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Opinion

June 4, 2014

Thanks for supporting Bartlett Museum

To the editor:

On behalf of the Bartlett Museum board of directors, I want to thank all who attended our annual meeting dinner held on April 24. Thank you to Union Congregational Church for hosting us another year and serving such great food. Thank you to those who bought raffle tickets and made donations as well as those becoming new members and renewing memberships. Their support is encouraging.

Thank you, Margie Walker, for attending and signing copies of the newest book, “Legendary Locals of Amesbury.” Alexander Pooler, Bartlett’s newest board member, gave information on how he and the board are willing to collect information, stories and/or photos of the Whittier Bridge projects, both old and new. We can take pride in the bridges and share their history with future generations.

Thank you, master silversmith, Geoffrey Blake, for demonstrating his art to us and for sharing the history of Old Newbury Crafters. The program was presented open to the public at $5 per person as a fundraiser. Thank you to those who attended.

The Bartlett Museum on 270 Main St., Amesbury, is a 1870 Italianate-style “Ferry School” house that features history in the carriage industry, maps and mementos, a collection of prehistoric and Native American artifacts, memorabilia from Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods, a Natural History Room featuring birds, shells and fossils, an original vintage schoolroom and a carriage shed containing several Amesbury-built carriages.

The museum is open for the season beginning Memorial Day weekend. Volunteer and president of the board of directors, Tony Knapp, is faithfully on hand to give tours through the summer each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. until Labor Day.

Also, for a special tour on a different day leave him a message at the museum, 978-388-4528, or call him at 978-462-6110 to make an appointment.

The Bartlett Museum is supported by memberships, fundraisers, donations and volunteers. Thank you for your help to share local history with the public.

Bartlett Museum board of directors 2014-15: officers: president Anthony Knapp; treasurer Steve Klomps; PR/fundraising/acting secretary Dianne Cole; membership secretary Carol Finn; board members: Alexander Pooler, Selwyn Mize, Gina Moscardini, Lee Ann Banville.

Dianne Dostie Cole

Bartlett Museum board of directors

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