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2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

Betsy Shure Gross, Co-President, welcomes the Annual Meeting attendees. Photo by Bruce Wolff

Betsy Shure Gross, Co-President, welcomes the Annual Meeting attendees. Photo by Bruce Wolff

Friends of Hall’s Pond
38th Annual Meeting, June 16, 2014

Graciously hosted by Wheelock College on their Brookline Campus

OUR FOUNDER, JOSEPHINE ALBRECHT, always said, “Carry On” and so we do.

Guided by our stewardship partners of the Brookline Conservation Commission we adhere to our jointly established Sanctuary Management Plan. We know a lot about the Sanctuary: we know the location and land use history, the water quality, soils, vegetation, habitat, wildlife, bird migration patterns, the formal garden and the legal, political and regulatory issues.

Yet we know little about the life of Minna Hall, and the history of her family and Hall’s Pond.

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.” Her slides are terrific and her research fascinating. We look forward to the book which we are sure is coming!

Susan Helms Daley presented “Who is Harriet Hemenway?”

Susan Helms Daley presented “Who is Harriet Hemenway?” Photo by Bruce Wolff

It was our honor and pleasure to present Awards of Appreciation to John Doorneweerd and Wallis Wickham Reamer, husband and beloved friend of Eris Doorneweerd, for their work raising the funds to create the new entry to the sanctuary as a living testimony to an unforgettable teacher and devoted friend of Hall’s Pond.