Posts Tagged ‘youth programs’

Tea for two… or more – 1930s style!

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Join us on
Wednesday, June 8
3:30 to 5:00 p.m
at the Andover Historical Society
97 Main Street, Andover, MA

Have a favorite little girl in your life that you would like to take to tea?

1930s Radio from the Historical Society's collection

Learn about what life was like for the American Girl Kit and young girls in local Andover during the Great Depression.  See collections from the 1930’s, learn to draw like her’s friend Stirling, and gather eggs like young girls did to help their families in the 1930s! Program for ages 7-11,  $15 per child and $10 per accompanying adult.  Reservations Required,  please call 978-475-2236, email or sign up online. Don’t forget to bring your favorite doll, too!


Whirlwind of Events for Girls!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The snow isn’t slowing us down at the Andover Historical Society!

February 10 at 3:30 pm: Manners & Decorum & Valentines! View the flyer
Little Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice!  Join us to learn about Victorian and modern-day manners while viewing fashions, making crafts, and playing games.  Make a special valentine and sit down for a delightful tea party while good manners and decorum are learned and practiced. Ages 7-9,  Reservations are Required.  Call 978-475-2236 or email

February 17 at 3:30: Disability Awareness-Helen Keller’s Visit to Andover View the Flyer
In May of 1891, Helen Keller visited Andover and spoke publicly for the first time.  Learn about the incredible story of Helen Keller during this multisensory program and experience the world with your fingertips. Program for ages 9-11, $10 per child, Reservations Required.  Please call 978-475-2236 or email

March 10 at 3:30: Little House on the Prairie (in Andover?) View the Flyer
Did you know Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ancestors lived in Andover?  Experience what life was like for Laura and her sisters.  Play games, make crafts, and get ready for your westward journey! For girls ages 7-9, $10 per child. Reservations required, please call 978-475-2236 or email

A full listing of all Historical Society events can be found on our website.


History Kids… come join the fun!

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Are you a member of the Historical Society with children at home? Would you like to be included in our all-new History Kids program? Just let us know!

In addition to the typical Household membership benefits,  History Kids members will receive an addition one page newsletter mailed with the Society’s quarterly publication The Newsletter. The History Kids insert include historical information, upcoming family events, and games to enjoy playing at home – all geared towards children.

You can read our first issue online to learn more!

A wooden train from the Society's collection

Families will also receive special History Kids emails once a month with more features, games, events and highlighting family-friendly objects from our collection.

If you are already a member of the Historical Society, there is no additional charge for these added History Kids membership benefits. Just send an email to or call 978.475.2236 to sign up.

If you’re not yet a member, now is a perfect time to join! Visit our membership page to learn more, or stop by the Historical Society this summer to sign up.

We have lots of fun in store for everyone!


A Three Dollar Bill?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

During our Andover at Work program school children visit several stations with the assistance of an expert tour guide and learn about the history of Andover.  While visiting the barn and store station, students gather eggs and bring them to the store to trade or barter for goods.  Students take away from the store a copy of a three dollar bill. 

Three dollar bill??  I’m sure your saying, “but that doesn’t exist.” And No, its not monopoly money, but it is money and it does exist.  It was used right here in Andover.

It wasn’t until 1913 that the Federal Reserve Bank finally adopted a paper currency system with set standards that could meet changing business needs.  The use of paper currency began back in 1690 bythe Massachusetts Bay Colony.  After years of depreciation, inconsistency, and limitations paper currency was not highly thought of and was even forbidden in the U.S. Constitution.  As time passed, Congress eventually authorized the The First and Second Banks of the United States to issue paper currency.  After those banks closed, panics occured and notes issued by state-charted private banks became the most popular form of currency between 1836 until 1861.

Notes issued by thousands of different banks varied in size, color, and appearance.

The Andover Bank was estabalished in 1826 and produced its own bank notes.  The Andover Historical Society’s collection houses many of these interesting forms of paper currency and they are worth taking a look at.

The Andover at Work program is a great opportunity for children to learn about the unique stories that took place right here in Andover.   We will start the school program on April 27th and run until June 9th.  Any individuals interested in shadowing or becoming a guide, please contact Debbie DeSmet at or call 978-475-2236.

***Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers signed up already, we are looking forward to having you and the children here at the Andover Historical Society.***


Little House in Andover

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Laura Ingalls (right) with her sisters Carrie (at left) and Mary (seated) c. 1880

Did you know that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ancestors lived in Andover?  She wrote the Little House series of historical fiction based on her experiences growing up on the American frontier in the 1860’s and 70’s, but two hundred years – and ten generations – earlier, the name of Ingalls was closely entwined with the early history of Andover .  It’s easy to imagine that the earlier generations of the family possessed the same restless and pioneering spirit that Laura portrays in her books.  Their movement, always westward to lands of promise and hope, started here when the Massachusetts colony was England’s frontier.

