Posts Tagged ‘AHS’

A Walk in Helen Keller’s Shoes

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Did you know Helen Keller visited Andover?  Over the course of her life, Helen traveled the world, learning about the people and places around her without the abilities to see or hear.

Many may not know that Helen Keller is an important part of local Andover history.  In May of 1891, Helen Keller came to visit the Abbot Academy on School Street.  Helen  visited at the age of 13 with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, for the first of several overnight visits.  During a tour of the Academy Helen laid her hands upon casts of Nero, Jupiter, and Niobe.  She named the individual sculptures by only using her sense of touch and knowledge of history.

The Andover Historical Society’s newest program, based on the life of Helen Keller, includes stories and activities that teach children about living with physical disabilities in the past and present.  To prepare for this program, AHS volunteer, Holly Heinzer, has looked into the Society’s collection and has found a fascinating history of individuals from Andover who lived with disabilities, most intriguing maybe the story of the Richard and Abigail Carter.  Of their eleven children five were blind: two daughters and three sons.  Four of whom were among the first pupils at the Perkins School for the blind.

Check out our events calendar to see all of our upcoming programs and to sign your child up for Helen Keller’s Visit to Andover.   Our next group event is coming up in April, but if you would like schedule any of our programs call 978-475-2236 or email


Andover Story Next Week on William Wood

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Join us next Tuesday, January 18th, at 2 p.m. as Donald Robb presents the fascinating Andover Story,

William Wood: Father of Shawsheen Village

Have you ever wondered why there are so few garages in Shawsheen Village?  Or why the area is divided into “Brick Shawsheen” and “White Shawsheen”?  And what ever happened to the dream of William Wood.

Don’t miss this Andover Story!

Andover Historical Society

97 Main St.

Andover, MA 01810



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.


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.


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



One week left…

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Have you visited the Historical Society’s current exhibition, From Near and Far: 350 Years of Making Andover Home? If not, you have one week left to stop by and visit!


Featuring the stories of people who have chosen to call Andover their home from the 1600s to today, you can learn more about the many reasons for moving to Andover through the centuries. From business opportunities with Raytheon or the Smith & Dove Mills, to educational experiences at Phillips Acadamy or the Theological Seminary, to reasons relating to religious freedom, this exhibit explores the deeper issues behind choosing Andover as a hometown.


The Historical Society is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public during open hours.


From Near and Far: 350 Years of Making Andover Home
On exhibit through October 31st
at the Andover Historical Society


The day in the life of a teenager in 1866

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

dancingFriday  Mr. Deveroux came up to night and Father had his whist party. They all enjoyed themselves very much. Drank….


Saturday  Mother got terribly angry with Father for speaking of some Pickles which he did not see at the table at the whist party. Pickles, Pickles


Sunday  I did not go to church all day. Got a good Bible lesson. W. Frye and bates came up in the evening. He has a great fashion of calling me Mrs. B. lately and we have real fun. Greenleaf came in also


Monday  School all day. Went to dancing school in the afternoon. Made Caramels


Tuesday  Went to the Sociable in the evening at Mrs. Mortons. Had a splendid time. W. Dale was there. Danced twice with him. I think he is splendid now. I wonder what I shall think a year or two from now


What will Abby think of W. Dale in the coming weeks?


The day in the life of a teenager in 1866

Friday, October 16th, 2009
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Abby Locke

Saturday January 6th Very cold. Went up to skate but had to come back. W. Frye up in the evening and we made some Caramels


Sunday Snowing. Did not get down stairs till ½ past eight oclock. Mr. Means house caught fire while in bed


Friday School. Got the worsteds for my cushion. Went down town with Edith, had a real nice time


Saturday Usual routine


Tuesday Made Caramels, very good.


Wednesday Finished up top of my cushion. Went to sleigh ride with W. Frye in the morning and with Mary Morton in the afternoon. Saw most every one on the street. Had a splendid time. W. Frye came up in the evening and brought some candy we supposed of course was for us but he surprised us by saying when he was going home. Well! Frye you will have something to chaw tonight.

 Mother and I went to Boston and bought a new Dinner set and a dozen Silver Spoons

 Thursday The dishes came and they are … handsome


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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,, for dates.


Why do Genealogists use the Caroline Underhill research Library at the Andover Historical Society?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Where else can you find the history of your family and their Town, but in the Caroline Underhill Research Library?  History jumps out at you as you walk into the Library.  The Underhill Research Library brings the family and its town to life.  The books, maps and pictures are all waiting to be opened so a story can be told.  Yes, you can find information about an individual online, but that only creates questions that the information in the Library will answer.




All new! LIVE AHS Online programming

Monday, August 10th, 2009

You are invited you to a special live online event featuring Andover’s Shawsheen Village on Friday, August 21st at 2:00 pm. Andover Historical Society President and Shawsheen resident, Don Robb, who will lead an interactive web-based presentation on Shawsheen Village history.


Join us for our first live website presentation…

Friday, August 21st
2:00 p.m.
Click to reserve your spot!


This exciting program can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home! A selection of our extensive collection of many early pictures of Village houses will be featured throughout the online program. A live question and answer session will follow the presentation. We hope you will join us for the first in our series of new online programming!


This online presentation is offered to the public at no cost. To register for this online event, please complete the form below. Space is limited, so please sign up today!


Have questions? Contact the Society at 978.475.2236 or


What’s a Word Cloud?

Friday, August 7th, 2009

elaines-wordle-1-green2       A Word Cloud is a group of words arranged in an artistic way.   The word cloud here was  inspired by the Historical Society’s new mission.   We invite you to create your own word cloud filled with words and phrases inspired by or about Andover. These may be words that generally remind you of the town or words that refer to a specific place, event, time, person, or building in town.

          To get started, visit and click on the ‘Create your own’ button, add your text (whatever list of words you have thought of) and then click ‘Go.’

You can tweak the Word Cloud until it’s the work of art you envisioned and then post it to the public gallery. It’s possible to change fonts, number of words included, and orientation and even customize the colors that are used.

        After you’ve completed your masterpiece, give it a name and post it to the public gallery. Once you’ve done this, copy the URL (the website address seen in the top of your browser) and email it to us. Then we can print it out and display it in a mini exhibit in the Historical Society’s lobby!!