Year In Review‎ > ‎


It was a busy year for the Historical society. In addition to maintaining archives, we had some open houses and provided information to those looking for historical and genealogical information.

We started the year off by becoming a 501©3 organization. This should make it easier in our request for grants to help with some of our fund raising for some of our larger projects. We sold several maps, books, donated items and other items this year along with our annual calendar raffle, which brought in $1680. We were fortunate to receive an anonymous gift of $25,000 to be used in the renovation of the old Grange Hall. Joy continued her Kitty Whist card games on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer.

Clean up of old Grange Hall continued and was open to the public during the Shapleigh Community Day event. We also had a booth over on the Shapleigh Commons during the Community Day event and a booth at the Acton Fair.

We continued our cemetery clean ups in Acton and were able to clean up 6 cemeteries.

We partnered with the Town of Shapleigh to award the “Boston Post Cane” to Barbara Garron, as Shapleigh’s oldest resident.

In September we put on an Antique Quilt Show at the Old South Acton Baptist Church.

In October we put on a presentation for the 70th Anniversary of the 1947 Fires”, which was well received.

The following officers were elected at the annual meeting:

President: Richard Neal                                                                         Directors:

Vice-President: Steve Parello                                         CJ Gardner                          Joy Clark

Treasurer: Carol Morin                                                  Becky Turgeon                  Norma Evans

Secretary: Shirley Sheesley                                            Bob Riding