Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Bewitched in Andover

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Looking for something spooky to kick off the month of October? Get an early start to your Halloween festivities by attending Bewitched in Andover a series of eerie events at the Andover Historical Society.  We promise you’ll have an eerily good time. The fun begins on Wednesday, October 3 with  Medicine or Magic? Herbs of the Early Colonists  a lecture by Betsy Williams.

The following week, join us for The Witches of Andover: Samuel Wardwell,  a lecture by Enders Robinson, October 11th at 7p.m.  Enders Robinson is a noted Witch Trials historian, author, and descendent of Samuel Wardwell . An accused witch,  Samuel Wardwell was brought to trial in Salem. During his court examination, he confessed to being a witch by submitting a long and detailed story of his indiscretions in order to save his life. His conscience and personal courage led him to recant the story and claim innocence, knowing the risk involved. He was hanged on September 22, 1692.

During the month of October take time to visit one of the remaining sites related to Andover during the Salem Witch Trials.   Ghosts of the Past: A Cemetery Tour of First Burial Ground hosted by the North Andover Historical Society will take place on October 21st at 2p.m. in North Andover.

Witchcraft was not just limited to Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, Over 50 of the people arrested were citizens of Andover.   One of the leading historians on the witch trials, Dr. Emerson Baker, of Salem State will host a Tavern Night at the Andover Historical Society.  Puritan New Englanders viewed taverns as a necessary evil. Travelers needed a place to stay and eat, and sessions of court were sometimes even held in them –including the early hearings in the Salem witch trials. However, they were also places where people could fall for the Devil’s temptations. Taverns provided the setting for drunkenness, lechery, gambling, idleness and even witchcraft.  Dr.  Baker will discuss the bewitched and debauched Quaker tavern at the center of his book, The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.   Trials and Taverns with Dr. Emerson Baker will take place  on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m.

For those youngsters,  A Pumpkin Patch Story Hour will take place on October 30th at 10:00 a.m.  Wear costumes and attend a special Halloween story hour.  Get ready to Monster Mash!

Why wait until Halloween?  Participate in all of the Andover Historical Society’s Bewitched in Andover events.   It will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Happy Halloween!

To learn more about these programs contact 978-475-2236 or visit our website.



Straight from the Market: Chicken, Beef, Eggs, and More!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

It’s time to break out the grill!  If you haven’t already, come to the Andover Farmers’ Market and stop by the John Crow Farm stand for all of your barbecue needs.  At John Crow Farm animals are “pasture-raised.” They let their animals live in an environment where they can eat plants that are nutrient rich and easy to digest. This practice allows farmers to produce tastier and more nutritious meat and eggs than factory farms. John Crow Farm takes pride in the fact that its animals are 100% grass-fed and hormone-free.

What can you purchase from John Crow Farm while visiting the Andover Famers’ Market? Well, just about anything that is meat or poultry. Their meats include pork, goat, beef, lamb, and rabbit, all available in a variety of cuts. For poultry, they offer Cornish rock grass chicken, Cornish game hen, as well as a variety of turkeys.

Looking for something a little more creative? Try one of John Crow Farm’s specialty items! They include turkey bacon, an array of pot pies, poultry sausage, smoked pork, and last but not least, seasoned chicken wings.

Do you have a dog? Treat your canine companion to one of John Crow Farm’s specialty dog treats! The treats are derived from dehydrated, grass-fed meat with no additives and are a great source of protein.

John Crow Farm along with a variety of other local vendors provide specialty products and tasty produce weekly at the Andover Farmers’ Market, every Saturday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  For more information regarding the Andover Farmers’ Market hosted by the Andover Historical Society call 978-475-2236.  And, as always, happy grilling!


Joseph Carlin and a History of the Cookbook

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Visit the Andover Historical Society on July 19,  at 7 p.m. for a lecture by Culinary Historian, Joseph Carlin, who will discuss the history of the American cookbook.  In 1796  Amelia Simmons’ wrote American Cookery leading to a revolution in cookbook history.   This presentation will look at cookbooks throughout the ages and the growth and development of cookbooks in America.  Culinary Historian and lecturer, Joseph Carlin appears regularly on the History Channel show American Eats, and has also made appearances on Graham Kerr’s TV series The Gathering Place and the Food TV series Bobby Rivers’ Top 5.  His  first book, Cocktails: A Global History was recently published by Reaktion Books.

During The History of the Cookbook , Joseph will  consider the question where would we be without the cookbook? Whether it is published by a renowned chef or compiled by a family member generations before your time, the cookbook continues to preserve recipes that may otherwise be lost. Over time, the cookbook has become not only a resource for recipes, but a source of entertainment. Cookbooks have evolved into various television shows such as The Barefoot Contessa, among others. More than just television shows, there are entire networks dedicated to the culinary arts, most notably the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and FoodTV. But, in a time when technology was about as advanced as the modern butter churn, how did people learn the tricks of the trade?

During The History of the Cookbook, Joseph Carlin will engage you in a journey back to the early days of the United States.  To learn more about Amelia Simmons’ revolutionary cookbook, American Cookery, and to attend the lecture   register online or call 978-475-2236.



