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The Dover Historical Society, an all-volunteer association, was organized in 1895 and incorporated September 1, 1900 to collect, preserve, and exhibit such artifacts, information, and documents as will throw light on our local history. Any person may become a member by paying the dues.

The Society offers public programs, and mounts a major exhibit annually at the Sawin Museum.

The Caryl House offers educational programs to elementary classes at the nearby Chickering School, and programs in The Fisher Barn are being developed for that same purpose.

The Society also assists members in developing material supporting the Society's mission. Most recently, members have published a history of the Dover Union Iron Mill, and a Historical Insight series using materials in the Caryl House.

The Society's Annual Meeting in March highlights the efforts of Dover citizens and others to describe the community's history.

On February 25, 1901, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established Old Home Week to celebrate and honor returning sons and daughters.

Dover held its first Old Home Day on August 19, 1903, with great success, and followed this with a second Old Home Day, July 7, 1909, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the town.

In 2002, the Society decided to revive Old Home Day and did so on October 5 2002, and then again on October 6, 2003. Both days were received by the community with such enthusiastic support that Old Home Day is becoming an annual event to be held the first weekend in October.

Mission of the Dover Historical Society

The object of the Society is to collect (either by gift, limited time-loan, or purchase), preserve, and exhibit such artifacts, information, and documents as will throw light upon our local history, to use our resources to provide interesting and educational services to our community and the public at large, and in any way to advance the aims of the Society by such means as are at our command.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS

President: ELISHA LEE
Vice President: KEVIN SHALE
Secretary: PRISCILLA JONES
Treasurer: SUE FITZGERALD
Caryl House Curator: JANET COMISKEY GIANNINI
Fisher Barn Curator: RICHARD WHITE
Sawin Museum Curator: STUART SWINY
Hospitality: DOROTHY BOYLAN
Public Programs: CLARE BURKE
Publicity/Publications: PAM KUNKEMUELLER
School Programs: LORI CARBONE
At Large: JACK HOEHLEIN

ADVISORY BOARD:

DALE CABOT
DEIDRE WINDSOR-BAILEY
HEATHER HODGSON DEPAOLA
PATTY HOWE
SUSANNE KNOWLES
SHIRLEY MCGILL
BARBARA PALMER
KIM PHELAN
BARBARA PROVEST
JUDY SCHULZ
DAN WILCOX

 


The Dover Historical Society
PO Box 534
Dover, MA 02030
info@doverhistoricalsociety.org