Week in Review
Every week I say to myself “If you wrote a weekly entry on Sunday nights it would be so easy to keep the blog up.” And another week passes and another.. Oh, I know it is Monday, not Sunday…but at least it is a start.
On November 9, Thomas Dumont organized a flagpole dedication as part of his Eagle Scout project. He planned, fund-raised and supervised the installation of a solar powered flagpole in the middle of a beautifully landscaped area on our grounds. The flagpole was dedicated to Ansell Palmer and Abbot Young, two long-time museum volunteers who were members of the original BSA Troop 177 back in 1933. Thomas’ project is the sixth eagle project that the Tuck Museum has been the recipient of over the years and we feel very fortunate to have such a connection with these young men and their leaders.
Two of our HHS members, Karen and Bill Nay, from Petalima, CA stopped by the museum for a visit. They were searching out their New England roots and we had a wonderful afternoon visiting local sites and seeing how we could assist them in getting a family stone in Founder’s Park. Families have to have settled here before 1700 to be considered a “founding” family and sometime pinpointing the date can be challenging.
Barbara Tosiano led a discussion group on Veterans Day having selected the book “Unbroken”. This was our first attempt at a history related book group. Attendees brought in scrapbooks, photos and letters relating to their loved one’s service during WWII and it added so much to the evening. We all came away with the feeling that ordinary people can do extraordinary things when it is required of them to do so, and the resilience of the human spirit is amazing. It was a great evening and we have another discussion group planned again for March.
On Friday we had a group of home-schoolers from North Hampton, Hampton and Hampton Falls visit the museum. They really enjoyed seeing the antique fire pumper, the hand made wooden washing machine in the barn and sitting at the desks in our one-room schoolhouse. The museum does a number of group tours for all ages throughout the year and we customize them for each group.
Connor McNamara is another Eagle Scout Candidate from BSA Troop 177 working on documenting our seven small private cemeteries in Hampton. Connor scheduled a couple of work parties last week doing clean-up, photography and gravestone transcriptions. One of the cemeteries was the middle of the woods. A wrought iron gate with the name “Batchelder” and the date “1855” on the top was surrounded by stone walls and metal fencing. The stones have fallen off the walls and some of the iron fencing was missing. A tree had fallen in the cemetery and so the first job was to get it out of the way. Debris was removed and hundreds of saplings pulled out -it doesn’t take long for nature to take over.
Well, that wasn’t so hard…Let’s see what this week brings.