Ashburnham Historical Society, Inc.

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Annual Letter 2021

Ashburnham Historical Society

Ashburnham Historical Society 2021 Annual Letter

Greetings and Salutations,

We hope this letter finds you all well, and we are excited to begin a new year at the Ashburnham Historical Society.

Once again, our membership drive has begun.  It is with your help and financial support that we are able to maintain the Meeting House Historical Museum at 79 Main Street, Ashburnham, and provide you with programs and tours of our town.

The Meeting House Museum will open for the season on May 15th, in conjunction with “Armed Forces Day” and the “Town-Wide Yard Sale”.  As usual, our hours will be Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.  Please stop in!  We would love to share a few “new” treasures with you.

Mark your calendar!  We are hosting two guided tours in May, in co-operation with the “Hidden Treasures” program of the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area.

  • Sunday, May 16th at 2 p.m. – a one-hour tour focusing on the foundations of the Mill and Proctor Street area.  This area of Ashburnham was home to a number of mills in the 1800s.  We will also touch on the Flood of 1850.  (Parking in the field near the Library – Chapel and Water Street.)
  • Sunday, May 30th at 2 p.m. – a one-hour tour will focus on the “Meeting House Hill” area.  Major cemetery markers, the “Well House”, “Animal Pound”, and why this area was selected as the original “Town Common”.) (Parking will be around the Common.)

We will be abiding by the current CDC COVID guidelines, all participants are required to wear a mask, and stay socially distant. 

Tour guides will be equipped with a portable sound system to help ensure social distancing.

The Ashburnham Historical Society is excited to offer homeowners and businesses the opportunity to “Plaque” their property. With your purchase of a house plaque, you will automatically become a 2021 member of the Ashburnham Historical Society.  (If you do not wish to purchase a plaque, we welcome you to submit your annual dues in the enclosed envelope).  Enclosed is an application with information regarding the Ashburnham Historical Society Plaque Program.  What a great way to add a level of distinction to your home!

Your ongoing annual membership is critical in keeping the Meeting House Historical Museum alive.  We thank you in advance for your contributions.  As always, volunteers and presenters are welcome, please join us.

Other events and presentations will be posted on our website; and other outlets as they present themselves.

Thank you for your kind donation and participation in our programs.

“Those who forget their history are destined to repeat it.”

Christopher Gagnon, President – Ashburnham Historical Society

Please contact us:

Chris Gagnon, President      508-254-6898           George Cornwall, Secretary  978-827-5804

Janice Roy, Vice President   978-827-5457           Susie Haenisch, Treasurer    585-314-3624