2018-2019 Pembroke Historical Society Open House Dates
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 1 -6 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019 1 - 3 PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2019 1 - 3 PM
The Pembroke Historical Society’s three historic properties and Peter's Well will be open for public visits and Volunteers will be available at each interior location to answer your questions.
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Photographs Courtesy of Kathleen Keegan
Article Written by Pembroke Mariner-Wicked Local Reporter, Adam Silva
While members of the Pembroke Historical Society weren't able to hop into a DeLorean to travel back to 1985, they were able to get a glimpse of the past on Saturday, Oct. 13.
A time capsule was assembled 33 years ago by Cub Scout Pack 104 and was held in the care of then-pack leader Theresa Smith. She contacted the historical society this past spring and told them the time had come for it to be opened.
The capsule was opened with 10 Cub Scouts from Pack 105 in attendance (Pack 104 no longer exists) as they crowded around the box as it was finally opened.
The capsule contained mementos from the pack and the town, such as pictures and drawings from the scouts, newspaper articles, a scout neckerchief and scout patches that are no longer used.
“Our favorite piece was an old newsletter from the historical society,” said Pembroke Historical Society President Beth Dwyer. “It really was fun to read and a great way to look back at what the society was doing in 1985. The whole thing really was a lot of fun.”
The contents of the capsule will be used for an exhibit at the society’s headquarters at 116 Center St.
In addition to the time capsule being opened Saturday, the historical society building was rededicated with newly manicured landscaping that has taken place over the past 18 months in memory of several society members that have recently died.
A fund has been created in their memory to have the building’s upkeep maintained to “keep the building alive,” according to Dwyer.
Another part of the property that has been brought back to its former glory is a horse trough that previously resided in front of the building many years ago. It recently was housed in Bryantville and since being brought back to Center Street, it has been used as a pottery piece, which is something it should be used for, according to Dwyer.
The society’s curator, Jaclyn Robinson, plans to create a display of the capsule’s contents that will be on display through the winter holidays.
Their next open houses will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3 for all of their properties from 1 to 3 p.m. The other society locations are the Adah Hall House, at 52 Barker St.; the Friends Quaker Meeting House at 70 Washington St.; and Peter’s Well at 175 Fairwood Drive.
The museum building will also be open until 6 p.m. during the Christmas tree lighting on the town green that day.
For more information about the society, visit pembrokehistoricalsociety.org.
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The Pembroke Historical Society Board of Directors regrets the passing of long-time Pembroke Historical Society member, Nancy Ford, on September 6th. She will be sorely missed by all.
FORD, Nancy Ann (Shalloo) of Pembroke, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2018 at Pat Roache Hospice house in Hingham. Born on June 28, 1934 in Cornish, NH to Mildred Agnes Dole and William Lessard Shalloo, she was 84 years young. A graduate of Chamberlain School of Retailing, Nancy was an avid shopper. In 1957 she married the love of her life, Stanwood Seymour Ford. They had 2 children, Stanwood and Lesley. Nancy enjoyed her career as a Buyer for Jordan Marsh, and was a gifted artist, hostess and basket weaver. She was a devoted member of the Pembroke Historical Society, holding several offices, and was active for many years at All Saints Episcopal Church in Whitman. Nancy is survived by her son Stanwood William Ford and his wife Phyllis Ford, her daughter Lesley Nakanishi and her husband Chigozie Antoni Iwudoh, and her 3 beloved grandchildren Aska Nakanishi, Shawn Gray, and Courtney Milo. Our lives were so much richer because of her love. Reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 845 Washington St. Braintree. Visiting hours Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 5:00 PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be PRIVATE.
Each Spring for 42 years, the Pembroke Historical Society (PHS) has hosted the Colonial Days Children's program for Pembroke's 3rd grade students. They visit the PHS Museum Building, the Adah Hall house, The Friends Quaker Meeting House and take a bus tour of the Pembroke to view the older homes. Here is ADAH HALL trustee, Shannon Wilson, leading a discussion of the herb garden.
