Hanson Historical Society

Hanson Historical Society Dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Hanson, Plymouth Co., MA. Visit http://hansonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/ Post and answer queries below!
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This Memorial Day, take a digital tour (or socially-distanced driving tour!) of Hanson's Veteran Memorial Markers. Speci...
05/23/2020
Hanson MA Veteran Memorial Markers

This Memorial Day, take a digital tour (or socially-distanced driving tour!) of Hanson's Veteran Memorial Markers. Special thanks to Tim and Diane White for their memorial wreath installation and Wes Blauss for photography. https://hansonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2020/05/23/hanson-ma-veteran-memorial-markers/

This Memorial Day weekend Veteran’s Agent Tim White and his wife Diane arranged for flags, flowers, and wreaths to be set up at each of the Veteran Memorial corner markers throughout the town…

Stop by the Hanson Library to make a card for the Weymouth Police Department!
07/21/2018

Stop by the Hanson Library to make a card for the Weymouth Police Department!

Stop by the children's room to make a card for the Weymouth Police Department. Cards and crayons provided; cards will be dropped off Wednesday 7/25

This Patriots’ Day learn about Hanson’s soldiers who responded in the aftermath of Concord and Lexington.
04/16/2018
Hanson Historical Society

This Patriots’ Day learn about Hanson’s soldiers who responded in the aftermath of Concord and Lexington.

Did you know that 240 years ago, Hanson soldiers narrowly avoided a battle in Marshfield against British soldiers in the aftermath of the battles of Lexington and Concord? Learn more in April's Object of the Month!

Learn about the founding of Hanson's Anti-Slavery Society in 1839!
03/04/2018
1839 Founding of the Hanson Mass. Anti-Slavery Society

Learn about the founding of Hanson's Anti-Slavery Society in 1839!

In early June 1839, a meeting was held by supporters of William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper The Liberator and members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society at Chardon Street Chapel …

Learn about the fascinating life of Margaret (Calley) Quacum Tuttle who was born in Hanson and became the founder of Tut...
08/21/2017
Origins of the Quacum Sisters: Founding Mothers of Wilberforce Colony, Ontario

Learn about the fascinating life of Margaret (Calley) Quacum Tuttle who was born in Hanson and became the founder of Tuttleville in Hingham, and her Quacum sisters-in-law who became the founding mothers of Wilberforce Colony in Ontario, Canada.

Sisters Vilana, Rosanna, and Salome Quacum were born at the turn of the 19th century on the south shore of Massachusetts, the daughters of a multiracial family with African, Mattakeeset (Massachuse…

Today is author Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday. Our curator has written a series about his problematic encounter w...
07/12/2017
Thoreau’s Perfect Day in Lakeville, Mass.: Beautiful Assawompset Pond and a “Vexing” Encounter with Assawompset Indians: Part One

Today is author Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday. Our curator has written a series about his problematic encounter with an Assawompset Indian couple in Lakeville, Massachusetts and the recent desecration of their graves. Here's part one.

PART ONE: A PROBLEMATIC THOREAU ON VACATION Today marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. This talented, problematic writer was a study in contradictions. He was an elegant …

This Memorial Day, we honor the 27 Hanson soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War.
05/30/2017
Hanson Soldiers Who Died In The Civil War

This Memorial Day, we honor the 27 Hanson soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War.

This Memorial Day, a moment to honor the 27 men from Hanson who gave their lives during the Civil War. The first Hanson casualty was soldier Augustus F. Elmes, who died of typhoid fever while train…

Ever attend a singalong at Red Acres in Hanson over the past 62 years? Learn about a Civil War widow who lived in that f...
03/14/2017
Hanson Civil War Soldier Thomas Drake (1828-1865)

Ever attend a singalong at Red Acres in Hanson over the past 62 years? Learn about a Civil War widow who lived in that farmhouse. 152 years ago today marked the death of Hanson's final Civil War casualty, prisoner of war Private Thomas Drake who died in the notorious Andersonville Prison. Learn about his experiences during the war and stories about his young widow and five children.

