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ANDOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Preserving the Past. Educating for the Future. Connecting with our Community.

aka Andover Center for History & Culture   |   Andover, MA   |  www.andoverhistoryandculture.org

Mission

The Andover Center for History and Culture sparks curiosity and inspires action by bridging past decisions to present choices, and telling stories that connect to an evolving, inclusive world narrative. We preserve and share Andover’s history in ways that are tangible and meaningful —strengthening the bonds of our community.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Ms. Elaine Clements

Main address

97 Main St

Andover, MA 01810 USA

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EIN

04-2312091

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

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Our programs

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Community resource

The history center is a resource for the entire community. Connecting people with the stories of the town. Providing context for issues facing the community. Supporting economic development of the downtown. Educating people of all ages.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The History Center currently offers two local history programs, with more in development. Andover at Work in the 1820s is a third grade hands-on discovery program taught at the History Center. Discovering My Neighborhood is a first grade program custom to each elementary school in Andover. This program is taught in the classroom.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Virtual Andover app puts local history and stories into the hands of people everywhere - on mobile devices and computers. The app is a free download available on iTunes and Play Store.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

History Buzz is our online newsletter hosted on substack, HistoryBuzz.substack.com. A team of 10 staff and volunteer researchers and writers post new history stories roughly twice a week. Regular columns include What's It Wednesdays, Miscellany Mondays, and Long Memories. One of our most popular series, Andover Bewitched, is archived on History Buzz. Stories can be fun and quirky, or serious and thought-provoking, always real history.

We started sending out stories twice a week at the start of the COVID pandemic as a way to staying in touch with our community. Within a few weeks we started hearing from readers how much they looked forward to receiving the stories in their email inboxes. The stories were, they told us, a respite from the constant drum of bad news. In spring 2021, we shifted from our original email platform to substack, where we can reach a much broader audience. As of September 2022, History Buzz has grown to 2,800 subscribers around the United States and the world.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The History Center offers walking tours of historic sites throughout Andover. Shawshee Village, Historic Mill District, Ballardvale Village, Downtown, Central Street, and our newest tour, Prolific Against All Odds: Women Authors of the 19th Century.
https://andoverhistoryandculture.org/walking-tours

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Andover Historical Society's goal is to foster a strong community that knows its history, values what it inherits, and takes pride in what it passes on to future generations. Our vision is that through the work we do to gather, preserve, and share Andover's stories, we inspire those with whom we connect to more engaged and involved in the life of the community.

The history center works best when we are out in the community connecting with people where they are. We collaborate with schools, libraries, neighborhoods, and civic partners including conservation groups, arts and cultural groups, social service groups, and town boards and commissions. We are building financial support for a new Virtual Andover app that will put Andover's stories in people's hands where the stories happened. We are developing the concept of a Cultural Corridor that will connect cultural, historical, and commercial interests throughout the downtown.

The Historical Society's capacity and capabilities are growing. In 2012, a board and staff team launched a new, integrated development plan that relies on our mission and program to connect with new and existing donors. Individual donors have increased by over 100 and individual giving is at an all-time high. The board-staff team continues to work together to grow the Society's capacity and achieve true financial sustainability.

We are building on our success one step at a time. With a paid staff of three and a volunteer corps of over 100, we choose and evaluate actions and activities to meet our mission carefully. One example of a strategic change the formation a team of board and staff institutional development team who train together, work together, and remain together. The team developed new ways to talk about our mission and impact in the community. Although we're making progress, we have a long way to go to achieve our goal of financial and mission sustainability.

Financials

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ANDOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 08/01/2023
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Board co-chair

Mr. Tom Adams


Board co-chair

Ms Cary White

Norma Gammon

MaryRuth Luther

Karen Simmonds

Tom Adams

James Redmond

Jane Cairns

Barbara Bunn

David Joyner

Paul MacKay

Jessica Randolph

Cary White

Amy Salant Cronin

Sushmita Bawari

Lois McGinness

Paul Russell

Susan McKelliget

Ralph Bledsoe

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes