old Amos Blanchard Barn.

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Breathe in the atmosphere of this unique place. Listen to the hum of a handsaw cutting though air-dried lumber and the sound of a sharp plane shaving curls of wood from a board. Pick up a 19th century plane or router and try your hand at traditional woodworking. Feel the warmth of the wooden tools and the satisfaction of learning an old “new” skill.

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Hand Planes & Wireless Routers” is designed to meet the needs of woodworkers, from the novice looking for an introduction to traditional hand woodworking skills to the advanced woodworker. The Spring 2009 six-week session runs Saturdays, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, March 7-April 11, with a make up session on April 18. The fee is $60 for members and $70 for non-members, with a discounted student rate of $40. For further information, please call the Andover Historical Society at 978-475-2236, or visit www.andoverhistorical.org for information and registration.

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Book Signing at the Andover Bookstore

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

bookcoverImages of America: Andover is now in-print and available for sale at the Andover Historical Society! Using the extensive photographic archives and records of the Andover Historical Society, curator Andrew Grilz has created an entertaining and informative glimpse into Andover’s past. Norma Gammon, a longtime Andover resident, former town selectman, and society board member, contributed the foreword. Books are $21.99 each and are available for purchase at the Society’s office or by calling 978.475.2236.

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On Thursday, February 5th, the Andover Bookstore is hosting a lecture featuring photographs from the recently published Images of America: Andover. Local historian and long-time Historical Society board member Jim Batchelder will be speaking about notable people and places in Andover’s history. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. and signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact the Andover Bookstore at 978.475.0143.

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For more information about the book, check out the recent article in the January 29, 2009 edition of the Andover Townsman.

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