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Volunteers Needed for Andover Historical Society School Program

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The Andover Historical Society is looking for new volunteers to join us as part of our annual school program, Andover at Work in the 1820s.  Each year over 600 third and fifth grade students visit the Andover Historical Society throughout May and June to participate in a 2 hour engaging and interactive tour.  This program requires a large crew of volunteers to lead fun and engaging activities based on life in the 1820s.

Andover at Work in the 1820s immerses students in the atmosphere of early nineteenth century Andover, giving them an opportunity to become historical Andover citizens and engage in actions and occupations of the past through hands-on activities.  After assuming the identity of a historic Andover residents, dressing for their roles, and reviewing a historic map of Andover, students visit several stations throughout the Historical Society that tell the story of how a community worked together in the 1820s.

While visiting the Andover Historical Society, students view life like it would have been in the 1820s at the home of Amos Blanchard, the cashier at the Andover Bank, whose home was also open to boarders from Phillips Academy.  Students are lead by education volunteers wearing reproduction period costumes as they journey into the past and see how our community has changed.  Students stop to grind spices for the midday meal in the kitchen and practice their best manners in the parlor.  After visiting the barn to collect eggs and see what work was done throughout the seasons, students learn to barter and trade at the general store.  At the print shop, students lend a hand and use a historic printing press.  As an example of a community working together, students join a bucket brigade to help save a neighbor’s home from fire, and they see one of the first fire engines, an 1829 Hunneman Hand Tub.  During Andover at Work in the 1820s students, learn about how their town worked as a community and how each individual played an integral role in ensuring that the community thrived.

Without children, Andover at Work in the 1820s would not be possible, but without a crew of dedicated education volunteers, Andover at Work in the 1820s would not be a cornerstone program of the Andover Historical Society and a significant educational resource in Andover.

The Andover Historical Society is hosting two open house tours for people interested in learning more about volunteering for the annual school program Andover at Work in the 1820s.   To learn more about this opportunity, staff at the Historical Society will be hosting tours on March 26th and April 3rd at 10:00 a.m11:00 a.m.  During the open house tours, interested individuals will learn about the volunteer schedule and what takes place during the school program.

Andover at Work in the 1820s runs almost daily May 1st – June 15th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Andover at Work in the 1820s is a flexible volunteer opportunity for people who enjoy working with children and have an interest in local history.  Volunteers for Andover at Work in the 1820s will receive thorough training and opportunities for continued learning.  For questions regarding becoming a volunteer for the school program Andover at Work in the 1820s, contact Museum Educator, Debbie DeSmet at 978-475-2236.


Andover Farmers’ Market Canned Food Drive

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated for this event

In an effort to curb hunger in our surrounding communities, the Andover Farmers’ Market is collecting non-perishable food items during Market hours on August 20th,2011.

In the most recent exhibit at the Andover Historical Society, The Dirt on Argilla Road, a display case filled with canned food asks the question “Where does your food come from?”  In this exhibit, Andover’s long agricultural history and generations of Andover farmers’ who once lived off the land are remembered.  The Farmers’ Market takes place surrounding the Amso Blanchard House in Andover, which was once a working farm.  It is important to support local farmers whose labor provides healthy options in a world filled with fast food.  The contributions to the canned food drive are a small step towards the preventable epidemic, hunger that plagues an estimated 1 in 6 Americans today.

Andover Farmers' Market

Please bring donations during market hours from 12:30-3:30 to collection bins at both entrances of the Farmers’ Market and the entrance to the Andover Historical Society.

All donations will be  given to Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Andover Farmers’ Market or if you have questions about the canned food drive.  Please call 978-475-2236.


Join our Team!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Would like to support the Andover Farmers’ Market? Join our team as a volunteer!  We are looking for volunteers to assist with the market.  We have a variety of opportunities, helping with set-up and take down on Saturdays before and after the market, assisting with children’s crafts, vendor placements, and much.

Do you have an interest in sustainable food, or supporting local economies by shopping at Farmers’ Markets?  Come help with the weekly production of the Andover Farmers’ Market newsletter The Marketer.  We are looking for bloggers and editors that are interested in working with design and computers.  Search for recipes or find out what’s happening at the Market.  Help with photography or show your musical skills and perform during a market Saturday.  If you have an interest in marketing or just want to get involved contact the Andover Historical Society at 978-475-2236 or email

Enjoy the Market!


In Case You Missed It….

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Every Saturday during the Andover Farmers’ Market we bring great vendors, good food, and lots to do and see to the property of the Andover Historical Society. 

Last Saturday Faculty and Students of the Andover Community Music School performed throughout the market.

Artist Betty Pogor demonstrated Oil Painting.


Youth from the Summer Theatre Ensemble came to perform songs from Oliver! their upcoming Musical.


Come to the Andover Farmers’ Market , every Saturday until October 9th from 12:30-3:30.  You don’t want to miss it!

This week at the Market, Florence Feldman-Wood will be demonstrating modern spinning and Gail Ralston and Bob Decelle will demonstrate Flax Processing.

See you there!

If you are interested in volunteering or performing during the market.  Contact Debbie DeSmet at 978-475-2236 or email


Help Andover Be America’s Favorite Farmers Market!

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It’s summertime and that means two things: 1) There are loads of delicious farm fresh produce available at Andover Farmers’ Market every week; and 2) American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest has kicked into gear and we need your votes to win!

The process is simple. To vote for our market, all you have to do is:

1.) Go to

2.) Type in Andover ; and,

3.) Click “Vote”

That’s it. That’s all it takes to bring ANDOVER one step closer to being America’s favorite farmers market!

