Weekly Update

Hello to all my fellow history lovers! It is a very nice, sunny day here in North Easton, hard to believe that Mother Nature is going to play a snowy trick on us for the 1st of April. I hope the weather cooperates for the many people who take part in the National Multiple Sclerosis walk here this Saturday. For the past half-dozen years or so we have allowed the MS people to set up a refreshment stop here at the Museum where walkers can get water and snacks, as well as be cheered on. Perhaps we might need hot coffee this year! The other day I saw the first crocuses pushing up through the ground, and what a lovely sight that is. That, to me, is the first real day of spring (unless you count Op

Weekly Update

March greetings from a very chilly Easton! In typical New England fashion, the weather changed from a very nice 60 degrees yesterday to 30 degrees and snow squalls today. As I write, the wind is howling outside of the Museum. I sure am glad Mr. Richardson built such a solid and protecting building! Here for your inquiring minds are a few riddles to get you thinking... An old classic: What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening? A somewhat silly one: April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? And lastly: What do these have in common? Ames, Babbitt, Briggs, Carpenter, Grant, Howard, Kimball, Lathrop, Newcomb, Reed, and White? The ans

Easton Historical Society Update

Greetings, and a tip o' the hat to all of our Irish friends! St. Patrick's Day is nearly here and soon the distinct aromas of corned beef, potatoes and cabbage will be wafting through kitchens and neighborhood Irish pubs! As you probably know, Easton has a large Irish heritage due to the influx of Irish immigrants who came to work in many of the area factories, including the Ames Shovel Company. Research done by Ed Hands for a story entitled The Yankees and the Irish: Early Shovelmakers to 1860 (Reminiscences Volume Four) shows the early arrival of a few Irish before 1830. The Ames Company boarding house, built in 1838, appears to have opened the doors to many more Irish immigrants, and by t

Curator's Corner

“Not every man remembers the name of the cow which supplied him with each drop of milk he has drunk.” Shmuel Y. Agnon Dolly Dimple might ring a bell with some of you. She’s not who you think she might be; not the cherub faced doll with the dimples in her cheeks. The Dolly Dimple I know is something of another sort, and I remember the first time I saw her. Back in the 1970’s and early 1980’s, I was hired straight out of trade school to work at Brockton Tool Company in South Easton. One of my high school teachers, Paul Alvarnaz, knew the owner, Gil- bert Holmes of Raynham, and arranged the interview for me. The general manager was Charles Barnes of Raynham. The shop was generally busy, but onc

Hello From Historic Easton

Our March Open House will be held this Sunday, March 12, from 1-5 p.m. It will feature four presenters speaking on four varied topics. Robert "Buddy" Wooster will introduce the painting of Dolly Dimple, renowned Langwater Guernsey; Ed Hands will discuss an antique wheelchair that was used by the Belcher / Rankin family; Karen Danielson will talk about a handmade German doll that has been in her family for three generations; author Alyson Larrabee will discuss her writing of ghost stories and their connection to Easton. Presentations will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 4th, brings our annual "Chowder and Chatter evening funded through the generosity of Lee and Kevin Williams. The evening, fi

Greetings History Lovers!

I remembered to check out the local papers for the articles on our souvenir seller David Martin, whom I mentioned a few weeks ago. I previously sent a photo of several of his items that featured engravings of the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and the Ames Free Library. Below are two items relating to David Martin and his business enterprise. The small mention is from the Easton Bulletin, December 31, 1886 and talks directly about the souvenir business. The larger advertisement (with a few others for some extra fun) is from the Easton Bulletin, June 1, 1888. It appears that our Mr. Martin had a prosperous business, selling all kinds of items and branching out to other types of services. Enjo

Open House Events

Our February open house was going to feature some special items and people, but the weather would not cooperate. However, our four speakers have made themselves available for March 12th, so we will present the same program that was planned for you. Ed Hands will speak about a Victorian era wheelchair that was used by Edgar Belcher, and which was kept in his house until recently when it was donated by Leon and Sara Lombardi. Edgar Belcher married Julia Rankin, lived on South Street in Easton Furnace, and eventually moved to the house built on the Rankin duck farm on Purchase Street. Also donated is a painting of Dolly Dimple, the record setting Langwater Guernsey. The painting was commissi

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