Georgetown Historical Society in Massachusetts

Georgetown Historical Society in Massachusetts GHS invites you to join us in preserving Georgetown’s rich heritage. Your support will aid in the preservation and maintenance of the Captain Samuel Brocklebank Museum and in the acquisition of historically significant artifacts and memorabilia.

The Georgetown Historical Society is a 501c3 non-profit corporation that was established in 1962 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and displaying significant antiques and artifacts pertaining to Georgetown’s history. The Society is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers dedicated to preserving and promoting Georgetown’s history for people of all ages to learn from and enjoy. GHS researchers are available to answer questions and offer assistance to those wishing to learn more about local history, genealogy, and historic properties. In addition to guided tours of the Brocklebank Museum at 108 East Main Street, the Society offers historical talks, cemetery tours, and other special events throughout the year. The Georgetown Historical Society depends upon the generous support of its members and friends. Please help support the Georgetown Historical Society by donating or becoming a member today! Visit our website: www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.com.

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11/15/2019
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Please consider choosing Georgetown Historical Society as your charity of choice this holiday season.
11/09/2019

Please consider choosing Georgetown Historical Society as your charity of choice this holiday season.

Are you ready for our ANTIQUES APPRAISAL NIGHT? Have your treasures verbally appraised by Dan Meader of McInnis Auctione...
05/21/2019

Are you ready for our ANTIQUES APPRAISAL NIGHT? Have your treasures verbally appraised by Dan Meader of McInnis Auctioneers. Hope to see you there!

01/21/2019

For all our new friends liking our Georgetown Historical Society page, we hope you will also join our "Georgetown MA History" page, where we post our articles and where people can share photos or stories and ask questions about our history. And we REALLY hope you will join the Georgetown Historical Society. We are a small non-profit run by volunteers. We need the support of those who care about preserving our history.

Our GHS Annual Meeting is this Wednesday. We have a great presentation lined up, so hope to see you there!
12/03/2018

Our GHS Annual Meeting is this Wednesday. We have a great presentation lined up, so hope to see you there!

This guy is hoping to see you today at 2:00 for the HALLOWEEN CEMETERY TOUR at Union Cemetery on East Main Street. Prese...
10/28/2018

This guy is hoping to see you today at 2:00 for the HALLOWEEN CEMETERY TOUR at Union Cemetery on East Main Street. Presented by Georgetown Historical Society. Admission $5.

Our Saturday cemetery tour has been cancelled, but we are hoping for good weather and a great turn-out on Sunday!
10/27/2018

Our Saturday cemetery tour has been cancelled, but we are hoping for good weather and a great turn-out on Sunday!

100 YEARS AGO schools were closed in Georgetown for three weeks because of the deadly Spanish Flu. Read about this and m...
10/19/2018

100 YEARS AGO schools were closed in Georgetown for three weeks because of the deadly Spanish Flu. Read about this and more (including a tale from our upcoming Halloween Cemetery Tours!) in the Fall 2018 Georgetown Historical Society newsletter at:http://www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.com/Newsletters/2018_10.pdf

LAST CHANCE to see our World War I display! The Brocklebank Museum, located at 108 East Main Street, is open Sunday, Oct...
10/07/2018

LAST CHANCE to see our World War I display! The Brocklebank Museum, located at 108 East Main Street, is open Sunday, October 7, from 2-5 p.m. for the last time this season.

OPEN HOUSE today from 2-5 at the Brocklebank Museum, part of Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails 2018!
09/30/2018

OPEN HOUSE today from 2-5 at the Brocklebank Museum, part of Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails 2018!

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY Georgetown’s Edward Peter Nolin became the  third Georgetown serviceman to die during World ...
09/23/2018

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO TODAY Georgetown’s Edward Peter Nolin became the third Georgetown serviceman to die during World War I. Edward, however, did not die in France, he died right here in New England from something even deadlier than the war.
Edward enlisted in the Navy on September 4, 1918, and was a Fireman, 3rd class, at the Naval Training Station in Newport, RI. Shortly after his arrival, the deadly Spanish Flu struck the Training Station, claiming Edward as one if its many victims. He died at the Newport Naval Hospital on September 23, 1918. Please share to honor his service and sacrifice.

