North Andover Historical Society

North Andover Historical Society The North Andover Historical Society is a non-profit educational institution, which serves as a center for local community interest and is dedicated to preserving, documenting, exhibiting, and interpreting N Andover history; mainly through its collection
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The North Andover Historical Society was founded in 1913 and is dedicated to preserving our local heritage and bringing it to life through children’s programs, guided tours, lectures, workshops, exhibits, craft demonstrations, architectural walking tours and publications. Our historic properties include Johnson Cottage (1789), the Parson Barnard House (1715) and the Hay Scales Building (1833). We

The North Andover Historical Society was founded in 1913 and is dedicated to preserving our local heritage and bringing it to life through children’s programs, guided tours, lectures, workshops, exhibits, craft demonstrations, architectural walking tours and publications. Our historic properties include Johnson Cottage (1789), the Parson Barnard House (1715) and the Hay Scales Building (1833). We

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On this day in 1983, the North Andover Citizen headline read “Localized gusts topple trees, cut lights, cost $50,000 in ...
07/28/2021

On this day in 1983, the North Andover Citizen headline read “Localized gusts topple trees, cut lights, cost $50,000 in damages”. Eighty mile per hour winds ripped through North Andover and the surrounding area leaving downtown without power for two and a half hours and flipped four light planes over at the Lawrence Airport. Do you remember this storm?

We are glad to have been able to work with the Stevens Memorial Library earlier this year to transfer local newspapers to the North Andover Historical Society. Ever since, we have been working to process and organize these materials ranging primarily from 1965 - 2012. Once processed, we plan to make these newspapers accessible in our library and archive and through an index. Keep an eye out for future issues and updates!
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NAHS ID: 2021.007

On this day in 1983, the North Andover Citizen headline read “Localized gusts topple trees, cut lights, cost $50,000 in damages”. Eighty mile per hour winds ripped through North Andover and the surrounding area leaving downtown without power for two and a half hours and flipped four light planes over at the Lawrence Airport. Do you remember this storm?

We are glad to have been able to work with the Stevens Memorial Library earlier this year to transfer local newspapers to the North Andover Historical Society. Ever since, we have been working to process and organize these materials ranging primarily from 1965 - 2012. Once processed, we plan to make these newspapers accessible in our library and archive and through an index. Keep an eye out for future issues and updates!
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NAHS ID: 2021.007

Accession of the MonthThis Edison style lightbulb dates to the early 1900s and was used in North Andover’s St. Paul’s Ep...
07/21/2021

Accession of the Month

This Edison style lightbulb dates to the early 1900s and was used in North Andover’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The donor noted “St Paul’s, like many other places, started electrification just after the turn of the century…. In 1915, the church built the third of the connected church structures, known as the parish hall, and I am sure it was electrified from the start. My guess would be that this light bulb was part of the 1915 project.”

We are thrilled to add this piece of local technology and energy use to our collections!
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NAHS ID: 2021.017.001

Accession of the Month

This Edison style lightbulb dates to the early 1900s and was used in North Andover’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The donor noted “St Paul’s, like many other places, started electrification just after the turn of the century…. In 1915, the church built the third of the connected church structures, known as the parish hall, and I am sure it was electrified from the start. My guess would be that this light bulb was part of the 1915 project.”

We are thrilled to add this piece of local technology and energy use to our collections!
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NAHS ID: 2021.017.001

Progress continues on the Stevens Center renovation, thanks largely to volunteer groups from around the region.Final tou...
07/20/2021

Progress continues on the Stevens Center renovation, thanks largely to volunteer groups from around the region.

Final touches are coming to the Worden Theater, including the last rows of seating. A new A/V system is coming too, c/o North Andover CAM. As construction winds down, crews from the North Andover Youth Center and South Church in Andover have been in to sweep, mop, set up shelves, haul out debris and pull weeds. They are making us look great!

