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2014 Programs and Events

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September 17 th
Business Meeting
Come, visit, listen, discuss, vote and encourage! Your ideas and opinions are valued to make plans for this coming year.

October 15th
Ware Cemetery Stories
The Commissioners have been doing their research and will tell us tales which are entertaining and downright spooky!
Come in costume if you dare!

November 19th
Quaboag and Nipmuck Indians: What was life like for the Quaboag Indians who fished and camped in Ware? Come hear Don Duffy tell what his new book reveals about their interaction with their neighbors throughout the Northeast.

December 10th
Christmas Party
(Note date change)
Open to all members. Share your favorite dish for our Potluck Celebration and enjoy the friendship and seasonal joy in a festive atmosphere.

March 18th
Business Meeting
Your ideas and opinions are valued. Come with enthusiasm for the Future and respect for the Past to plan for spring and summer events.

April 15th
Mill Stories
Dr. Dorothy Verheyen-Cudjoe of Quabbin Regional High School will discuss life in Western Massachusetts mill towns during the Industrial Revolution, helping us to better understand life in Ware’s Factory Village.

May 20th
Ware Factory Village
As a community Ware has evolved each time it was challenged. Librarian Heidi Reed will educate us about Ware’s proud industrial past with images from the YMLA archives.

June 17th
Annual Meeting and
End of the Year Party
Open to members.
Bring a favorite dish for our Potluck Party. Bring a “history mystery” item to challenge your fellow historians!
Come and enjoy good food and good company.

Coming in June…
We’re Happy about the Whole Thing!
The Ware Community Theatre is presenting the play that explains Ware’s motto, “The Town That Can’t Be Licked’.
After a hurricane, a flood and the exodus of Ware’s manufacturers, Ware faced ruin.
Resourceful Ware citizens sold shares to raise money and invited other manufacturers to fill the Ware Industries yard and provide work for Ware citizens. Life Magazine featured the town and the play in the May 23, 1938 publication.
Come, experience Ware’s history through theatre, song, and dance.


Meetings
The Ware Historical Society meets in the Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road (behind Cumberland Farms, West Street)
on the third Wednesday of the month (not July, August, January, February)
unless otherwise noted.
For evening meetings, refreshments and conversation begin at 6:30 and programs begin at 7:00 PM.
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~Quaboag and Nipmuc Indians
The Quaboag and Nipmuck Indians:
The Quaboag Indians, A Loup People and the Nipmucks of the Upper Quinebaug River Valley
by Mr. Donald Duffy
The Quaboags were a people of the Wolf and the same as others in the Connecticut River Valley. The Nipmucks of the Upper Quinebaug River Valley were their neighbors to their south and a different people. Both peoples followed their own path as they reacted to the exploding English population into southern New England.

Paperback List Price: $22.00

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A new
History of Ware, Massachusetts
1961 to the present

The third History of Ware to be written in 150 years is now available. The Ware 250th Anniversary Book Group collected information and and wrote about our town

Read about events and people you may know who are part of Ware's history!
Wednesday Meetings at 6:30
Call 413-967-6882 to reserve your copy!
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A Look at Ware’s Past Through the Story of a Local Family
Kaplans
$10.95

The Kaplans of Ware, Massachusetts
1898–1964
by Stephen Robert Katz

In chronicling the Kaplans’ lives and their contributions to the community, this book portrays a vibrant era in Ware’s history and recalls townspeople, businesses, and events of that time.

The author, a Kaplan descendant, was born in Ware.

Around the turn of the twentieth century, several members of the Kaplan family of Stakliskes, Lithuania, immigrated to America. Among them were three brothers who settled in the central Massachusetts town of Ware. Initially peddlers, two later became prominent merchants and developed part of the town’s business district.
Drawn from contemporary documents and records, this book chronicles the family’s many contributions to commercial, civic and religious life in Ware. Of particular interest to current and former residents of Ware and neighboring towns, the book records the history of two commercial blocks erected by the Kaplans in the heart of Ware’s Main Street business district, tracing the flow of the numerous businesses and organizations that were located in those buildings over the years. It also profiles various civic institutions and charitable, fraternal and religious organizations in Ware and describes the role played by Kaplan family members in them. Throughout, the book recounts significant events and colorful anecdotes that are part of the history of the town.

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Book about Ware and Native Americans
Around_Pottaquadic
Around Pottequadic by Donald Duffy

Read about the Quaboag Indians, the Scots-Irish settlement in Palmer, Ware, and West Warren, and the Shaw District in Palmer and Ware.

The author is Donald Duffy from Palmer, Massachusetts, former Teacher of Music in the Ware Public Schools.

His book is available through the Ware Historical Society, 413-967-6882 for $22.00.



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Statement of Purpose
The goal of the Ware Historical Society is to preserve local artifacts and information, to promote local historical research and educational activities, and to develop the community’s awareness of its unique historical heritage.

The Ware Historical Society invites all persons, businesses and organizations who are interested in the preservation of local artifacts and information as well as the promotion of local historical research and educational activities, to join the Society and become involved in developing the community’s awareness of its unique historical heritage.

Membership:

Dues: $12 individual
$20 family
$25 business

Please join!
Year:

September 1 to August 31.

Web site:

http://warehistoricalsociety.wikifoundry.com

Email:

warehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com

Mailing address:

Ware Historical Society
C/o Cindi LaBombard
P. O. Box 351
Ware, MA 01082

Message Service:

PLEASE NOTE: This number is only for leaving messages and not where you will speak directly to officers and members.


413-967-6882

Leave your name, the spelling of your name, your number complete with area codes, and your question on the answering machine and someone will return your call.

********** We are happy to respond IF you leave a COMPLETE phone number, your question and the spelling of your name. We have had several requests whose contact information was incomplete and therefore unanswerable **********


Officers and Board Members
President: Julie Bullock
Vice President: Polli McCrystal
Secretary: Lynn Lak
Treasurer: Cindi LaBombard
Lauretta King
Curator Emeritus: Milton Jordan
Historian: Cindi LaBombard
Security Officer of the Archives:
Richard Towlson
Members At Large of the Board of Directors:
Corrine Campbell, Martha Rohan, Craig Simmons
Ways and Means:
Lynn Lak, Martha Rohan, Ruth Gladys Boss
Program Committee:
Polli McCrystal, Julie Bullock, Cindi LaBombard, Lynn Lak, Gladys Ruth Boss
Telephone:
Bev Sullivan, Andrea Humpel, Gladys Ruth Boss
Donations

Donations of artifacts help to teach about the history of Ware.

Financial donations fund preservation projects.

Donations of time and effort accomplish great things.

Please donate to our Past and to our Future!




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