Well, hello from sunny Easton! Well, at least partly sunny, which sounds a bit better than partly cloudy. I hope the rain holds off tomorrow morning when we host a tour from the Society of Architectural Historians. The Richardson buildings are being featured as part of a three day seminar for this professional group, and I look forward to meeting with them and showing off our Museum.
I am patiently awaiting the arrival of a new computer for the Museum. Our current iMac is nearly ten years old and has performed exceptionally well for us, but as you know, technology waits for no one! It is time to upgrade to a new iMac, new software, and a new printer to keep up with a fast moving digital world. I hope to swap things over this coming week, and if all that new technology is agreeable with me (always a challenge for me), I should be sending along next week's update from the Museum's new system. Here is a treat for some of you out there with an interest in genealogy. Russ Meninno recently donated a few marriage intentions he picked up dating to the first half of the 19th century. It is a time where a lot of paper did not survive, so it is rare to find these. The three intentions below feature some familiar Easton names. The first is between Benjamin Buck, Jr. and Mary Record, who were neighbors in the Poquanticut neighborhood, and was recorded by Town Clerk Isaac Lothrop in 1832. Next is the intentions between Silas Randall and Elizabeth Torry, filed with Town Clerk Howard Lothrop in 1833. Randalls are one of our first settlers (1695), and Torry (or Torrey) is connected to the Torrey House in North Easton center. Last we have the intentions for Horace Spaulding and Harriet Keith filed woth Town Clerk Tisdale Harlow in 1840. I have no information on Spaulding, but Miss Keith's family is one of the oldest in Easton, arriving by 1717. The intentions are below.
By the way, there is a great genealogy club that meets at Queset House, behind the Ames Free Library a few times a month. Ed Hands is the very capable leader. If you are looking into researching your family, or are having difficulty in your search, I urge you to check them out. You can contact the Library to find out when the group meets again.
Hope you have a great week, and hopefully you will hear from me next week from our new computer! Frank