Posts Tagged ‘stories’

Two years, 350+ posts, too many words to count!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Blanchard House Blog celebrates it’s 2nd birthday today! It’s been two short years since we launched and I’m happy to report that things are still going strong. With blog posts from nearly a dozen authors, including staff, volunteers, and interns, during the past 24 months, the Society has highlighted historic photographs from our collection, stories from our members and visitors, event and program details, Society news, and even the occasional nugget of interesting historical research we’ve stumbled upon.

Thanks to you, our readers, plus other web visitors, our blog is currently averaging over 300 visitors a day… with some days in January 2011 seeing as many as 1100 different visitors. (And no, that doesn’t include robots ;o) We know many of you read the blog entries on facebook, too and we love seeing the comments and questions! We’ve had busy weeks and quieter spells, but overall we’re averaging a blog post every other day. And wait till you see what’s in store next…

2011 will continue to bring interesting stories, photos, events and historical tidbits to share with you. We’re expanding our online presence, as well as our outreach in the community, every week and the Blanchard House Blog is the first place to hear all about it. Thanks for reading – now help us blow out the birthday candles so that this year’s wish will come true!

P.S. Don’t forget, you can always send us suggestion about topics, photos or events you would like to see covered in the Blanchard House Blog. You can even become a writer – just email, call or stop by the Society and we’ll get you started!


Andover Stories – November thru December 2010

Friday, January 21st, 2011

As a regular readers know, the Andover Townsman newspaper has been publishing a weekly feature, “Andover Stories.” The feature will run for two years, from April 2010 through April 2012, celebrating the Society’s 100th anniversary.  One story will run on the Society’s actual 100th birth date, Thursday, April 14, 2011.

The Andover Stories project is chaired by volunteer Gail Ralston and co-chaired by volunteer Mike Simo.  Writers are all volunteers and interns.  Historical Society volunteers include Jim Batchelder, Joan Patrakis, Gail Ralston, Don Robb, and Mike Simo.  Interns past and present include Francesca Balboni, Amanda Beveridge, Katie Gohn, and Jennifer Tarbox.  If you would like to join the 104 Stories team as a researcher or writer, please call Elaine Clements at the Historical Society.

Andover Stories will be archived on the Andover Townsman’s website the week after they appear in the paper.  We will post a link to the most recent article each week on The Blanchard House Blog so you can stay up to date with the series.

Follow these links to the stories from November and December 2010 in the series:

November 4, 2010 – Andover Stories: Le Boutillier’s indelible mark, By Tom Adams

November 11, 2010 – Andover Stories: Immigrants always drawn to Andover, By Amanda Beveridge

November 18, 2010 – Andover Stories: A sailor from ‘Greatest Generation,’ By Mike Simo

November 24, 2010 – Andover Stories: Thanksgiving in Andover, By Gail Ralston

December 2, 2010 – Andover Stories: Andover’s Big Screens, By Lorraine DeLucia

December 9, 2010 – Andover Stories: League of Women Voters celebrates 90 years, By Karen Wakeling

December 16, 2010 – Andover Stories: Independent Andover Bookstore remains a rare business, By Katie Gohn

December 30, 2010 – Andover Stories: Andover’s early churches: A history of helping others, By Amanda Beveridge


The day in the life of a teenager #17

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Abby Locke’s diary continues.

The first entry is April 14, 1866

Sat.  Went to a grammar exercise in the morning by Miss Palmer.  W. Frye came up in the evening but Wesie and I didn’t see him.  Emie Coffin came up after school.  He (W.F.) came and sat on the stairs and talked but after a while I went down.

Sun.       Went to church in the morning.  Text “Take care of him.” W. Frye was up in the afternoon.  He looked real handsome.

Mon.     School.  In the evening, for a wonder we were alone.

Dr. B.G. Northrup, 1817-1898


School.  Hattie Baker walked with me after school.  In the evening went to dancing school.  Danced with Oliver Perry and Bob Means.  Came home with Frank.  I was sorry for I might have had more agreeable company.  Mr. Bates stayed all night for Father didn’t come home.  We also had a lecture by Prof. Northrup on “Observation.”  It was very good.

