Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Whirlwind of Events for Girls!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The snow isn’t slowing us down at the Andover Historical Society!

February 10 at 3:30 pm: Manners & Decorum & Valentines! View the flyer
Little Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice!  Join us to learn about Victorian and modern-day manners while viewing fashions, making crafts, and playing games.  Make a special valentine and sit down for a delightful tea party while good manners and decorum are learned and practiced. Ages 7-9,  Reservations are Required.  Call 978-475-2236 or email ddesmet@andoverhistorical.org.

February 17 at 3:30: Disability Awareness-Helen Keller’s Visit to Andover View the Flyer
In May of 1891, Helen Keller visited Andover and spoke publicly for the first time.  Learn about the incredible story of Helen Keller during this multisensory program and experience the world with your fingertips. Program for ages 9-11, $10 per child, Reservations Required.  Please call 978-475-2236 or email ddesmet@andoverhistorical.org.

March 10 at 3:30: Little House on the Prairie (in Andover?) View the Flyer
Did you know Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ancestors lived in Andover?  Experience what life was like for Laura and her sisters.  Play games, make crafts, and get ready for your westward journey! For girls ages 7-9, $10 per child. Reservations required, please call 978-475-2236 or email ddesmet@andoverhistorical.org.

A full listing of all Historical Society events can be found on our website.

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Two years, 350+ posts, too many words to count!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Blanchard House Blog celebrates it’s 2nd birthday today! It’s been two short years since we launched and I’m happy to report that things are still going strong. With blog posts from nearly a dozen authors, including staff, volunteers, and interns, during the past 24 months, the Society has highlighted historic photographs from our collection, stories from our members and visitors, event and program details, Society news, and even the occasional nugget of interesting historical research we’ve stumbled upon.

Thanks to you, our readers, plus other web visitors, our blog is currently averaging over 300 visitors a day… with some days in January 2011 seeing as many as 1100 different visitors. (And no, that doesn’t include robots ;o) We know many of you read the blog entries on facebook, too and we love seeing the comments and questions! We’ve had busy weeks and quieter spells, but overall we’re averaging a blog post every other day. And wait till you see what’s in store next…

2011 will continue to bring interesting stories, photos, events and historical tidbits to share with you. We’re expanding our online presence, as well as our outreach in the community, every week and the Blanchard House Blog is the first place to hear all about it. Thanks for reading – now help us blow out the birthday candles so that this year’s wish will come true!

P.S. Don’t forget, you can always send us suggestion about topics, photos or events you would like to see covered in the Blanchard House Blog. You can even become a writer – just email, call or stop by the Society and we’ll get you started!

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A nice day for… compost tea?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Made for plants, not people, the use of compost tea is an ecologically-sound approach to enjoying a beautiful green pesticide-free lawn this summer. Homeowners interested in learning more about the latest trend in landscaping will want to come to Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover, at 10a.m. on Saturday, March 27th, when Superintendent Chris Ward will make a one hour presentation and demonstration showing the “tea” application at the Stevens-Coolidge Place.

He will also provide tips on how you can adapt the process to feed your lawn and gardens, too. Many Andover residents are familiar with the property through their enjoyment of the house, the grounds and gardens, volunteering at events and through their membership with The Trustees of Reservations.

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Andover Stories Celebrates Our Stitching Past

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

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Join us on Tuesday January 19th at 10:00 at the Historical Society for the year’s first Andover Stories.

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An antique sampler from the Society's collection

Discover Andover’s needleworking past as Office Manager and costume historian, Carrie Midura, explores the world of school girl needlework. Enjoy a sampling of Andover stitchery as examples of 18th and 19th century cross stitch and embroidery from the collection of the Society are displayed and discussed.

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Free to the public. 97 Main St Andover, MA 01810. (978) 475-2236

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Andover Stories

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Join us on Tuesday December 8th as actress and story-teller Susan Lenoe portrays Harriet Beecher Stowe. One of Andover’s most famous residents, Harriet will share her joy for the Christmas season including family traditions and fascinating facts about her holidays here in Andover.

