Newsletter Archive



Winter 2019 (PDF)

This newsletter features an article, "Murder on the Rail Trail," about an unsolved murder that occurred in Georgetown 125 years ago. You will also find a letter from Michelle Prior, who began volunteering for GHS as a teenager, highlights of our Annual Meeting, a note from our NEW GHS President, Betsy Moran, and more..


Fall 2018 (PDF)

This issue features an article about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, the tale of Moses Nelson and his role in King George's War, details about the upcoming Halloween Cemetery tours and more.

Summer 2018 (PDF)

This issue features an article about our new World War One exhibit, the Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimage, improvements to the Brocklebank Museum, our Flatbread Pizza fundraiser on September 11, and upcoming Trails and Sails events.

Spring 2018 (PDF)

Georgetown's centennial of The Great War is showcased in this issue, as well as announcements regarding our third annual Antiques Appraisal Night with Dan Meader, our new Grounds Beautification Committee and more.

Winter 2018 (PDF)

In celebration of Black History Month, this issue includes articles about significant African-American residents, letters from the front during The Great War (WWI), a report on the annual meeting, plus upcoming renovations to the museum and more.


Fall 2017(PDF)

This newsletter features the truth about Georgetown's "Old Nancy," Trails and Sails recap, the winner of the Red Sox Ticket raffle, and another new book by James Boynton, "Perley High School - If the Walls Could Talk!"

Summer 2017(PDF)

This newsletter features articles about "The Dog Days of Summer," the annual Penn Brook 3rd Grade tour, Georgetown's "Old Nancy," more books available from the Georgetown Historical Society, another Red Sox Ticket Raffle, and more!

Spring 2017(PDF)

This newsletter features articles about Henry Ford and the Spofford Sawmill, Antiques Appraisal Day, the Re-Usable Bag program at Crosby's Market, another Red Sox Ticket Raffle, and more!

Winter 2017(PDF)

This newsletter features articles about The Name Tree, and other important trees in Georgetown. In addition, there is a report on the Annual Meeting, the resignation of Ed Des Jardins from the Georgetown Historical Society, and a tribute to the late Rick Palardy.



Fall 2016 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about The Hickory Tree Wild Animal Farm, a report on Trails and Sails 2016, information about the GHS Haunted Cemetery tours- and more!

Summer 2016 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about The Mighill Manor / Baldpate Inn, Trails & Sails, feedback from the 3rd graders who visited the museum in June - and more!

Spring 2016 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about Georgetown's Trolley, our Antiques Appraisal Night with Dan Meader, the Red Sox Ticket Raffle and more!

Winter 2016 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about Georgetown's Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) and the mysterious count, the Women's Relief Corps #4, an auxilliarry to the G.A.R., plus highlights from the annual GHS Meeting and more!


Fall 2015 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about Friendship Quilts, Endangered Georgetown, the upcoming Cemetary tours, and more!

Summer 2015 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about the Penn Brook School tour, the Antiques Treasure Hunt Fundraiser, this year's Homer Tapin Scholarship recipient, Georgetown's summer camps, and more!

Spring 2015 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about Georgetown in the 1900's including Jewel the Elephant and The Welfare Garden. This issue also includes a Curator's Corner, an announcement that GHS is raffling off an iPad Air 2, and much more.

Winter 2015 (PDF)

This newsletter features articles about the celebration of George Peabody's 220th birthday, "Endangered Georgetown," the Union Cemetery Documentation project, a summary of our Annual Meeting, and much more!


Fall 2014 (PDF)

This newsletter features stories on some of the early businesses of Georgetown, including the manufacturers of the alcoholic "medicine" called Bitters, Paul "Peg" Pillsbury, who helped revolutionize the shoe industry, the arrival of the railroads in Georgetown, and much more.

Summer 2014 (PDF)

The summer newsletter features a look at the new exhibit, "Early Businesses of Georgetown", a celebration of the "2014 Massachusetts Historical Commission Local Preservationist Award" for Board member Ed Des Jardins, pictures of the Penn Brook School tour, a tribute to our departed Board Member Terry Hart, a peek at the restored tavern sign hanging, and more!

Spring 2014 (PDF)

The spring newsletter features "Endangered Georgetown," an update on the restoration of the museum's reproduction of the tavern sign, "Revolutionary Tidbits," the GFD honors three firefighters who died as a result of the "Christmas Day Fire" of 1885, and more!

