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Historic Preservation Month is celebrated annually in May across the nation.  The Stoneham Historical Commission is celebrating with a number of events this year. 

2017 Preservation Month Events in Stoneham

In honor of national Historic Preservation Month, the Stoneham Historical Commission is holding a series of events in May, including an historic walking tour of Stoneham Center, a tour of Lindenwood Cemetery, and a free talk on the New England stone wall. All events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

Life Stories of Lindenwood Cemetery Tour

Sat., May 6, 2017, 2 pm (Raindate, May 13, 2 pm) Lindenwood Cemetery, 60 Montvale Ave. Stoneham

Historian Dee Morris will lead a tour of Lindenwood Cemetery on May 6 at 2 pm.  Many Stoneham Victorians chose Lindenwood, consecrated in 1861, as their final resting place because of the beautiful setting. Amasa Farrier, town surveyor, patterned the 31-acre cemetery after the garden-style Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, creating winding paths to guide mourners to family plots and monuments.  Visitors will learn about the first Stoneham man to die in the Civil War, fugitive slaves, ardent spirtualists, factory workers, civically-minded women, inventors and teachers.  Lindenwood Cemetery is the guardian of life stories from Stoneham’s past.

Meet at the Main Gate on Montvale Avenue. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.  

Dee Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in the 19th-century history of Greater Boston.  She presents walking tours at Forest Hill Cemetery (Jamaica Plain) and programs at libraries, schools and historical societies to connect people with their civic ancestors

Discovering New England Stone Walls

Thursday, May 11, 2017, Doors open at 6:45. Talk at 7:30. Stoneham Historical Society, 36 William Street.

Author and builder Kevin Gardner will give an informal talk at the annual joint meeting of the Stoneham Historical Commission and the Stoneham Historical Society.  Kevin will speak on New England stone walls, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. Kevin explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.

Author of The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press, 2001), Kevin Gardner is a stone wall builder with Owen Associates, a small family business in New Hampshire that designs, constructs, repairs, and restores traditional New England-style stone walls.

Co-sponsored by the Stoneham Historical Society.

 Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Stoneham

Sunday, May 21, 1 pm.  1 Central Square, Stoneham

Commission member Dolly Wilson will lead a free historical tour of downtown Stoneham on Sunday, May 21 at 1 pm.  Delve into Stoneham’s colonial, industrial and civic past in this free walking tour of the downtown area and view prime examples of our architectural heritage.  Also learn how and why this area replaced Stoneham’s original town center further east, about our missed chance to be an automobile manufacturing powerhouse, and about the shoe industry that fueled the town’s growth in the 19th century.

The waking tour will leave from 1 Central Square (in front of J&B Butcher), and will visit a number of local historical landmarks.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Tour takes approximately an hour and will cover about 1 mile. Heavy rain will cancel.

Co-chair of the Stoneham Historical Commission, Dr. Dolly Wilson is an independent scholar and writer   currently writing an updated history of Stoneham.

“Virtual” Historic Tour of Downtown Stoneham

Monday, May 22, 10:30 am. Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, Stoneham

The downtown walking tour will be repeated at 10:30 am on Monday, May 22 as a “virtual” tour at the Senior Center.

Annual Preservation Award

Tuesday, May 23, 7 pm, Stoneham Town Hall, 35 Central Street, Stoneham

In addition, the Commission will present its annual Preservation Award at the May 23rd meeting of the Board of Selectman (7 pm at the Town Hall, 35 Central Street).  Each year the Commission gives the award for outstanding work at preserving the historical fabric and architecture of the Town of Stoneham.

Historical Scavenger Hunt

May 15 to 21, locations around town.

Families and members of the community are invited to participate in a historical scavenger hunt that will test their knowledge of Stoneham’s history and our historical buildings.  You can pick up an entry form with the questions at Town Hall, the Library and the Senior Center (after May 15 or below.


This Place Matters Campaign

The Historical Commission is also encouraging citizens to post images of themselves at local historic places on social media as part of the national This Place Matters campaign run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The idea is simple.  Local residents take a picture in front of a local place that matters to them while holding a “This Place Matters” sign and then post the image to social media using hashtags #thisplacematters and #StonehamHistCom. Tell others why This Place Matters. You can download a sign from below. Last year’s campaign engaged dozens in the community in talking about why historic places matter to them.  

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