Hello, and well wishes from historic Easton! I hope this update finds you all doing your best to stay healthy.
We are living through an unusually historic time. I have seen a lot of things that are signs of the times, both figuratively and literally. Signs about being closed, social distancing, hand washing, curbside pickup or delivery, rainbow signs, teddy bears in house doors and windows, and those terrific signs honoring those who have been at the forefront of all this pandemic. Now I see signs honoring our 2020 college and high school graduates, and signs that tell students how much they are missed.
I ask our members to join me in writing your experiences through his time, good or hard, so we can record this for our history. Just as we reflect on the 1918 influenza epidemic, future generations will be reflecting on this time. How were we affected? What did we do? What didn't we do? What changed for you, or what changed you? If you would be willing, please send along by letter or email your story about this pandemic, wherever you are. A photo or two would be welcomed also. Together, let's build a story to remember!
This time has been very different for me as I am sure it is for all of you. Unlike 1918, we have technology to help us. Working from home, I have been able to research houses, answer questions from high school and college students, genealogists, and keep an eye on what other historical societies and museums are doing. I have also scanned more than 80 stereoptic cards, making notes on each one, and more than 200 Easton postcards. These will be used for research purposes and future projects. The work continues!
As of this writing, Massachusetts is in the first week of a Phase 1 reopening. More openings will begin on Monday. There are lots of restrictions in place, and we are all waiting to see how people handle this, while hoping there isn't a second wave of virus outbreaks that could set us back. Museums and tours are part of the planned Phase 3 reopening, which can only happen if both Phase 1 + 2 go smoothly. We will also have to be capable of meeting any restrictions that will be in place before we can open to the public. We will continue to communicate our plans to you as they develop.
Finally, in honor of all those who sacrificed their all, we remember Memorial Day with one of the stereoptic images I recently scanned. Taken in the late 1880's, it shows our new Soldier's Monument at Monument Square. Monument Square, as it was once known, is the intersection of Center Street and Depot Street. This year's Memorial Day remembrances will be vastly different - no parades, but there will be online services and cable television services broadcast. Still, we remember.
Until next week, and stay well,