Winter 2014 (PDF)

The winter newsletter features highlights from the annual meeting, historical details and vintage photographs of Old Nancy (plus an overview of Ed Des Jardins' donation of drawings to the Town). Also featured is the new display at the firehouse of vintage objects pertaining to the history of the Georgetown Fire Department, information about Georgetown's Ice Industry, and more!


Fall 2013 (PDF)

This spooky Halloween-themed newsletter highlights some old-fashioned customs that took place in Georgetown including early funeral customs, death masks, a strange Victorian custom of photographing the dead, the true tale of Georgetown's Haunted Meal Chest, gravestone carvings, our annual cemetery tours and more!

Summer 2013 (PDF)

Articles include the Heresy Trial of Charles Beecher 150 years ago, and Beecher family tragedies; the growth of Rowley West Parish and the Incorporation of the Town of Georgetown; Historic Elm Street home, and a tribute to our curator, Stephen W. Keene, who passed away on July 14.

April 2013 (PDF)

Articles include: Georgetown's Civil War Monument and Letters Home; Iron Horses of the Civil War; Spotlight on Dan Meader; Researching Historic Homes, and Museum Spring 2013 Opening.

January 2013 (PDF)

Articles include: Endangered Georgetown; Georgetown's Radical Abolitionists; Diary excerpts on Lincoln and the 13th Amendment; Dr. Skeirik's Legacy; Deep Georgetown roots of new GHS Board Member.


August 2012 (PDF)

Articles include Union Cemetery gravestone restoration, The Civil War and the Brocklebank House, and Trails & Sails weekend

May 2012 (PDF)

Articles Include: Recent acquisition of a historic painting of 95 Central Street; Being a Tour Guide; Opportunity to see and ring Paul Revere Bell.

January 2012 (PDF)

Articles Include: Georgetown's Paul Revere bell, the history of the Adams-Kimball barn on Central Street, the Boston Post Cane, and other articles relating to the activities and research being done by the Society.


Sept 2011 (PDF)

Articles Include: A New Civil War Exhibit, GHS Board Member deploys to Afghanistan, GHS Summer Intern Activity, Trails and Sails Weekends, Cemetery Tours, and much more!

May 2011 (PDF)

Articles include: A Tribute to Homer Tapin, Hickory Tree Wild Animal Farm, "What's in a Name?"


Oct & Dec 2010 (PDF)

Articles include: Veterans Day Newsletter honoring Georgetown's past residents who proudly served their country; GHS acquires a new "Rush Light" collection; Digital Archive program.

July 2010 (PDF)

Articles include: Vanishing local history - buildings being lost due to progress or neglect. Third Graders from Penn Brook Elementary visit the Brocklebank Museum.

April 2010 (PDF)

Articles include: Brocklebank Museum gets a new walking path thanks to the Eagle Scouts; Georgetown's renowned major league baseball player, George Tenney; Sinners!; A toppled tree unearths a mysterious gravestone.

January 2010 (PDF)

Articles include: Brocklebank Museum gets a new roof; Thank you to Joe and Beverly Knapp - retiring from GHS; Old Civil War Diary excerpt; Union Cemetery Documents Discovered; History of the Baker Chocolate Company; Annual Business Meeting; 2010 Officers and Board Members Voted In.


October 2009 (PDF)

Articles include: Summary of summer events - Old Fashioned Baseball, Georgetown Days, Scavenger Hunt, Ice Cream Social, Burial Ground Tours, Cataloging the items at the Museum; Curators Corner - Restored Photographs; Too Many Tears - Throat distemper epidemic of 1735-37 claims 48 children; Upcoming events.

July 2009 (PDF)

Articles include: Harry Murch Park reopens in time for Memorial Day; Original diaries and documents found pertaining to Col. Joseph Kimball, local Colonel in the state militia; 140 3rd Graders from Penn Brook visit Brocklebank; Cuffe Dole back in the news - earliest known document mention an African American sold in New York; What's it?; Upcoming events and museum hours.

March 2009 (PDF)

Articles include: 2009 plan; new fence and reproduction of "White Horse Tavern" sign for the Brocklebank museum; Homer Tapin presents on "Old Georgetown School Days; Civil War Rifles on display at the Peabody Library; Upcoming events and museum hours.

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