Guests are welcome to our monthly meetings. Trying to decide what equipment you might need? Wondering what people find? Are you new to detecting? Want to learn more about techniques for hunting? We have an extensive library of books on topics we might need to identify. Our meetings are open to interested people. We have monthly raffles and refreshments for all who come.
Our next meeting is Friday September 19th at 8 PM. Doors open at 7 PM for members to chat and fill the Finds table.
The Latest Table Finds have been posted.
We are excited to be making changes to our club and welcoming 8 new members in the last few months. At the July meeting a committee was appointed to study and update the bylaws of our club. Revision of the election section has been completed by members. Nominations and an election of officers will be held in the coming months. Please plan on attending.
IMPORTANT All members are asked to read and give feedback by email and their suggestions to the by- laws committee. You should have received an email describing our plans.
Help build our treasury. It's always time to bring in our "not so wonderful finds" to the scrap metal collection to be cashed in. Bring brass, aluminum, copper and lead in any quantity.
Always keep all your trash as you hunt. If someone starts to hassle you it becomes a good example of our help to the public for lifeguards, or park officials.
Make a detecting "APP" of your own on your smart phone. Save helpful sight web addresses such as tide charts, Google earth and weather alerts in one folder to find quickly.
Start on the outside of parks, not in the middle.
Always check your hole again after finding an item. You might miss another item or another coin.
Always use DEET based bug sprays.
Run low discrimination and dig all your signals. You will find more items. Don’t miss those items low on the dial.
New to the hobby? Detect in bark mulch to help learn. It is easier to locate items, no digging.
A presentation by town historian; author, councilman and former mayor of Taunton was given on May 16th. With some wonderful slides Charles Crowley gave us valuable information on the properties, parks and manufacturing areas in Taunton. Many of us were busy making notes as he described and named area we might visit to metal detect in Taunton and the surrounding areas.
His vast knowledge and enthusiasm for the town’s valuable history in manufacturing and it’s attraction of many newcomers to America over the centuries had us all planning on finding some hidden treasures in the near future! He invited us to use the town’s historical data to do research and make plans for success at our hobby.
Charles has authored nine (9) books on the history of City of Taunton and been a member of the Taunton Municipal Council for twenty (20) years and mayor of Taunton for five (5) years 2007 -2012.He has been the producer & host of a local weekly cable TV program entitled 'Olde Tyme Taunton” for the past 17 years.
George McGowan, our speaker in March is a Postal History expert and collector of mail and correspondence sent before the age of the US postage stamp.
George brought some of his collection to show us, helping us to understand the very interesting origin of the postage rates. He explained the mystery behind 1/4 penny rates and the relationship to the value of coins in circulation at the time.
The mail samples he showed us we a historical record of the use of small valued coins early in our nation's history. He brought many examples of preserved letters and correspondence sent by general delivery.
His presentation also included the evolution of mail delivery including the pony express; the custom of "drop letters" by travelers; the many "Post Roads" of the highway system in the USA; small town post offices; free delivery customs and establishment of the "Post Office” in 1788.
George can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
My phone rang and it was Maura, my 20-something neighbor. She had been catching up with Facebook entries of a friend she’s known since elementary school. She noticed a rather frantic post by her friend, asking if anyone knew someone with a metal detector. Her grandmother had lost her gold wedding band and was convinced it happened while bagging fall leaves in her yard.I hadn’t been out detecting for months, so I put fresh batteries in my Whites Spectrum XLT. The next afternoon, Maura and I drove the short distance to Kay’s house. We had a beautiful, crisp fall day for “the hunt”. Just in case we had success, I also brought my digital camera to record a “happy ending”.
From the start of the actual search to when Kay put the ring on her finger, it took only about 15 minutes, the shortest time I’ve ever spent searching for a lost ring. What a feeling to be able to find and return that sweet lady’s ring !
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Our speaker in February was Rachel Lovett, the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society.
After an illustrated presentation talk "Cheers: A Dig of an Early Tavern in Hanover Massachusetts", she shared with us some of the many artifacts recovered from a 2008 dig at the grounds; including pottery, nails and pewter items thought to be used when the building was used as a tavern.
Stetson House is an American colonial style historic house at Hanover Street in Hanover, Massachusetts. It was built in 1716 by Samuel "Drummer" Stetson and lived in for at least a hundred years. In its early years before Hanover's first church was built, people would sometimes use the house for prayer.
Our November speakerwas Paul Caranci, a third generation resident of North Providence and a student of history for many years. With photos and stories of the development of the area he presented to us the possibility of many historic finds near the mills and along the rivers flowing through the area.
Paul related the history of the major residents and leaders who built their homes and contributed to the town a history of service to their country; supplying goods and materials for the revolutionary war; and very important developments in factory safety methods and the new concept of "insurance" for business.
North Providence was also the sparking point of the Industrial Revolution—native sons and industrialists Samuel Slater and Zachariah Allen reinvented the cotton industry and altered the course of the nation.
Paul Caranci is a third-generation resident of North Providence and has been a student of municipal and state history for many years. Many times a published author, you can learn more about Paul at his website.