WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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for the Weston Historical Society, Weston's upcoming 300th anniversary will be a time not only for community celebration but also for reflection on the town's evolution from rural backwater to affluent suburb. For more than a year, the society has been working on a major exhibition, "The Farmers' Precinct: Three Centuries of Weston History," scheduled for the Gallery and Community Room of the Weston Public Library from January 5 to 29. Subsequently, a traveling version will be on display for three-week periods in locations throughout Weston. Work on the exhibition began in the fall of 2011, when a committee of six—led by society president Pam Fox and including Mary Gregory, Mary Marder, Tania Deary, Rebekah Gardiner, and Robin Reisman—began developing themes, choosing and researching objects, writing text, and raising funds. To ensure a first-rate exhibition worthy of a tercentennial, the society hired a professional exhibit designer, Will Twombly of Spokeshave Design, along with graphic designer Mary Orr. In the first months of planning, Tuesday mornings felt like an Addams Family Christmas at the society's headquarters at the Josiah Smith Tavern. Committee members opened storage boxes and searched through closets filled with historical oddities. They found jewelry made of human hair, the heel of a shoe reportedly dating from the Revolutionary War era, and a 1950s shopping cart thought to be from one of Weston's first supermarkets. An early 19th-century ledger listed amounts earned for work; for example, in 1823, Jonas Hastings was paid $9.17 for making 11 pairs of short boots. Hay was one of the most important crops grown in Weston. Photo c. 1895 95 winter 2012/2013 | WellesleyWeston Magazine COURTESY OF WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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