Winter Wednesdays

Winter Wednesdays – February 2017

Welcome to our seventh year of Arlington Historical Society members gathering to hear interesting talks and enjoy refreshments on mid-winter mornings!Our speakers have chosen topics of interest to themselves and we know they will be of interest to all of us too. Directions to the Smith Museum are on our Visitor Guide Page.

All programs held at 10 am at the Smith Museum of the Arlington Historical Society

*Note: Please check our website the morning of the scheduled talks for postponements or cancellations in the event of inclement weather:

aabba3Chuck Kraemer – Limericks – February 1st
Limericks are rarely respectable.
At most, they’re merely neglectable.
But as Kraemer will say,
Can often be downright delectable.
Chuck Kraemer, Arlington Historical Society member

baker-adColleen Cunningham – Local Chocolate History – February 8th
Money really does grow on trees! Ancient peoples in Mesoamerica valued chocolate as a delicious/nutritious drink and used cacao beans/seeds as a form of currency. Gradually the process of making chocolate for drinking and baking spread to Europe and the colonies. Dorchester’s Neponset River was the site for the Baker Chocolate Co. mills and the industry grew in the 18th and 19th and 20th centuries. Many other factories producing famous chocolate candies also had their origins in the Boston area. A current local artisan chocolate boom is taking place in this area too. We’ll trace the development of chocolate from bean to bar.
Colleen Cunningham, Winter Wednesdays Coordinator and Arlington Historical Society member

afd_exterior-1Evelyn Corsini Alcorn – A Brief History of Arlington Friends of the Drama – February 15th
With its roots tied to some of the most distinguished residents of Arlington, Massachusetts, Arlington Friends of the Drama, Inc., (AFD) is one of the oldest continually operating community theaters in the United States. It all began in the autumn of 1922 when Mrs. Cyrus E. Dallin, chairwoman of the Dramatic Committee of the Arlington Women’s Club, invited interested members to her home for a special meeting to talk about forming a separate organization to promote interest in the study and production of plays in Arlington.

The theater’s early history includes performances at Hambury Hall, the Middlesex Sportsman’s Association clubhouse on Spy Pond, and the Robbins Memorial Town Hall, until the purchase of the St. John’s Episcopal Church building in 1933.The presentation will include information about the theater’s early history and productions, anecdotes, and a list of past volunteers who went on to have professional careers in the dramatic arts.
Evelyn Corsini Alcorn, member and former Board of Directors member, Arlington Friends of the Drama

kerenskyHoward Winkler – My Meeting With Alexander Kerensky – February 22nd
In 1953, I was a 20 year old college senior and one of three members of a program committee that asked Kerensky to address our student group.  For eight months in 1917, Kerensky was in the headlines as a member and then president of the Provisional Government of Russia, from the time the Czar abdicated until the Bolshevik (Communist) revolution.  My talk will cover my meeting with him, and a brief history of this period of upheaval in Russia.
Howard Winkler, former President of the Arlington Historical Society


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