On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., Andover Stories contributors will present the Andover Historical Society’s 31st annual Memorial Lecture at the Historical Society, 97 Main Street. The lecture will begin immediately following a short annual meeting of the Society’s members. The public is invited to come at 7:00 to hear a little about the Historical Society and then enjoy the memorial lecture. The Memorial Lecture is free of charge.
In honor of the Society’s Centennial year, the 2011 Memorial Lecture will highlight “Best of the 104 Stories” with presentations by local authors and historians, Jim Batchelder, Joan Patrakis, Gail Ralston, and Don Robb. Each of the presenters has been a regular contributor to the Andover Stories series in the Andover Townsman since April 2010. With topics ranging from Krinsky’s downtown junkyard to LeBoutillier’s artistry and Shawsheen River legends and ghosts to with witchcraft hysteria of 1692, the weekly stories explore the interesting stories that make Andover the unique town it is today.
As long-time volunteers for the Society and as Andover history enthusiasts, Batchelder, Patrakis, Ralston, and Robb will share their own perspectives on the tales from Andover’s past and present that made their way into the weekly printed stories. We look forward to welcoming them for the 31st annual Memorial Lecture.
The Memorial Lecture is given each year in memory of Historical Society members who passed away during the preceding year. “We do our best to stay in touch with all our members,” said Historical Society director Elaine Clements, “but we don’t always hear from families when members have passed away. We would like to be sure that we honor all our members who have passed away, and ask families to let us know so we can include their loved one in the memorial book.”