09/22/2018

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday and next at the Brocklebank Museum as part of "Trails & Sails 2018." Only three weeks left to see our World War I display. Come see what you've been missing!

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday and next at the Brocklebank Museum as part of "Trails & Sails 2018." Only three weeks left to see...
09/22/2018

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday and next at the Brocklebank Museum as part of "Trails & Sails 2018." Only three weeks left to see our World War I display. Come see what you've been missing!

LAST CHANCE TO GET HAMILTON RAFFLE TICKETS! Visit the Brocklebank Museum tomorrow between 2 and 5. Drawing is at 5 p.m.
09/15/2018

LAST CHANCE TO GET HAMILTON RAFFLE TICKETS! Visit the Brocklebank Museum tomorrow between 2 and 5. Drawing is at 5 p.m.

You don't really want to cook tomorrow night, do you? Come to our Flatbread fundraiser and help support Georgetown Histo...
09/11/2018

You don't really want to cook tomorrow night, do you? Come to our Flatbread fundraiser and help support Georgetown Historical Society! While there, purchase some raffle tickets for a chance to win two tickets to see the musical HAMILTON at the Boston Opera House on September 28th.

Have you ever wondered about the early occupants of your historic home? Did you know that the Georgetown Historical Soci...
09/06/2018

Have you ever wondered about the early occupants of your historic home? Did you know that the Georgetown Historical Society provides FREE house histories to its members upon request? Contact [email protected] for more information.

Only two weeks left to get your HAMILTON raffle tickets! Only $10 each. Get tickets by e-mailing info@georgetownhistoric...
09/02/2018

Only two weeks left to get your HAMILTON raffle tickets! Only $10 each. Get tickets by e-mailing [email protected] or by visiting the Brocklebank Museum, open Sundays from 2-5. All proceeds benefit Georgetown Historical Society. PLEASE SHARE!

Looking for something to do on a dreary Sunday? How about a visit to Georgetown's Brocklebank  Museum? Open Sundays from...
08/12/2018

Looking for something to do on a dreary Sunday? How about a visit to Georgetown's Brocklebank Museum? Open Sundays from 2-5. Admission $5. Get your HAMILTON raffle tickets while you are there, $10 each. GHS is a small local non-profit and would greatly appreciate your support.

In 1930, Georgetown's Jennie Tidd traveled to France to visit the grave of her son, Joseph, who was killed in the Meuse-...
08/03/2018

In 1930, Georgetown's Jennie Tidd traveled to France to visit the grave of her son, Joseph, who was killed in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. She took part in a government-funded program which allowed Gold Star mothers and widows to visit the overseas graves of their loved ones lost in the war. Read about Jennie's pilgrimage and more in the Georgetown Historical Society Summer newsletter athttp://www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.com/Newsl…/2018_7.pdf

Would you like to see HAMILTON in Boston for as little as $5 per ticket? GHS is raffling off two tickets to see the show...
07/30/2018

Would you like to see HAMILTON in Boston for as little as $5 per ticket? GHS is raffling off two tickets to see the show at the Boston Opera House on September 28 at 8 p.m. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Brocklebank Museum any Sunday from 2-5, OR contact us at [email protected] with your name, address and number of tickets you wish to purchase, and we will mail them to you. Raffle tickets are $10 each.
PLEASE SHARE!

So often, when making summer plans, people overlook the little treasures in their own back yards. When was the last time...
07/20/2018

So often, when making summer plans, people overlook the little treasures in their own back yards. When was the last time you visited the Brocklebank Museum? Have you ever visited? We are located at 108 East Main Street, open Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Admission is only $5 ($3 for students and seniors), FREE for current Georgetown Historical Society members. Come see what you’ve been missing! HAMILTON raffle tickets are also for sale at the museum, $10 each for a chance to win two tickets to the September 28th show at the Boston Opera House.

