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 commissioned by F. Lothrop Ames and was completed in 1910 by well known artist E. Leone Seavey. It was donated by Charles Barnes in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Nagle, who was the last of the chief herdsmen for the Langwater herd, and in memory of their daughter Brenda Nagle Barnes. Robert “Buddy” Wooster will be our featured speaker on this subject.
Karen Danielson will speak about a 100 year old German doll that has been in her family for three generations. It is handmade and fully jointed, and stands 30" tall. It is a beautiful doll, and I can't wait to hear the story behind it.
Our special guest writer is Alyson Larrabee. She is the author of two young adult novels: Enter If You Dare and Her Evil Ways. Both are ghost stories set in the thinly disguised town of Eastfield, Ma. Her newest novel, Hidden in the Dark, will be released sometime in 2017. Alyson grew up in Easton and she and her husband raised their three children here. A graduate of Oliver Ames High School, Emerson College and Bridgewater State University, she earned degrees in English Literature and Reading. Alyson taught in the Easton Public School System from 1975 until 2016. Since retiring, she's been involved as a volunteer at Ames Free Library and Schools on Wheels Massachusetts (SOWMA). In her spare time, she loves a cozy chair and a good book and often spends an hour or so absorbed in a terrifying ghost story, mystery or darkly twisted psychological thriller. She's also fond of long walks, Earl Grey tea, small children and big dogs. Alyson volunteers at the Ames Free Library facilitating "The Queset Society: A Teen Writing Group."
Our April 9th open house will be one full of surprises as curator Frank T. Meninno presents “Treasures from the Vault.” One never knows what he will find as he peers into the past (and into our collections). Join us for an interesting afternoon of history.
Our May 21st open house will be our Annual Meeting. We will meet at 2 p.m. at Queset House, immediately behind the Ames Free Library. After a short business meeting, we will present our featured speaker for the afternoon. Retired FBI special agent William Rose, OAHS Class of 1969, has prepared a program about some of his experiences as an FBI agent. He spoke at our 2016 Annual Meeting about collecting bottles, and shared from his extensive collection of rare and interesting bottles. A tour of "Queset" will be provided at the end of the program for those interested.