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Leverett gearing up for 250th celebration

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Staff Writer
Saturday, March 07, 2020

LEVERETT — A chicken barbecue in a field near the elementary school, a large formal dance at Town Hall and a parade through town marked Leverett’s bicentennial in 1974.

With less than four years to go before the milestone 250th anniversary, Leverett residents are beginning to plan for how the town will celebrate in 2024.

Ann Tweedy, a member of the Leverett Historical Commission, said Thursday that residents, both old and new, and those who previously made their home in town, are invited to get involved in offering ideas for the next celebration at a gathering later this month.

“We’re hoping to connect new people and get people collaborating,” Tweedy said of the “Leverett 250: Celebrate Your Town in 2024” event scheduled for March 22 at 3 p.m. at the Leverett Library, 75 Montague Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Some of the ideas may include various arts and crafts programs, music and dance events, trail walks and get-togethers in the four historic districts and at the Leverett Village Co-op. 

Tweedy said there is also interest in rejuvenating the committees that oversee the town’s two buildings that house material from the town’s history.

One is the Leverett Historical Society, which owns the Moore’s Corner Schoolhouse in the northern part of town, where various records and artifacts are kept.

In town center, coordinators are needed for the Field Family Museum, the former Bradford M. Field Memorial Library, which is a museum of town memorabilia.

Before the 1974 bicentennial, townspeople spent at least two years organizing activities, which included constructing a quilt that has the names of many families and individuals who lived in town then, publication of a town history, production of a documentary film and manufacture of a commemorative coin. In addition to the barbecue, dance and parade, Leverett also staged a townwide sugaring party at the time.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.