Mar 292015

The Choate Bridge, built 1764, widened 1838, now carries 23,000 cars a day!

The May 16, 2015 Celebration Agenda

  • Drum workshop for children (Library, 2 pm)
  • Presentation: History & ASCE Plaque Presentation Ceremony (Green across from Choate Bridge Pub, 2 pm – 2:45)
  • Procession over the bridge (Kids from library, join adults at green across from Choate Bridge Pub, and proceed over bridge to the Middle Green in front of the Hall-Haskel House, 2:45 – 3 pm)
  • Childrens’ Bridge Engineering Activities (Hall-Haskell House green 3-5 pm)
  • Special evening celebration (starts at 8 pm, at mural patio along River Walk)

Read more about the event at http://celebrateInfrastructure.Org!  Details will be added as they develop.

Watch our TV show about the celebration!

Mar 202015

Historic New England will be holding an Ask the Experts program , “A Primer on Dendrochronology,” on April 18 from 9 AM – 2:30 AM at the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

dendro In addition to hearing from experts Anne Grady, Bill Flynt, and Pieter Roos on current research, conducting studies, and using dendro to plan for preservation, attendees will have the opportunity to tour three sites either already tested or with testing potential.

  • 9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome; Bethany Dorau, Regional Site Manager, North Shore, Historic New England
  • 9:10 – 9:15 a.m. Logistics and Introductions; Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, Historic New England
  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Current Research in New England Dendrochronology; Anne Grady, Independent Scholar, Lexington, Mass.
  • 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. It’s All About the Rings: Conducting a Dendrochronology Study;Bill Flynt, Architectural Conservator, Historic Deerfield
  • 10:15 – 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. What Dendro Taught Us at Newport Restoration Foundation; Pieter Roos, Executive Director, Newport Restoration Foundation
  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Questions and Answers
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. On-site Examinations of Dendro Testing Results at Spencer-Pierce-Little House and Stekionis Tenant House; Anne Grady, Bill Flynt
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. On-site Examination of Dendro Testing Potential at Swett-Ilsley House; Bethany Dorau, Anne Grady, Bill Flynt