June 1992 - Supplement


To Our Members -

This supplemental letter is being sent to you to more fully inform you about the activities at the Lucius Clapp Building.

At our Annual Meeting on May 18th, the incoming officers of the Stoughton Historical Society were installed during a very impressive ceremony conducted by President Alice Petruzzo.

I appreciate your vote of confidence in electing me your president and I shall - with your support and cooperation - continue to uphold the high standards of this prestigious society as set forth during previous administrations.

We are planning another year of interesting programs, extra activities and GREAT exhibits. Our first all-community event will be a celebration of the Centennial of the Stoughton Waterworks. This gala will take place in the fall. Complete plans will be set forth in our September NEWSLETTER. And speaking of NEWSLETTERS - you will receive news about our coming programs and events as well as interesting items from Bill McDonald, Chairman of the Board of Directors and from our Archivist Alice Petruzzo, Curator Ed Meserve and Historian Howie Hansen - to name a few.

Donations of Stoughton and family memorabelia, artifacts, clubs, organizations, genealogy, manuscripts, period clothing are always welcome. All are needed to continue the impressive displays we now have and to further our research materials.

At our February meeting, we will continue the "hit" program with Alice as M.C., entitled "Old Home Night - Part III". (Video taped for posterity.)

'We look forward to greeting you at our September meeting - our Annual Fall Supper.

                                                                                                                                      Aina McMann

The annual report of the Board of Directors was given by Bill McDonald, Chairnan. The directors have had to deal with decreased income from invested funds together with a decrease in dues received. Your Society did not receive any grant funds from the Arts Lottery Council as in prior years.

All of these facts were dealt with by your President and the Directors. Expenses were cut back in almost every category of our budget, less on monthly meetings, less on the Newsletter, less on building maintenance and less on archival supplies.

Your Board voted to appoint a bylaws review committee to update our bylaws. This was done and the revised bylaws were approved at the February meeting.

On behalf of the other Directors, Bill congratulated all officers and committee members for their efforts in making our Society a better organization. It just would not function without the contribution of time and energy by the members. He drew particular attention in his closing remarks to the contributions over the last four years of our President - Alice Petruzzo.

And from the past president Alice -

"Congratulations to our new President Aina Carlson McMann, a lifelong Stoughtonite. She is a graduate of Stoughton schools and Bryant &Stratton. Aina is married to Earl D. McMann and they have two children, a daughter Jean and, a son Earl and two grandsons. The beginning of a long affiliation with the General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts started when Aina was elected the fourth President'of the Stoughton Junior Woman's Club and later-went on to serve as President of the Stoughton Woman's Club. Her State offices include District Four Director, Chairman of the Conservation Department, Home Life Department -and International Affairs Department; President, Boston. Parliamentary Law Club; President Boston City Federation of Organizations, Inc. and President, Sixth District President's Club. She has served the community of Stoughton for many years as a Town Meeting Representative, The Fourth of July Celebration Committee from its beginning; a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother; a Deaconess and Sunday School Teacher of the First Congregational Church of Stoughton.

The Historical Society is fortunate to have a leader with Aina's volunteer organization experience and enthusiasm."

                                                                                                                            Alice M. Petruzzo.

And introducing - "BELOW DECKS" - Archivist Alice reports -

Students from Stoughton High School, as part of the American Studies program visited the museum on May 26th. Using the facilities at the Society they have spent the last two weeks researching and writing on various topics, including people, business and events, etc. These papers are then considered for the John E. Flynn Award in their senior year.

Four groups of younger students from our schools visited during May and enjoyed our exhibits and a tour of the archives.

Roberta Willard, second grade teacher at the West School has written as ah Independent Learning Project a Resource Handbook for elementary teachers in the Town of Stoughton, as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education. In her preface, Mrs. Willard gratefully acknowledged help received from the Stoughton Historical Society in doing her research.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOURS - Look for the "OPEN" Flag at the front of the building.

Tuesday Afternoons 2 - 4 PM

Thursday Evenings 7 - 9 PM

3rd Sunday of the month 1 - 4 PM


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