   Wed.     Very cold in the morning but at noon the sun came out and it looked quite pleasant.  Hattie Baker came up after dinner and we went down and had some tintypes.  They are very good.  Mother, Hattie and I went to ride afterwards.  We had a very pleasant ride.  Father and Mother went down to the “Teachers Institute” and Frank Clarke and W. Frye came in the evening.  F. was quite elated at some money he had made. (more…)


The Day in the Life of a Teenager # 16

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Abby Locke’s Diary continues

The first entry is for April 10, 1866

Tues.   Went to walk down to Indian Ridge with Hattie Baker, Lizzie Bullock, Phebe Bears  and Edie Raymond.  Went to dancing school in the evening.  Had a perfectly splendid time.  Oliver Perry came home with me.  Miss Wheeler stayed all night.

Wed.     Went to Lawrence in the morning with Alice Wheeler and Louise.  Had a real pleasant ride.  Mr. Bates came up in the evening.  . . Father went to a meeting about the Llaughlin house but it did not amount.

Thurs.   School all day.  In the evening we walked up to Mr. Jenkins to see about the Dancing Hall.  We met Frank outside.  He walked down as far as the post office where we met L. Brewer.  He is just as splendid, cunning and sweet as he can be.

Fri.          Hattie Baker and I were going to ride but the horse has been lamed.  Went to dancing school.  Danced with W. Marland and Frank Clark.  Oliver Perry had the head ache and went home much to my sorrow. 



Calling All Storytellers!

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Have you ever visited the Historical Society and wondered about the folks who first lived in Andover? Do you have information about farming in Andover and all the out-of-the-ordinary things people grew or raised? Would you like to share the history of your organization?

As part of the Society’s 100th Birthday celebration, a volunteer committee has identified 104 stories to highlight during the year leading up to the BIG 1-0-0 (!)

Beginning this week, on April 1st – no fooling – the Andover Townsman will highlight one topic each week as a way of telling Andover’s Stories through the many subjects of its history – stories to intrigue, stories to inform, stories that lead to even more stories!

Would-be storytellers should contact the Society (or Committee Chair Gail Ralston) for a list off topics that are still in need of writers. The Society will walk you through the process, help you select a topic, guide you through the research and have fun selecting a photo for your article. 104 Story Committee members include Mike Simo, Don Robb, Norma Gammon, Joan Patrakis, and Committee Chair Gail Ralston. Join us as we keep our stories alive!


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.



Turkey Day Facts

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Andover Townsman Nov. 22, 1945

Andover Townsman Nov. 22, 1945

Andover Townsman Nov. 18, 1943
Andover Townsman Nov. 18, 1943

In 2009 Pilgrims, turkey, and pie equal Thanksgiving, but is this how the holiday really started? While it is true that the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoags did hold a harvest feast, this was not the beginning of the annual holiday we now celebrate, but just a one time harvest feast. In early colonial America thanksgivings were days of solemn prayer and worship much like the Sabbath. These thanksgivings could happen throughout the year and could be held for many reasons. Fall was a time of great harvest and it was not uncommon for thanksgivings to be held in autumn as a way to be thankful for the bounties of the harvest.


As time went on autumnal harvest feasts grew and began to be combined with religious days of thanksgiving. By the mid-18th century a singular day of Thanksgiving was becoming more popular and was predominantly held in the autumn months from October to the end of December. These Thanksgiving days were often proclaimed a week prior to the actual day of Thanksgiving by the church, town, or local government. Thanksgiving by the mid-18th century was a day of prayer and church services as well as a day of feast and fun.



The day in the life of a teenager in 1866

Friday, November 6th, 2009

53712_sleighride_lgThursday  Snowing very hard all day. I do hope we shall have some sleighing it seems such a green winter, no sleighing at all. The Abrams are licking each other in the rocking chair. They certainly [are] very handsome cats.


Friday 23rd   Snowed steadily till noon. Commenced to review in “Geography of the Heavens”


Saturday Very pleasant. Asked May Morton, Tarleton, Wallie to ride to Lawrence. When I got home Mother had taken the horse. I was so angry but at last she came back. We did not go to Lawrence but rode round town. Bates and Sammy had Kitty. Met Will Dale and dreamed of Will Smith all night.


Monday Went to Dancing School, learned the Lady Washingstons reel.


Tuesday School all day. Came home early to arrange the Parlors for the Sociable. Had a miserable time. Hattie Baker came up and stayed with me all night, went to bed after twelve.


It appears W. Dale did not strike Abby’s fancy for long as she is now dreaming of Will Smith!


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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