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Treasures in the Attic: Winter Sports with Alan French

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Visit the Andover Historical Society this Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for our special event Treasures in the Attic: Winter Sports with Alan French.

Treasures in the Attic programs  offer visitors a chance to view collections that are not regularly on display.  This Saturday, Alan French will explore the history of winter recreation in Andover.  Alan French, owner of Moor and Mountain, Chairman of the Bay Circuit Alliance, and former member of the AVIS Board of Trustees will present history and stories associated with objects all related to winter sports from Andover’s past.

Young Bessie Goldsmith

Included in the Andover Historical Society winter sport collection is a pair of ice skates and a child’s sled donated by former Andover resident Bessie Goldsmith.  An eccentric Andover character, Bessie left a large collection to the Andover Historical Society including personal items, diaries, and photos.  During Treasures in the Attic, Allan French will recount stories of

Bessie Goldsmith and how the Goldsmith Woodlands were saved.  Bessie, a strong and independent woman of Andover’s past, is said to have pointed her shotgun at trespassers caught picking blueberries on her land.  In 1974, Bessie Goldsmith, donated her woodlands and land to the Fund for Preservation of Wildlife and Natural Areas.  AVIS became the caretakers in 1977.

Alan French of Moor and Mountain Sports

Alan French is an expert in sporting equipment and an avid outdoorsman. With a total of  172 miles of multi-use, recreational trail, Andover conservationists have preserved the land and its history for future generations.  Come learn about how winter recreation in Andover and sporting equipment has changed and evolved Saturday, November 12th.  This event is free to members of the Andover Historical Society and $5 for non-members.  Please call to make reservations.

To learn more about the Treasures in the Attic program, call 978-475-2236 or visit the Andover Historical Society website at