Whittier Club Plans 133rd Summer Meeting this Sunday

Whittier Birthplace Trustee Jay Cleary.

Whittier Birthplace Trustee Jay Cleary discusses the “Re-Creation of the Whittier Trail” when the Haverhill Whittier Club meets for its 133rd Summer Meeting this Sunday.

In 1965, a system of 15 signs about Haverhill native and abolitionist poet John Greenleaf Whittier were erected at historically significant sites throughout Haverhill. Over the years, the signs disappeared and the “Whittier Trail" was largely forgotten. Cleary is spearheading a project to create new replacement signs to be installed throughout the city and republish a guide book. The Essex National Heritage Commission has awarded the project $2,000.

Retired members of the club’s Board of Control will be honored, including Elinor Cameron and Catherine Latourelle. Cameron, a longtime past president, has served the club 40 years and Latourelle, a former vice president and secretary, the last 12 years.

Whittier Club members and the public meet Sunday, June 11, 2 p.m., at Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. There is no charge, but new members and donations are welcome.