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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One box contained a large fungus removed in the late 1960s from the dying Burgoyne Elm, with this note: "SAVE ALWAYS. This pre- cious growth on bole of the Burgoyne Elm was carefully removed for, and preserved by, the Weston Historical Society's first president . . ." The Burgoyne Elm, which once stood just east of the Fiske Law Office on Boston Post Road, was revered for its associations with the Revolutionary War. The committee also searched through the society's collections for maps, photographs, documents, newspaper articles, and books that would help to tell the story. At the May 2012 Weston Town Meeting, residents voted to use Community Preservation Funds for conservation of objects to be dis- 1950s Shopping Cart played. Two paintings by major Weston artist Gertrude Fiske have been professionally cleaned. A large 1805 penmanship example by the minister's daughter, Sophia Kendal, at "Miss Tufts School, Weston" was sent to a paper conservator to stabilize and remove yellowing scotch tape. The fragile frame was carefully restored. Another conservation challenge was to clean and stabilize a plaid wool golf bag and set of clubs owned by prominent local resident 1805 Penmanship Example by Sophia Kendal (before conservation) 96 WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013

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