2024 Season at the Rochester Historical Society

February is when we all start to think of spring and a new season. We will be resuming meetings for the Historical Society beginning in April. Our meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month and begin at 7:00 pm and are open to all. However, we are always looking for new members. There are membership forms at the Plumb Library or you can contact me (Connie) at 617-750-2818 or eshbach2@aol.com to join.

            We will begin on April 17 with a discussion by members of the Rochester Land Trust. They will share their maps and their several new sites around town. This will tie in with our current exhibit Maps Signs and Celebrations which will soon be leaving. As always, there will be refreshments and conversation after the meeting.

            Our May meeting will tie in with our upcoming exhibit “Our Past times: How we’ve entertained ourselves for the last 337 years.” For many years going back to the 1920’s, one didn’t have to go far to find entertainment. Over the decades, plays, dances, sports and musical entertainment could be found in town or nearby. One musical group was The Woodchoppers. With guitar, accordion and banjo, they performed around the area.

            On May 15, we will be reliving that experience with descendants of some of the original members performing.

            June will bring the biggest event of 2024 with our new improved and expanded Historic Faire which will include music, games, living history, many activities for children and adults along with a bake sale. It will take place the weekend of June 22 and 23 and will take the place of our monthly meeting. More on additional activities later.

            July will be music with Tom and Sheila Perry followed by our annual ice cream social on the 17.

            There will be more later on the remaining events planned but a heads up – this year’s yard sale will be August 3 and 4.

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