On this day in 1865, Hanson, Mass. Civil War soldier Thomas Drake died in the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia, a Confederate-operated Union prisoner of war camp. He was Hanson’s las…

02/21/2017
“Our hearts were adjudged as dark as our complexions”: The 1805 Murder Accusation of the John London Kelley and Susannah Prince

In 1805, a black Pembroke family were accused of murdering a white sailor. Discover what really happened, and how neighbor turned against neighbor in a cloud of suspicion.

In the spring of 1804, 26 year old farmer and laborer John London Kelley struck a deal with Kilborn Whitman to rent the 21 acre Lindsay farm and orchard on Oldham Street in Pembroke. Whitman, recen…

In 1773, Pembroke and Hanson voted to support the end of slavery in Massachusetts, and instructed their Representative J...
01/16/2017
Object of the Month: January 2017: 1773 Pembroke Letter Supporting Massachusetts Abolition

In 1773, Pembroke and Hanson voted to support the end of slavery in Massachusetts, and instructed their Representative John Turner to inform the Massachusetts Assembly of their opinion - ten years prior to the end of slavery in Mass., and 92 years prior to the end of slavery in the U.S. The Pembroke Historical Commission is attempting to save John Turner's house from destruction. Learn more about the slave Felix Holbrook who first petitioned to end slavery in Mass. and Pembroke's response to his request!

In November 1772 Boston patriots formed a Committee of Correspondence and encouraged others towns throughout Massachusetts to do the same. This provided a powerful voice to the Patriot cause at a v…

06/12/2015

Bring the family tonight to the Strawberry Festival at the historical society from 5 to 8! Fun events and food!

Did you know that 240 years ago, Hanson soldiers narrowly avoided a battle in Marshfield against British soldiers in the...
04/23/2015
Object of the Month: April 2015 - April 1775 Muster Roll of Hanson Soldiers who Marched on...

Did you know that 240 years ago, Hanson soldiers narrowly avoided a battle in Marshfield against British soldiers in the aftermath of the battles of Lexington and Concord? Learn more in April's Object of the Month!

240 years ago, the "shot heard 'round the world" launched the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. Less well-known is a battle that almost came to pass at Marshfield, Massachusetts, where Plymo...

Have a history buff in your life? Support Small Business Saturday and pick up a Hanson history book from our store! http...
11/28/2014
Store

Have a history buff in your life? Support Small Business Saturday and pick up a Hanson history book from our store! https://hansonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/store/

The Hanson Historical Society is pleased to offer the following books for sale. Proceeds help to pay for the cost of printing, and help benefit the Society. Click here to view and print the Book St...

10/01/2014

See you tomorrow at HHS's October meeting at 7 pm. Mindy Barclay will discuss 1870s Hanson murderer William Sturtevant.

09/28/2014

HHS's own Mindy Barclay will be giving a lecture about the 20th century Sturtevant murders for our upcoming meeting on Thurs. Oct. 2nd at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!

09/20/2014

Come check out our annual Harvest Fair today at the #4 School House on 565 Main St. in Hanson from 9-3!

09/17/2014

The society is looking for yard sale donations for the upcoming Harvest Fair on Saturday Sept. 20th. All donations welcome, except for electronics. Contact Patty Norton (781-294-8645) for details - pickups can be arranged. Thanks for your support!

09/06/2014

Our Harvest Fair is happening Saturday Sept. 20th from 9–3. Hope to see you there! Vendor space is still available – contact Patty Norton (781-294-8645) for details.

Do you know how colonists learned that independence was declared? Learn how the news reached Hanson residents in July's ...
07/04/2014
Object of the Month: July 2014 - Pembroke's Copy of the Declaration of Independence

Do you know how colonists learned that independence was declared? Learn how the news reached Hanson residents in July's Object of the Month!

Centuries before the 24/7 news cycle and instant access to global events, do you know how the American colonists came to learn that independence from England had been declared by the Contine...

Can you help us solve this mystery?
06/30/2014
Object of the Month: June 2014 - An Unidentified Object

Can you help us solve this mystery?

The Hanson Historical Society's photograph collection includes an unlabeled photograph of this interesting object, and we are hoping to use the power of crowd sourcing to identify it! Here i...

