Volunteer Needed for “50 Years Ago in Andover”

Do you miss this feature?

By Steve Foley

We have heard from our readers that they enjoyed the “50 Years Ago” article that appeared each month for many years in the Beacon. Heather Makechnie volunteered to gather and edit the Andover News that appeared in the Franklin Journal Transcript each week back in the day. She did it every month for many years. […]

Dating the “Settlers Dugout Canoe”

Historical Sources Can Help Date Artifacts

By John A. Hodgson, Andover Historical Society
Dating the “Settlers Dugout Canoe”

  The “Settler’s dugout canoe” rests prominently on display in the Andover Historical Society Museum and holds pride of place in the Society’s history, too.  Its recovery from Adder Pond (also known as Hopkins Pond) in 1982 was the catalyst that prompted the creation of the Society, and in recognition of that fact the dugout […]

AE/MS Students Compete in Historical Society Contest

Students create written, artistic, oral or visual projects

By Sarah Will, Andover Historical Society

The Andover Historical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its new annual contest for the students of Andover Elementary and Middle School.  Mychal Reynolds (Grade 5) wins first prized for his project on Tim Norris and the Olympians of Andover. Aubrey Simard (Grade 4) wins second prize for her essay on Margo and […]

Richard Potter Biographer to Present at Special Event

Meet the Author on March 18 at 3 PM at Proctor's Stone Chapel

By Larry Chase
Richard Potter Biographer to Present at Special Event

A 318-page biography entitled Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity, written by Andover scholar John A. Hodgson and published in February by the University of Virginia Press, will be the focus of a “meet the author” event to be held on Sunday, March 18, at 3 PM in the Stone Chapel on the Village Green […]

A Glimpse of Life at the Turn of the Century-Mary Keniston Letters

Part 4 of a series on the Robie Family

By Rita Norander

INTRODUCTION My next two articles will be the last in a series of five articles which give a glimpse into the life and times of the Robie family of East Andover, NH.  In my April & May articles, the year was 1902, and Nannie Robie (my grandmother) was writing to her brother, Robert Robie, who […]

The Andover Hub’s first 116 years of existence

Taken from The Andover History by Ralph Chaffee

By Larry Chase
The Andover Hub’s first 116 years of existence

Andover Town Hall from History of Andover, New Hampshire 1900-1965 By Ralph H. Chaffee published in 1966 by Equity Publishing Corp., Orford, N.H. (A number of area residents have expressed curiosity about the history of the building at 157 Main Street, now called The Andover Hub.  The following tells the story from its beginnings in […]

John Hodgson to be Featured at Black Heritage Event in Portsmouth

Will speak about Andover's Richard Potter

By Steve Foley

Andover resident and author, John A. Hodgson, will be speaking about his new book, Richard Potter: America’s First Black Celebrity at a special event sponsored by Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire in Portsmouth on Sunday, March 4. Hodgson’s new book, on the life of former Andover resident and showman, Richard Potter, is available for […]