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The DML&A wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day --- a little bit early!❤️ Loving Greeting: My love and heart are yours...
02/05/2020

The DML&A wishes everyone a Happy Valentine's Day --- a little bit early!
❤️ Loving Greeting:
My love and heart are yours in every place
May Good Luck towards you never change its face ❤️

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02/05/2020

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John R. Buckley, b. 1 Jan. 1932, d. 21 Jan. 2020"He was a community leader. He truly believed in making the world better...
01/30/2020

John R. Buckley, b. 1 Jan. 1932, d. 21 Jan. 2020

"He was a community leader. He truly believed in making the world better." -- Eulogy by Michael Buckley and Jessica Meurer

Thank you for everything, Jack.

Sincerely,
The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives

The DML&A's 3rd accession of 2020! Materials concerning the Rockland Centennial in 1974. Marie F. Ryan, wife of the Hon....
01/07/2020

The DML&A's 3rd accession of 2020! Materials concerning the Rockland Centennial in 1974. Marie F. Ryan, wife of the Hon. Paul E. Ryan, was Secretary of the Centennial Committee and in charge of the Centennial Ball. She saved meeting notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, tickets, etc. There is a detailed list of items in the Time Capsule! Centennial chairman, John Ferguson, is shown in the newspaper clipping. Rita Lennon, of the Family Affair restaurant at 317 Union St., made a $100.00 donation toward the celebration. The Centennial Ball was held at the Canoe Club in West Bridgewater on April 19th 1974. Rockland's 100th birthday parade was viewed by a crowd of over 20,000 people. (See the Mooney Coll. for pictures) The Centennial Queen was Kathy Cowing and her court included Linda McKinnon, Patty Jackson, Marie Young, Nancy Gadson and Mary Farrell. Other centennial celebration activities included a country fair, a house tour, a fireman's muster, and more.

Our first two accessions of 2020! Deb Damon donated the weekly employee newsletter for March 8, 1951 from New England Ar...
01/02/2020

Our first two accessions of 2020! Deb Damon donated the weekly employee newsletter for March 8, 1951 from New England Arts. It circulated to all 140 employees. Her mother, Kay Damon worked there. The 1940s menu from Teel's Cabin was donated by Joanne Bergeron. Her dad, Jack Farrell, took it home with him and the family kept it through the years A Broiled Tenderloin Steak (large) cost a only $1.15 and a martini was 30¢

Here’s to an exciting new year and all of the wishes and promises it has to offer you! The DML&A will be closed Tue & We...
12/27/2019

Here’s to an exciting new year and all of the wishes and promises it has to offer you! The DML&A will be closed Tue & Wed, December 31 and January 1.Open regular hours 1-5 pm Thur & Fri, January 2 & 3, 2020

The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives will be closed Tue & Wed, 24 & 25 December 2019. Merry Christmas! Open regular hour...
12/18/2019

The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives will be closed Tue & Wed, 24 & 25 December 2019. Merry Christmas! Open regular hours, Thu - Sat, 26-28 December 2019

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12/18/2019

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12/05/2019

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Abington Celebrates! Football! Football! and Ice Skating! Abington HS Football is playing in the 2019 MIAA Super Bowl Ch...
12/05/2019

Abington Celebrates! Football! Football! and Ice Skating! Abington HS Football is playing in the 2019 MIAA Super Bowl Championship game! We have pulled out our AHS Green Wave Football collection and our OldTown Football collection to show off for Abington Celebrates! Join us, Saturday, 7 December, 1-3 pm. GO GREEN WAVE!

A cross post from the Historical Society of Old Abington (HSOA)
11/29/2019

A cross post from the Historical Society of Old Abington (HSOA)

FIELD TRIP - The Historical Society of Old Abington's Conversation Series takes us to the 1887 Baptist Church in North Abington on Sunday, December 1st at 2:30. Join us for a look at how it began and how it grew and even have a glimpse at the strangely similar Universalist Chapel in Assinippi built 7 years later... Light refreshments follow the conversation and it's FREE !

Pvt. Alexander NashCpl. John A. StudleyYN2 Eleanor WallsLt. Eleazar SnowSFC Andrea D. HealyMaj. Albert L. Kelly, M.D.1st...
11/15/2019

Pvt. Alexander Nash
Cpl. John A. Studley
YN2 Eleanor Walls
Lt. Eleazar Snow
SFC Andrea D. Healy
Maj. Albert L. Kelly, M.D.
1st Lt. Pauline I. Newcomb

The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives was honored to recognize these seven Veterans from the towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman (Old Abington) for their service.

The DML&A is actively seeking veteran's histories to add to our collection. We have almost no information about veterans from the Tri-town who served from the Korean War era to the present.

