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Early summer saw the Society having its annual meeting with the election of officers for the 2014-2015 year.  After the business portion several honorees were awarded for their contribution to the Society.  Ginny and Don Bates were Member(s) of the Year and Rick and Joanne Brown received the President's Award.  Congratulations!

In June, the Annual Father's Day Car Show and Breakfast was held with over 200 cars participating and many guests and admirers voted on their favorite. The kitchen served up a hearty breakfast during the show.

Home Brew 2014 - Update

on 4/14/2014

We had good success with the root beer that we mixed and bottle during the class.  It turned fizzy after 2 weeks of carbonating in the cellar.  We bottled the wort on Friday April 11th, 3 weeks after we brewed it at the Asa Whting House.  Like the root beer, It will also need 2 weeks or so to carbonate.

Details of the wort follow:

Kit:  Coopers Real Ale (hopped malt concentrate)

Fermenting Date:  March 23, 2014
Fermenting Temp:  around 58 to 60 degrees (cellar temp)
Original gravity (specific gravity before we put the lid on the fermenter):  OG 1.030 (I

A Fruitcake by Any Other Name

on 12/23/2013

The earliest fruitcake was a version buried with the Egyptians to eat during the afterlife.  Romans also had a version made of barley, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins.  During the Middle Ages, dried fruit became more widely available and were incorporated into the cakes.  Middle Age variations throughout Europe included Italian Panforte ("strong bread") and German stollen.  With the importation of cheap sugar from the colonies in the 16th century, the modern fruitcake was invented.  The modern fruitcake relies on sugar-preserved fuits.  Nuts were added during the 18th century.

Stone Walls from Here to Calif. and Back 8 times!

on 1/19/2013

I recently attended a talk on stone walls by Kevin Gardner of New Hampshire, author of "The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls."  Did you know that our recent ancestors (mostly during the post Civil War) built enough stone walls to make the trip to California eight times -- this is approximately 250,000 miles of walls.  Why so many stone walls?  Because of the glaciers, a lot of stone was deposited in New England.

Website honoring Leonard T. Ryerson of 133 Eagle Squadron

on 5/28/2012

Did you know Len Ryerson?

Leonard T. Ryerson was a resident of Holliston whose love of flying lead him to join the RAF Eagle Squadrons before America was involved in WWII. He is honored not only with a Veterans Memorial at the corner of Washington Street and Johnson Drive, but by a website, created by his grand-niece, Susan Heavner.

Company B of the 16th Massachusetts Regiment saw about 50 Holliston men sign up
when the call came in April, 1861. Many more signed up in the years after 1861 as the
war dragged on.

The names of the men who died are inscribed on the monument at town hall. The money
was raised for the memorial by the women of Holliston, who funded many projects in town.

The men were anywhere from teenaged to early 50s, and most are listed as mechanics,
being factory workers rather than farmers. According to Arlene Abbott: "the photo above is
of my great grandfather, James Henry Livingston Keegan, who was part