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Opinion

July 12, 2013

Bartlett Museum grateful for support

To the editor:

On behalf of the Bartlett Museum board of directors I would like to thank all who attended our Annual Meeting Dinner & Fundraiser held on April 25. Thank you to the Union Congregational Church for hosting us another year and serving great food. Board members collected membership dues, greeted guests and ran the raffle and the meeting. Thank you all for submitting renews and becoming new members. Carol Finn’s name was drawn at the 50/50 cash raffle and she generously donated it back to the museum. Thanks.

Thank you, Ron Fuller, for volunteering to narrate the “Old Amesbury Slide Show” that followed the meal. The group was shown slides of vintage Amesbury postcards and of various Amesbury events that took place over the last 35 years. This one-hour program was presented as a fundraiser open to the public at $5 per person in the sanctuary of the church. Thank you for attending.

The Bartlett Museum on 270 Main St., Amesbury, has opened for the season. Volunteer and President of the board of directors Tony Knapp is faithfully on hand another summer to give tours each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m., until Labor Day. Also, if you want a tour on a different day, call Tony at 978-462-6110 to make an appointment.

The museum is a 1870 Italianate style “Ferry School” house that features history in the former carriage industry, old 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.

We are supported by memberships, fundraisers, donations and volunteers like those mentioned above and many more. Thank you all for helping us to share local history with the public.

Dianne Dostie Cole

Bartlett Museum board of directors officer and acting secretary

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