The Aspinock Historical Society’s leadership team, headed up by the Board of Directors and many committees, has set forth a list of attainable resolutions for the New Year.
AHS is looking to Putnam’s history-loving community members of all ages, abilities and skills to jump in individually or with a friend or family member to become a valuable asset to keeping the town’s history alive. The volunteer team members will be dubbed Pioneers, in honor of David McCullough’s book “The Pioneers” featuring Manasseh and Ephraim Cutler, who started in Putnam and went on to impact U.S. history.
With ongoing rehab of two historical landmarks in townm the Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar Children Museum and the Cady Copp House, there is much work to be done. Whether you possess skills of carpentry, landscaping, or painting, there is a need for your help. Once the physical rehabilitation work is done, ongoing maintenance is required. Public engagement will be needed to greet guests and tell the stories.
A behind the scenes project is in progress for folks that love to organize.  The Aspinock House is loaded with archived items. Pictures, newspapers, clothing, footballs, and much more from Putnam’s past are stored in what has been the long-term home of AHS at 206 School St. (Rt. 44.)  With the new history-making town facility coming soon, the Aspinock House will be gone. Help is needed to sort and pack up the items for storage until the new AHS space is available. Once AHS occupies its new space, volunteer Pioneers will be needed to engage with community members.
AHS is also seeking financial, public relations, programming, grant writing, research, fund-raising, and storytelling skills, to name a few. There is a lot of talent in Putnam, and AHS intends to allow those talents to shine. Training for volunteer Pioneers is a part of the plan, and they will work in tandem with AHS mentors.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to step up, become a Pioneer, and celebrate Putnam’s history and future.  If you can’t volunteer but still want to help, donations are always accepted and can be mailed to AHS, PO Box 465, Putnam, CT 06260.


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