Greetings one and all! The Society has been a busy place now that the weather is cooperating. Yesterday I had a group of four visitors walk in. One was from Ireland, one from Bermuda, and the other two local residents who were showing them around town. They visited for about an hour. While discussing the Irish workers in Easton, I mentioned that Lincoln Street was once called McCroon Street by the locals. The visitor from Ireland immediately surprised me with "That is County Cork" as she recognized the name. What a nice moment that was, finding a connection to the the origin of one of our old town names!
Our Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, 2 p.m. at the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, with thanks to Frederick Ames for providing it for us! Please note the change of location, we will not be at Queset as we had originally planned. The speaker this year is William Rose, OAHS graduate Class of 1969. He states "I will speak about adventures/investigations in the FBI, a Power Point presentation with photos from investigations I conducted throughout my 25 years as a Special Agent serving in Denver, New York City, Providence, Boston, and Lafayette, Louisiana. I will provide a Street Agent’s view and risks of the job. I will answer questions addressing news media misconceptions about the FBI stemming from the past 6 months. Prior to the FBI, I served 10 years in the Army commanding Engineer and Infantry Companies." This should be an interesting event so be sure to attend! Light refreshments will be served following the meeting. The week becomes very busy after today. On Thursday we are hosting a group of 35 from New Bedford, MA who call themselves the Second Life Learning Group. These retirees will be touring the Museum and several other buildings in North Easton, focusing on the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Unity Church. Friday we welcome second graders from Moreau Hall who will take a tour and a "show and tell" at the Museum. Saturday we welcome members of the OAHS Class of 1957 as part of their reunion weekend which will feature a tour around North Easton and a look at how the town has changed since graduation. As you can see being very flexible and doing quick changeovers is really helpful! Enjoy this great summer weather! Best, Frank
Frank T. Meninno
Curator, Easton Historical Society and Museum