Please contact the Dyer by *email* for an appointment to share your story.
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By capturing the histories of our veterans, we preserve the human face of American history for generations to come and honor those men and women who swore to protect and defend the United States.

::: World War II – Pauline I. Newcomb [m. Skarinka] :::Pauline I. Newcomb, R.N., 1st Lieut. U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Sixth...
11/14/2019

::: World War II – Pauline I. Newcomb [m. Skarinka] :::
Pauline I. Newcomb, R.N., 1st Lieut. U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Sixth General Hospital in North Africa – Italy (Casablanca, French Morocco and Oran, Algeria).

She entered the Army nurse corps on July 11, 1943 and served at Langley Field in Virginia and Camp Kilmer in New Jersey before departing for overseas duty.

Pauline was a member of American Legion - Lewis V. Dorsey Post 112 in Abington.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives salutes and thanks the past and present men and women from Old Abington (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman) who have served our country.

::: World War II – Dr. Albert L. Kelly :::Maj. Albert L. Kelly, M.D., U.S. Army - Regimental Surgeon, 86th Infantry Divi...
11/13/2019

::: World War II – Dr. Albert L. Kelly :::
Maj. Albert L. Kelly, M.D., U.S. Army - Regimental Surgeon, 86th Infantry Division. Responsible for health and sanitation, as battalion surgeon of 900 officers and enlisted men. Responsible for health and sanitation as Regimental Surgeon, of 3,000 officers and enlisted men. Directly supervised nine medical officers and one hundred twenty-six medical enlisted men.

Active Duty: 27 October 1942 – 12 December 1945.

Decorations: Bronze Star Medal, Commendation for Services – Commanding Officer, Medical Detachment 341st Infantry, France – Croix de Guerre avec Etoile d’Argent.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives pays tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces from towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman (Old Abington).

::: SFC Andrea D. Healy - 24-year career in the U.S. Army :::SFC Andrea D. Healy retained numerous positions during her ...
11/12/2019

::: SFC Andrea D. Healy - 24-year career in the U.S. Army :::

SFC Andrea D. Healy retained numerous positions during her time in U.S. Army: Motor Sergeant, Battalion Motor Officer, Force Protection NCOIC, Lead planner for Kosovo (peacetime), Brigade Plans and Operations NCOIC, Personnel Management NCOIC.

She served in Germany, Republic of Korea, and numerous stateside assignments. Her overseas deployments include Operation Desert Storm (Gulf War), Somalia (Operation Restore Hope), Kosovo (peacetime assignment), and Iraq War.

SFC Healy was the only female assigned to an Infantry Battalion, the 1-335th Infantry Battalion, Camp Atterbury, IN, 2010 - 2013.

Active Duty: 12 September 1989 - 1 October 2013

Healy received numerous decorations and awards of which only a few are mentioned here: Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal, 7 OLC (oak leaf clusters); Army Achievement Medal, 6 OLC; Army Superior Unit Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Schutzenschnur (German) Marksmanship Badge.

“I would not be the person I am today had I never joined the U.S. Army. I found myself in the early years and fell in love with serving my country. I am grateful for the honor to have served. I know that I am a very strong willed individual, a trait I will never waiver from. This is a trait I learned in the service and a trait that has served me well.”

After the loss of both her parents she moved back to Massachusetts to be closer to her sister, to whom she is eternally grateful for her love and support. Andrea Healy currently works as a construction safety manager on numerous projects in Boston.

https://www.womensmemorial.org/

::: American Revolution – Eleazar Snow ::: “Military Commission of Eleazar Snow, Gentleman, appointed to Lieutenant of a...
11/11/2019

::: American Revolution – Eleazar Snow :::
“Military Commission of Eleazar Snow, Gentleman, appointed to Lieutenant of a Company of Infantry raised for the defense & security of this and other New England States, Joseph Collier [obscured] Captain, John Robinson, June 2, 1777.”

Eleazar Snow (Sr.) served as Lieutenant, Capt. Frederick Pope’s co. Col. Sergeant’s regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; engaged June 25, 1775; service, 1 mo. 9 days; also, Lieutenant, Capt. Joseph Cole’s co., Col. Roberson’s (Robinson’s) regt.; company return [year not given]; also, Lieutenant, Capt. David Packard’s co., Col. Eliphalet Cary’s regt.; service 11 days; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 22, 1780.

See: D-2017.73.08, Dyer Memorial Library & Archives collection

D.A.R. Ancestor #: A106655; Service: MASSACHUSETTS; Rank(s): LIEUTENANT

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives salutes and thanks the past and present men and women from Old Abington (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman) who have served our country.

::: World War II – Eleanor Walls (m. Littlefield) :::U.S. Navy WAVES, Yeoman Second Class / YN2 (E-5). Active Duty: 8 Ja...
11/10/2019

::: World War II – Eleanor Walls (m. Littlefield) :::
U.S. Navy WAVES, Yeoman Second Class / YN2 (E-5).

