It turns out that the 2015 Wellesley Historical Society wall calendar has become something of a collectors’ item: It’s going to be the last one, according to Society board member and past president Martin Padley.
Padley has announced his “retirement from the calendar business…”
“Sad to say, but 2015 was the last year for the calendar. We have been partially eclipsed by the advent of electronic calendars as well as short-run calendars in which children and grandchildren are prominently featured. That’s a tough market to compete with.”
Padley added that “our hope is to produce a pictorial history of the town using photos from the calendar. But that’s a project that would take a few years to produce.”
The transition from print to digital has ended other Wellesley traditions as well, including the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club‘s annual phone directory, for which it has held a popular cover creation contest. The directory actually will continue to be published, but the club has turned over rights to another outfit.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of other ways to support the Wellesley Historical Society, including:
*Buying a WHS-produced DVD about Captain Marden’s. The 10-minute video created by Society member Bill Stanwood features old family photos and personal interviews with family members, and costs $10. All proceeds go to the Society. It is available at Captain Marden’s, the Roche Bros. service desk, Anderson’s Jewelers, E. A. Davis and the Society’s Tollhouse Shop at the Dadmun McNamara House. (Bonus: This stocking stuffer will not smell like fish!)
*Bargain hunt at the WHS Tollhouse Shop.