Archive for May, 2009

Lafayette Came to Andover

Friday, May 29th, 2009

On Thursday June 18th Alan Hoffman will speak about his most recent work, a translation of Auguste Levasseur’s Lafayette in America, a journal of General Lafayette’s 1824-1825 Farewell Tour of all 24 United States. Hoffman will address Lafayette’s visit to Andover in his talk as well as highlights from the book. The event will culminate with a book signing.

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hoffman_portrait In this book, Lafayette’s private secretary describes how the now 67-year-old hero of the American Revolution and apostle of liberty in Europe was welcomed in an adoring frenzy by the American people. Lafayette was the sole surviving major general of the Continental Army. With its panoramic view of the young country — its burgeoning cities and towns, its technological innovations like the Erie Canal, and its industrious people — this book captures America on the cusp of its jubilee year.

Thursday June 18th 6:30-7:30
97 Main St Andover, MA

For more information on the book visit http://www.lafayetteinamerica.com/index.html

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Today Show…Today!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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The Today Show aired it’s segment on Jay Leno’s childhood in Andover and his early career Wednesday, May 27th. Click here to go the MSNBC website to watch the segment.  Look for Andover in the second minute of the piece for our 22 seconds on national television!

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

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Today’s photograph is a view of Main Street.  The building, once a familiar sight, was demolished in August 1936 to make room for the new Woolworth five and dime.  Click here to go to the Historical Society’s Main Street Memories exhibit website for more information about this section of Andover’s Main Street.

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A High Speed Chase ~ 19th Century Style

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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About a quarter mile outside Elm Square on Essex Street milkman John May was assaulted while delivering milk for Milo H. Gould  at 5:30  p.m. Saturday

Milo H. Gould owned the farm at 102 Gould Road.

Milo H. Gould owned the farm at 102 Gould Road.

April 30, 1899.  May was accompanied by his younger brother Gordon.  Gordon stayed on the milk wagon while John delivered milk to a customer.  While John was away from the milk wagon, four men in a horse-drawn “carry all” pulled up and one asked Gordon for a drink of milk.  Once he had finished his drink, however, the man refused to pay.  John then returned to the milk wagon and demanded payment, which was again refused.

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Be Sure to Watch the Today Show Monday!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

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jay-lenoMonday morning, May 25th, in the first hour of NBC’s Today Show, 7:00-8:00 a. m., watch for the Historical Society in the background of a segment on Andover native Jay Leno.  Click here to see our previous blog post on the show.

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Over 25 years and running strong.

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

For over 25 years the Andover Historical Society has brought Andover’s history to life for to Andover students through the Andover at Work program. dsc_0371Currently every spring and fall we see over 550 Andover students. With the spring weather comes field trip season and for every third grader in Andover’s public schools comes a field trip to the Andover Historical Society. This spring AHS will be visited by Sanborn Elementary, West Elementary, South Elementary, and Satin Augustans School from May 1st- June 12th.

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West Parish Garden Cemetery Celebrates 100 Years

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
The now lush Garden Cemetery in 1909.

The now lush Garden Cemetery in 1909.

At the 19th Annual Andover Preservation Awards held Tuesday, May 19, 2009, a special Award for Group Achievement was presented to the West Parish Garden Cemetery for their dedication to the preservation of this special place in Andover.

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Stone masons at work on the Garden Cemetery in 1909.

As written in the award program book, “The original burial ground was founded in 1692.  In 1909 the burial ground was transformed into a 54-acre garden cemetery by American Woolen mill president William Wood.  The cemetery’s winding roads, cobblestone pathways, ponds, stone walls, memorial arch, and Romanesque chapel make the cemetery the centerpiece of the West Parish Center National Register District.  The cemetery committee has guided cemetery operations for 15 years and raised nearly $1,000,000 to restore and preserve this idyllic and peaceful place.”

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

1993-96-203-pet-showWe don’t know much about today’s photograph, except that it was taken by Andover Townsman photographer Donald Look, probably in the late 1940s to early 1950s. This photograph of a local pet show is one of the many charming and poignant images that can be found in the Society’s photograph collection.  Images like this are at once familiar and different.  They can connect us to our community’s past in a way that few other media can.

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If you enjoy our Photo of the Week blog post, consider purchasing a copy of our newest book, Images of America: Andover.  The book is filled with historic photographs that are unique to this town.  Proceeds from the book benefit the Historical Society.  If you are in town, you can purchase the book at the Historical Society and the Andover Book Store.  The book is also available on line at Amazon.com.

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A New Way to Renew Memberships

Monday, May 18th, 2009

The Historical Society’s membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th and spring is a great time to renew! Keeping your membership current ensures that you will receive our award winning quarterly publication, The Newsletter, as well as advance notice of all events and programs that the Society offers. Membership benefits include free admission to the museum and library and you can also take advantage of discounted Massachusetts auto insurance rates or membership in the Andover Federal Credit Union. (more…)

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You’re invited to Serio’s Grove!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

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