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The Society's work-papers and addresses

Fourteenth year, 1909-1910.

October 18.—‘A Vacation in England.’ Mr. Henry E. Scott.

November 15.—‘A Summer in Scandinavia.’ Rosewell B. Lawrence, Esq.

December 20.—‘Anne Hutchinson.’ Rev. James De-Normandie, D. D., of Boston.

January 17.—Annual Meeting.

February 21.—‘The Deane Winthrop House, Its Occupants and Its Owners.’ Mr. David Floyd of Winthrop.

March 21.—‘The Evolution of the American Normal School.’ Mr. J. Asbury Pitman of the State Normal School, Salem.

April 18.—‘Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church.’ Mr. Moses W. Mann.

May 16.—‘Producer Gas and Its Commercial Uses.’ Mr. C. Arthur Platts.

A goodly number listened to the interesting address of Mr. Scott, who exhibited souvenirs of his visit to England.

Mr. Lawrence illustrated his story by nearly a hundred lantern slides, many of them from his own negatives, thus adding much to his instructive address, which was highly appreciated.

The paper upon Trinity Church was accompanied with portraits of all its clergymen and their wives, prominent members, views of the church edifices and places connected with its thirty-eight years of existence.

Mr. Platts gave an interesting account (illustrated) of a new industry not generally known.

On all three occasions the electric lantern was operated by Mr. Eddy.

All these speakers are members of the Society, and were entitled to a larger hearing than was given them. On two occasions the number was small, though augmented by the presence of personal friends of the speakers. [p. 100]

The other speakers presented highly interesting papers, and replies to queries made were followed by remarks on all occasions.

The small number present at some of the preceding season's meetings led the committee to omit announcement of a Saturday evening course. Four meetings were held, however, as speakers were procured.

On December 4 Professor Evans of Tufts College spoke upon the ‘Influence of Emigration upon the Foreign Countries.’

On January 1 our ever-welcome member, Mr. John Albree of Swampscott, gave his ‘Story Gleaned from a Young Officer's Diary,’ showing much research as well as skill in its making, and was listened to with interest.

‘Old Stage-Coach Days’ was read by Miss Eliza M. Gill (also a member) on February 5, and appears in this issue. An especially pleasant hour was spent in reminiscence and answer to queries after its reading.

On March 5 Mr. John E. Gilman (just elected commander of the G. A. R. at its National Encampment) delivered a thrilling address on the relation of the local Posts to Historical Societies. A delegation of Post 66 was present and their Glee Club sang several favorite selections.

In accordance with the amended by-laws, the annual meeting was held in January instead of March.

During the year, members have been requested to bring friends, and as a result, some of these have become members and subscribers for the Register, which with this issue completes its thirteenth volume.

The commendatory letters and favorable mention it has received are encouraging, and the management bespeak interested contributors and a larger subscription list for the next volume.

The accessions to the library and collection are steadily increasing, the former largely because of the Register's exchange list. The rooms have been open nearly every Saturday evening for the use of members and friends.

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