Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill Historical Society to Hold Annual Meeting, Honor “Worshipping Oak” June 27

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Buttonwoods Museum and the Haverhill Historical Society are gearing up for their 2017 annual meeting and program Tuesday, June 27 with members of the public invited to attend the events.

Patrons are encouraged to participate in the 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. business meeting and stick around for an evening of auxiliary events until 8 p.m., including a talk by local author and playwright Michael Cormier about his latest work “Saltonstall’s Trail,” as well as a memorial service honoring the Worshipping Oak by Reverend Donna Spencer Collins of the Phoenix Rising Church.

The oak tree’s dedication comes two months after the ancient 1640 artifact – one of the first places Haverhill settlers worshipped – toppled, taking down power lines and causing a neighborhood outage. Buttonwoods director Jan Williams said in April that the museum hopes to use the tree’s wood to create memorabilia commemorating its history.

Through the remainder of June, the museum will exhibit Vietnam and War on Terror artifacts thanks to a generous donation from Ipswich Iraq vet Richard Barbato, who curated “Echoes From the Battlefield” as part of a contest put on by Buttonwoods.

For more information or to register to attend the June 27 events, email [email protected]