Preservation Month Events 2018

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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. 

2018 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 tours of the Old Burying Ground, free talks on Franklin Street and about Irish immigrants in the Civil War, and a historical Scavenger hunt aimed at families. All events are free and open to the public.

Events include:

Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke: Tales of an Irish Immigrant in the Civil War

Thursday, May 10 7:30 pm.  Doors open to Musuem at 6:45 pm. Stoneham Historical Society, 36 William Street, Stoneham

Ellen B. Alden will speak on her award-winning historical fiction novel Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke.. Ellen’s novel is based on 19 Civil War letters written from her Irish Immigrant great, great grandfather to his wife and children back home in West Springfield, MA. Ellen discovered these letters on a random trip to her attic. The letters revealed the story of her first generation Irish immigrant ancestors, and Ellen has worked to bring their story to life through her debut novel. 

The talk will take place at the annual joint meeting of the Stoneham Historical Commission and the Stoneham Historical Society. 

Doors open to the Museum at 6:45. A brief business meeting will be held at 7:15 followed by the talk at approximately 7:30 pm. 

Co-sponsored by the Stoneham Historical Society.

Annual Preservation Award

Tuesday, May 15, 7 pm, Stoneham Town Hall, 35 Central Street, Stoneham

The Commission will present its annual Preservation Award at the May 15 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

Postponed from Saturday, May 19 to Saturday, June 2, 9-11 am, Stoneham Town Common - due to rain. 

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 in and around the Common and Stoneham Square. We'll also have lawn games, historical puzzles and more.  For younger children, we will also have a hunt with picture clues. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a parent. We will also have lawn games, historical puzzles and more. Correct entries eligible for a drawing for a gift certificate to the Daily Scoop.

Co-sponsored by the Stoneham Recreation Department

Open Day and Guided Historic Tours, Old Burying Ground 

Due to Rain, postponed from Sunday, May 20 to Sunday, June 3, 1 - 3 pm.  Old Burying Ground, Pleasant Street at William Street.  Guided Tours at 1:15 and 2 pm.

Come see the 1726 Old Burying Ground in Stoneham, one of the last remnants of the original Town Center. Enjoy an Open Day for Historic Preservation Month. Guided Tours at 1:15, and 2 pm and possibly more if needed. 

Great Stories from Franklin Street

Thursday, May 24, 7 pm.  Stoneham Public Library, 431 Main St.

Historian Dee Morris will speak on Franklin Street, the most direct route between Stoneham and Melrose. It also served as an important component of a stage line connecting Reading and Boston in 1833, thus allowing residents a reliable way to travel to the city. But Franklin Street is much more. It is now home to an 1842 residence dramatically rescued from demolition. Its roll call of “who was who” included business leaders, workers in shoe factories and a clairvoyant physician. Professor Queen, a necromancer (magician), owned a lovely estate there. Join us for a lively exploration of the legacy passed on by this constantly-changing part of Stoneham.

Co-sponsored by the Stoneham Public Library

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