Edmund Ingalls was born in Skirbeck, Lancashire, England in 1585.  He came to Salem, MA in Gov. John Endicott’s company in 1629 and, with his brother Francis and four others, was among the first settlers of Lynn, MA.  He was a man of good character, but in April 1646 was fined for bringing home sticks in both his arms on the Sabbath day, witnessed by three of his neighbors.  In March 1648 while travelling to Boston on horseback he was drowned in the Saugus River upon the collapse of a bridge he was traversing.

Edmund and his wife Ann Trip had many children.  Their oldest daughter Elizabeth married Rev. Francis Dane of Andover.  The Danes’ daughter was charged with witchcraft, but not convicted largely due to Rev. Dane’s efforts.  Their second daughter Faith Ingalls Allen was the mother of Martha Currier who was charged with witchcraft, sentenced and hanged. 

Their son Henry Ingalls (born in Skirbeck, England) sold land in Ipswich in 1652 and was one of the first settlers in Andover, buying land from the Indians and paying in clothing and trinkets. He was married first to Mary Osgood (on 6 Jul 1653 by Simon Bradstreet) and second to Sarah Farnham Abbot.  They had 11 children, among them Samuel Ingalls, born in Andover Oct. 3, 1654.  This was the first generation of the Ingalls family to be born in America.  Samuel married Sarah Hendrek on 4 Jun 1682 in Andover.  Among their children was son Samuel Ingalls (b. May 1683 in Andover died c. 1760) who married Mary Watts (1710- 27 Jun 1687)  The next generations moved to Haverhill, MA, Sandown NH,  and beyond.

The names of Ingalls sons are listed in military records of every war for the next hundred years.   Captain Henry Ingalls of Andover led an Andover company in the French and Indian War.  Nine Ingalls men from Andover fought at Lexington in April 1775, and 21 in total fought in the Revolutionary War.  This was a strong and adventurous family, always on the move, well before they built their “Little House” in Pepin, Wisconsin. 

The  Andover Historical Society has planned a “Little House on the Prairie in Andover” children’s program, centering on 19th century pioneer life.  The April 14 session for Girl Scouts has sold out, but a second program – also for troops or individual girls – has been added for Wednesday, May 5  from 3:30- 5:30 p.m.   The cost for this pre-registered program is $8 per child, which includes a snack and all craft supplies.  Call 978-475-2236 or email to reserve a place in this program or for more information about the corresponding “Farmer Boy” program especially for boys aged 6 – 10 years.


Girl Scout Afternoon: Winter Fun

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Experience what a winter’s evening might have been like in 1800s Andover without electricity or TV. Play games, make a craft, and eat snacks all by candle light.


Wednesday, January 27th
12:30 – 2:00
at the Historical Society


$15 per scout, includes snack, and craft supplies.


Limited to 20 participants. Please call 978.475.2236 for more information or to reserve your place. Additional Girl Scout Afternoons can be found by visiting the Event Calendar on our website or in the right column of the Blanchard House Blog.



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!



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!


How it Was Made

Friday, July 31st, 2009

wheel11Fan of the Science Channels How its Made program? Then you would love this exciting workshop! Join us Thursday August 27 from 9:30-3:00 as we explore history, physics, and more. Learn about Andover’s mill history and the technology that powered these mills. Build a water wheel and experiment with water power! Bring a lunch and your imagination as we Explore Andover’s  past and discover How it (was) made!

    Ages 9-13. $20 members, $25 non-members, includes snack, supplies and hours of fun and learning!


Corn Husk Dolls

Friday, July 24th, 2009

corn-husk-dollsHow often do we make our own toys today? Prior to the mid-20th century children often made their own toys. One such toy was the corn husk doll.

            Corn husk dolls have been and continue to made by many cultures, from numerous Native American tribes, to colonial and pioneer children. Here in North America corn was a common crop used in a variety of ways with all parts of the plant being used for food, to stuff mattresses and even as toilet paper (and it wasn’t the leaves, it was the cob, ouch!).  So why not a toy?  You can find directions online on how to make your own corn husk doll, some are very simple and others more complex, use fresh husks from corn on the cob or buy dried ones in the store and soak them so they are easy to use, decorate your doll or leave it plan, whatever you choose its fun! These are just some sites with directions and corn husk facts!

     Corn husk doll making is just one of the many crafts offered  in the barn during the farmers’ market here at the Historical Society on Saturdays from 12:30-3:30 now through October 10.