North Andover Historical Society

North Andover Historical Society The North Andover Historical Society is dedicated to preserving our local heritage and bringing it to life through programs and events.

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 also operate the S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive at the Society Headquarters which contains thousands of documents, books, photographs, and paper objects that tell the story of the town and it’s people. We offer memberships and other ways to donate to support us, so check out how you can contribute to the preservation of our community!

Kathy Stevens and Crowell Freeman were honored to receive official Citations and awards today from State Senators  Diana...
06/10/2019

Kathy Stevens and Crowell Freeman were honored to receive official Citations and awards today from State Senators Diana DiZoglio & Bruce Tarr;
State Representative Christina Minicucci; North Andover Board of Selectmen Phil DeCologero ; North Andover Historical Society; North Andover Historic Commission, North Parish of North Andover and Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center for their historic preservation work in North Andover!

Crowell Freeman & Kathy Stevens, 2019  Historic Preservation Award honorees at the Gala event at Rolling Ridge Retreat &...
06/09/2019

Crowell Freeman & Kathy Stevens, 2019 Historic Preservation Award honorees at the Gala event at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center

The guest of honor Kathy Stevens has arrived at the Gala!
06/09/2019

The guest of honor Kathy Stevens has arrived at the Gala!

06/09/2019

“Accidental Charm” is our Gala event entertainment!

The “Celebrating our Legacy” Gala has begun! We’ll be sharing highlights throughout the event!The guests are arriv...
06/09/2019

The “Celebrating our Legacy” Gala has begun! We’ll be sharing highlights throughout the event!

The guests are arriving!

Thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support--we are now OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!Looking forward to seeing everyone who...
05/29/2019

Thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support--we are now OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!

Looking forward to seeing everyone who bought tickets this Sunday at Celebrating Our Legacy, honoring Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman, recipents of the 2019 Lifetime Preservation Award on Sunday, June 9th at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center

In honor of Memorial Day, thought we'd share a notice from the June 1880 Lawrence American.  Decoration Day was the prec...
05/24/2019

In honor of Memorial Day, thought we'd share a notice from the June 1880 Lawrence American. Decoration Day was the precursor to today's Memorial Day, and first observed on May 30, 1868 to remember the sacrifices made by Northern soldiers during the Civil War.

Only 4 Tickets remaining!  Deadline to purchase Gala tickets: June 1st. Join the North Andover Historical Society in hon...
05/23/2019

Only 4 Tickets remaining! Deadline to purchase Gala tickets: June 1st.

Join the North Andover Historical Society in honoring Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman, 2019 Lifetime Preservation Award honorees on June 9, 2019, at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center

Tickets & Sponsorship opportunities online:
northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/shop

Don’t forget to visit Stop & Shop  at the 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover location to purchase the reusable Communi...
05/17/2019

Don’t forget to visit Stop & Shop at the 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover location to purchase the reusable Community Bag! We will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 bag purchased until the end of the month. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a bag!

Don’t forget to visit Stop & Shop at the 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover location to purchase the reusable Community Bag! We will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 bag purchased until the end of the month. Thank you to everyone that has already purchased a bag!

Don’t forget to visit Stop & Shop  at the 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover location to purchase the reusable Communi...
05/17/2019

Don’t forget to visit Stop & Shop at the 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover location to purchase the reusable Community Bag! We will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 bag purchased until the end of the month. Thank you to everyone that has already purchased a bag!

See you this Sunday for another #NAShepShearingFestival!
05/17/2019

See you this Sunday for another #NAShepShearingFestival!

Visit us at this year's Sheep Shearing Festival #northandoverhistorical #NASheepShearingFestival

05/17/2019

Visit our tents again this year during Sheep Shearing Festival 2019 this Sunday 10-4! #NASHeepShearingFestival!

Help us continue to seek, save and share North Andover's history with this and future generations!  Through the month of...
05/07/2019

Help us continue to seek, save and share North Andover's history with this and future generations! Through the month of May, your purchase of the Community Bag at the North Andover Stop and Shop contributes $1 in support for our programs.

Celebrate the lovely month of May, and give back to your community at the same time! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover MA in May and we'll receive a $1 donation! Help us Seek, Save and Share our local history #northandoverhistoricalsociety

Celebrate the lovely month of May, and give back to your community at the same time! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community...
05/07/2019

Celebrate the lovely month of May, and give back to your community at the same time! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 757 Turnpike Street, North Andover MA in May and we'll receive a $1 donation! Help us Seek, Save and Share our local history #northandoverhistoricalsociety

Let's all cheer on this poor overgrown sheep at the 47th North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival on May 19th!
04/29/2019

Let's all cheer on this poor overgrown sheep at the 47th North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival on May 19th!

