Archive for June, 2009

Andover Heritage Award Thursday

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Tickets are still available for the Andover Heritage Award.


Please join us this Thursday, as we recognize community leader Mark Spencer at the fourth annual Andover Heritage Award, Thursday, June 11, 2009, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover, Mass.


Tickets for the Heritage Award event, which includes a buffet dinner, are $35 per person.   Tickets can be purchased on line through the Society’s website.  Click here for information and tickets.   Or call Historical Society Office Manager Carrie Midura at 978-475-2236.  Carrie will be happy to assist you.

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Have you heard the buzz?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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Have you heard the buzz? The “Father of American Beekeeping” lived here at 97 Main Street! In 1836 Rev. Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth served as pastor at South Parish Church. During part of his stay in Andover, Langstroth was one of the many boarders here at the Blanchard house!

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By the 1840s Langstroth moved his Massachusetts born wife and children to Philadelphia. It was here that he developed and patented the first movable frame bee hive in America. His inventions allowed beekeeping to be more cost effective. Langstroth’s hive was the first hive to have comb that was enclosed on four sides by a wooden frame surrounded by a “bee space” that allowed for easy removal and reuse of the comb. By reusing the comb the bees in the hive were able to produce much greater quantities of honey, which was used at that time as a sweetener even more widely than sugar.

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Look for Us on Facebook!

Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Look for the Blanchard House on our facebook page!

Look for the Blanchard House on our facebook page!

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We just launched the Andover Historical Society on facebook. Facebook is an on line social utility designed to help people communicate more effectively with their friends, families, co-workers, colleagues, and fans.  You can visit the Society’s facebook page by clicking here.  If you are already on facebook, you will be able to be an active participant in our discussions, etc.  If you not already on facebook, you will still be able to read our posts but won’t be able to connect back to us.

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Take a look and let us know what you think.  If you like what you see, become a fan of the Andover Historical Society!

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Photo of the Week

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
Sylvan Hollow Poultry Farm in the 1920s

Sylvan Hollow Poultry Farm in the 1920s

Today’s photograph, taken in the 1920s, recalls Andover’s rural, agricultural background.  Charles Newton owned the Sylvan Hollow Poultry Farm on Boutwell Road in West Andover.  This photograph of the farm shows Newton’s poultry coops and his flock of, what we would call today, “free range” chickens.

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During the cold winter months, the chickens were kept indoors, however, b etween March and December, chickens were free to roam outside, eating bugs, berries, and whatever else they could find.  The chickens would go home to their coop at night.  During the Great Depression, Andover farmers often tattooed the chicks to identify them because poor, hungry people would sometimes steal chickens.

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Volunteers, You’re Invited!

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

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