Posts Tagged ‘lecture’

Attention: All Abby Locke fans!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Don’t miss your chance to see Abby Locke’s diary come alive!  The Memorial Hall Library and the Andover Historical Society present a special performance by Andover High School’s Maggie Casto (as Abby Locke), and narrated by Jane Dietzel-Cairns. 

Abby Locke’s Splendid Days:

A Teenager’s Diary in 1860s Andover

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 pm

Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main Street

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, but also the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Andover of the Locke family – including their lively 10 year old Abby. This theatrical presentation of Abby Locke’s diary entries (begun when she was 14 years old) will give the audience a fresh perspective on the daily life of a teenage girl during the Civil War era.   Andover in the mid 1800s was a strict and conservative town — “no cards, no dancing, or any other sport” said Abby — , but times were changing and the Lockes were among those in town who were more tolerant and cosmopolitan in their attitudes. In addition to her weekly routine of school, church and household chores, Abby’s diary describes the social activities, the clothes and, of course, the boys that fill her “splendid days.”

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Andover Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Postponed due to Snow–William Wood Presentation next Week!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Don’t worry you didn’t miss it!  Mark your Calendars and come to the Andover Historical Society next week.

The Andover Historical Society’s much anticipated Andover Stories presentation, William Wood, Father of Shawsheen Village by Don Robb has been rescheduled for February 8th, 2 -3 p.m.

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



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.

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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


AVIS Annual Meeting – March 10

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
AVIS Annual Dinner Guests to hear about the abundance of Deer in Eastern Massachusetts
March 10, 2010
North Andover Country Club
6:00 Social Hour
7:00 Dinner
8:15 Business meeting with speaker
The Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) will hold its Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the North Andover Country Club, 500 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA. In addition to socializing and hearing about AVIS activities over the past year attendees will have an opportunity to hear about the issues relating to an over abundance of deer in Eastern Massachusetts, particularly in suburban areas.
AVIS has heard from many residents of Andover who are concerned about the increased number of deer in town. Residents are concerned that too many deer are eating plants in backyards; that there are more car-to-deer accidents on roadways; and that more cases of Lyme Disease could result from the increasing number of ticks that come with the deer. Guests at the AVIS meeting will be able to hear from Sonja Christensen, Deer/Moose Project Leader for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. A social hour at 6:00 pm will be followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. A short business meeting and the speaker’s presentation will start at approximately 8:15 pm. Tickets for the dinner can be obtained by contacting Libby Poland at (978) 475-6159. Guests may attend the meeting and presentation for free. (more…)

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



Are you a writer, a poet or a genealogist?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

SOUP’S ON at the Andover Senior Center on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at noon, and the lecture is at 12:30 PM; $4.00.  Are you a writer, a poet or a genealogist?  Have you ever wondered about the process of taking a manuscript to press?  Learn from local publisher, the Cheshire Group, as they share books that have been published by local authors, ranging from a clergyman to an artist to a retired business man from Maine.  find out about three local writers who fulfilled a life-long dream of publishing their writing.  Soup, desert and drinks provided for this informative lecture.   Pre-registration required.


The Andover Senior Center is located on Whitter Street (the opposite end from the Town Offices)   The phone number is 978-623-8321.  I will see you there.


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!



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.