About 90 people paid the BHS a visit during its open house on January 20. Thanks to the culinary talents of mostly the fairer members, all visitors left a tad bit heavier, but with a smile.
The curious enjoyed tours of the Barnaby House and the barn, as well as tales about many of the historical treasures on display. The gregarious got to meet new and interesting people. The artsy communed, as only they can, with Mark Austin Fountain, a professional artist, local history devotee and native Brookliner.
Mark recently completed painting a large mural depicting iconic Brookline scenes. The mural is displayed as a colorful backdrop on the wall behind the infamous Democratic cannon in the BHS’s lower gallery. Mark brought along several of his smaller paintings on local scenes. They are available for sale.
We took the opportunity to remember Leo Austin, Jr., past president, diligent handyman, dedicated bingo staff member and proud Brookliner who led the BHS for many years. We also had the chance to acknowledge David Fessenden, who succeeded Leo, and whose years of dedication, along with that of his wife, Amy, have enabled us to continue our mission to save the heritage of a small New Hampshire town.
The BHS is open every Wednesday, 9 AM to 12 noon. Since our founding in 1982, we’ve been a financially self-sufficient non-profit. Not a penny of tax dollars has ever funded us. We continue our work thanks to the generosity of our supporters and members.