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Promoting Friendly Relations since 1885

A Few Photos from the Annual Meeting

Friendly Society Representatives singing

The Friendly Society members who entertained us to the delight of all at our October 20, 2016 annual meeting.

Musicians acknowledging audience appreciation

The musicians acknowledging the audience's appreciation at the end of the show.

Pam and the Two Marys

Weston Historical Society president Pam Fox flanked by two Marys: Mary Marder on the left in this photo and Mary Gregory on the right

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Burgoyne Clock

We received the gift of this clock in May, 2016. It was made by Michael Zirpolo (Weston High School Class of 1972) as a 7th grader in 1967 from the wood of the Burgoyne Elm. That year, an enormous limb had been removed from the dying tree. Weston Historical Society president Harold “Red” Travis had it sawn into planks and pieces. For Travis and others, the elm was a witness to important events in Weston’s Revolutionary War history. (See our 2009 Spring Bulletin (pages 25 - 35) to learn more about the Burgoyne Elm.)

Industrial arts teacher Galen Green supervised his students in creating objects made from the wood. Michael received an honorable mention for his clock. His father found the brass clock dial and Zirpolo later installed antique clock works.

The clock was brought to the society by Michael’s sister, Michele Helgeson of Sudbury, who told us what it meant to her late brother and why he wanted the historical society to have it. Other souvenirs made by both students and adults have made it into the collection of the Weston Historical Society and are on display now in a case at the Weston Library. We preserve them for their patriotic associations and as a testament to those who venerated the Burgoyne Elm as an important “repository of memory.”

A Weston Timeline

For the 2013 Tercentennial, the Weston Historical Commission has published A Weston Timeline by Pamela W. Fox, a 46-page color illustrated booklet produced in cooperation with the Weston Historical Society.

To order a copy at a cost of $12 plus $5 shipping and handling, click on Order Form, A Weston Timeline.