The Brocklebank Museum is open every Sunday from 2-5 through October 7. Come in and check out our new display honoring t...
07/07/2018

The Brocklebank Museum is open every Sunday from 2-5 through October 7. Come in and check out our new display honoring those who served in World War 1 one hundred years ago.

Wishing all our members and friends a safe and happy 4th!
07/04/2018

Wishing all our members and friends a safe and happy 4th!

The Brocklebank Museum will be opening for the season on July 8 and will be open every Sunday through Columbus day weeke...
06/30/2018

The Brocklebank Museum will be opening for the season on July 8 and will be open every Sunday through Columbus day weekend from 2-5. For those who are visiting the area and unable to visit on a Sunday, special tours can be arranged by contacting GHS at [email protected].

Tonight's the night! Enjoy a great meal at The Spot and help support the Georgetown Historical Society. Starts at 5 p.m.
06/11/2018

Tonight's the night! Enjoy a great meal at The Spot and help support the Georgetown Historical Society. Starts at 5 p.m.

Featured in this week's Georgetown Record:
05/24/2018
Memorial Day to honor Georgetown's WWI fallen

Featured in this week's Georgetown Record:

This year, we will be observing the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, and here in Georgetown, the sad anniversaries of the deaths of five young

If you care about the history of Georgetown, if you think it is important to preserve important artifacts from our past,...
05/15/2018

If you care about the history of Georgetown, if you think it is important to preserve important artifacts from our past, if you are interested in the stories of those who came before us, then please consider supporting the Georgetown Historical Society. GHS is a private non-profit run by volunteers, and owns and operates that wonderful little treasure box known as the Brocklebank Museum. Why not join or donate today? Visit our website, www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.com for more information.

05/13/2018
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The Georgetown Historical Society Spring 2018 newsletter is now available for viewing online. Visit:http://www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.com/Newsletters/2018_4.pdf
Our feature story is a tribute to the five Georgetown servicemen who lost their lives during World War I, including letters from Harry Murch to his mother. Check it out!

Have you heard our BIG NEWS? Please share!
05/11/2018

Have you heard our BIG NEWS? Please share!

100 YEARS AGO TODAY, Rene Joseph Gagnon became the first of five Georgetown servicemen to die during World War I. Rene w...
05/10/2018

100 YEARS AGO TODAY, Rene Joseph Gagnon became the first of five Georgetown servicemen to die during World War I.
Rene was born in Salem on February 18, 1896 to Joseph and Rose (Morency) Gagnon. He moved to Georgetown in 1916 after his divorced mother married Thomas Palardy, who owned a farm on Searle Street. Rene enlisted on June 4, 1917 and was sent to France soon after as a Private in Company D, 103rd Infantry. The May 15, 1918 Newburyport Daily News reported in the Georgetown section: "Mrs. Thomas Palardy of Searle Street received a telegram yesterday afternoon from the state department at Washington notifying her of the death of her son, Rene J. Gagnon, in France. The telegram stated that death was due to gas poisoning May 10. Private Gagnon was a member of Co. D, 103d Infantry, having enlisted last summer at Lynn in the old eighth regiment. He was 22 years old and a portion of the time worked on the farm here. He was a young man of good habits and was well liked by all who knew him. He is the first Georgetown boy to give up his life in France."
Rene’s body was later recovered and buried with full military honors on August 21, 1921 in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Salem. Georgetown’s Rene J. Gagnon Post 211, American Legion, was chartered on September 22, 1919, honoring the first Georgetown man to die in World War I.
We hope you will honor Rene by sharing this post.

Do you live in a historic Georgetown home? Have you ever wondered about its past occupants? Georgetown Historical Societ...
05/04/2018

Do you live in a historic Georgetown home? Have you ever wondered about its past occupants? Georgetown Historical Society offers FREE house histories (a $250+ value!) to all members upon request. New members must join at the Contributor Level ($50) or higher in order to qualify. Contact us at [email protected].

