During the tour, each group will hear a "playlet" given by a significant character who was integrally involved with the birth of Arlington Town Hall in 1913.
The characters include the following:
* R. Clipston Sturgis, architect - a k a Richard Duffy
* Cyrus Dallin, sculptor - a k a Chuck Kraemer
* Selectman - a k a Kevin Greeley
* Nathan Robbins - a k a Joe Curro
* Amos Robbins - a k a Jud Pierce
*Robbins sisters - a k a Arlington High School drama students (senior L'arissa Jeanniton as Cara, sophomore Renee Hamblin as Caira and Julia Griffin as Eliza).
Each tour group of five will be guided to their various Town Hall destinations by docents from the Arlington High School Drama Department, thanks to help from Michael Byrne, AHS drama coach.
There will be punch and cookies served at the conclusion of the tour.
Arlington Historicla Society members - free
Guests pay a $5 fee.
Stay tuned for information about the:
Town Hall Centennial Gala
Friday, June 7
Look for more details to come.
Events will be at the Arlington Heights Nursery School, 10 Acton St., Arlington, unless otherwise indicated.
(email contact at arlingtonhistorical, or call 781-648-4300 for more information.)
Wishing you all a wonderful springtime--
with warm regards from the office at the Arlington Historical Society,
New Happenings at the Historical Society:
We have been the lucky recipients of an amazingly rich and generous donation of a lifetime's collection of photographs, manuscripts, maps, ephemera and more from long-time Society Member William Mahoney. Thank you, Bill! You will enrich the lives and work of researchers and citizens of Arlington for years to come.
In addition, we have been given significant collections by Howard & Lenore Winkler, the Niles family, the Shea family, & the Adams-Prentiss-Winn family. We are grateful to all for your thoughtful collecting, and generous donation of archival collections that will capture the many Arlingtons we all know and love for the future.
Finally, many of you have heard rumblings of our news about the scientific dating of the timbers of the Jason Russell House. There had long been questions about whether the house was built by Patriot Jason (1717-1775) in about 1745, or his grandfather, also Jason (1658-1736), in about 1685? It turns out that the house is a combination of both. The science of Dendrochronology, done here by Oxford University Professor Daniel Miles reveals a very unusual pattern of re-use. Arlington is ahead of the curve in sustainability! Jason-the-Patriot reused nearly all of his grandfather's house (from 1684), within a frame of newer timbers, felled around the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Winship in 1740.
An image of the timber core samples from the Jason Russell House.