Calendar of Events

World War I: The Tragic Causes- a presentation by Don Robb
March, 4, 1pm, Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street

Join Don Robb, Andover Historical Society board member, to discuss the causes of World War I, the United States’ long-awaited entry into the war and personal stories of his father who was stationed both in Mexico and France during the Great War. Members: FREE; Non-members: $5, registration required.

Book Discussion: Back Over There- POSTPONED until April 5th at 7pm
Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm, Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street

Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante will share his fascinating journey researching World War I veterans from the city of Lawrence. This will be followed by a discussion of Richard Rubin's newest book, Back Over There. Free to the public, registration required.

An Afternoon with Richard Rubin
​Sunday, March 18, 2pm, Memorial Hall Library

Author Richard Rubin returns to Memorial Hall Library to discuss and share his latest book, Back Over There In Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin introduced readers to a forgotten generation of Americans: the men and women who fought and won the First World War. Rubin knew well the importance of being present if you want to get the real story, so he travelled “Over There” and discovered that while most Americans regard the Great War as dead and gone, to the French, who still live among its ruins and memories, it remains very much alive.

For months he followed the trail of the American Expeditionary Forces on the Western Front, finding trenches, tunnels, bunkers, century-old graffiti and ubiquitous artifacts.  Through his travels he found an abiding fondness for America and Americans, and a colorful corps of local after-hours historians and archeologists who tirelessly explore these sites and preserve the memories they embody, while patiently waiting for Americans to return and reclaim their own history and heritage. Free to the public, registration required.

Screening of All Quiet on The Western Front
Wednesday, April 4 at 6:00pm, Memorial Hall Library

A screening of the WWI classic, All Quiet on the Western Front, about a young soldier facing profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Free to the Public.

Discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front
Sunday, April 8 at 2:00pm, Memorial Hall Library

Former Friends' of Memorial Hall Library board member and educator Kathleen Dolan will share readings and lead a follow-up discussion of All Quiet on the Western Front, as well as selected poetry that emerged from the experiences of those who were profoundly influenced by their experiences fighting in World War I. Free to the public.
April Vacation Family Drop-in
Thursday, April 19th from 2:00 - 4:00pm, Andover Historical Society

Stop by the Blanchard House to explore the war effort activities of Andover residents during World War One. Learn about war gardens and plant seeds for your own garden with the help of our community partner  Andover Community Gardens. Learn about the care packages sent to servicemen abroad and the community groups formed to help the war effort right here in Andover. Free to the public, no registration needed

One Neighborhood, Two Towns: How a part of Andover became South Lawrence
Sunday, April 22nd at 1pm, Andover Historical Society

Join Andover Historical Society and members of the Lawrence History Center as we explore an area of Andover that was purchased in the 1840’s by the Essex Company to become part of what is now South Lawrence. Learn more about the sale of property in the mid-nineteenth century and how both Andover and South Lawrence were affected by the construction of Interstate 495.  We’re excited to have Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante, and former Lawrence resident and long-time Lawrence History Center volunteer Rick Wentmore join us for this new collaborative neighborhood program. Free to the public, registration required.

A Look Back through the Andover Townsman of 1917 with Susan McKelliget
Friday, April 27 at 7pm, Andover Historical Society

Andover Historical Society Board President Susan McKelliget will take us on a journey through articles, advertisements, and announcements printed in the Andover Townsman during the year 1917. Get a glimpse of what life was like in Andover in the months leading up to and after the U.S. entered World War I. Members: FREE; Non-members: $5, registration required.

Songs of World War I: Andover Choral Society Spring Concert
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:00 pm, Memorial Auditorium, 50 Bartlet Street

The impact of the First World War is deeply reflected in American popular music of the era. In the first half of this program, Andover Choral Society will tell the story of the war’s impact through popular song, featuring arrangements written for Andover Choral Society by Jerry Noble, a Massachusetts resident, accompanist, and arranger. The second half of the program will include contemporary settings of John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields”, and Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Everyone Sang,” written by Sassoon shortly after the end of the war. Also on the program is Mack Wilberg’s arrangement of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” which features words penned in 1832 by Samuel F. Smith, an Andover Theological Seminary student. Enjoy images from Andover Historical Society’s World War I era collection while listening to this very special concert. 

Early Morning on the Avenue in May 1917 and Childe Hassam: a morning with Judith Dolkart
Tuesday, May 8th at 10:30am, Addison Gallery of American Art, 180 Main Street  

Hear Judith Dolkart, The Mary Stripp & R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art , discuss Early Morning on the Avenue in May 1917, painted by American artist Fredrick Chile Hassam, one of a series of flag paintings he created during World War I, between 1916 and 1919. Free to the public, registration required.

World War I: the Tragic Consequences- a presentation by Don Robb
Thursday May 10th, 2018, 7:00pm, Andover Historical Society

Don Robb ends our program series with a presentation that looks at the tragic and lasting consequences of World War I. The presentation will touch on the impact of the war on its combatants, the reorganization of Eastern Europe, the results of meddling in the Middle East, the cost of overlooking Africa and Asia, and the long-term effects of the Treaty of Versailles. Members: FREE; Non-members: $5, registration required.