Santa’s Coming to Town!

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,

Not a Creature was stirring, not even a Mouse.

The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas, would soon be there.

Santa visiting the Andover Historical Society

Join Santa, staff, and members of the Andover Historical Society on December 22nd at 5:30 p.m. for a reading of Twasthe Night before Christmas. Visit with Santa and make reindeer crafts!

To register for this event, call the Andover Historical Society, or register online.

Happy Holidays from the Staff at the Andover Historical Society!


A Colonial Williamsburg Christmas in Andover

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Colonial Inspired Wreath Created by Susan DeLarm-Sandman

Pineapples, oranges, apples, and boughs of holly?

While fruits and natural plant life adorn modern day Colonial Williamsburg wreaths, this was not always the case.  The tradition of decorating Colonial Williamsburg homes with wreaths, swags, and roping embellished with fruit, vegetables, flowers, and herbs was only recently started in the 20th century.  Although Williamsburg is well-known for its holiday decorations and events, the first year homes were decorated for Christmas in such a splendid fashion was not until 1936.

Holiday Wreath created by Susan DeLarm-Sandman

This year the Andover Historical Society will be celebrating the season with our own event based on the beautiful decorations of Colonial Williamsburg.  Join Susan DeLarm Sandman of Andover’s Spade and Trowel  Garden Club at the Andover Historical Society for a special wreath making workshop on December 15th, 2011 at 7:00-9:00 p.m.  All wreaths will be decorated with natural materials that would have been available to the colonists, a standard rule for the Williamsburg Wreath contest.  The Colonial Williamsburg Wreath Making Workshop will take place at the Andover Historical Society inside the new Christmas tree exhibit with warm drinks and treats as well!

Registrations are required in advance for this event, please call 978-475-2236 or sign-up online.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Andover Historical Society!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Have you ever wondered about the first Thanksgiving or how our national Thanksgiving holiday started?  At the Andover Historical Society research folders flood the library with information about families, houses, events and more.  Included in those research files, is one specifically devoted to the history of Thanksgiving.   In 2008, Gail Ralston, a local historian put together a packet of information regarding Thanksgiving traditions and donated her work to the Historical Society.  Utilizing historic books and local articles from the Townsman, Gail’s research looks at how Thanksgiving has changed over time, including what the Pilgrims ate at Plimoth, to Thanksgiving meals as recent as 2007.

Gail’s research has been used to create programs for local schools and is an excellent resource for local and national Thanksgiving history.  Just this week, Museum Educator, Debbie DeSmet visited the Doherty Middle School 6th grade class to present the fascinating history of Thanksgiving in Andover.  Did you know that Andover was first called Cochichawicke?  The Merrimack Valley was once an Indian hunting ground and its name meant “Place of the Great Cascade.”  Just as the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation joined together with Natives in 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, settlers of Andover had friendly relations with Merrimack Valley natives for many years. To learn more about Thanksgiving in Andover, visit the Andover Historical Society research library Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please join us this Holiday Season for our Gates and Gable House Tour December 3rd, and visit our website to learn about all of our December events.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving from the

Andover Historical Society.


Four Andover Stories Authors to present 31st Annual Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., Andover Stories contributors will present the Andover Historical Society’s 31st annual Memorial Lecture at the Historical Society, 97 Main Street.  The lecture will begin immediately following a short annual meeting of the Society’s members.  The public is invited to come at 7:00 to hear a little about the Historical Society and then enjoy the memorial lecture.  The Memorial Lecture is free of charge.

In honor of the Society’s Centennial year, the 2011 Memorial Lecture will highlight “Best of the 104 Stories” with presentations by local authors and historians, Jim Batchelder, Joan Patrakis, Gail Ralston, and Don Robb. Each of the presenters has been a regular contributor to the Andover Stories series in the Andover Townsman since April 2010. With topics ranging from Krinsky’s downtown junkyard to LeBoutillier’s artistry and Shawsheen River legends and ghosts to with witchcraft hysteria of 1692, the weekly stories explore the interesting stories that make Andover the unique town it is today.

As long-time volunteers for the Society and as Andover history enthusiasts, Batchelder, Patrakis, Ralston, and Robb will share their own perspectives on the tales from Andover’s past and present that made their way into the weekly printed stories. We look forward to welcoming them for the 31st annual Memorial Lecture.

The Memorial Lecture is given each year in memory of Historical Society members who passed away during the preceding year.   “We do our best to stay in touch with all our members,” said Historical Society director Elaine Clements, “but we don’t always hear from families when members have passed away.  We would like to be sure that we honor all our members who have passed away, and ask families to let us know so we can include their loved one in the memorial book.”


Events for all ages!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Spring is here and the Andover Historical Society has a full calendar of events for everyone.   Register in advance and save your place.

April 19th and 20th

Two Day Workshop–Preservation and First Period Architecture

9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m.