PACTV Community News- January 25th 2018 Pembroke MA- The life cycle of the Turner House in Pembroke has been a tumultuous one. Drivers by may know it as that large two story home that sits on an otherwise vacant lot on the corner of routes 14 and 53. After being left for abandoned, the Pembroke historic district commission was given a grant to do an emergency stabilization of the property. We spoke with the chair of the Pembroke Historical Commission as well as the owner of the restoration company in charge of returning this once proud property to some of its former glory.
After a very long and patient wait, The Bryantville Fountain/Horse Trough is back in place in front of the Pembroke Historical Society. The Society has been undertaking a landscape project out front over the last year. The fountain was in desperate need of restoration. The Society, under the leadership of Vice President Stacey DiGiovanni and member, Karen Ames arranged for South Shore Ironworks to do the necessary work. The fountain and landscape project has been funded by donations in Memory of PHS founder Burt Sherman.
The Bryantville Fountain is made of bronze and was given to the town by The South Hanson Women's Temperance Union in 1907. After being moved a few times over the years, the fountain was no where to be found. In The early 1970's PHS member Karen Ames dedicate herself to locating the fountain: miraculously they found it though missing the tall shaft and white globe. The remaining portion was placed in front of the Pembroke Historical Society where it has remained until it's restoration this year. It now graces the proud spot at our front entrance. We are thrilled to welcome it home.
Come away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and follow the intriguing path of early New England settlers along the South Shore of Massachusetts. Back Roads of the South Shore offers historic, hidden treasures in a relaxed and scenic atmosphere.
Route 3A traces the old "Mattachusetts Payth" between Boston and Plymouth, possibly the oldest public highway in the state. Meandering along the trail of Native American feet, Pilgrim carts, and the stagecoaches of the early Republic, this "Old Coast Road" gives you a chance to touch the homes of history. -- Backroads of the South Shore
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There is a spirit of sadness here at Adah Hall today as we recently learned that Mr. Richard Kidd (USN), My predecessor as the caretaker of this fine old house passed away on Saturday. I only met him one time but we were constantly in contact through my neighbor, Susan. He was a fine man who left big shoes to fill. I expect that I will feel him walking these floors now as he spent such a long time calling this house home. I send prayers and best wishes to his family and friends, especially to Susan next door. Mr. Kidd was a great man and I will do what I can to continue his legacy in service to the Adah Hall House and the trustees. RIP Mr. Kidd.
-- Kyle Harney, Adah Hall House Caretaker
Richard E. Kidd, 94, passed away on November 5, 2017 in South Carolina. He is survived by his companion of fifty years, Susan Ludlow of Pembroke, three sons and three grandchildren and predeceased former wife, Charlotte Kidd. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1941 and joined the Navy September 1941. He served on the destroyer USS Emmons DD-457 in World War IIwhich participated in the Battle of Normandy. He never forgot his shipmates and enjoyed many ship's reunions where memories of their experiences in Russian, Africa, France and South America were shared.
He mustered out of the Navy in November 1946 and started his career with Aetna Engineering in Pembroke, He traveled all over New England installing and service water pumps for towns, municipalities and manufacturing plants. After forty years he retired to enjoy his many interests. He was also a dedicated caretaker and tenant of the historic Adah Hall House in Pembroke for over forty years where he enjoyed mowing the large lawn, tending his wonderful vegetable garden and a small flock of chickens. Burial was private at the Center Cemetery. Donations in Richard's memory may be made to the USS Emmons Association Scholarship Fund c/o Thomas Hoffman, Treasurer 3136 Northampton Street Bethlehem, PA 18020.
Published in Pembroke Mariner & Reporter from Dec. 2 to Dec. 15, 2017
PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY EMBARKS ON KAYAK TOUR OF HISTORIC NORTH RIVER SHIPYARDS GUIDED BY CAPT'N DAVID DECASTRO JUNE 2017
Photos Courtesy Sharon DeCastro