Check out this remarkable bicycle and the 82 year old Hanson man who rode it.
05/18/2014
Object of the Month: May 2014 - Lloyd S. Josselyn and His Bicycle

Check out this remarkable bicycle and the 82 year old Hanson man who rode it.

May is Bicycle Month, so this month's object is a wonderful photograph of Lloyd Sumner Josselyn and his bicycle. Lloyd was born in Pembroke on 8 September 1859, the son of David A. and Sophronia F....

A reminder to renewing members that annual dues are due by April [$7 for individuals and $10 for families]. Or thinking ...
03/30/2014
Membership

A reminder to renewing members that annual dues are due by April [$7 for individuals and $10 for families]. Or thinking of becoming a new member? Check out what we have to offer on our membership page:

Membership Application Cost of membership is $7.00 for an individual, $10.00 for a family, and $15.00 for a business. Membership includes the quarterly Tunk Newsletter. Your support helps to fund o...

Learn about the beautiful orchard that was cultivated by a former Hanson slave in February's Object of the Month.
02/16/2014
Object of the Month: February 2014 - Pomp's Orchard

Learn about the beautiful orchard that was cultivated by a former Hanson slave in February's Object of the Month.

To celebrate African American History month, February’s Object of the Month is a transcribed oral history detailing “Pomp’s Orchard”, the cottage and orchard of Pomp, a former slave of the House fa...

Our curator Mary Blauss Edwards also maintains the Hanson, MA USGenWeb Project which has just undergone a major overhaul...
02/15/2014
Hanson, MA USGenWeb Project

Our curator Mary Blauss Edwards also maintains the Hanson, MA USGenWeb Project which has just undergone a major overhaul filled with a great deal of historical goodies. Start researching your Hanson ancestors today!

Documenting the history of Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

The website now contains the 2013 editions of our newsletter, The Tunk! 2014 editions will be available to members only,...
02/15/2014
Newsletter

The website now contains the 2013 editions of our newsletter, The Tunk! 2014 editions will be available to members only, so please consider becoming a member! Or feel free to submit an article about Hanson's history to publish in an upcoming edition of the Tunk.

The Tunk is the newsletter of the Hanson Historical Society, published three times a year in the spring, summer, and fall. It contains articles written by our members describing historical events a...

The Historical Society recently accepted a wonderful donation of  historic materials from the old Grange Hall. Here is a...
01/30/2014

The Historical Society recently accepted a wonderful donation of historic materials from the old Grange Hall. Here is a photo of Allan Clemons and John Norton accepting the donation from Geoff Diehl.

Learn about the 19th century Hanson Spiritualist businessman whose safe is January's Object of the Month!
01/27/2014
Object of the Month: January 2014 - Barnabas Everson's Safe

Learn about the 19th century Hanson Spiritualist businessman whose safe is January's Object of the Month!

In honor of former Hanson resident Barnabas Everson's 189th birthday this month, January's object of the month is a very heavy artifact from our collection which he possessed. Near the entrance to ...

Did you know that snow plowing in the early 1900s could be a dangerous job? Check out December's Object of the Month to ...
12/11/2013
Object of the Month: December 2013 - Derailed Snow Plow Trolley

Did you know that snow plowing in the early 1900s could be a dangerous job? Check out December's Object of the Month to learn more!

December's Object of the Month is a photograph of a derailed Brockton and Plymouth Street Railway trolley that was plowing snow off the railroad tracks after a winter snowstorm. The photograph is u...

November's Object of the Month celebrates a wonderful recent donation to the Society - the cradle of Gad Hitchcock Jr., ...
11/02/2013
Object of the Month: November 2013 - Gad Hitchcock Cradle

November's Object of the Month celebrates a wonderful recent donation to the Society - the cradle of Gad Hitchcock Jr., born in November of 1749.

This summer, the Hanson Historical Society received a wonderful donation from the Hanover Historical Society: the Gad Hitchcock Jr. cradle, possibly built ca. 1749, made of cherry wood. The cradle ...

The Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871 and the Great Boston Fire in November 1872 led to nation-wide awareness of the...
10/05/2013
Hanson Historical Society

The Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871 and the Great Boston Fire in November 1872 led to nation-wide awareness of the necessity of fire safety. October's Object of the Month is a look at Hanson's firefighting history.

Preserving the stories of Hanson's past

It's back to school time! September's Object of the Month is a look at the old South Hanson grammar schools. Do you have...
09/01/2013
Hanson Historical Society

It's back to school time! September's Object of the Month is a look at the old South Hanson grammar schools. Do you have a favorite Hanson school memory?

Preserving the stories of Hanson's past

With the hot days of summer upon us, August’s Object of the Month is a tintype taken at Nantasket Beach of an unidentifi...
08/03/2013
Hanson Historical Society

With the hot days of summer upon us, August’s Object of the Month is a tintype taken at Nantasket Beach of an unidentified man and two women from the photograph collection of the Hanson Historical Society. Read on to learn more!

Preserving the stories of Hanson's past

Check out our new feature "Object of the Month" which will showcase a photograph, artifact, or manuscript from the colle...
06/23/2013
Hanson Historical Society

Check out our new feature "Object of the Month" which will showcase a photograph, artifact, or manuscript from the collections of the Hanson Historical Society. This month's object is Elsie Calder’s History of the #4 Primary Schoolhouse.

Preserving the stories of Hanson's past

As the summer heats up, so does the Society's headquarters (which does not have A.C.), so our next meeting will not be u...
06/22/2013
Hanson Historical Society

As the summer heats up, so does the Society's headquarters (which does not have A.C.), so our next meeting will not be until August. But you can check out what we have to offer from the comfort of your own homes on our newly relaunched website with all new digital exhibits! Let us know what you think!

Preserving the stories of Hanson's past

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I’m interested in learning more about Hanson’s history during the 1970-1980s bussing desegregation.
Just came across your page. My mom was born in Medford, MA, and met my dad on a blind date in 1957 when he was stationed at Hanscom Field....
Looking forward to this event Saturday! I'll be doing a talk about my book and sharing the story of Mr. Alexander Hanson and a little "incident" he caused that helped shaped the War of 1812 and later gave our quaint little town of Hanson its name! Copies of the book will be available and 100% of the profits are going to the Hanson Historical Society to aid in future preservation efforts for the town. The event is Saturday, 10am at the Hanson Public Library . Registration is free, but please sign up here as seating is limited: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=HANSON&curID=369153&fbclid=IwAR3jfoQsAIcJdDbR92jvjUg__8qE1nKHoLj1CMtx6XhFZc6zBl4IT_dTYNI
I am looking for information regarding Ephraim Lindsey or the Lindsay farm site/orchard. I am a descendent of Ephraim's grandson Ethel that relocated to the Fox Islands in Maine in the 19th century. It just so happens, I have moved to Hanover, MA just in time to learn about my past ancestry.
Hanson Historical Society Annual Turkey Dinner is set for May 3, 2018 at Camp Kiwanee. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $15. each and can obtain them by calling Patty at 781 294-8645.
Representative Josh Cutler will speak on April 4 at Schoolhouse #4 about Alexander Conte Hanson, Jr. whom Hanson got its names.
Hanson Historical Society April Meeting on April 4, 2018 at Schoolhouse #4, at 7:30pm.
How do I know when my subscription has lapsed so that I can send in the membership fee and can I do it on-line?
Are there any pictures of Major's Purchase Rock and where is it located ?
Does anyone remember the "Carl Meinhold Marine Shop" back in the 60's? My husband is putting together a family book of childhood memories and this of course was one for him. Any information or pictures of the place would be so appreciated! Thank you
one more: does anyone know where i can find the full text of "history of the town of hanson" commissioned by town govt in the late 50s? there is a somwhat mangled version of it here: https://archive.org/stream/historyoftownofh00sn/historyoftownofh00sn_djvu.txt
hi all, i am getting confused by Cushing corner and Harding corner; i've seen notes saying both are (were) at the corner of spring and washington sts. any one knows for sure which is which? thx in advance.