Monday, February 27, 2012
A Small Place Which Holds Lots Of Memories
Like tens of millions of Baby Boomers, I remember Sunday nights as a kid watching the The F.B.I. television show. The series, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, ran from 1964 through 1974. Except for the final season, when the show started at 7:30, the hour-long episodes started at 8. The Muscato clan, then living on Andrews Street, made a weekly event of watching the show, and attended it with a practice that I suspect we shared with many families in Easton: pizzas from the Crossroads Cafe and Simpson Spring soda (can still taste that wonderful root beer, which back then, as was the case with all soda, was made with real sugar.) Now, as you will remember, at the end of some of the episodes, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., who played the main …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Travel Back in Time with the Wednesday Patch Passport, to discover the history and roots of Easton.
If you're looking to discover Easton's past, you don't need to look far. It is all around you. From the rockery and shovelshops to the Furnace Village pre-revolutionary houses, Easton drips with history. Perhaps nothing in Easton, however, is more recognizable as a historic landmark than the giant granite building that towers over North Easton Village. If you're driving down Main Steet, it is impossible to miss. Oakes Ames Memorial Hall was erected in 1881 as a memorial to Congressman Oakes Ames, who passed away in 1873. "He was a big, broad man, so his children wanted a memorial that fit him well," Easton Historical Society Curator Frank Menino said. Oakes' children, Oakes M. Ames, Oliver Ames and Frank M. Ames wanted to create a new town…
Monday, July 11, 2011
It is Up to Us Grownups to Take the Initiative and the Lead in Teaching Our Young People History
Almost every student who took the “Local History” course at Oliver Ames High School that was taught by Hazel Varella or Ed Hands will tell you that it was either the most enjoyable and interesting course they took while at OA, or it was at the very least near the top of the list of the most enjoyable and interesting courses they took at OA. Mrs. Varella taught the course when I took it. I enjoyed and was enriched by it immensely. It is vital for a strong and responsible and improving society to teach young people history. Take U.S. history, for example – if we don’t understand and are not sufficiently informed about the people, thinking, ideals, sacrifices, events, mistakes, successes, noble achievement, and sins of our past, then we …
Where is your favorite historical landmark in Easton?
Monday, July 11, 2011
We're asking Easton Patch readers a different question every weekday at noon. Questions could range from local decisions made by officials, to state issues, to national politics and entertainment. Whatever it is, we want to know what EASTON thinks! To answer, use our comments section below. The Town of Easton is blessed with many historical landmarks. From the historic Furnace Village to the Ames Mansions to H.H. Richardson - designed buildings and F.L. Olmsted - designed landscapes, there is a historic treasure around every corner. Where is your favorite historic landmark in Easton?
Friday, May 13, 2011
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