Pictorial book of Haverhill history offered to public

 

Eagle-Tribune, Haverhill Gazette publish book to mark city’s 375th anniversary

130108_HG_HAND_SHOEPHOTOAs Haverhill celebrates its 375th anniversary, here’s a unique way to take a walk down memory lane.

To help commemorate the community’s milestone, The Eagle-Tribune and The Haverhill Gazette have compiled a pictorial book packed with images dating back to the 1800s.

It contains photographs of major events from the city’s history and precious personal images shared by its citizens.

The book is titled “Haverhill Memories, Celebrating 375 years.’’ Its 128 pages have nine chapters focusing on topics such as views and street scenes, community, education, commerce and industry, disasters, transportation, recreation and celebrations.

The book would not have been possible without the generosity of the public, in particular local families who dug into their personal albums to share photos that make generations of Haverhill history come alive.

“The breadth of city history represented in ‘Haverhill Memories’ is truly remarkable,’’ said Karen Andreas, regional publisher for the North of Boston Media Group. “Presented in nine topical chapters, the publication thoroughly documents more than 200 years of triumph, tragedy and everyday living in the city. I extend my sincere thanks to the hundreds of citizens who reached into their personal archives to help create this keepsake to be shared for generations to come.”

The Eagle-Tribune is offering this limited edition hardcover book for sale. It is an heirloom-quality, coffee-table style book which is sure to become a conversation piece. The book is the latest in a series of Memories pictorial books produced by the newspaper.

The images in “Haverhill Memories’’ go back to the days of the horse and buggy. They take us back to simpler times, moments of celebration and sadness, of success and community pride, of personal reflection. The photographs will draw your eyes again and again, and each time you look you’re bound to notice more details — perhaps a face in a group photo that suddenly becomes familiar or something hiding in the background.

The photos were provided by the public — local citizens, business people, historians and collectors. They were also provided by the Haverhill Public Library, which has a collection of images from the city’s past. We thank those who allowed us to use their precious photos and our sponsors for making this tribute to Haverhill possible.130529_HG_HAND_MEMORIES

Three hundred and seventy-five years ago, a group of Puritans landed on the banks of the Merrimack River in what is now the Riverside area of Haverhill. In that year, 1640, they bought land from a group of Native Americans and founded a farming community. They called it Pentucket, the Native American word for “place of the winding river.’’ It was later renamed Haverhill after the town of Haverhill, England, the birthplace of the settlement’s first pastor.

As Haverhill celebrates its 375th anniversary, the city is home to more than 62,000 people. “Haverhill Memories’’ shows many decades of change — from the way local families lived to how the community’s economy worked to disasters and celebrations.

The book shows images of Haverhill as the Queen Slipper City, a shoe-making power; the Great Fire of 1882 that destroyed the city’s downtown; old beloved brick schoolhouses that once dotted the landscape and the children who learned there; parades and community gatherings; The Flood of 1936 and how the community rebounded thanks to the will of its people; and much, much more.

How to order “Haverhill Memories’’: Visit The Eagle-Tribune offices, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $39.95 plus tax. Books can be shipped for an added fee. More information is available by calling Linda Gardner at 978-946-2241.

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