This Week at the Easton Historical Society

Greetings from a chilly Easton! If you live in the area you know what I mean! And if you don't live in the northeast, I hope you are enjoying your warmer weather.

We had a very robust two weekends with many things happening here. The Holiday festival weekend was excellent, and this past weekend we had an interesting visit with authors Linda Williams and Judith Manchester (Bougas). Besides selling and signing their books, each spoke about their writing experiences. Easton Cable Television recorded the event which will be broadcast on the local cable station soon. You may also see the event, as well as other Historical Society programs, at A big thank you to Linda and Judith for spending the afternoon with us and for their very informative talk. Looking for some great gift ideas? Consider these: The Historic Easton Puzzle has been very popular so far, and makes a great gift for anyone. Think of those winter evenings when you are looking for something different to do. Do you have family or friends who have moved away? The puzzle with the paintings of familiar Easton landmarks will send a little bit of Easton their way. The puzzles are $15 each, or 2 for $25. From the author: "Keith Taylor has written a fascinating book called ' A REMARKABLE JOURNEY - The Ames family emigration from Somerset,England to Massachusetts, America. It tells the story of how William and John Ames, two young English brothers, living in the early 17th Century in a remote rural hamlet decided to emigrate. They left their home in 1643 and sailed in the 'goodship Hercules' a perilous journey in those days, to New England. It tells of their family background in England and how the Ames family rose to eminence and prosperity in America including the founding in 1803 of the largest shovel making business in the world." The 1803 date is the founding of the North Easton Shovel Works, but you will find in the book that the Ames family began working in the iron industry much earlier. The book is a fine read, and full of information on both the early English period before the colonization of the west, as well as colonial American life. The book is available at the Society for $40 plus shipping, or can be purchased through Garner Books at We recently received canvas tote bags from the Clover Club. They feature Easton landmarks printed in dark green, and the large size makes it convenient for carrying books or even groceries. Proceeds from the sale of this tote bag, as well as the Easton Throws, will be used to fund a scholarship. The tote bags are $20, and the throws are $45. We have many other items here that make wonderful gifts including Reminiscences, pewter shovels, and glass ornaments. The Society is open most days from about 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, and most Saturday mornings until noon. Have an historic week! Frank

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