Now American Farmland Trust has introduced leader boards where you can keep track of the Top 5 markets receiving votes in Massachusetts.

Want to support multiple markets in Mass? Search by state and you can vote for more of your favorites – just remember, you only have one vote to cast per market!

According to American Farmland Trust (AFT), the purpose of this contest is to re-connect local consumers to local farms, with the ultimate goal of keeping our nation’s farm and ranch land productive and healthy! Buying at the farmers market keeps money in the local community and helps farms and ranches remain economically viable. By voting, you’re helping support farms and communities across the nation. As American Farmland Trust says, “No Farms No Food™!”

So don’t forget to vote for Andover Farmers’ Market at and spread the word! Big thanks to everyone who has already voted!


New Toys, Old Toys

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

In order to prepare newsletters, emails, and activities for our History Kids members, we’ve been fortunate to have the help of a young volunteer named Irene. Irene has a great interest in history and a talent for writing and although she just started with us one week ago, she has been a great help already.

Currently, she’s been busy researching items in the Historical Society’s collection that would be of interest to children, and the first object she chose was a paper toy theatre. Today we had the chance to take it down from storage and get some photographs. History Kids members will see the photos and learn more the theatre in their next newsletter.

In the meantime, I’ve also acquired a new toy… a flip video camera… and with the toy theatre set up for photographing and all the pieces nearby, we had the chance to put it into action. The individual characters from the story have been pasted to cardboard and have thread strings attached so that they could pulled across ‘the stage’ and the entire story could be acted out.  So of course we had to try it for ourselves…

Want to see what I’m talking about? Just hit play…

We’re probably not ready for primetime yet… but it does make you want to know more about toy theatres, doesn’t it?


Looking for summer activities?

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Consider volunteering at the Historical Society!

Here are a few of our current volunteer opportunities:

Oral History Transcription
Use brand-new digitization equipment to update the Andover Historical Society’s Oral History collection and help with transcribing the stories to create written records about Andover’s past.

Online Exhibit Development
Interested in developing new online exhibits for the Historical Society? Volunteers will be provided with photos, research and themes and will have the freedom to design a creative web-based exhibit. Help us reach new audiences via Youtube, Facebook, Flickr and more!

Sewing Club – contact Carrie
Okay – really, this one is just for fun! Like sewing, or costuming, or both? Join us one Thursday evening each month for an evening of sewing costumes for society programs & fashion shows, or working on personal sewing projects. Fun, informal, and very casual!

Education Exhibit & Christmas Planning
Working from the suggestions of the guild members and other staff and members, the Society would like to combine the proposed Education exhibit with this year’s Christmas tree exhibit. Help is needed every step of the way from exhibit development, installation, writing labels, researching theme to helping recruit volunteers for tree decorating. Volunteers can be involved with all aspects or just a portion, your choice!

Do any of these projects sound interesting? If you’d like to volunteer, just call or email!

Andover Historical Society – 978.475.2236


Summer ADEPT Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, May 21st, 2010

If you have you ever wanted to…

…Work closely with your community’s history

…Go “behind the scenes” at the Society

…Spend time with a diverse group of fun people

…Learn new computer skills or polish existing ones

…Gain experience with digital cameras and scanners

Then the Andover Data Entry ProjecT can help!

ADEPT is looking for summer volunteers to help us with a variety of activities, including data entry and collections projects.   Flexible scheduling is available.  For more information or to volunteer contact Mark Turdo at 978-475-2236 or at



Wednesday, April 7th, 2010


Can You GUESS WHO this is??????



It’s Jim Redmond!!!  What a great drawing by a former Andover at Work participant.  He really enjoyed a tour from our expert guide. 

Just a quick shout out to say Thank You Jim for helping plan and prepare for the Andover at Work training meeting this morning!  We appreciate all you do for the Andover Historical Society.  We had a great showing of volunteers to learn about the Andover at Work program.  If you couldn’t make it to the training meeting come and shadow during the school program which starts on April 27th and runs until June 10th. 

If you are interested in becoming involved with our school programs please contact or call 978-475-2236.


Let the decorating begin!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Or at least let the decorating planning begin!

For the past two years, the Historical Society has exhibited a display of history-inspired decorated Christmas trees during the month of December. Individuals, groups, social clubs, and town departments have decorated trees in the past, including Andover Fire & Rescue Personnel, and Memorial Hall Library, and the Friends of the Andover Senior Center.

Volunteer decorators Chris Turner and Anne Bailey pose with their 'Mirth or Mischief?' tree. The decorations were inspired by the Society's antique woodworking tools.

The Historical Society provides the trees, and an inspiration object from our collection to display next to the tree. As a decorator, you provide all the ornaments, garland and tree decor – but that doesn’t mean you need to use traditional christmas ornaments!

For example, one of our volunteers chose a patchwork pocket as her inspiration and then used small dolls dressed in old fashioned clothing, paper stars, and spools of thread to decorate a tree. (You can see that tree here: This year, the Fire Department was inspired by an antique baseball bat in our collection and their tree was decorated in with modern and vintage Red Sox paraphernalia, baseball cards, and even Baby Ruth candy bars. You can see more details about our holiday exhibit and programs at

We’d love to have the participation of more community members and groups this year and we’re holding an ‘Intro to Decorating’ meeting where you can learn more!

Thursday, April 8
3:00 p.m
Andover Historical Society
97 Main Street, Andover

We’ll have photos from past exhibits, plus some new inspiration and you can have all your questions answered about participating in this year’s exhibit. For more details, please contact us at 978.475.2236 or