Honoring the Past in Dorchester

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Special to The Dorchester Banner
These uniforms are part of an exhibit Honoring Our Past at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, and will be on display through the end of August 2015.

CAMBRIDGE — A very special week of programming is scheduled to take place at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester, beginning Thursday, when a special exhibit, Honoring Our Past, is scheduled to open. All of the exhibits, programming and talks have been geared toward sharing a significant piece of the Historical Society’s mission to preserve and celebrate this region’s rich history.

On display will be military uniforms and memorabilia from World War II, from the Hurley and Wright families. This displayed exhibit will run through the end of August 2015.  The items that have been lovingly maintained by these families include documents, scrapbooks, medals, photos, and much, much more. To complement these shared treasures, programming has been developed to encourage all of us to better embrace our individual histories.

On July 6 at noon, Honoring Our Past with Lineage Societies will be hosted by Sue Brenchley, who holds numerous offices and titles with multiple societies that include the NSDAR, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Dames of the Court of Honor, United States Daughters of 1812, Associated Daughters of Early American Witches, and the Colonial Dames 17th Century (pending). If you have considered joining one of these, attend and learn from this very active member. She’ll share some of the requirements and stories that have come to light as a result of her research.

On July 7 the Heritage Museums will offer Caring For Our Dead with speakers Brian Burton and Veronica Welling of Thomas’ Funeral Home. Mr. Burton is the Manager and Supervising Mortician and Ms. Welling, a licensed funeral director for more than five years. This presentation will focus on the customs and changes through the ages, in how we prepare, honor and respect our loved ones – body and memory — after they pass away.  This presentation will reach back into ancient times and is required course material of present day morticians. This event will begin at 7 pm.

A very special offering, on July 8 will feature William Wright, veteran of World War II who shall reminisce with stories about his service, and that of his family. All four of the Wright boys were sent into service, and incredibly all of them returned home. Mr. Wright and his family are allowing the display of many of their World War II artifacts, which include uniform pieces, documents, photographs and more. This event will take place at noon. Mr. Wright’s memories are treasures and truly inspiring.

For Thursday’s offering, Preserving Your Past, Leslie McRoberts, the Archivist at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University will offer information about proper preservation practices for storing and displaying your family photographs, documents and textiles. She will show examples and discuss different techniques, dependent upon the particular circumstance.  Over the last two years, Leslie has been processing and preserving archival collections at the Nabb Center so patrons may utilize the materials. This is a lunch time offering, beginning at noon on the 9th.

Finally, on July 20 at noon, Michelle Zacks, folklorist and public historian will present about the importance of capturing oral histories. Before It’s Too Late will examine the ways to undertake an oral history project, making it much more approachable to those untrained. Ms. Zacks will inspire by sharing some stories about her subjects that may have proven surprising.

All of these programs are free and open to the public. For information, call 410-228-7953 or e-mail dchs@verizon.net. The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester is located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge.

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