Update: The Bedford Historical Society

Watch for the Historical Society’s giant Bedford Flag in tomorrow’s Bedford Day parade

Town-wide mailing of the Society’s September newsletter

The Bedford Historical Society feels strongly about sharing stories about the town’s past with everyone in Bedford, so four years ago society president Jan van Steenwijk arranged for a town-wide newsletter mailing.

This year nearly 7,000 copies of the Historical Society’s September newsletter were mailed to out-of-town members and delivered to every house, business and post office box in Bedford.

Click here to read or print a PDF of the newsletter. It contains articles about Bedford during the Civil War; the Society’s annual Lecture Series (all of them fully accessible, free and open to the public); the restoration of the Bedford Flag; new additions to the Society’s collections; Sharon McDonald’s imaginary interview with Mary Ann Abbott who lived in the Job Lane house from 1827 until 1842; and Carl Hanson’s research into the life of William F. Gragg who built the house where Hanson and his family have lived since 1973.

Historical Society’s First Lecture Features BHS Students and Don Corey

The Bedford Historical Society’s 2012-2013 lecture series begins on Wednesday, September 19 with presentations from the Bedford High School students who competed in the National History Day competition as well as a lecture on Bedford’s role in the Civil War.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 pm with refreshments in the Fellowship Hall of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road.

The Bedford High School seniors who participated in the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland in June are Laurel Barkin, Sevan Dulgarian, Alisa Grananda, Lea Hamilton, Amanda Luniewicz and Lori Merlo.  They will describe their two History Day presentations – one a “group” performance on Ghandi’s nonviolent movement in India and one an “individual” website competition on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and be honored by the Historical Society, which encourages young people to explore historical topics.

Next, long-time Historical Society member and town volunteer Don Corey will lecture on A Sense of Duty:  Bedford’s Role in the Civil War.  While Bedford is best known for its activities in the War for Independence, Corey’s presentation will reveal fascinating stories of early Bedford residents and their activities related to the Civil War.

Corey, a member of the Historical Society’s Board of Directors and the Society’s Treasurer for many years, currently serves the Town as a member of the Historic Preservation Commission and the Community Preservation Committee.  He is one of the Historical Society’s annual participants in the Bedford School’s Walk of Historic Bedford for all Bedford 3rd graders and in Memorial Day observances at the Shawsheen Cemetery’s Civil War monument. Corey also is a former Planning Board member and Bedford Selectman.

Upcoming Historical Society Programs

The Society’s remaining lectures for 2012-2013 include:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Jan van Steenwijk, Oral Histories of World War II Veterans, Part One.
Library Meeting Room, 7:15 pm.

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Jan van Steenwijk:  Oral Histories of World War II Veterans, Part Two and excerpts from Hallowed Grounds, a PBS documentary on WW II cemeteries.
First Church of Christ, Congregational (Fellowship Hall), 2 pm.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Christopher Daley:  Lincoln’s Assassination.
First Church of Christ, Congregational (Fellowship Hall), 2 pm.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Robert Slechta:  Joshua Page:  Builder of Bedford’s Center.
First Church of Christ, Congregational (Fellowship Hall), 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Richard Smith:  An Evening with Henry David Thoreau.
Library Meeting Room, 7:15 pm.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Annual Members’ Meeting and Potluck Supper, with guest speaker Joe McKenry:  Beneath the Streets of Boston:  Building America’s First Subway.
First Church of Christ, Congregational (Fellowship Hall), 6:30 pm.

For more information about Historical Society programs or Society membership, contact the Society’s office at 2 Mudge Way, 781-275-7276 or info@bedfordmahistory.org.


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