The Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives (FOSTA) is in the midst of its annual fundraising and membership campaign to keep our Town Archives open and to pay the part time salary of our Town Archivist, Barbara Gill. We are most grateful to those who have already taken the time to send a check to FOSTA during this busy summer of celebration in Sandwich.
For those of you who might not be aware of some of the accomplishments of this all-volunteer, tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) group, allow me to bring you up-to-date with some good news.
Russell Lovell’s out-of-print history of Sandwich, “Sandwich, A Cape Cod Town,” last published in 1996, has been saved! FOSTA has updated the text using Russell's notes and rescanned the entire collection of town-owned original photos using the latest technology. Russell's hand-drawn maps have been corrected per his instructions. A complete digital copy of the book is now safely stored in the Town Hall Annex in the vault.
Town hall has now given us permission to pursue the publication of this valuable source of history.
While working in the archives I have witnessed scores of visitors from all over the country who want to buy the book to help them with their family research, and we have had to disappoint them since we have no more copies of the 1996 printing available.
Our newly approved CPA grant will provide a new wall of moveable archival shelving, thus increasing our space capacity by 75 percent and allowing us to safely house the heavy gray archival boxes that contain so much valuable information.
If you wish to make a tax-exempt donation to FOSTA to enable us to continue our work, please send your check, made out to FOSTA, to the Sandwich Public Library 142 Main Street, Sandwich, MA 02537.
For every $25 incremental donation, your name will be entered into a drawing, to be held August 19, when prizes will be awarded. David McDermott has donated some outstanding hand-blown glass and Kathryn Kleekamp has donated an original work of art.
Kaethe O. Maguire