For the fifth year, a unique exhibit of history-inspired trees will be the featured display for the month of December at the at the Andover Historical Society. Tree Time is a collection of thirty decorated Christmas trees, each inspired by an artifact from the Society’s collection.
The trees are decorated by individuals, groups, and businesses from the Andover community including Andover Fire Rescue, Andover Sister Towns Association, Century Bank, and Memorial Hall Library.
A wide array of historical artifacts will be on display including a Fire Bucket, a Plan of 1692, an Andover High School Varsity Letter, a Mustache Cup, and even a Hair Wreath. All of these pieces are currently on display as part of the Top 40 exhibit. The trees will be on display throughout the month of December, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is $8 per person and $5 for members, seniors, and children ages 4-18.
The Hair Wreath is a must-see piece in the exhibit that has been the inspiration for one of the trees in the event. The Wreath is made of real human hair made by Nancy Sherman and Betsey May Ellis in 1860, using the hair of 125 relatives, friends, handmaids and even the family horse. Historical Society President Doug Mitchell has decorated a tree inspired by this unique piece.
Ford’s Coffee Shop Menu is a part of Top 40 Exhibit. The shop was a friendly and inviting hangout for people going to work and students getting out of school. It was located on 14 Main Street in Andover. The menu was signed by owner Tom Koravos who ran the shop with his wife Stella. The coffee shop was in business from 1954-1994. The Andover Community Coffee Group (usually found at the Town House on Saturday mornings) has decorated the 'Java Jive' tree inspired by the menu.
An Andover High School Varsity Letter dating from 1950 to 1959 is another inspiration piece. At a time when high school only lasted 3 years, varsity student-athletes would receive their letters during their year on a team. This varsity letter is recognition for the ones who had proven that they were a veteran and valued member of the team. The recipients of this letter earned it through hard work and dedication. Memorial Hall Library and SHED's Kid's Club will each decorate a tree inspired by the blue and gold varsity letter.
Visit the Andover Historical Society this December and join the thousands that have enjoyed this festive holiday tradition in past years.