Volunteers and community are at the heart of what we do. The society operates with two full time and one part time (10 hrs/wk) staff. To accomplish what we have is due to those who have donated their time, talents and treasure.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who is helping us 'Make History on the Common'! 👊

This week, we are featuring a new resource for our archives! Volunteer Lexi has been working hard to update and expand o...
07/14/2021

This week, we are featuring a new resource for our archives! Volunteer Lexi has been working hard to update and expand our obituary index based on binders of obituaries that are in our library. We are excited to share the finished product with all of you. The PDF is searchable and contains basic information such as name, maiden name, birth date, and death date to help researchers identify if it is the person they are looking for. You can check it out at the following link : https://www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/archives If anyone is interested in a specific entry, please contact our curator and archivist, Katelyn, at [email protected] for further details. Keep an eye out for more resources to be added in the future. Great job Lexi!

Pictured is a gentleman enjoying the day on Lake Cochichewick in 1961. What are some of your favorite things to do aroun...
07/07/2021

Pictured is a gentleman enjoying the day on Lake Cochichewick in 1961. What are some of your favorite things to do around North Andover during the warmer months?
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Photo: Lake Cochichewick Vista 1961. NAHS Archives Identifier: 1999.003.004 (36)

Pictured is a gentleman enjoying the day on Lake Cochichewick in 1961. What are some of your favorite things to do around North Andover during the warmer months?
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Photo: Lake Cochichewick Vista 1961. NAHS Archives Identifier: 1999.003.004 (36)

Getting ready for the reading of the Declaration of Independence and other documents on the Common!  Thanks to John Lenn...
07/04/2021

Getting ready for the reading of the Declaration of Independence and other documents on the Common! Thanks to John Lennhoff and the Friends of the 1836 Meeting House for bringing this together today. 🇺🇸

Looking for a good indoor 4th of July activity? We are open at the Parson Barnard until 2!
07/03/2021

Looking for a good indoor 4th of July activity? We are open at the Parson Barnard until 2!

Accession of the MonthThis recently donated scrapbook was assembled by Eva Celina Lambert Sheridan, daughter of Henry J....
06/30/2021

Accession of the Month

This recently donated scrapbook was assembled by Eva Celina Lambert Sheridan, daughter of Henry J. And Eugenie Lambert of 374 Main Street in North Andover. Eva grew up on Main Street and moved to Salem, MA when she married. Eva’s niece, who donated the scrapbook, noted how her aunt “always kept strong ties here,” particularly because her three siblings whom she was very close with resided in North Andover. The images provide a sampling of the news clippings that Eva saved. We look forward to learning more about the stories and people represented in the scrapbook as we process it into our collection.
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NAHS Identifier: 2021.018.001

What a find!  Now that the library and archives have moved to the Stevens Center, we've been cleaning up their former di...
06/29/2021

What a find! Now that the library and archives have moved to the Stevens Center, we've been cleaning up their former digs in the Johnson Cottage caretaker's quarters. Tonight the removal of linoleum in the former photo room revealed several newspapers that may have been there since it was installed.

Two papers were used--the March 23, 1965 Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and the March 24, 1965 Boston Traveler. Stories included coverage of the now legendary civil rights marches in Montgomery, Alabama, the Boston Red Sox preseason, and the unmanned Ranger 9 space flight to photograph the moon. Some great ads are in there too, including a big one for Butcher Boy Market!

While we can't know whether these papers were intended as underlayment or as a time capsule, they are likely seeing the light of day for the first time in 56 years. Gotta love history.

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A hearty thanks to the Knight Work crew from North Andover Youth and Recreation Services for their work this morning!  I...
06/28/2021

A hearty thanks to the Knight Work crew from North Andover Youth and Recreation Services for their work this morning! In spite of the heat, these young men helped clean up/clear out the Stevens Center for two hours today, hauling scrap out and moving items throughout our facilities. We are deeply grateful. ☺️

A hearty thanks to the Knight Work crew from North Andover Youth and Recreation Services for their work this morning! In spite of the heat, these young men helped clean up/clear out the Stevens Center for two hours today, hauling scrap out and moving items throughout our facilities. We are deeply grateful. ☺️

The Worden Theater's 'shakedown cruise' continued with our first public presentation tonight!  Dr. Kara Kaufman's talk--...
06/24/2021

The Worden Theater's 'shakedown cruise' continued with our first public presentation tonight! Dr. Kara Kaufman's talk--"The Natural Order of Things: A Window Into Gender and Sexuality in 17th Century New England"--starts us down a road to be filled with lectures, videos, debates, performing arts, and more in this new space.

