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Shrewsbury: “Dashing Through the Snow: Sleighs and Sleighing in Early New England” program
December 11, 2013
Shrewsbury – “Dashing Through the Snow:? Sleighs and Sleighing in Early New England,” by Tom Kelleher, Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Shrewsbury Historical Society on Church Road. The program is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Early New Englanders enjoyed paved roads, albeit paved with ice and snow, for a few months every winter. Instead of plowing snow away after a storm, it was packed down to make for a smooth, slick surface on which sleighs and sleds could move people and goods much more quickly. With rivers and lakes frozen solid, these usual obstacles to travel provided convenient and level shortcuts to one's destination. Learn about how this popular winter pastime was used for business and recreation years ago during this illustrated presentation.
Tom Kelleher is currently Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. In almost 30 years at that premier living history museum, he has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian, program coordinator, and managed staff training.? Tom has researched and developed dozens of historic characters and programs, which he has presented at scores of museums, schools, and historical societies around the country. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history and education from Western Connecticut State College, and a Master's degree in history from the University of Connecticut. His writings on history and museum-related topics have been published in journals, books and popular magazines.
To find out more, visit the Shrewsbury Historical Society at www.shrewsburyhistoricalsociety.org or call Erik at 774-230-5826.