Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Andover Stories – September 9, 2010

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This week’s Andover Story, “Andover public education started by 1647 law,” was written by local historian Jim Batchelder. Jim’s story traces education in Andover and the Commonwealth back to its roots in Calvinist beliefs. The “devotion to education and inquiry” that the Calvinists embraced could just as easily describe Andover’s dedication to education to today. To read more about Andover’s public schools and education in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, follow the link to the Andover Townsman Online.

The now defunct North District School


A Three Dollar Bill?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

During our Andover at Work program school children visit several stations with the assistance of an expert tour guide and learn about the history of Andover.  While visiting the barn and store station, students gather eggs and bring them to the store to trade or barter for goods.  Students take away from the store a copy of a three dollar bill. 

Three dollar bill??  I’m sure your saying, “but that doesn’t exist.” And No, its not monopoly money, but it is money and it does exist.  It was used right here in Andover.

It wasn’t until 1913 that the Federal Reserve Bank finally adopted a paper currency system with set standards that could meet changing business needs.  The use of paper currency began back in 1690 bythe Massachusetts Bay Colony.  After years of depreciation, inconsistency, and limitations paper currency was not highly thought of and was even forbidden in the U.S. Constitution.  As time passed, Congress eventually authorized the The First and Second Banks of the United States to issue paper currency.  After those banks closed, panics occured and notes issued by state-charted private banks became the most popular form of currency between 1836 until 1861.

Notes issued by thousands of different banks varied in size, color, and appearance.

The Andover Bank was estabalished in 1826 and produced its own bank notes.  The Andover Historical Society’s collection houses many of these interesting forms of paper currency and they are worth taking a look at.

The Andover at Work program is a great opportunity for children to learn about the unique stories that took place right here in Andover.   We will start the school program on April 27th and run until June 9th.  Any individuals interested in shadowing or becoming a guide, please contact Debbie DeSmet at or call 978-475-2236.

***Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers signed up already, we are looking forward to having you and the children here at the Andover Historical Society.***


Andover Stories Celebrates Our Stitching Past

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Join us on Tuesday January 19th at 10:00 at the Historical Society for the year’s first Andover Stories.


An antique sampler from the Society's collection

Discover Andover’s needleworking past as Office Manager and costume historian, Carrie Midura, explores the world of school girl needlework. Enjoy a sampling of Andover stitchery as examples of 18th and 19th century cross stitch and embroidery from the collection of the Society are displayed and discussed.


Free to the public. 97 Main St Andover, MA 01810. (978) 475-2236



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.



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.


You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Friday, August 14th, 2009


By David Ryan, Boston Globe Staff

Photo by David Ryan, Boston Globe Staff

Join us Saturday August 22 from 1:00-2:0pm to hear local food historian and author Jeri Quinzio as she shares her knowledge of ice creams past. Quinzio, author of Of Sugar and Snow: The History of Ice Cream Making will also be signing copies of her book. The presentation will take place during the farmers market, a perfect place to buy locally grown and fresh fruit, perfect topping for ice cream!! The presentation is open free to the public. Though donations are always welcome!



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


How it Was Made

Friday, July 31st, 2009

wheel11Fan of the Science Channels How its Made program? Then you would love this exciting workshop! Join us Thursday August 27 from 9:30-3:00 as we explore history, physics, and more. Learn about Andover’s mill history and the technology that powered these mills. Build a water wheel and experiment with water power! Bring a lunch and your imagination as we Explore Andover’s  past and discover How it (was) made!

    Ages 9-13. $20 members, $25 non-members, includes snack, supplies and hours of fun and learning!


Corn Husk Dolls

Friday, July 24th, 2009

corn-husk-dollsHow often do we make our own toys today? Prior to the mid-20th century children often made their own toys. One such toy was the corn husk doll.

            Corn husk dolls have been and continue to made by many cultures, from numerous Native American tribes, to colonial and pioneer children. Here in North America corn was a common crop used in a variety of ways with all parts of the plant being used for food, to stuff mattresses and even as toilet paper (and it wasn’t the leaves, it was the cob, ouch!).  So why not a toy?  You can find directions online on how to make your own corn husk doll, some are very simple and others more complex, use fresh husks from corn on the cob or buy dried ones in the store and soak them so they are easy to use, decorate your doll or leave it plan, whatever you choose its fun! These are just some sites with directions and corn husk facts!

     Corn husk doll making is just one of the many crafts offered  in the barn during the farmers’ market here at the Historical Society on Saturdays from 12:30-3:30 now through October 10.