Weekly Update

Greetings one and all! As we enjoy nice weather here, let's remember our members, family, and friends who will be impacted by Hurricane Dorian this weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who will be impacted, residents as well as those who will be providing rescue and care. It is time for us to "Save The Date" as we plan on celebrating fifty years of owning the Museum! Originally financed by the first Frederick Lothrop Ames and opened in 1883, and subsequently presented to the Old Colony Railroad, the building was bought for the Society by David Ames, John S. Ames, II, Senator Oliver F. Ames, and William A. Parker and given to the Society in November 1969. Sadly they are not with

Weekly Update

Greetings! What a great day here in Easton! The weather has changed from sticky and muggy to a very cool day. Such is New England. While summer is still here, we have a taste of beautiful fall days ahead. Of Potholes and Delivery Trucks Growing up on Foundry Street in the 1960's was an interesting experience. Traffic was very light compared to today, the Five Corners still had all five corners, and the area of Foundry Street, South Street, Highland Street and Poquanticut Avenue was full of families who could trace their roots back generations. I have great memories of growing up there. I would like to share one with you. Foundry Street was somewhat less of a main drag in the days befor

Special Events

Hello all, from time to time we pass along items that may be of interest to our members and friends. Please note the following special events! "The Enigma of Oakes Ames" is a symposium organized by Frederick L. Ames and Maury Klein. It will be held at Stonehill College's Martin Institute on Saturday, September 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, features Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles, our own Ed Hands, Chris Milford and Jay Wickersham, discussing various aspects of the life of Oakes. The cost is $20 per person, $10 for seniors. Registration and other information may be found at www.stonehill.edu/offices-se

Tuesday Tour

Hi all, it's hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close, and so too is our summer tour series. This week, we will meet for our final summer tour and take a look at Swedeville, the area between Williams Street, Seaver Street, Jenny Lind Street, and Reynolds. Ed Hands has done a great job putting together these tours, so please, a round of applause for Ed! Meet tomorrow, August 20, at the rear of Immaculate Conception Church. Parking is available on Jenny Lind Street, adjacent to the gymnasium. Time is 9:30 a.m. The forecast is for hot and humid weather, so be sure to bring water and wear comfortable clothing. Best, Frank

Weekly Update

Greetings! Summer lingers on, and the good weather has brought out a lot of visitors! Thursday afternoon seemed to be the jackpot, with people dropping in from before lunch until after 4 p.m.! This week I am looking for your help to identify someone in a photo. The men are members of the South Easton Fire Company about 1959-1960. We do not know the man on the left and are hoping you might recognize him. The photo was submitted by Gene Blood with the following names: ?, Robert Mitchell, Gene Blood, Raymond Buck, Albin Swanson, John Meade, George Blood, and Al Straight. As always, many thanks, and hopefully we can agree on who the mystery man is. If the photo does not come through in the

Tuesday Tours

Greetings! Eighty years ago today the classic movie The Wizard of Oz had its premiere in the little city of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin! The location was chosen to test the movies' reception in the American heartland. The city commemorates the anniversary each year with an outdoor screening and celebration. Our own yellow brick road tour takes us to the South Easton Cemetery, 473 Washington Street, across from Stonehill College. Please meet a the cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Hopefully we will be the only event taking place there, so watch for us as you pull in. Ed Hands will lead us in a tour of a cemetery that has undergone a wonderful restoration, and is one of the most beautiful in Easton. Hope

Weekly Update

Greetings from a very sunny and beautiful summer day in Easton! I have three things for you today regarding current events at the Museum. First off all, our August Open House will be held tomorrow, August 11, from 1-5 p.m. I have been working with Donna O'Leary, who is enrolled at Massasoit Community College, to curate this month's exhibit. She has picked out some interesting items. What was playing at the Towne Theatre? Who is "Fairholme Footprint"? Who was appointed a Justice of the Peace, and what was a condition of his appointment? What would have been on your lunchbox when you went to school? And so much more. Come by and join us for a nice summer afternoon! Second, we have a c

Tuesday Tours

Hello! Join us on Tuesday, August 6, for the next installation of our Tuesday Tours! Ed Hands has another great tour lined up. This week we will be meeting at Frothingham Park at 9:30 a.m. for a look at some of the people and places surrounding the Park. Please proceed to Park Street and meet at that entrance to the Park. Park Street is off of Center Street, a short distance south from North Easton Center. If you choose to meet at the Museum, we will leave by 9:15 to join the tour. I look forward to seeing you! Frank

Weekly Update

Hello to all my fellow history lovers! Feeling a bit august this week? Yes. august with a small "a" and happy about it. A word we seldom use anymore, august means something venerable, or majestic, certainly memorable. And that is how I am feeling about our Tuesday Tour series led by the ever august Ed Hands. This past week we had our largest attendance, about 30 people, who came to learn about the Hayward and Pool families. Both families were represented which was very special. Another special appearance was our friend Bob Vogel, who brought several Pool surveying instruments and a thermometer, all manufactured by family members who now reside in the Pine Grove Cemetery. Ed provided a