Welcome to the Boston Post Cane Information Center

The Maynard Historical Society maintains information on the Boston Post Cane, a New England tradition for over 100 years. Updates from over 465 towns are listed.

The approaching centennial is raising interest in the canes

Posted By on April 30, 2009

The Boston Globe Magazine published a great article (with a horrible title) on the history of the Boston Post Cane and a bit about how the tradition continues today.

Read “Citizen Canes” at the Boston Globe web site.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society also mentioned our little web site in a recent newsletter — thank you!

Both of these articles have resulted in a number of updates submitted to us.  We appreciate the research folks are doing and the time taken to let us know about what you’ve found.

April is bringing us a flurry of updates

Posted By on April 20, 2009

We have updated the Maine and New Hampshire pages with updates for Bar Harbor, Poland and Greene, Maine and Weare, NH. My thanks to everyone who has submitted updates.

We’re also processing stories from Foxborough (MA) and Jay (ME).

Evelyn Coleman, holder of the Hyannis, MA cane, has passed away

Posted By on March 31, 2009

Evelyn Coleman passed away last week at the age of 107. She held the cane in Hyannis, MA for several years and was the second oldest holder of the cane in that town.

Read the article from the Barnstable Patriot.

Berlin NH cane holder celebrates her 110th birthday

Posted By on March 11, 2009

Hilda Lacroix, holder of the Boston Post Cane in Berlin, New Hampshire, turned 110 on January 27th.

This wonderful news was relayed to us by Pamela Nett, Hilda’s very proud granddaughter.

Story: Watertown MA cane being returned

Posted By on February 25, 2009

Here is the local newspaper account of the Watertown Boston Post Cane being returned: [article]

Campton NH’s 2005 cane recipient celebrates 100th birthday

Posted By on February 25, 2009

Happy 100th Birthday to Alice Garland, recipient of Campton’s Boston Post Cane in 2005.

Read more about Alice and the celebration.

Watertown’s (MA) cane is being returned.

Posted By on February 19, 2009

Charles Morash, of Watertown, let us know that after a 99 year absence they are in the process of returning Watertown’s cane to the local historical society.   The cane went missing in Watertown pretty much after the first person, Edward Porter, passed away in 1910.

We should see a more public accounting of the story in the coming weeks and will relay the details here.

We noted here in July 2008 that the cane had been found by a private collector.

Kingston, MA cane presented to Rosemary Wood

Posted By on February 19, 2009

Feb 20, 2009:  the Boston Post Cane in the town of Kingston will change hands during a 2 p.m. presentation ceremony at Wingate at Silver Lake. The cane will be bestowed upon the town’s oldest resident, Rosemary Wood, who will be greeted by Kingston Town Clerk Mary Lou Merzyn, Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Gallagher and her family and friends. (via Enterprise news)

All 2008 contributed stories have been added

Posted By on February 15, 2009

For most of 2008 I have been unable to maintain the Boston Post Cane page.  I had stopped updating it because the methods I had were not up to the task of the volume of changes.  With this problem (hopefully) solved, I reviewed all of my emails from 2008 and transcribed each of your contributed updates to their proper place.

My deepest thanks to everyone who has taken time to let us know what was happening in your town.  We hope that this will continue to be a valuable resource for research on the cane, plus a source of pride for the recipients and their friends and families.

At long last, the new site

Posted By on February 14, 2009


For the past few years I’ve been struggling with how to keep the Boston Post Cane page more up-to-date and a better resource for everyone.   I hope everyone enjoys this new site and takes advantage of its many features.

We love the feedback and welcome news about the cane and its holders.