Natural History and Archaeology, Society of (Lawrence, MA)

Stuffed Birds in the Lawrence Public Library

The library houses the administrative records of the society.

The Lawrence Society of Natural History and Archaeology started in 1866.  It presented its members with a variety of lectures, outings, and other activities.  For a period of time they rented a room in the Central Building in the city where they displayed their collection of artifacts.   The society was a part of the New England Federation of Natural History Societies.  The New England regional meeting was held in Lawrence September 29 and 30, 1911.  At that time the Lawrence chapter had 90 members from Lawrence and the surrounding towns.  Over the years the society held joint activities with the Andover Society and the Beekeepers Association. In 1927 due to the decrease in membership the society had to relinquish their room and distribute the bird specimens to the Lawrence Public Library.  The remaining items including minerals and Indian artifacts were taken over by the Lawrence Boys Club.  The society ceased to exist in 1928.

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