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I recently spoke with a woman who was trying to help a ninety-year-old friend track down some pages from his yearbook from the 1940s. Our local history room actually contains a collection of Chelmsford High School yearbooks dating back to when the school opened at its current location in 1929. In the process of going through the books for the specific page, I was amazed at how universal the high school experience appears from the photos, with their little bios beside each – so many bright, ambitious, excited young people about to embark on adulthood.
Upon receiving the scanned pages we sent him from the yearbook, he called to express his thanks. He shared some of his memories from that period so many years ago, and the impact it had on his future. The gentleman in question had grown up on a farm in Chelmsford, and in those years during the war, his family had been intensely busy supporting the war effort. Upon graduating, first from Chelmsford, and then from university, he was able to move away to begin a successful career in another area. He was delighted and overwhelmed to return briefly to the time and the person he had been so many years ago.
If you would like the opportunity to reminisce about your youth, visit our collection anytime we are open. You can browse the collection we have through our catalog (each year is listed in the call number), and check out a few of the interesting covers in our Flickr photo collection here. We have many of the years between 1929 and 2013, but our set is by no means complete. If you have any old yearbooks collecting dust around the house, consider donating them to the collection.Posted in Reference, Resources | No Comments »
If you're curious about the history or value of some of your antique furniture, vintage toys, or just old stuff, the library has quite a few resources that can help.
Every year we get updated copies of price guides for coins and money, stamps, sports cards, and other collectibles. There are encyclopedias and picture guides for almost every subject too - toys to cigars to watches to clothing. Most of these are in the non-fiction shelves downstairs, and the Reference staff is happy to help you locate the right book.
Chelmsford residents also have access to an online antique pricing resource called P4A Antiques Reference (P4A stands for "Price For Antiques") - it's a quick way to check how much an antique might be worth, based on what similar pieces have sold at recent auctions.
The focus is on collectibles and historic Americana, including furniture, china, glassware, folkart, brass, silver, iron, artwork, and major antique collectibles, with complete information on when, where, and for what price the antique was sold. The database will also provide a little background information on each item, including date, maker, etc, based on the information that was provided at the auction.
Because antiques are described differently by different people, don't give up after your first search. Try describing your piece in various ways, and also try the country of origin, material used, and maker, if possible.Reference, Resources | No Comments »
To commemorate the first World War, our next One Book Selection will take place during the years that the Great War was fought. The Friends, Trustees, and the Staff have come up with three nominees and we would like YOU to make the final decision. Please vote for the one you think the town should read. In addition to this voter choice, the staff will also choose a World War I non-fiction title and a children's book as companion books for the One Book Chelmsford program.
Voting will be open until November 4th, 2014 (election day), and the winning book will be announced on Wednesday, November 5th. The choices are:
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Attention researchers and genealogists! The Chelmsford Library just received some "new" older city directories on microfilm. The new additions to the collection are:
These are available in the microfilm cabinets downstairs in the Reference area. The library also has microfilm holdings of Chelmsford newspapers, the Boston Globe, early Chelmsford Town records, and early Massachusetts records.
If you have any questions or need assistance with using microfilm, please contact the Reference Desk.Posted in Library Information, Reference, Resources | No Comments »
The annual Chelmsford Friends of the Library Book Sale is this weekend!
2014 Book Sale Dates and Times
The sale will take place in the gym behind the Town Office building, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford [see a map].
Run by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library, the book sale is a significant source of funding for library programming, museum passes and many extras for Chelmsford patrons – the 2013 Book Sale raised over $25,000!
For more information, visit http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/friends/booksale.html or contact the Reference Desk at email@example.com or 978-256-5521 x211.Posted in Events, Friends of the Library | No Comments »
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