Sharon Historical Society
What a year it has been! I write this knowing that someday 50 years or more in the future, someone may be looking back through a stack of these old newsletters, asking what was life like during these challenging times. How were Sharon citizens and families affected by the Pandemic? What were their challenges? How did they come together?
Our own Sharon Historical Society had its share of challenges this last year. You may have heard of some of them. In the midst of the pandemic, differing visions for the Historical Society — some traditional, some progressive. Different personalities, uncertain bylaws. It was difficult. However, we are sensing Spring is just around the corner, vaccines are in more of our arms, and I’m happy to say that we are emerging from this mess of a year. With the help of valued mediator and Sharon Historical Society member Andy Nebenzahl, a group of pragmatic and committed members has emerged, working together for the long-term good of the Society. For those who are curious, we will post the memorandum of understanding on our website.
Our interim Board, serving until elections at our Annual Meeting this coming June, includes both sides of the vision for the Sharon Historical Society, and our goal is to demonstrate to the community that different visions can work together through a process of mutual respect and apprecia-tion. In a small way, we hope this demonstrates a larger process our nation is going through as we come together after divisive times.
We appreciate your patience and your trust, and I am happy to say that, already, we are seeing very positive signs. Recently, we digitized some materials from our collections on Deborah Sampson for use by students preparing reports on her in Sharon’s schools. We have also begun planning our Pandemic Memories project, which will create a time capsule of our community memories during these times. The Society’s physical building has been tended to, reflections have been posted on Facebook, databases have been updated, and bills have been paid. As you look through this newsletter, I think you’ll be happy with the progress too. I hope you will submit something for our Pandemic Memories project, and attend our Quarterly Meeting on March 25, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom as well as our Annual Meeting in June, 2021. Because we are in remotely connected times, a link will be sent to the email we have on file. Let us know if your email has changed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until we meet in person again … stay safe …
~ Brad Larson, Interim President