"Yes ! I have to go to North Andover Common on May 19th. Why ??? Please look at me 47th. North Andover Sheep Shearing here I comeeeee"

Let's all lend some support to this poor sheep awaiting their shearing at the 47th annual North Andover Sheep Shearing F...
04/29/2019

Let's all lend some support to this poor sheep awaiting their shearing at the 47th annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival 🐑 We will be there and hope to see you there! #northandoverhistoricalsociety

"Yes ! I have to go to North Andover Common on May 19th. Why ??? Please look at me 47th. North Andover Sheep Shearing here I comeeeee"

Important work on this Memorial dedicated to those whose service was not always valued as it should have been. We are co...
04/28/2019

Important work on this Memorial dedicated to those whose service was not always valued as it should have been. We are collecting information on North Andover veterans from this and all wars.

Vietnam War Memorial Renovation in Progress!

See you at Sheep Shearing 2019 on May 19th!
04/23/2019
North Andover Festival Committee

See you at Sheep Shearing 2019 on May 19th!

Are you a crafter or local vendor? Showcase your products at North Andover's 47th annual Sheep Shearing Festival on May 19th!

Hope you will join us and all the crafters and events during Sheep Shearing 2019 on May 19th!
04/23/2019
North Andover Festival Committee

Hope you will join us and all the crafters and events during Sheep Shearing 2019 on May 19th!

Are you a crafter or local vendor? Showcase your products at North Andover's 47th annual Sheep Shearing Festival on May 19th!

Spring is Here! 🌸💐🌼News you should know in our bulletin!
04/18/2019
Spring is Here!

Spring is Here! 🌸💐🌼

News you should know in our bulletin!

Still space in tomorrow's Teddy Bear workshop from 1-3 om.  $4 per child materials fee, payable at the door. Limit 10 ch...
04/16/2019

Still space in tomorrow's Teddy Bear workshop from 1-3 om. $4 per child materials fee, payable at the door. Limit 10 children--to save a spot, email [email protected]

History is the story of multiple lives across time. Local history is our story, which is why the North Andover Historica...
04/14/2019
Opinion | Waking Up to History

History is the story of multiple lives across time. Local history is our story, which is why the North Andover Historical Society seeks, saves and shares Noth Andover's past for the present and future generations. #nothandoverhistoricalsociety

At new museums, the past is finally becoming more than the story of men and wars.

Congrats yet again to North Andover High School teacher, Brian Sheehy on another accomplishment!
04/09/2019

Congrats yet again to North Andover High School teacher, Brian Sheehy on another accomplishment!

Lawrence History Center is so happy to see our friend Brian Sheehy, North Andover High School History Learning Lab, at the Digital Commonwealth Conference today!

Brian is presenting about the History Learning Lab's mission and digital responsibility in the afternoon session.

The North Andover High School History Learning Lab is the recipient of a Veterans' Heritage Grant through the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board, of which Susan Grabski, LHC director, is a member. Fans of the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board

Great  local Learning Opportunity:Our good friends at Historic New England are offering their Leading Locally series thi...
04/08/2019
Leading Locally workshops at Historic New England

Great local Learning Opportunity:
Our good friends at Historic New England are offering their Leading Locally series this May! This year’s series focuses on issues of particular concern to historical societies and small museums. It takes place at Historic New England’s Haverhill Regional Office, where attendees will have special access to our Collections and Conservation staff and have a tour of the Collections facility.The three sessions feature talks and Q&A sessions with Historic New England’s staff as well as outside experts on specialized topics including conservation and care of interiors, integrated pest management, building code compliance, zoning and use, organizational development, and more.
For more information visit:
https://www.historicnewengland.org/leading-locally-workshops-address-care-and-management-of-historic-properties/

Join Historic New England staff and expert professionals for a series of workshops on strategies related to managing historic properties.

We will be there again this year-stop by and say hello!
04/02/2019

We will be there again this year-stop by and say hello!

Happy Spring 🌸🌺🥀🌹🌷🎋

Please join us for our wonderful traditional town event, our 47th North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival.

One of the best Sheep Shearing Festival in New England. This is one of the events that we are all very fond of and very proud of.

And yes, by the request from our community, COW PIE BINGO is back.

Please follow our Facebook and Twitter for more information.

04/01/2019
Under Pressure: 2019 Senior Energy Documentary

An impressive group of students-the North Andover Historical Society was one of their locations to conduct video interviews in North Andover.

Energy documentary by the class of 2019 at Four Rivers Charter Public School, telling the story of the Merrimack Valley disaster of September 2018.

Have you ever thought about working with children and sharing local history as part of pur educational team? Contact us ...
03/31/2019

Have you ever thought about working with children and sharing local history as part of pur educational team? Contact us to find out more...

#TBT takes us to April 1992 when the fourth graders were visiting the Parson Barnard House on their annual field trip. Do you remember those field trips?

