The Saugus Historical Society Newsletter

June 2014

Strawberry Festival June 21 - Come Taste the First Day of Summer!

On Saturday June 21 the Saugus Historical Society will be once again holding its very popular Strawberry Festival at the Scott Procopio American Legion Hall. The outdoor flea market and craft fair will begin at 8:00 AM, and our famous old-fashioned strawberry shortcake will be served from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Hot dogs and chips and soft drinks will also be available. The Garden Club will be among the groups participating, with many wonderful garden plants for sale at bargain prices!

There are still some table spaces available. If you wish to reserve a space on the Roby School lawn contact Laura Eisener at 781-231-5988 or e-mail at

Spring Meetings

Our election was held at the April meeting at 30 Main Street. We have a new board member, Jack Klecker. Jack has already done some great service for the Society. He repaired the storm doors and fixed the fence at 30 Main Street as a volunteer service. We were already aware of his construction skills because you may recall last year he donated the diorama of the Saugus Ironworks he built, and which is on display in the meeting room.

Our April and May meetings included interesting programs. In April we had Paul Kenworthy speaking on North Shore Ironclads in the Civil War, including a monitor named after our town, the U.S.S. Saugus. In May, Kristen Weiss of Historic New England gave us an "armchair tour" of the Boardman House on Howard Street which provides a window into 17th and 18th century construction methods. Historic New England maintains the property and opens the house interior for viewing on the first Saturday of each month from June 1 to October 15.

For information about the Boardman House see the Historic New England Website.

We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of our long term members Donald Durgin and Judith Irby.