We are pleased to have things underway. Thank you, Kara!

The answer to this week’s #WhatsItWednesday is a powder horn! This horn was given as a gift to Jonathan Abbot in 1770 by...
06/24/2021

The answer to this week’s #WhatsItWednesday is a powder horn! This horn was given as a gift to Jonathan Abbot in 1770 by Jacques and Charles Hébert, Acadian exiles who had resided in Abbot’s household in Andover before relocating to Quebec.
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NAHS Identifier: 1968.009

The answer to this week’s #WhatsItWednesday is a powder horn! This horn was given as a gift to Jonathan Abbot in 1770 by Jacques and Charles Hébert, Acadian exiles who had resided in Abbot’s household in Andover before relocating to Quebec.
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NAHS Identifier: 1968.009

What could this week’s #WhatsItWednesday from our collections be? Leave your best guess in the comments and the answer w...
06/23/2021

What could this week’s #WhatsItWednesday from our collections be? Leave your best guess in the comments and the answer will be revealed tomorrow! Hint: It is a three dimensional object.

What could this week’s #WhatsItWednesday from our collections be? Leave your best guess in the comments and the answer will be revealed tomorrow! Hint: It is a three dimensional object.

JUNETEENTH--Celebrated locally and regionally since 1866, this year Juneteenth is officially recognized as a national ho...
06/19/2021

JUNETEENTH--Celebrated locally and regionally since 1866, this year Juneteenth is officially recognized as a national holiday. It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1986.

On June 19, 1865, former slaves in Texas were informed by Union Army General Gordon Granger as to their emancipation via General Order No. 3, issued and first proclaimed in Galveston. While slavery had been officially ended in the rebellious states by the Emancipation Proclamation over two years earlier, enforcement was not possible until the Civil War ended in April 1865.

The North Andover Historical Society is pleased to fly the Juneteenth flag, which made its first public appearance in 2000 in Boston. Information about the flag can be found here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/06/16/metro/what-does-juneteenth-flag-mean/

At noon on Sunday, July 4, you are invited to the Town Common for the second annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and other relevant documents from our nation's history. Readings will include President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and his Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have A Dream', and President Lyndon Johnson's 'Voting Rights and the American Promise', among many others.

JUNETEENTH--Celebrated locally and regionally since 1866, this year Juneteenth is officially recognized as a national holiday. It is the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1986.

On June 19, 1865, former slaves in Texas were informed by Union Army General Gordon Granger as to their emancipation via General Order No. 3, issued and first proclaimed in Galveston. While slavery had been officially ended in the rebellious states by the Emancipation Proclamation over two years earlier, enforcement was not possible until the Civil War ended in April 1865.

The North Andover Historical Society is pleased to fly the Juneteenth flag, which made its first public appearance in 2000 in Boston. Information about the flag can be found here: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/06/16/metro/what-does-juneteenth-flag-mean/

At noon on Sunday, July 4, you are invited to the Town Common for the second annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and other relevant documents from our nation's history. Readings will include President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and his Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr's 'I Have A Dream', and President Lyndon Johnson's 'Voting Rights and the American Promise', among many others.

In honor of #NationalFudgeDay, here is a fudge recipe (bottom of right page) from a cookbook in our collections. The Bos...
06/16/2021

In honor of #NationalFudgeDay, here is a fudge recipe (bottom of right page) from a cookbook in our collections. The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book was author Fannie Farmer’s best-known work and introduced the concept of using standardized measuring spoons and cups. The book became extremely popular in America and is still in print to this day, widely known as the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.
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The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer. 1923 Reprint. NAHS Identifier: 2006.800.368

Our flagpost is doing 'double duty' today!The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag...
06/14/2021

Our flagpost is doing 'double duty' today!

