My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lawrence Library, Pepperell, Massachusetts -- Local History and Genealogy Room

The Lawrence Library, located in Pepperell, Massachusetts was dedicated in 1901, and was the gift of Charles Farrar Lawrence. The architects, Ernest Flagg and W.B. Chambers also designed the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. There is so much to like about this library, and it isn't all about their fabulous local history and genealogy room, but about the architecture, and the Mr. Sidney M. Shattuck's personal collection of 110 local birds, all carefully mounted and labeled and on permanent display in the Reading Room, with larger birds displayed throughout the Library. The original section of the library is museum-quality, with so much to see.
We visited on a dark rainy day, several weeks before Halloween. The stuffed figures on the steps were holiday decorations. This is a library I look forward visiting again, on a sunny day. The following four photos show two original rooms in the library, a reading room with the bird display and the main library. Because of lightening, the green walls look a little off.

(Looking towards a newer room.)
(Looking towards the reading room)
A newer addition to the library.
(Stairs leading up to the History room.) This is one library that really celebrates their town history.
I had a librarian let me into this fabulous history/genealogy room. There was so much to see, and not just books. Unfortunately, I don't have any family members from Pepperell, but they did have books for other cities and towns. I hope you enjoy the seven photos.