Weekly Update

Hello, and a Happy Leap Day to you all! And a Happy Birthday to all of you who had the rare opportunity to be born on February 29. Today is a special day so go out and do something great! I have two very important items for you today. You may be aware that a new documentary on Blanche Ames has been released. William M. Ames and Kevin Friend, of BCN Productions, will hold a special showing of the film "Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames" for our March 8 open house! The film will be shown at 1:30 p.m. at Queset, 51 Main Street, North Easton, directly behind the Ames Free Library. Queset, the former home of Oakes Angier Ames and Winthrop Ames, provides a marvelous setting f

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Hello again, last week I sent a photo of the former Bank and Post Office building. Frederick L. Ames sends along the following to add to that posting: Frank, A little bit more on the old Post Office building. The architect was Richardson's son in law, George Foster Shepley. He designed it as an amalgam or bridging of the architecture of the two buildings that dominate the Rockery area: the Richardsonian Oakes Ames Memorial Hall and the yellow brick Neoclassical Oliver Ames High school building. While the old Post Office building has the distinctive Richardsonian features (that fit nicely) of the brownstone arch, the walls of Easton granite, and a terra cotta tile roof like the Hall has; the

Weekly Update

Hi from a sunny but cool Easton! It feels good to see the sun today, and with temps climbing into the 40's this weekend, spring must be close behind. Below is a nice photo of one of the early trolleys that served Easton. Taken sometime before 1920, it shows a Brockton Street Railway trolley car at an unknown Easton intersection. The crew, who are all posing in the front of the car, would include a driver and a conductor. The men in the white shirts may have been mechanics who worked on the cars. Trolley service in Easton began as early as the mid 1880's, with horse drawn trolleys being pulled over light rail. The earliest line ran from North Easton center to Main Street, Brockton. This

Weekly Update

Greetings, and a Happy Valentine's Day to all of you history lovers! We had a very busy open house last week, which featured items from Easton's own Olympic Gold Medalist, Jim Craig. It was nice to see so many people come out, spend some time with us, and reminiscence about that 1980 Gold Medal winning team that brought so much patriotism and pride in the midst of the Cold War. As announced last week, we now have Easton Historical Society coffee cups available, and new this week, cloth tote bags are in stock! These draw string bags, which we ran out of during the recent holidays, are available for $6 each, 2 for $10, or free with a $25 purchase from our Museum store! The Old Colony Civil W

Weekly Update

Forty-two years ago today we were buried under some 30+ inches of new-fallen snow, thanks to that storm known as the Blizzard of '78. As this dreary, but mostly snow-less winter carries on, there is no need for panic. It seems like any chance of a repeat of the big storms I remember as a child grow slimmer each year. This weekend we will have our Open House on Sunday, February 9, from 1-5 p.m. We will take a look at another important anniversary, the 1980 Winter Olympics and the gold medal winning U. S. Men's Hockey Team! Easton's own Jim Craig was the goaltender for a team that was seeded seventh (after being blown out by the Soviet Union team a few months earlier in a pre-Olympic conte

Weekly Update

Greetings from a not too wintery Easton! It is hard to believe it is February 1 today, and there is hardly a sign of winter. Except for a skimming of ice on ponds and windshields, and a few frosty mornings, winter has been very kind. That is a pretty good deal for those of us on budgets who plan for plowing expenses that have not been needed! Speaking of budgeting, I have some good news to share! The Town of Easton was recently recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in budget presentation! Connor Read, Town Administrator, who received notification of this prestigious award, thanked everyone involved in developing Easton's annual budget for their work in

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