Posts Tagged ‘Girl Scouts’

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

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

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

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


On the 9th Day of Christmas Trees…

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

The Girl Scouts did bring to us… a tree filled with whatchmacallits of every shape and size!

Decorated by Girl Scouts Shawsheen Service Unit

Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is a sister no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no matter the color of her skin. We have a promise and a law. On our honor, we try to do our best to be fair and square.

Some of us are tall, and some of us are small. When we get together, size doesn’t matter at all. Sometimes we are nutty. We love to joke and play. We’d love to put a Girl Scout smile into everyone’s day.

When we get together, we seem to make circles. We sit in circles, play circle games, and make a Friendship Circle. You could say we are well-rounded. Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home and we want to keep it safe for everyone.

We get a kick out of wearing our uniforms, learning new things, helping others, and being together with our friends. Girl Scouts are “chips off the old block”.

Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then we have been part of an old tradition, and are proud to be part of the future.

Patricia Harlow (modified)

The Shawsheen Service Unit of the Girls Scouts of Eastern Mass really outdid themselves with this tree! Inspired by the vintage Girl Scout uniforms in the Society’s collection, one troop went out of their way to contact all the other girl scouts in Andover and North Andover and asked them to make swaps or whatchamacallits (a small crafted item that can be traded with other new scout friends) for the Christmas Tree. The ingenuity of these young ladies is outstanding as miniature plates of brownies, smores on sticks, girl scout t-shirts, beaded pins and so much more absolutely cover their tall tree.

Each item has a troop number on it, and in many cases, a scout’s name. They’re all hoping to receive their items back at the end of the exhibit – and wouldn’t you if you put that much energy into making such charming ornaments?


Photo of the Week

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

For the next few weeks, we’ll feature scenes of Pomp’s and Haggett’s Ponds.  One side of Pomp’s Pond is now a Town of Andover recreation site and town beach.  The other side of the Pond is now Girl Scout Camp Maude Eaton.

This view is of Boy Scout Camp Manning in the 1920s, “Our location on Indian Ridge.”   Camp Manning closed in the early 1950s, and in 1963 the Town purchased the spot for a recreation area.  The town beach now occupies this space.

Boy Scout Camp Manning, in the early 1900s

Pomp’s Pond was named for Pompey Lovejoy, who came to Andover as a young child, the slave of Captain  William Lovejoy.  Lovejoy gained his freedom when he was 38; he lived to the ripe old age of 102.   During his lifetime, Lovejoy was a soldier during the Revolution and lived on the bank of the Pond with his wife Rose.  Lovejoy and his wife are buried in the South Church burial ground.  His tombstone reads, “Pomp Lovejoy, born in Boston, a slave; died in Andover, a free man, Feb. 23, 1826; much respected as a sensible, amiable, upright man.”


Girl Scout Afternoon: Winter Fun

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Experience what a winter’s evening might have been like in 1800s Andover without electricity or TV. Play games, make a craft, and eat snacks all by candle light.


Wednesday, January 27th
12:30 – 2:00
at the Historical Society


$15 per scout, includes snack, and craft supplies.


Limited to 20 participants. Please call 978.475.2236 for more information or to reserve your place. Additional Girl Scout Afternoons can be found by visiting the Event Calendar on our website or in the right column of the Blanchard House Blog.



It’s a Grand Old Flag

Friday, June 12th, 2009


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.


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