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Bernardston residents to reminisce with ‘Olde Time Storytelling’

  • An aerial photo from 1988 shows Bernardston center looking east toward Northfield. Three residents will look back on Bernardston’s history during an “Olde Time Storytelling” event on Sunday. FILE PHOTO


Staff Report
Friday, October 12, 2018

BERNARDSTON — Three longtime Bernardston residents are taking a thoughtful look back Sunday through the Historical Society’s “Olde Time Storytelling” event.

The free event, which will be held at the Powers Institute starting at 2 p.m., includes discussion of history by Bill Shores, Russ Deane and Bob Messer, with fellow Bernardston resident Marvin Shedd acting as moderator. According to Jonathan Pineo, a member of the Bernardston Historical Society, the event’s organizers hope to share the three men’s intriguing wealth of memories of times past with the community.

“It’s very timely for us as a historical society to present the history of the town by people who actually lived here,” Pineo said.

The historical society offers at least one or two events a year, such as a program led by Boston’s Brattle Book Shop owner and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Ken Gloss in 2017, and “Discovering New England Stone Walls” with Kevin Gardner in 2016. However, the programs, which both inform and provide exposure for the historical society, typically involve presenters from out of town rather than native residents.

“The goal is this is something we’re going to do in the future,” Pineo said of Sunday’s storytelling event. “This is the first one, and we want to have one or two of them a year. There are a lot of residents in town that have been here for almost forever.”

Potential topics the three residents might discuss include the construction of Interstate 91, the former brothel on Route 10, the town’s old inns and restaurants and small gas stations farmers used to operate, Pineo said.