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Month: February 2015

  • A Brief Historical Overview

    A Brief Historical Overview

    At the time of European settlement, much of the area that is now North Brookline was wetland. Amory Park and Hall’s Pond were part of a particular kind of wetland—an Atlantic White Cedar swamp—that extended to the Charles River. The high level of acidity and the low level of oxygen in such a swamp greatly slow down decay, building up peat.

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  • Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, celebrating Town purchase in January 1975. From left: Conservation Committee Director Hooper Brooks, Sara Wallace, Senator Jack Backman, Merrill Diamond, Environmental Secretary Evelyn Murphy, Representative John Businger, and Conservation Committee Chairman Mary Nelson.

    Historical Photographs

    View historical photos.

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  • Susan Helms Daley presented “Who is Harriet Hemenway?”

    2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

    June 16, 2014, At the Annual Meeting we were treated to a superb presentation by historian Susan Helms Daley who shared her continuing research on Minna Hall’s partner in the creation of the Massachusetts Audubon Society entitled “Who Was Harriet Hemenway.”

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  • Priscilla Geigis and her nephew Grant pictured in front of their tree fort.

    2010 Annual Meeting Highlights

    June 16, 2010, Friends of Hall’s Pond Service Awards and A Presentation by Priscilla Geigis, Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Division of State Parks and Recreation at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

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  • 2009 Annual Meeting Highlights

    2009 Annual Meeting Highlights

    June 10, 2009, Debbie Raptopoulos, a long term supporter and board member of The Friends of Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, gave a memorable review honoring Nancy and Ferris Hall at the June Annual Meeting of The Friends of Hall’s Pond.

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  • Friends’ Board Members and Epsilon Theta Representative (left to right)- Janice Provencher; Alyssa Kersting, MIT Epsilon Theta Fraternity; Ellen Forrestor, and Betsy Shure-Gross.

    2008 Annual Meeting Highlights

    Monday, June 16, 2008, New and old Friends gathered together at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of Hall’s Pond on June 16, 2008. The Friends awarded the MIT Epsilon Theta Fraternity an Outstanding Service Award.

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  • Barbara Mackey

    2007 Annual Meeting Highlights

    Our good friend and advocate, Barbara Mackey, retired from our board in Spring, 2006 after years of loyal service. The Friends honored Barbara at our Annual Meeting on June 11, 2007.

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  • 2001 Annual Meeting Highlights

    2001 Annual Meeting Highlights

    Joan W. Goodwin was honored at the Friends’ annual meeting in March 2001.

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  • Photo Credit: Bruce Wolff

    Spring/Summer 2013 Newsletter

    As we WELCOME Spring and Summer at the sanctuary, we ask you, as always, to join us in our involvement and investment at this special Brookline resource. Come visit often, become involved with our Community Days and Volunteer Horticultural Crew Initiatives, attend our Annual Meeting, continue to take photographs and please do send your funds to support our purchase and planting of trees and shrubs.

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  • Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter

    Fall/Winter 2011 Newsletter

    In “The Nature Principle,” Richard Louv writes, “A meaningful connection to nature is fundamental to our spirit and survival, as individuals and as a species….. Our Society must do more than talk about the importance of nature; it must ensure that people in every kind of neighborhood have every day access to natural spaces, places and experiences.”

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