2019 Farm to Table Dinner Honors
Mayor Sullivan September 14, 2019
Mayor Sullivan has been and continues to be a longtime supporter of the Braintree Historical Society having once served on the Society’s Board of Directors. The founding of Sustainable Braintree coincided with Mayor Sullivan’s election to office as the first Mayor of Braintree. Mayor Sullivan strongly supported all the initiatives put forth by Sustainable Braintree including the Community Garden and the Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market continues to be one of the most successful markets on the South Shore.
The Heritage Weekend Farm to Table Dinner on September 14, 2019 marks the sixth Farm to Table Dinner hosted by Sustainable Braintree and the Braintree Historical Society.
This year both organizations joined together to honor Mayor Joseph Sullivan as the first recipient of the Annual Appreciation Award from the two organizations. This award is intended to recognize someone from Braintree who has contributed significantly to Sustainable Braintree, the Braintree Historical and/or the Town of Braintree.
The Dinner, catered by Fasanos and featuring locally grown produce on the grounds of the Historical Society, provided an enchanting venue for this outdoor event which, this year, honored Mayor Sullivan in his last year in office.
See Photos of the Event Below!
Enjoy the fellowship at our next Annual Membership Meeting/Dinner
Monday, May 13th, 2019
Cocktail Hour at 6:30 pm
Dinner at 7:15 pm
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Speaker: Jon Curley on
Sacco and Vanzetti
We all had an interesting time last night with the Unexplained Paranormal Research... Here are a few shots of the evening taken by Dave Crispin .
There were some strange happenings in the neighborhood! Hmmmnnnn!
IT WAS GREATER THAN A “GRAND REOPENING”!
In reaffirming the continued contribution the Town makes, the Mayor encouraged and underscored the need for members of the community to also support the Society. This support is now coming in many forms: much needed financial pledges and contributions and growing number of important historical items being accessioned to our museum, a growing awareness by the public of the discoveries that can be made from the rich and unique resources available under our roof. Above all, the community’s support is echoed by acknowledgment of the now over 85 (and growing) Volunteer core, allowing us to further expand our activities and better serve Braintree.
Cheryl Edgar, Vice President of the Braintree Historical Society officiated as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Bob Harris, a member of the board of directors, shows a wooden medallion from the 1500′s at the Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center,Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger.
History revitalized in Braintree
By Fred Hanson The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at 12:10 AM Updated Oct 19, 2018 at 11:06 AM
BRAINTREE − With an eye towards better displaying and preserving the history of the town and the world, the Braintree Historical Society rededicated the Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Resource Center Thursday night.
The barn displays a variety of artifacts, including ceramics collected by the Beans.“They traveled all over the world, and they picked up a number of things wherever they went,” said Ron Frazier, a former society president who was given a number of the items now on display by Bean Cunningham on her death. He loaned them to the society.
Frazier said she told him, “I want them to go somewhere where they will be taken care of.”
Gilbert Bean raised the money to build the barn behind the Thayer House, which opened in 1976. Mary Bean Cunningham, who remarried following Gilbert Bean’s death, raised the money for the addition, dedicated in 1995, which was intended to house a library and research facility.
Several years ago, a former executive director of the society decided to move much of the library to the Watson Building in East Braintree, which Frazier said proved to be a financial disaster for the society.
Bob Harris said much of the society’s collection was stored in an attic which was not climate controlled and left the items vulnerable to damage. The files were very disorganized, he said. Over the past two years, volunteers including members of the society and high school interns took on the task of moving items from the attic into the climate-controlled basement and organizing the society’s files and library. The job is ongoing.
In the process, the society itself has been revitalized. Cheryl Edgar, the society’s vice president and program chair, said the now all-volunteer society has seen its volunteer base grow from six a couple years ago to 87 today. The goal is to reach 100. The society is launching a membership drive and has a new web site, she said.With the added help, she said the group is hoping to expand the opening hours of the museum and the Thayer House, continue to expand its school programs, as well as offer rotating exhibits.
Harris said of the items now on display, “a lot of it was out of sight for 20 years.”
Mayor Joseph Sullivan praised the work of the volunteers and said he is committed to preserving the history of the town, “so we underline the importance of Braintree to the history of our nation.”
Last April 9th, we were privileged to have Chandra Manning spend an evening with us to discuss "Causes of the Civil War and Fate of Slaves".
Chandra Manning is an American historian who specializes in 19th century U.S. History. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Chandra went on to receive her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2002. She has written several articles that have appeared in various journals and books, and is the author of the books What This Cruel War Was Over and Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War. She is currently a full professor of history at Georgetown University where she has taught since 2005. In 2015-2017 she took leave from Georgetown University to serve as Special Advisor to the Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown Prof. Manning was an assistant professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She has also lectured in history at Harvard University. She splits her time between Washington, DC and Braintree, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two sons.
On Monday, May 21st we welcomed welcome acclaimed author, Thomas J. Whalen, who used the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop for his book Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America. Spirit of ’67 shows how the Red Sox and Cardinals waged an epic battle for baseball supremacy that captured the imagination of weary Americans looking for escape from the urban riots, racial turmoil, and antiwar protests that were roiling 1960s society. “How many people ever do anything that makes so many people happy?” Sox pitcher Gary Bell asked years later, in reference to their classic autumn clash. The book examines the unique bond that each team had with its own fanbase, going back to each franchise’s chaotic beginning at the turn of the twentieth century. Relating issues of ethnicity, politics, class, and economics, Whalen sets out to reveal the exactly what was at stake in the 1967 fall classic, and how echoes from that unforgettable season still ring through both cities, and American culture, to this day. Our Annual General Meeting and Dinner was held at the Granite Grill in Braintree. Tickets were $30 each and included dinner. Cash bar was available. Books were on hand for purchase and autographing.