Finding a bit of shade, these four girls rest in front of the Frothingham Memorial
boulder with a baby in the carriage
Greetings from a very hot and humid Easton! If you like summer, then this is your weather. As for me, I prefer a cold lemonade, a fan, and waiting for fall!
Last week we began an experimental program with the Easton YMCA. They run a summer enrichment program for children. For the past two weeks a group of children (1st and 2nd graders) have come to the Museum for an hour to learn about local history. The first week was a get to know you visit with a tour of the museum. This past week we looked at the early settlers. So far the children have been receptive, and they have asked many good questions. Of course, there are always some interesting ones. When I spoke about our first settler Clement Briggs, someone asked me who the very first person ever was! I instinctively answered "Adam" which drew some blank looks. Well, at least he is the first one I can name!
Summer brings fond memories of hanging out in our neighborhoods. Those who were fortunate enough to live near Frothingham Park were able to take advantage of the many opportunities afforded to one there. Sometimes it was a pickup game, or some fun on the old playground equipment, or perhaps finding shade beneath the lovely trees that make the park special.
Here are two photos taken by local photographer Joseph Lyons in the 1940's. Perhaps you might recognize some of the people, and if you do, please let me know!