TOWNSEND – The Townsend Historical Society is working hard to get back on track this spring with many other museums in Massachusetts.
“It’s been a tough year for good, really for everyone,” said Taber Morrell, Site Administrator for the Townsend Historical Society. “And certainly also for museums. At the Townsend Historical Society, we have all worked to find creative ways to engage our members and friends, even while we had to be apart all this time.
Morrell added that the company has been fortunate to have a great community by its side.
“Our community has stayed with us as we focused on new technologies and new ways of doing things,” he said. “We have had great success creating virtual events and online programs throughout the past year.”
And now Morrell, along with other members of the society, is thrilled that the Townsend Historical Society is kicking in with exciting events and fun new giveaways.
“We are delighted to present our first annual Paws for Preservation, the annual arts and crafts fair to be held virtually, and fresh off the press, 2022 calendars packed with unique historic photos of Townsend and featuring dates interesting local history, ”Morrell mentioned.
The first annual Paws for the Preservation of Society is its newest program where people can register their pets as candidates for the prestigious Townsend Historical Society mascot position, with categories for small and large animals. .
“Company President Ryan Hayward came up with the creative and fun name of the Paws for Preservation program as a fundraiser to support the local history of our community,” said Morrell. “Applications for our cutest animal companions are currently being received.”
Bids are $ 5 per request. All animals (fish, hamsters, cats, dogs, goats, rabbits, horses, etc.) are welcome.
The winners of this competition will serve for one year as the honorary mayor of Townsend and will be appointed official mascots of the Townsend Historical Society.
“A winner will be selected from the small (pets) and large (farm animals) categories,” said Morrell. “The winning duo will be announced at our arts and crafts fair in September and will remain in office for one year.”
Applications are accepted until May 30. Registration fees are non-refundable. Separate requests for each animal are required. Print or digital submissions are welcome. The vote will take place in June, July and August.
“Speaking of the company’s annual arts and crafts fair, we’re going to combine the best of traditional New England crafts with 21st century technology in a virtual format just for this year,” said Morrell said.
Townsend Historical Society Arts and Crafts Fair: A virtual marketplace will be held throughout September.
“Our 40th anniversary event will be virtual to safely celebrate the artists, small businesses and vendors who will offer their high-quality items online,” said Morrell. “We strive to have one of the largest assemblies of quality craftsmen in North Central Massachusetts and are excited to showcase vendors throughout the month and let the community know how to contact them when something. something catches your eye. “
Sellers sought and applications will be received until August 20. The show is judged by a jury (quality, sought after handmade items such as jewelry, scarves, quilts, wood crafts, fine art, food, accessories and more.
“We hope to be back to our traditional spot on Town Common for next year’s fair,” said Morrell. “But this time around, we’ll be in the best position to reach as many people as possible with a well-managed online version of the show. Join us and help us make this new (and temporary) version of our event a success. “
The company also offers a 2022 calendar full of fun historical photos of Townsend and featuring interesting dates from local history.
“Please feel free to drop by the Reed Homestead to pick one up or we’ll be happy to send you unlimited calendars as well,” Morrell said.
Society members are also delighted to announce that the open houses will resume and take place on Saturdays, May 1, June 5, July 10 and August 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic Reed Homestead, located at 72 , Main Street.
“To meet current guidelines, we offer small group tours on time,” Morrell said. “They are completely free and anyone can register for a time slot through our website.”
The entire Townsend Historical Society team is thrilled to have received capacity building grants from the Townsend Cultural Council and the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, allowing them to make exciting improvements to audiovisual equipment. and to present presentations to a much larger audience.
“We hope to use the new technology and know-how from the past year and apply them to future events so that we can advance the best of both worlds,” he said.
That way, Morrell believes the company can present its good ol ‘shows in person as well as offer live video and recordings online for people to connect from afar.
“It was great to be able to reach so many people using tools like Facebook and YouTube,” he said. “Some of our events have hundreds and hundreds of views from around the world.”
All of these events, programs and fundraisers will benefit the restoration work of Townsend’s 18th century cooperage.
“This magnificent building overlooking the Squannacook River has been part of the fabric of our city for over two centuries,” said Morrell. “She continues that tradition today as a small ‘Home at the Cooperage’ business, filled with the unique work of over a dozen local artisans.”
Morrell said the company is looking forward to a great year.
“We cannot thank our community enough for all of their support and we hope to see you all soon,” he said.
For more information on the Townsend Historical Society, or to download apps for the First Annual Paws for Preservation and / or Townsend Historical Society Arts & Crafts Fair: A Virtual Marketplace, visit www .townsendhistoricalsociety.org; send an email to [email protected]; or call 978-597-2106.