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Past Programs - 2002


Shaking Your Family Tree with Ralph Crandell, Executive Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.


The Golden Age of Radio with David Muse. We travelled back in time to the moments of comedy, suspense, and soap operas that filled the airwaves. David Muse is a 40-year veteran of the radio industry, most recently at WSRO in Marlborough, and is a collector of radio memorabilia.


150th Anniversary of the Maynard Congregational Church presented by Roy Helander. We joined together at the Church for a program depicting the rich history of the church from its beginnings to the present. Roy read from writings done at the time of the MCC's centennial celebration 50 years ago. We also toured the church and learned about how the building has evolved since it was first established by Amory Maynard.

July Tood Boothroyd demonstrates the firing of a flintlock rifleWalking Tour of Wayside Inn.  On a hot and sunny July afternoon, a group of about 20 of us took a walking tour of Longfellow's Wayside Inn, hosted by Todd Boothroyd. The gentle ramble traversed 106 acres of America's oldest functioning inn and 300 years of history.  
April Acme Theatre actresses Holly Vanasse and Shana Dirik perform a scene from Butterflies Are Free."Maynard Artists"  presented by Susan Alatalo, David Sheppard, and Jero Nesson.

Susan Alatalo spoke about visual arts and artists in Maynard's history from the stage of the Acme Theater (the former Fowler Junior High School's lower level). Acme Theater Director David Sheppard shared some of the local performing arts history and the company performed a scene from Butterflies Are Free. Following the talks, ArtSpace-Maynard's director, Jero Nesson, hosted a tour of ArtSpace's gallery and several studios of local artists.


Randi Isaacson listens to a question from the audience"Proper Archival Framing" presented by Randi Isaacson from The  Post Road Art Center in Marlborough.

Randi discussed the do's and don'ts of framing pictures and other artwork you want to preserve for posterity.  Careful handling of photos and proper mounting of the photo or artwork is crucial to avoid long-term damage. The importance of matting, which keeps the photo away from the glass was also highlighted.  Various techniques that can be done at home were shown along with the latest archival materials and glasses.


Sarvela family and friends gather before the presentation begins"Life on the Sarvela Farm in the 1930's" presented by Paul Boothroyd.

The Sarvela Farm was one of several farms operating in the land now known as the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.  In the early part of the 20th century, the land was used for raising vegetables, fruit, and dairy products. In 1942 the United States government took the land by eminent domain, converting it to an ammunition storage facility. The presentation featured over an hour of home movie footage of the farm in operation spanning several years (right up to the Army digging up the fields).  Members of the Sarvela family were present to comment on the people and scenes in the movies.


"The Experiences of Kalle Jacobson Salminen -- one of the early Finns to settle in Maynard" presented by Raymond H. Salminen.


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