Archive for June, 2009

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

Friday, June 26th, 2009

dsc_0046While summer weekends in Andover once were lazy hazy days, that is no longer true. The Andover Historical Society is the place to be on Saturdays in the summer. Join us as we welcome back the Andover Farmers’ Market for its third season!! The market has expanded greatly this year! It has expanded so much so that the market will now wrap around both sides of the Blanchard House!!

Explore various locally produced goods including fruits, veggies, herbs, flowers, dog treats, baked goods and more!!! Join us for family fun in the barn including crafts and live demonstrations.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturdays from 12:30-3:30 starting July 11!

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Abbot Academy students in the 1940s

Abbot Academy students in the 1940s

School is out for summer this week! No matter how old we are, we still remember that feeling of excitement that the start of summer vacation brought.  These young ladies from Abbot Academy are dressed in their finest for a walk to church in the 1940s and, even if school isn’t out yet for them, they do have an air of joy about them.  This photograph was taken by Andover’s “official photographer” Donald Look.

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Photo of the Week Revisited

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

You may recall our most recent Photo of the Week was of 40 Woodland Street in Andover.  When we were researching the house, we were intrigued by owner John Franklin who was described on the back of the photograph as being a civil engineer who helped William Wood build West Parish Garden Cemetery.

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maybe-franklin-1909In the Society’s West Parish Garden Cemetery photo file are a series of photographs of men working on the new cemetery.  The man in the photograph here is included in a number of photographs, including one where he posed with surveying equipment.   For years now, I’ve been wondering who this handsome surveyor could be.

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Book Signing Success

Friday, June 19th, 2009

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On Thursday June 18th author Alan Hoffman presented a fascinating talk, brining Marquis de Lafayette back to Andover. Hoffman shared with a room full of engaged audience members details of Lafayette’s travels throughout America including Andover and his stop at Rose Cottage.

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Hoffman ended the evening by signing copies of 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.

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Volunteer Cook Out

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Thank you to everyone who came to last night’s Volunteer Cook Out! It was terrific to see you all here, relaxing and enjoying yourselves.  Click here to go to the Historical Society’s facebook page where we’ve posted more photographs of last night’s event.

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.You don’t have to have a facebook account to visit the Society’s facebook page!  We post program and event photos regularly.  Stop by and to see what’s new!

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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40 Woodland Road is a prime example of Yankee ingenuity – “use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.”

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Harriet Franklin with daughters Gertrude (age 1) and Irene (age 5) in 1905 outside their home at 40 Woodland Road.

Harriet Franklin with daughters Gertrude (age 1) and Irene (age 5) in 1905 outside their home at 40 Woodland Road.

The house is composed of three different houses and the parts of many more.  In the 1890s, Joseph Kempton bought the oldest part of the house, the long ell off the back,  from Joseph Blunt whose farm was on neighboring Salem Street.  Joseph Kempton built the new, front part of the house attaching it to the old house.  In 1899, Kempton sold the house to John and Harriet Franklin.  John Franklin was a civil engineer who helped plan Shawsheen Square and West Parish Cemetery for William Wood.  In 1918, thirteen years after this photo was taken, Franklin built a second story onto the ell, adding two bedrooms and a bath to the house.

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Are you a Farmers’ Market Fan?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

fm-logo-2009If you can answer “Yes!” then you might be just the person we’re looking for! The Andover Farmers’ Market will re-open for its third season on Saturday, July 11th and we’re looking for volunteers to help us spread the news with our Farmers’ Market newsletter, The Marketer.

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Do you have time to help add stories each week? Do you enjoy creating graphic layouts? Or maybe you prefer acting as Editor? If you’re a fan of the Farmers’ Market, and are interested in helping with any part of the 14 week newsletter, we’d love to hear from you!

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To find out more, please email farmersmarket@andoverhistorical.org or call the office at 978.475.2236.

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Summer Membership Savings

Monday, June 15th, 2009

You love our Farmers’ Market
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Buy a household membership to the Historical Society now thru September 30th and we’ll give you $10 in Farmers’ Market Bucks. Then you and your family fresh local produce and a year of Andover stories!

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Join now to take advantage of all the Andover Historical Society has to offer and help preserve Andover’s history!

2009-2010
Household Membership
$45.00


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It’s a Grand Old Flag

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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June 14 is Flag Day. Flag Day  commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. However, Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. The longest-running Flag Day parade is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began 1952.

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To learn more about the United States Flag you can sign up for two wonderful programs we offer for Girl Scouts including the Wave the Flag Try it and the United We Stand Patch program!  Email education@andoverhistorical.org

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
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Hannah Trow Flagg, 1799-1895

Today’s photo of the week is of Hannah Trow Flagg.  Hannah Flagg was born in North Andover in 1799, the year that George Washington died.  In 1819, she married Timothy Flagg and settled into the house at 234 Main Steet that she would live in for 78 years.

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Timothy Flagg and Abram Gould owned Flagg and Gould print shop which printed the first tract for the American Tract Society and started the temperance newspaper, the Journal of Humanity, in 1829.  Timothy Flagg died in 1833, leaving Hannah a widow with seven children.

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This photograph was taken in the mid 1800s, when Hannah would have been in her 50s.  She lived to the rare old age of 96.  Her obituary described Hannah Flagg as a “woman of remarkably good health and strong constitution” who died quietly following a fall that left her with a broken thigh bone.  Hannah Flagg was “unusually jolly and witty, fond of company and possessed of a store of reminiscences which made her very interesting as well as valuable to those who like to know about the town’s earlier days.”

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