Are you planning on making a  purchase through Amazon this month? If so, we hope you will do so through their Amazon Smi...
03/13/2018

Are you planning on making a purchase through Amazon this month? If so, we hope you will do so through their Amazon Smile charity link with Georgetown Historical Society as your charity of choice. Now through March 31st, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/01-0359121 and Amazon donates to Georgetown Historical Society!
Thank you to all our members and friends who have already helped GHS through this great program.

Another article from the GHS Winter 2018 newsletter:LETTERS FROM THE FRONT One hundred years ago, many of our Georgetown...
02/19/2018

Another article from the GHS Winter 2018 newsletter:
LETTERS FROM THE FRONT
One hundred years ago, many of our Georgetown men were overseas fighting in World War I. Five of them would not return.
The following are excerpts of letters published in the Newburyport Daily News on May 23, 1918, from two Georgetown men, George Moffitt and Harry Tidd, written from a hospital in France while recuperating from “shell shock” after the battle of Bois Brûlé near Apremont. Both men were members of the 104th Infantry.
In a letter from George Moffitt to his mother: “…I am still in the hospital but am feeling fine, hoping to be able to go out soon. The hospital is a good place but it is too lonesome for me. Harry Tidd was here but is gone now. I have not seen Harry Murch for over a month, but I guess he got out of it without a scratch. Some of us got it pretty hard but the next time there will not be any Huns left…”
In a letter from Harry Tidd to his mother: “…Just a few lines to let you know that I am feeling a lot better and hope to join my regiment soon. In my mind there is none like it anywhere, for when it comes to putting up a good fight, the 104th is certainly there. No doubt you have seen by the papers of the good work we did and how many there were who received the war cross. We had two lieutenants and three sergeants, and my lieutenant and sergeant both got one. I am in a large divisional camp and see all kinds of fellows that I know and have met before. I saw our old 8th Regiment supply sergeant Walter Brock for the first time since the split. In the old regiment in the states John Parkhurst of Boxford is here too, and both are feeling fine. It is lovely weather over here now but I think it is better at home. The sun shines all the time and the fields are full of flowers. It is nearly three weeks since I left my company and it seems like a year to me. I would like to get back to my company very much and get some mail for I must have a lot there. I have seen so much now that nothing worries me and I only feel bad for the folks at home. I have three very good friends here, Bob Lake of Topsfield, George Paradis and E. W. Foster, both of Boxford, the latter now being a sergeant. I am always looking for Joe and Roy [his brothers] as I feel sure I will see them over here some day, and every new lot of men that comes in I hurry down and look them over to see if either of them are in it…” (Harry’s brother, Joe, was one of the five Georgetown men who died in the war.)
The 104th Infantry was honored with the French Croix de Guerre for exceptional bravery in combat, the first American unit to receive such an honor from a foreign county.

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Drove by Union Cemetery yesterday. It looks like an attempt was made to repair the fence. 😦
Join the Georgetown Historical Society as we present ANTIQUES APPRAISAL NIGHT on Tuesday, MAY 21. Dan Meader, our local expert, will be appraising your antiques at the First Congregational Church on 7 Andover Street. The event starts at 6:30 pm, and ends at 9:00 pm. $5.oo per object, maximum of three objects per person. See you there!
Join the Georgetown Historical Society as we present ANTIQUES APPRAISAL NIGHT on Tuesday, MAY 21. Dan Meader, our local expert, will be appraising your antiques at the First Congregational Church on 7 Andover Street. The event starts at 6:30 pm, and ends at 9:00 pm. $5.oo per object, maximum of three objects per person. See you there!
I thought that maybe a few fans of historical theatre might like to see this....http://www.firehouse.org/see-a-show/30-treason - Sept. 28th thru Oct. 7th :)