Greeting fellow history lovers! The good weather here has already brought out many visitors. People are so excited to come by and find the Museum open for visiting!
This week we begin hosting a very special group of visitors. They are second graders from the Easton Schools. Each year, all of the second grade classes visit the Museum to experience Easton's history first hand. Thursday and Friday morning, students from Moreau Hall will be our guests. We will take the classes on a walking tour of the Ames Shovel Works and Veteran's Park, and we will also give a presentation in the Museum. Students see old photos and are asked to identify them, learn about history from artifacts, and work on worksheets that their teachers have prepared for them. You can be proud of our students. They are well-behaved, attentive, and ask excellent questions! Soon we will have the second graders from Center School and Parkview School in. When all is said and done, we will have talked Easton's history with more than 300 students. I love it when they visit later on and remark about what they learned when they came here. Spending time with them is so important and is a highlight of the spring. This Saturday we will have our Ken Martin Memorial Bottle and Can Drive at the Museum from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All returnable Massachusetts bottles and cans are accepted with our thanks for your generosity. Some of you make donations in Ken's memory, and they are appreciated. Ken Martin, a longtime town employee who passed away in 2011, ran our bottle and can drive for many years, raising thousands of dollars for the Society a nickle at a time. He was a regular attender at events and a frequent visitor during the week. We continue to run the bottle drive twice a year to honor his memory, and in gratitude for the many things he did to help the Society. Ken was also proud of his service to our country. The flag pole at the Society is dedicated to him. If you would like to help out at this event, please stop in. Many hands make for light work, and the coffee and conversation is always a hit! Wishing you best regards until next week, Frank