Interested in art, architecture, design, and history?  Take part in an informative two-day program during April spring break.  Learn about the many styles of architecture in New England and take a walking tour of downtown Andover.  Join preservation students, Joshua Miner and Isabella Ciolfi from the North Bennett Street School in Boston to learn about preservation carpentry and build a first period model house.  Become an expert on architectural styles, participate in hands-on architecture activities, and learn about tools of the trade. Program for grades 6, 7, 8 ages (11-15) includes snacks, students must bring their own lunches. Fees are $60 members, $75 non-members.  All materials provided.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

April 26th

Afternoon Adventure: School Girl Sampler

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

School Girl Sampler

Make your own stitches in time!  Explore traditional Andover samplers and textile treastures from our collection.  Learn to sew a sampler like young girls did in the past.  Space is limited.   For girls ages 7-10,  $8 per child. Reservations required.

April 28th

Treasures in the Attic: Historic Clocks with Bob Frishman

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join clock expert Bob Frishman as he explores the Andover Historical Society’s clock collection.

Bob Frishman, owner of Bell-Time Clocks, has studied, repaired and sold clocks since 1980.   He has professionally restored more than 7,000 timekeepers, including the 1400 vintage clocks he has retailed in the past 30 years.  A past-president of the New England chapter of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, he has written several clock-related articles for that organization’s magazine and continues to lecture on many aspects of clock history and culture.  He grew up in Andover, attended the town’s public schools, and continues to operate his home-based clock business in Shawsheen Village.

Bob has a special interest in Andover-related clocks and was involved in the Historical Society’s obtaining the two old Andover-made longcase clocks on display in the Blanchard House.

Explore the Historical Society collection as he presents the fascinating history of the clocks found throughout the Amos Blanchard House.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.  Call 978-475-2236 to register.

May 1st

Sunday Strolls: Shawsheen Village with Don Robb


Join historian Don Robb for a walking tour of Shawsheen Village.  Learn about the life of famous Andover resident William Wood and the history of Shawsheen Village.  Have you ever wondered why Shawsheen Village has “White Shawsheen” and “Brick Shawsheen”?  Every house has a history, come learn about Andover’s rich past.  The tour will meet in the parking lot of the Brickstone building.  Meet in the parking lot of the Brickstone Buildings.

Check out our online calendar to sign-up or to learn about more upcoming events at the Andover Historical Society.


It’s Time for a Party!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

April 2011 marks the centennial of the founding of the Andover Historical Society and the entire organization is looking forward to celebrating. The coming months will bring a busy schedule of events from birthday parties to outdoor picnics, hikes, dances and much more.

Historical Society Birthday InvitationApril 2-3, 2011: Celebrating the Society’s birthday

We’re hosting a Photo Sharing Party to kick-off the year on Saturday, April 2 (1-4pm) and Sunday, April 3rd (12-5pm). Saturday’s event is reserved for members and Sunday’s event is open to the public.

Your childhood photo will serve as your admission ticket! Birthday cake, tea & coffee will be served. Enjoy live jazz music and period displays from every decade since 1911

Search your photo albums, scrapbooks, attics, and computer files and bring in a favorite snapshot of you or a family member at age ten or younger – even if you weren’t living in Andover at the time! Your pictures and their stories will help grow the Society’s collection of 20th century images. Your photo will be scanned by AHS staff and volunteers, allowing you to keep your original. Come join the party! Please RSVP to Carrie Midura at or 978.475.2236


Girls just love to Dance!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

On March 10th the Andover Historical Society offered Little House on the Praire in Andover? for local youth.  This program is based on the ancestry of Laura Ingalls Wilder whose family came from England to settle in Andover!

During Little House on the Prairie in Andover? Girls between the ages of 5-10 learned what it was like for pioneers to pack trunks and journey on a covered wagon, make punched tin lanterns and old-fashioned toys, and how to do the Virginia Reel.    The Virginia Reel is a “contradance” or a “country dance” during which calls are made out to partners who follow the steps and interact with the whole group.

The Andover Historical Society offers a wide variety of programs for all youth based on local history.  View our calendar of events to see whats coming up or contact Museum Educator,  Debbie DeSmet, at 978-475-2236 to schedule a program for your group.   Visit our website at to view programs offered for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Coming up:

March 24th at 3:30-5:30 Addy’s American Girl Tea

Join us as we learn about what it was like for Addy and others to live during the era of the Civil War.  Learn about abolitionists who lived in Andover, make crafts, and play games from the  era.  Finally sit down for a delightful tea and taste Addy’s favorite treats.

April 14th at 3:30-5:30 Disability Awareness: Helen Keller’s Visit to Andover

Take a walk in Helen Keller’s shoes while enjoying this interactive hands-on program that will engage the senses and delight the tastebuds.

April 19th and 20th at 9:30-3:30 Two Day Workshop: Preservation and First Period Architecture

Join museum staff and preservation carpentry  students, Joshua Miner and Isabella Ciolfi of the North Bennet Street School in Boston for a Spring Break program.  Learn about the history of architecture and about preservation methods.  During this two day workshops students will learn about local architecture, historic tools, and build model First Period House.  For ages 11-15.  See calendar of event for details.

Call for details 978-475-2236 or visit our website