Monday, January 09, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: New Braintree Museum & Research Center

From: The Patriot Ledger
A treasure trove of local history: Researchers to have access to Historical Society artifacts

"James Fahey is the director of the Braintree Historical Society’s new Watson Museum and Research Center. The center will be located at what used to be the Watson branch of Thayer Public Library, a one-story brick building in East Braintree." [...]

"The building still needs some renovation and the catalogue system isn’t finished, but within a couple of months, the historical society hopes to have the facility open.

The library has a trove of Braintree-related information including residents lists, church records, old photographs, and memorabilia from the town’s shoe and fan manufacturing past.
It also has an extensive collection of military history books, research materials and artifacts, including grenades, helmets and pistols collected by Fahey from European battlefields. One favorite piece of Fahey’s is the log book from the U-444, a sunken German torpedo boat."

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