The first meeting of the Bedford Historical Society’s 2019-2020 Program Series will begin at 7:15 for a half-hour refreshment/social period before the guest speakers begin on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Congregational Church, 25 The Great Road.
The evening will highlight Bedford High School students who competed in National History Day will describe their projects and will also be presented with awards. The historic Col. Timothy Jones House will be the subject of the second part of the program.
Bedford’s National History Day Students
Bedford students who qualified for the National History Day competition were:
Jacqueline Altman won 1st place at State competition for her Senior Individual Performance, “From the Warsaw Ghetto to Jewish Homes: Irene Sendler Helps Children Find Triumph in the Midst of Tragedy.”
Olivia Lee and Rahel Burchardt won 2nd place at State competition for their Senior Group Documentary, “Three Mile Island: The Tragic Negligence of Private Companies and Their Supervising Bodies Prompts a Triumph for Improved Public Safety and the Power of Public Opinion.”
Col. Timothy Jones House
The Col. Timothy Jones House is one of the very few Bedford homes that were built before the Revolutionary War. Timothy Jones (1748-1804) was a 2nd Lieutenant in Bedford’s Minute Man company when they marched to Concord on April 19, 1775, engaging British Regulars at Old North Bridge. In continuing military service during and after the war, he attained the rank of colonel by 1790. His house was designed and built by 1775 by Reuben Duren, an outstanding architect and master builder – also a Minute Man – who had moved to Bedford shortly before.
An application to list this house on the National Register of Historic Places is pending. The program will be presented by Society member and homeowner Ann Seamans, and Kathleen Kelly Broomer, the preservation consultant who prepared the National Register application.