Active Duty: 8 January 1944 – 28 March 1946. Eleanor Walls worked 2.5 years in Brooklyn, NY preparing war ships to sail overseas.

Decorations: American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal.

Post War: “Elected Woman Officer to American Legion September 9, 1946 Object of special consideration as Rockland Post, American Legion elected new officers Monday evening was Miss Eleanor Walls, one of the two women chosen to office, who was named Assistant Adjutant.”-- Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection, Stonehill College.

Women in Military Service for America, https://www.womensmemorial.org/

A yeoman is an enlisted service member with the U.S. Navy that performs administrative and clerical work under their primary role and assignment. They deal with protocol, naval instructions, enlisted evaluations, commissioned officer fitness reports, naval messages, visitors, telephone calls and mail (both conventional and electronic). They organize files, operate office equipment, and order and distribute office supplies. They write and type business and social letters, notices, directives, forms and reports.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives salutes and thanks the past and present men and women from Old Abington (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman) who served our country.

::: Civil War - John A. Studley :::Residence East Abington MA; a 20 year-old Shoemaker. Enlisted in the U.S. Army on Sep...
11/09/2019

::: Civil War - John A. Studley :::
Residence East Abington MA; a 20 year-old Shoemaker.

Enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 13, 1861 as a Private. On September 14, 1861 he mustered into "I" Co. MA 1st Cavalry . He Re-enlisted on January 1, 1864. He was transferred out on February 12, 1864. On February 12, 1864 he transferred into "I" Co. MA 4th Cavalry.

He was discharged on November 7, 1865 at Richmond, VA.

Promotions: *Corporal, September 22, 1864. Member of G.A.R. Hartstuff Post No. 74, East Abington (Rockland, MA).

J.A. Studley Scrapbook, HSOA-1384 at the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives pays tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces from towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman (Old Abington).

::: War of 1812 – Alexander Nash :::Pvt. Alexander Nash, Capt. S. Howes’ Company, Lieut. Col. A. Binney’s Regt. From Sep...
11/08/2019

::: War of 1812 – Alexander Nash :::
Pvt. Alexander Nash, Capt. S. Howes’ Company, Lieut. Col. A. Binney’s Regt. From Sept. 12 to Oct. 10, 1814. Service at Boston.

Alexander Nash joined the crew of the crew of a privateer, “Prince de Neufchatel”, and found a place among a crew of 129 men and 5 Officers after serving in Binney’s Regiment.

On December 21, 1814, the Neufchatel set sail under the command of Nicholas Millin. On December 26th, the Neufchatel encountered a severe gale and was set upon by three British vessels, the Leander, Newcastle, and Acasta. She would have escaped had she not lost spars from setting too much sail. The Neufchatel surrendered to the British and the American crew was taken to Dartmoor Prison, arriving on February 19, 1815.

Alexander Nash was a prisoner of war until hostilities ceased between the United States and Great Britain and the prisoners were released. Alexander Nash set sail from England on July 7, 1815 arriving home on August 17, 1815, armed with conversational material for years to come.

Alexander Nash is buried in Colebrook Cemetery in Whitman, MA.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives salutes and thanks the past and present men and women from Old Abington (Abington, Rockland, and Whitman) who served our country.

A history of American privateers by Edgar Stanton Maclay, 1863-1919, https://archive.org/details/pivateershist00maclrich/page/376

::: Veterans Day 2019 ::: In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives pays tribute to those who have ...
11/07/2019

::: Veterans Day 2019 ::: In honor of Veterans Day, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives pays tribute to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces from towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman (Old Abington).

All of the information shared in these profiles is from the Dyer’s collections and the individuals are selected at random. For some of the men and women honored here, there is very little material. For others, there are complete biographical files with service records, photos, letters, and even war prizes.

The Dyer would love to add *your* veteran’s story to our collection!

The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives wishes to thank Bob Hayes, Chair of the Whitman-Hanson School Committee, for the do...
11/05/2019

The Dyer Memorial Library & Archives wishes to thank Bob Hayes, Chair of the Whitman-Hanson School Committee, for the donation of 20 years of Whitman-Hanson High School yearbooks! We are delighted to fill in some of the gaps in our yearbook collection. It is contributions like these that enrich the heritage of "Old Abington"!

Historical Society of Old Abington
10/29/2019

Historical Society of Old Abington

I'LL TAKE THE HOUSE FROM PAGE 26... Sears and Roebuck sold houses - no lie. Two Abington families (I heard there were possibly three....) actually bought the kits and built the homes. It's still easy to match up the houses as they stand today with the catalog pages. We'll talk about this in our Historic Society Conversation on November 3rd at 2:30 at the Dyer Memorial Library.

