Next Meeting

Our next meeting is Friday April 18th  at 8 PM.  Doors open at 7 PM for members to chat and fill the Finds table. Our speaker will be from the Hingham Historical Society.

March Table Finds have been posted. 

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 quanity.

Milton Yearly Hunt-Early Registration Discount !

Registration Open     Yearly Club Hunt      Milton MA Sunday April 27th

Early Registration Incentives                  BEFORE APRIL 19th

 

Cape Club Hunt May 2014

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Registration Forms      Wareham Saturday May 3

Gateway Treasure Hunters Annual Club Hunt

 

 

March 2014 Speaker

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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: geolotus2003@nycap.rr.com

 

 

It's In the Bag

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It was 10 days before Thanksgiving, 2012.

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”.
 
Using my custom-modified Jewelry/Coin program on the XLT, I was confident that if the ring passed near my coil, I’d hear it. If the ring was indeed in one of the three leaf bags, I was hoping it wasn’t at the center, which was about nine inches from the outside of the bag and possibly more difficult to detect. I also did not want to dump the leaves out on the lawn but it might come to that.

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 !                                              

Jim M.        Read the whole story

February 2014 Speaker

 

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.

 

November Speaker

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.

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