The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." #flagday

The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. #happy246th #goarmy

Our flagpost is doing 'double duty' today!

The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." #flagday

The U.S. Army was founded on 14 June 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. #happy246th #goarmy

We're honored to have received the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Cultural/Tourism Award this morning, recognizing...
06/11/2021

We're honored to have received the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Cultural/Tourism Award this morning, recognizing our efforts to preserve, renovate, and reinvent our facilities over the last year. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up and made this possible! #community #smallbusiness

This week, we share a #BehindTheScenes look into our library and archives! Since arriving in January, our curator and ar...
06/09/2021

This week, we share a #BehindTheScenes look into our library and archives! Since arriving in January, our curator and archivist has been hard at work alongside our dedicated volunteers in preparing the collections for our move from the Johnson Cottage Complex to our new space in the Stevens Center. This has involved conducting a collection wide inventory of our archives, artifacts, and library - updating records and creating spreadsheets of information about our materials, building and cleaning shelving, packing materials, and then moving everything over to our new, climate controlled spaces!

Our collections will now reside in two spaces in the Stevens Center, one dedicated to our three dimensional objects - Collections Storage - and the other, featured today, to house our two dimensional, paper based materials. The Helen V.C. Wood Library and Archive will also serve as our research center for the public to come to work and learn about North Andover’s, or their own, history from our materials.

The big move of our library and archives took place at the end of last week with the help of many volunteers. We are now busy unpacking, getting things settled in their new locations, and updating inventories!

A special thank you to all those involved in making this move possible and successful: Brad and the North Andover Improvement Society, Kyle and his wonderful crew of young men from the North Andover Youth and Recreation Services, and our own dedicated volunteers - Abigail, Aidan, Averill, Ben, Cathy, Eric, Gretchen, James, Jen, Kara, Kevin, Lexi, Mary, and Paul. We could not have done this without all of you. Thank you!
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Images: Various views from the preparation and move of the library and archives from the Johnson Cottage Complex to the Stevens Center.

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153 Academy Rd
North Andover, MA
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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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Many of the people that started Andover which became North Andover and Andover at the split are listed on the Founders Monument in Newbury. One is John Osgood who landed in Newbury and was the third of ten men to sign the document that created the Andover. Another family that was in Andover is the Ordways. There are others on the monument as well.
Good Afternoon. A quick question. John Osgood the founder of Andover then Andover/ North Andover was my 7th great grandfather and my Osgood line ran right up to my grandmother. I was wondering if you have any Osgood artifacts or information at the Historical Society?
the item shown in the latest publication is used for darning socks
Attended this informative and thoughtful forum on Thursday-thank you Andover Center for History and Culture and Essex Heritage!
Congratulations Scarlet Knights! History made again!
Veteran's Day 2018 in North Andover. Truly a day for remembering all who have sacrificed for this country.
We are less than two weeks away from 26th Trot for Special Tots 5K that takes place in Andover on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The run/walk benefits the Professional Center for Child Development that benefits children across the Merrimack Valley. http://www.theprofessionalcenter.org/trot-for-tots.html. The mission is to provide educational and therapeutic services for children of all abilities and their families, working with each child to develop to his or her full potential. We strive to eliminate barriers to growth and development for children with disabilities and families coping with health issues and challenge. Interested in running or walking? Register today: http://www.lightboxreg.com/trot-for-special-tots_2018…
Looking forward to another Fall Festival-stop by and say hello!
Does the Historical Society have any information on Dorothy Moody? She is listed on the WWI monument, one of three women NOT listed as Auxilary Service. Thank you!
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Please check out my article about the separation of North Andover from Andover (w. new illustrations). Thank you. - Carl McCarthy