Heads up--we will be opening at Noon today.  Our limited office hours of Tuesday-Wednesday resume tomorrow and run throu...
03/26/2019

Heads up--we will be opening at Noon today. Our limited office hours of Tuesday-Wednesday resume tomorrow and run through at least April 5th. Thanks for your patience and understanding. #northandoverhistoricalsociety

Another North Andover woman who made a difference...
03/24/2019

Another North Andover woman who made a difference...

#womenshistorymonth This week we honor Carolyn Stevens Rogers-a civic "doer" who also was responsible for creating the Parson Barnard House into the historic house museum we know today. She also envisioned, founded, built and led the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in 1960.
#northandoverhistoricalsociety #northandoverhistory

The Davis & Furber Legacy: the 2012 Tour of Machine Shop Village.Click the link to read the brochure and learn about Mac...
03/20/2019

The Davis & Furber Legacy: the 2012 Tour of Machine Shop Village.

Click the link to read the brochure and learn about Machine Shop Village, North Andover
northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/textile-history

The Davis & Furber Foreman's Club honored employees with 50+ years service at an annual banquet.  Do you recognize your ...
03/19/2019

The Davis & Furber Foreman's Club honored employees with 50+ years service at an annual banquet.

Do you recognize your relatives in this photo?

List of Members & more Photos here!
northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/davis-furber-half-century-club

Honoring another North Andover woman...
03/17/2019

Honoring another North Andover woman...

#womenshistorymonth This week we honor Sarah Loring Bailey who researched and wrote the quintessential town history: Historical Sketches of Andover/North Andover in 1880. Sarah was born and grew up in the Parson Barnard House, although in her time, the house was still believed to be the "Governor Bradstreet House". Without her research and dedication to rooting out documents in personal collections, much of the information from these private papers would have been lost from the record.
#northandoverhistory #northandoverhistoricalsociety

03/17/2019
Join us in honoring Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman on June 9th!

Tickets are selling fast!! Don't miss out on the opportunity to honor Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman, 2019 Lifetime Preservation Award honorees on June 9, 2019, at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center.

LEADERS, PRESERVATIONISTS, PHILANTHROPISTS

Tickets & Sponsorship opportunities online:
northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/shop

03/16/2019
North Andover CAM

More on Davis and Furber...

Carol Majahad from the @North Andover Historical Society introduced us to Dave Rand, a lifelong North Andover resident, whose father worked at the Davis & Furber mills.
Here is a little sample of the many stories that Dave told us.
#LocalHistory #HistoryIsCool #DavisAndFurber #NorthAndover

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY OF THE ANDOVERSThe area known today as the Merrimack Valley was named for the Merrimack River (M...
03/15/2019

NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY OF THE ANDOVERS

The area known today as the Merrimack Valley was named for the Merrimack River (Merroh Awke “the strong place or “place of swift waters”) by the Pennacook people who lived here before the arrival of Europeans.

Weir Hill, in present-day North Andover, by the Cochichewick pond (Algonquin for “place of the great cascades”) was a seasonal hunting and fishing area for the Pennacook.

LEARN MORE...An updated history of the indigenous people, timeline and recommended reading resources were just added to our website:

northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/native-americans

Image: Original seal of the North Andover Historical Society

In honor of  #womenshistorymonth...
03/11/2019

In honor of #womenshistorymonth...

This week's #womenshistorymonth post spotlights Kate Stevens, who in September 1917 was Secretary of the North Andover Auxiliary of the Essex County Chapter of the American Red Cross and recorded that the group voted “that the rooms formerly occupied by the Post Office in the Oddfellows Building be rented for a year for Red Cross Headquarters.” Kate Stevens was also an active preservationist and was responsible for the survival of the Brick Store block and the original Hay Scales office building in the Old Center.
#northandoverhistory #northandoverhistoricalsociety

Join the North Andover Historical Society in honoring Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman, 2019 Lifetime Preservation Award ...
03/08/2019
North Andover Historical Society

Join the North Andover Historical Society in honoring Kathy Stevens & Crowell Freeman, 2019 Lifetime Preservation Award honorees on June 9, 2019, at Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center

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The North Andover Historical Society is closed until March 19th due to staff being away.Our Online Store is OPEN 24/7 fo...
03/06/2019

The North Andover Historical Society is closed until March 19th due to staff being away.

Our Online Store is OPEN 24/7 for Gala Tickets, Memberships and Donations. .northandoverhistoricalsociety.org/shop

During the week of March 19th,
- The shop will be open Tuesday - Friday (10-12 & 1-3)
- The archive will be available by appointment.
- There will be limited office hours & No Tours.

We appreciate your understanding and ongoing support.

More from our friends, Anne Bradstreet Fellows...
03/01/2019
Bradstreet, Illness, and The Divine

More from our friends, Anne Bradstreet Fellows...

At first glance, the Puritans of New England may seem a self-loathing bunch. They believed in predestination, meaning that it was predetermined by God which people would go to heaven and which to hell before they were even born. Their belief that all misfortunes were punishments from God no doubt ca

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