2021 Archival Newsletters
Had your shot or shots yet? Think Spring! And safer days ahead as long as the non-maskers stay away from us! This week is unusually cold, but it will pass, and even though Cape Cod is 3 weeks behind our friends over the bridge for a Spring Bloom, it is coming!
Our Annual Appeal, very delayed on account of Covid, is going very well and we are grateful to all of you. This money is particularly earmarked for digitizing archival materials.
The librarians in their temporary quarters at the Sand Hill School have spent the winter scanning old vital documents from the Archives which will then be digitized and made available to all for free through the FOSTA website. Town Archivist Deb Rich is orchestrating this whole thing. Films of more old newspapers will also be available to all as well.
Do any of you remember the original Sandwich Broadsider, created by Bill and Laurie Chase? Publications from the many years the Chases ran the Broadsider, extracted from film which they kindly donated to the Town Archives, are being digitized and will eventually be accessible though the FOSTA website.
I hope you all saw the giant 350th Sandwich anniversary cake article in the recent Sandwich Enterprise article by FOSTA member, Barbara Bangs MacNeil, owner of the famous MacNeil’s bakery for years. If you missed it, look to our website.
We will soon be presenting a wonderful video through our website of a long interview with Howard “Fizzie” Crowell, a Sandwich icon recently lost to us. We have been working with Paula Johnson, Executive Director of Sandwich Community TV on this project.
Joan Russell Osgood has also been working with Sandwich Community TV on an amazing story of the murder of a well-known Sandwich man from the 1920’s!
I am starting a little series on historic homes now lost to us. I know you all like old photos and I have been able to find a few of each house in our archives. The first home featured will be that of William and Priscilla Allen, who hosted the first Quaker meetings after the introduction of the Society of Friends in 1656 and before the first Quaker Meeting House was built.
The next home with be the Tupper Home, lost to us in 1921 through arson…. Remember we offer an array of Historic gifts for sale on our website as well.
Best to all,
Kaethe O. Maguire
President of FOSTA
Even writing 2021 instead of 2020 gives me have a bit of hope that this new year will be better for all of us. For one thing, 2021 will bring us a whole newly renovated public library and Town Archives area.
Good news from FOSTA on our new annual fund drive for the archives and specifically for digitizing important documents, old newspaper films and other important items we want to bring forward to the public for free, is going well. You have come through for us once again and we are so encouraged by your generosity even tho most of our Town Archives are in storage right now. The envelopes are still coming in and we are so grateful!
After the majority of donations have been received we will be drawing names for our annual prize raffle. For every $25. Donated your name goes into a big glass bowl for the drawing. So people who donate $100. Have 4 chances to win. Our prizes are really interesting this year. One special offering of an out of print Cape Cod book of maps from 1880. I bought one of these, used, myself on line and it was $41.! Our 2 offerings of this book are new and in sealed wrapping.
If you still wish to donate to FOSTA, simply write a check to FOSTA or to the Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives and mail it to P O BOX 576 Sandwich 02563.
Be sure to check our website at www.fostasandwich.com and our Facebook page for newly written articles and old photos. We have been hard at work to bring new little-known items to you on Sandwich’s historic past.
As you may know, our archives, in abbreviated form right now, and our archivist, Deb Rich, are located on Dewey Ave. at the former Sand Hill School.
Rather than toasting in the New Year on Dec. 31st I think we should all toast the END of 2020!
What a year it has been. On the whole we are pretty lucky to live in Sandwich in a relatively safe town where the virus, until recently, has been pretty tame. But the warning is out there now as we end this tough year, be safe, wear the hated mask and follow the rules!
FOSTA has managed to meet one way or another for just about every month. We continue on Zoom for January. We didn’t want to lose our momentum as I see some committees have sadly done, and we are pushing forward with our preservation work for our incredibly old and valuable documents for the benefit of all.
Have you ever read the Old Sandwich Observer on line, free thru both the Archives website and through the FOSTA website at fostasandwich.com? It is really fun to read the way life was in Sandwich from 1846 thru about 1899. While you are trapped inside this winter, give it a try.
DO any of you remember the old Original Sandwich Broadsider weekly newspaper? It was created by Bill and Laurie Chase. We are hoping to turn those microfilmed pages into readable format thru digitizing.
While the library has been relocated to the Sand Hill School and only a small selection of our archival material was allowed to follow our Archivist, Deb Rich, she is taking advantage of this down time to scan in many archival documents with the help of other librarians at the Sand Hill. This is the first essential step toward digitization of these precious materials.
People have asked if we are going to apply for a Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant for this digitizing. We certainly will and did apply and receive money to digitize the Sandwich Observer and hope to do the Sandwich Independent; however, the CPA amount of money has been greatly reduced now because our tax to support the CPA went from 3% to 2%, At a recent Town Meeting it was voted to use the 1% to help with our waste water problems. Under 3% you can only participate in the first round of distribution of money for our Town. Only those who pay 3% as we used to, are eligible to participate in rounds 2 and 3.
So…….we can certainly could use your help to modernize our archives. I hate to admit it, but we are far behind many towns in the process of digitizing our records. Any donations are appreciated and a check can be written and sent to FOSTA at P O Box 576 Sandwich 02563.
Best to all. Wishing you peace and good health.
Kaethe O. Maguire President of FOSTA.