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The presentation is part of a monthly educational series, Andover Stories: Presentations on interesting and obscure Andover history.  Talks by local historians, writers, authors presenting the people, traditions and events that make Andover a unique town.

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NEW DATE: December 8th 10:00 am- 11:00 am at 97 Main St.  Free and open to the public.

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Andover Stories

Friday, November 13th, 2009

turkey_13033_lgJoin us on Tuesday 17th at 10:00 am for our third installment of Andover Stories. This month’s presentation, “Thanksgiving in Andover:  Traditions and Meals that Brought Us Together”, will be presented by Gail Ralston.

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Join us as we explore the history of Thanksgiving from the first gathering in 1621 to the Commonwealth’s proclaiming of the holiday in 1828.  We will then look at how Andover celebrated in the late 1800s and how we’ve brought the holiday into modern times.  Recipes for a traditional Thanksgiving meal – both for an open hearth and a modern stove – will be provided, but if you have your own family favorite, bring a copy and we’ll make sure everyone in the group receives a set.  After all, sharing our bounty is what Thanksgiving is all about!

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Get your Tastes & Treasures tickets today!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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Join us for the Andover Historical Society’s
Annual Silent Auction

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Featuring Spanish tapas and wine pairings

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Saturday, November 21, 2009
At the historic former November Club
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
6 Locke Street, Andover, Mass.

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Tickets $25
Purchase online or call 978-475-2236 to place your order

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Don’t miss your chance to attend this year’s signature event!

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Farmers’ Market Extended to October 17th!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Due to demand by our vendors and visitors the Andover Farmers’ Market has been extended one week to October 17th. The 17th is a day to be in downtown Andover. Andover Day celebrates the grand reopening of Main St wcamera 7-17-07 022 2ith concerts, sidewalk sales, and food. Why not stop by  the farmers’ market for one more chance to enjoy the season’s bounty and all your favorite vendors? The market opens early on this special occasion running from 10:30-3:30. Don’t miss it!!

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If this town could talk… the stories it would tell

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Ever wonder what Andover was like when your parents were young, why its called Elm Square, or why there is a bridge in the middle of the park? Join the Andover_01Historical Society as we launch our newest program, Andover Stories: Presentations on interesting and obscure Andover history.

 This monthly program will feature a diverse group of lecturers and presenters who will share with you fun and interesting facts about your town.

Upcoming topics include: Andover at Work a hands-on look at daily life in the 1820s Andover, presented by Museum Educator Sarah Sycz; Thanksgiving in Andover:  Traditions and Meals that Brought Us Together presented by Gail Ralston; and Harriet Beecher Stowe: Christmas in Andover presented by Susan Lenoe.

    Generally the programs will run the third Tuesday of each month from 10:00 am-11:00 am. Check out the event calendar on our website, www.andoverhistorical.org, for dates.

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Skug River Walking Tour

Friday, September 18th, 2009

    Join members of the Andover Historical Society and AVIS on Sunday, Oct. 11th at 1:30 p.m. as we explore the history and natural beauty of the Skug River Reservation. Park at Skug entrance on Salem St. Led by Fred Snell, 978-686-3647, fred@snell.com.

    The Skug River Reservation is located near Jenkins Road and contains a glacial erratic, an enormous stone. Soapstone, or steatite, once quarried here is a soapy, greasy-feeling rock, very soft and easy to cut. It was used for tombstones, building stone and small carved hand-warming blocks.

    The Skug River got its name from a phonetic misspelling of Skunk. Over 200 years ago, its waters were dammed to power a profitable sawmill and grist mill. The dam has long since washed away, but the massive stone walls of the millrace can still be seen in adjacent Harold Parker State Forest from the Skug River Reservation trail. William Jenkins quarried soapstone here as it contains a glacial erratic, an enormous stone. The quarried soapstone left behind the massive outcropping of wedged rock near the bridge. Mr. Jenkins was also a renowned abolitionist and his home on Jenkins Road was a station for the Underground Railroad and a gathering place for William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Reservations’ woodlands were once cleared farm fields.

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