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Hanson MA Veteran Memorial Markers

This Memorial Day weekend Veteran’s Agent Tim White and his wife Diane arranged for flags, flowers, and wreaths to be set up at each of the Veteran Memorial corner markers throughout the town of Hanson. Selectman Wes Blauss photographed each … Continue reading

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1839 Founding of the Hanson Mass. Anti-Slavery Society

In early June 1839, a meeting was held by supporters of William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist newspaper The Liberator and members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society at Chardon Street Chapel in Boston, Massachusetts. A committee (including Rev. Edwin Thompson and Nathaniel H. … Continue reading

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Hanson Soldiers Who Died In The Civil War

This Memorial Day, a moment to honor the 27 men from Hanson who gave their lives during the Civil War. The first Hanson casualty was soldier Augustus F. Elmes, who died of typhoid fever while training on 25 October 1861. Hanson’s … Continue reading

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Hanson Civil War Soldier Thomas Drake (1828-1865)

On this day in 1865, Hanson, Mass. Civil War soldier Thomas Drake died in the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia, a Confederate-operated Union prisoner of war camp. He was Hanson’s last Civil War casualty, with Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendering … Continue reading

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“Our hearts were adjudged as dark as our complexions”: The 1805 Murder Accusation of the John London Kelley and Susannah Prince

In the spring of 1804, 26 year old farmer and laborer John London Kelley struck a deal with Kilborn Whitman to rent the 21 acre Lindsay farm and orchard on Oldham Street in Pembroke. Whitman, recently retired from the Pembroke … Continue reading

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Object of the Month: January 2017: 1773 Pembroke Letter Supporting Massachusetts Abolition

In November 1772 Boston patriots formed a Committee of Correspondence and encouraged others towns throughout Massachusetts to do the same. This provided a powerful voice to the Patriot cause at a vital local level – the town meeting. The first … Continue reading

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Object of the Month: April 2015 – April 1775 Muster Roll of Hanson Soldiers who Marched on Marshfield

240 years ago, the “shot heard ’round the world” launched the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. Less well-known is a battle that almost came to pass at Marshfield, Massachusetts, where Plymouth County soldiers gathered to fight in the aftermath of … Continue reading

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Object of the Month: January 2014 – Barnabas Everson’s Safe

In honor of former Hanson resident Barnabas Everson’s 189th birthday this month, January’s object of the month is a very heavy artifact from our collection which he possessed. Near the entrance to the Hanson Historical Society sits the very large and … Continue reading

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Object of the Month: December 2013 – Derailed Snow Plow Trolley

December’s Object of the Month is a photograph of a derailed Brockton and Plymouth Street Railway trolley that was plowing snow off the railroad tracks after a winter snowstorm. The photograph is undated, but was probably taken in the early 20th … Continue reading

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Object of the Month: October 2013 – Burrage Fire Truck

Each year during the month of October, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is commemorated by National Fire Prevention Week. Join us in taking a look into the history of Hanson’s firefighting past. Below is an undated photograph of of the … Continue reading

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