Newsletter Archive

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Spring 2024

Learn about Historic Milestones: More than Just Old Road Signs - written by Seamus Cahill, Margaret Winslow, and Will Sorenson Georgetown High School AP History students.


Winter 2023

Learn about Baldpate Station in an article written by B&MRRHS Director Andrew Riedl for the "Boston and Main Railroad Historical Society Newsletter" - January /February 2023 with permission.

Spring 2023

Learn about the plans for the museum and other interesting happenings.


Fall 2022

Learn about the third grade visit to the museum and other interesting happenings.

Spring 2022

Learn about what has been happening at the museum!


Fall 2021

Learn about what has been happening at the museum this summer!

Summer 2021

Learn about Georgetown Mass. “Shoe Shops” By Jim Boynton!

Spring 2021

Learn about Fred Tenney, Georgetown’s own major league baseball star!


19th Amendment Centennial Celebration - Part One

19th Amendment Centennial Celebration - Part Two


Fall 2019

In this issue read all about the improvements to the museum and grounds that have taken place recently. Our "Georgetown Remembered" section provides you with some fascinating Georgetown "Tidd-bits" and other information.

Summer 2019

Did you know there were a number of lake and sea serpent sightings in our area in the 1800s, including right here in Georgetown? Our summer newsletter feature article is about these strange sightings, as reported in our local newspapers.  Our "Georgetown Remembered" article recalls the long-gone ice cream stands and little stores that were once a part of our town.

Spring 2019

Our featured article is about the Daniel Moulton house, last known as Sedler's Antique Village, which is scheduled to be partially demolished to make way for condos. Also included: "Georgetown Remembered,"  new digitized records at the library, updates from GHS President Betsy Moran, and more!

Winter 2019

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

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

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

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

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.

2017 Newsletters - List

Fall 2017

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

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

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

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.

2016 Newsletters - List

Fall 2016

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

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

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

Winter 2016

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!

2015 Newsletters - List

Fall 2015

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

Summer 2015

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

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

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!

2014 Newsletters - List

Fall 2014

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

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

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

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!

2013 Newsletters - List

Fall 2013

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

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

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

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.

2012 Newsletters - List

August 2012

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

May 2012

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

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.

2011 Newsletters - List

Sept 2011

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

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

2010 Newsletters - List

Oct & Dec 2010

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

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

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

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.

2009 Newsletters - List

October 2009

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

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

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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