Historical Society of Old Abington
10/28/2019

Historical Society of Old Abington

MAD FAD - in 1848 Orson Squire Fowler issued his first book advocating for the construction of octagon planned houses. Eccentric, but progressive for his time he was a phrenologist (character analysis by the lumps and bumps of one's head) and wrote sex manuals. The octagon idea was taken seriously and for a long time Abington boasted of two octagons, one on Centre Avenue and one on Brighton Street. Only the Brighton Street remains. Learn more about architecture by the (plan) book" in a Conversation at the Dyer Library on Sunday November 3rd at 2:30.

Historical Society of Old Abington
10/28/2019

Historical Society of Old Abington

EENY, MEENY, MINEY.... in 1857 Hanover Architect Luther Briggs got the commission to design a new home for Rockland (then East Abington) shoe manufacturer James F. Bigelow on Park Avenue, right off of Union street. For his one plan he presented no less than FIVE options for exterior treatments in different styles. There is pretty convincing evidence that he used other architects' plan books as his inspiration. What happened to that mansion? It still survives in a much stripped down version as the Rockland Eagles Hall. Learn more about this at the November 3rd conversation with the Historical Society of Old Abington

Historical Society of Old Abington
10/26/2019

Historical Society of Old Abington

IT'S THE STEEPLE, PEOPLE... Did the design for the third building of Abington's First Congregational church (1819) come straight from Asher Benjanmin's 1797 Book, "A Country Builder's Assistant"? The long-gone original steeple as seen in this rare 1859 photo may tell the tale. Learn more about this on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:30 at the Dyer Memorial Library

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10/16/2019

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What a great turnout we had for Abington Celebrates! So many came by to see local history.
10/15/2019

What a great turnout we had for Abington Celebrates! So many came by to see local history.

Visit the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives to find out the story behind this box of bottles on Saturday, 12 October, 1-3...
10/07/2019

Visit the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives to find out the story behind this box of bottles on Saturday, 12 October, 1-3 pm. You'll find Old Abington's history at the Dyer! --- Dyer Memorial Library , Abington Celebrates

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10/07/2019

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Visit the Dyer to find out the story behind this photo on Saturday, 12 October, 1-3 pm. You'll find Old Abington's histo...
10/04/2019

Visit the Dyer to find out the story behind this photo on Saturday, 12 October, 1-3 pm. You'll find Old Abington's history at the Dyer! --- Abington Celebrates! Dyer Memorial Library

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10/04/2019

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On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck New England. Greta...
09/24/2019

On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck New England. Greta Wilkes took photos of the devastation at Island Grove in Abington and homes in the neighborhood. Photographs and scrapbooks about the hurricane can be seen at the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives

On September 21, 1938, one of the most destructive and powerful hurricanes in recorded history struck New England. Greta Wilkes took photos of the devastation at Island Grove in Abington and homes in the neighborhood. Photographs and scrapbooks about the hurricane can be seen at the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives

Historical Society of Old Abington
09/17/2019

Historical Society of Old Abington

THE LIST IS OUT ! We're about to go to press with our list of Conversations for the 2019/2020 Season. We're making two field trips this year, to the North Abington First Baptist Church in December to learn their history in the sanctuary, all decorated for Christmas, and to the Rockland GAR Hall next May to learn about the GAR movement - at one point all three of our towns had GAR Halls. We're kicking off the Season on October 6th speaking with the 'Mayflower Descendants - next year is the 400th anniversary of the landing in the new world. Remember that "find this style of house" exercise from earlier this year? In November we'll be looking at buildings created from published or shared plans, a look at the built environment in the 3 towns. in April we'll talk about "The Business of Dying" with 3 funeral directors representing each of our 3 towns and in March we'll talk about Fires and Firefighting. The Dyer Library has an impressive collection of fire equipment and memorabilia.

• $12 annual dues can be sent in or paid at our October Meeting - or upgrade to a lifetime membership for $75 !

* Our conversations are free and open to the public and are followed by light refreshments. Join us !

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Abington, MA
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Located in Abington, MA, the Dyer Memorial Library & Archives is a resource for local history and genealogy. Tue, 1-5 pm Wed, 1-5 pm Thur, 1-5 pm Fri, 1-5 pm

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The Dyer's third accession of 2020! Rockland's Centennial - 1974
Abington Celebrates! at the Dyer this Saturday! Visit us and find out about Priscilla Tisdale, the Adams Street School and Principal, Charles F. Frahar! We will also have some nifty items for sale!
Do you have any information on the Anti Slavery society of Abington or the activities held at the grove? I found this gem and would love to explore it more. Sojourner Truth came to Abington! I also would love to pin point the year. Thanking you in advance. https://archive.org/details/narrativeofsojou7231gilb
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