Posts Tagged ‘event’

Tick Tock, Come and Learn about our Clocks!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

In Britain, since the reign of King Edward I, hallmarking has been used as a method to identify an item made from genuine metal that has passed a test or assay.  An assay ensured that the metal in an item contained a certain percentage of pure silver.

Some objects at the Andover Historical Society contain silver hallmarks such as the small pocket watch seen in the photo below.  These small silver marks not only denote the purity of the metal,  but also exhibit makers mark or provide information about where or when it was assayed.

If you are interested in history and enjoy learning about interesting traditions, come to Treasures in the Attic: Antique Clocks with Bob Frishman this Thursday, April 28th from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bob, a clock expert and owner of Bell-Time Clocks in Andover, will lead a tour throughout the Blanchard House to discuss the fascinating history of our tall clocks and conclude his presentation in the exhibit hall where many of our treasured clocks and pocket watches will be on display.   Guests are invited to bring their own treasured clock to this event for Bob to view.

This event is free to members of the Andover Historical Society and $5 for non-members.  Join us for a fun and entertaining evening!

If you have any questions please call 978-475-2236.


What it Worth? Antiques Appraisal Event returns in March

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Stuart Whitehurst appraises an oil painting at the 2009 event

Back by popular demand, the Andover Historical Society will host its fifth annual “What’s it Worth” Appraisal event with Skinner appraiser Stuart Slavid.“What’s It Worth?” will be held Friday March 18, 2011 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, around the corner from the Historical Society.

“What’s It Worth” with Stuart Slavid will start at 7:00 p.m. Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Slavid’s entertaining and enlightening appraisals.  Tickets for the event are $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.  Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.  To register for the event, purchase tickets below or call the Historical Society 978-475-2236.

Reservation Options

Ellen Marcus holds the 18th century rifle she brought to be appraised in 2009

“What’s It Worth” is an open format appraisal event, which has become increasingly popular as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about the treasures brought by other guests as they are about their own.  As guests enter they register their appraisal item, place it on tables at the front of the hall, and then take a seat in the audience.  Slavid will examine and discuss each item on the tables, appraising up to 50 items during the event.  Slavid is an entertaining and informative speaker whose goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines.

“What’s It Worth?” event appraiser Stuart Slavid joined Skinner in 1989 as Director of the Fine Ceramics Department, specializing in English and Continental ceramics of the 18th through the 20th centuries.  Stuart is internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on Wedgwood.  In 1993, Stuart was appointed Director of Skinner’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts department which includes fine European and late 19th century American furniture and decorative arts.  As a leading auctioneer and general appraiser at Skinner, Stuart often lectures, conducts benefit auctions such as this event, and can be seen regularly on a popular PBS television series.

Skinner antiques appraiser Stuart Slavid

With galleries in Boston and Bolton, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art.  Skinner is widely regarded as one of the most reputable names in the auction business.  Skinner’s appraisers and executive officers appear nationally on a popular PBS program.  Skinner’s specialty departments amass the expertise of dozens of trained fine art and antique specialists who stay current on the latest issues and developments in the worldwide marketplace.


April is for Andover Stories!

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Andover Town Seal
presented by Jim Batchelder

Join us Tuesday, April 20, at 10 a.m.

at the

Andover Historical Society, 97 Main Street Andover, MA
(978) 475-2236

Free to the public


Tickets now available for 2010 Appraisal Event

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Historical Society is now accepting ticket orders for the March 19th appraisal event: What’s It Worth?” The event will begin at 7pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6 Locke Street, Andover. Attendees will be treated to an entertaining evening with appraiser Stuart Whitehurst of Skinner’s, who is also well known from the PBS hit show, Antiques Roadshow. The open format appraisal event has become increasingly popular, as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about their neighbor’s objects as they are about their own.

Reservation Options

Ticket prices are $15 for Society members and $20 for non-members. To reserve your tickets, order online or call the Society office at 978.475.2236

Please note: Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.


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.



Andover Stories

Friday, November 13th, 2009

turkey_13033_lgJoin us on Tuesday 17th at 10:00 am for our third installment of Andover Stories. This month’s presentation, “Thanksgiving in Andover:  Traditions and Meals that Brought Us Together”, will be presented by Gail Ralston.


Join us as we explore the history of Thanksgiving from the first gathering in 1621 to the Commonwealth’s proclaiming of the holiday in 1828.  We will then look at how Andover celebrated in the late 1800s and how we’ve brought the holiday into modern times.  Recipes for a traditional Thanksgiving meal – both for an open hearth and a modern stove – will be provided, but if you have your own family favorite, bring a copy and we’ll make sure everyone in the group receives a set.  After all, sharing our bounty is what Thanksgiving is all about!



Farmers’ Market Extended to October 17th!

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Due to demand by our vendors and visitors the Andover Farmers’ Market has been extended one week to October 17th. The 17th is a day to be in downtown Andover. Andover Day celebrates the grand reopening of Main St wcamera 7-17-07 022 2ith concerts, sidewalk sales, and food. Why not stop by  the farmers’ market for one more chance to enjoy the season’s bounty and all your favorite vendors? The market opens early on this special occasion running from 10:30-3:30. Don’t miss it!!


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.


Historic Food Talk in North Andover

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

“Pot Herbs, Sallads and Roots”

Monday, October 5, 1pm – 3pm
basket6Join the North Andover Historical Society and the Herb Society of Andover  at the North Andover Historical Society’s Headquarters (153 Academy Road) for a delightful presentation by Christie Higginbottom, Garden Historian and Consultant. Ms. Higginbotton, best known for her work at Old Sturbridge Village, will cover historic garden layout, vegetable and herb varieties popular in the past and traditional cultivation techniques.
Members of North Andover Historical Society or Herb Society of Andover: Free; Non-members: $5. Join at the door and enjoy this and many other upcoming programs for free!  Seating limited. For more information contact the North Andover Historical Society at 978.686.4035 or online at

Events here, there, and everywhere… in Andover!

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Wondering what’s happening at the Historical Society in the coming weeks and months? The easiest way to find out is to join our email mailing list by sending a request to or signing up on our website.  The Society sends out emails twice a month with upcoming events, programs and workshops and volunteer opportunities. You can have event notices delivered right to your inbox!


atn-logoWe’ve also partnered with American Towns, an event listing website that features events happening all over the town of Andover.


This week, Andover Day on Saturday, October 3rd is the big news and we hope you’ll join us! After many months of renovations and improvements, Main Street will be officially reopened with a day-long celebration of music, food, and of course, community spirit! Be sure to check out the Historical Society’s Main Street exhibit as part of the activities that day.  You can learn more about Andover Day at the ABCA website. Come join the celebration!