Most of the attenders arrived on Friday afternoon or evening, at Gordon College, northeast of Salem. This gave them a chance to make or renew their acquaintances. Thanks to Betsey Collins' efforts, the attenders were able to make lodging arrangements at a very affordable price at Gordon College.
On Saturday, after group breakfast, the attenders met at the Essex Institute in Salem, Massachusetts. They saw a slide show about Salem and the role of the Institute in preserving its history. Then they were given tours of the Institute's building and grounds. One of the buildings on the tour was believed by the Institute's staff to be the Friends Meetinghouse built on land donated by Thomas Maule. It was later moved once or twice before being relocated on Institute property. The other buildings presented excellent representations of what daily life in Salem was like during the time Thomas Maule lived there.
At the Institute, one of the staff researchers, Don Daly, researched and presented information concerning Thomas Maule in Salem. Much of what he discovered was "news" to the attenders. Don located four parcels of property in Salem that belonged to Thomas Maule. He took the attenders on a walking tour to see these locations, though the buildings located on the parcels are from times after Thomas Maule's era. Also on the tour was an early Friends Burial Ground; it is possible, though far from certain, that Thomas Maule is buried there.
When the Essex Institute tour ended in early afternoon, the Reunion attenders were free to have lunch, and tour Salem. That evening, everyone gathered at Gordon College for dinner. In other portions of this newsletter are reported some of the information and announcements that were made. Everyone present agreed with those who described how pleased they were with the proceedings. The evening events closed with the taking of group photographs.
On Sunday, everyone met for breakfast, and in the late morning gathered at the House of the Seven Gables. The group was divided into two for private tours of the house. In this instance, the attenders apparently knew more about the Maule connection than did the staff. The attractiveness of the grounds motivated the taking of more group photographs, although by that time several attenders had departed for home.
By Sunday afternoon, people began to leave, and formal events came to a close. The uniqueness of meeting in Salem, and walking in the places that Thomas Maule lived, made a lasting impact on those who were able to participate. The success of the Reunion has generated enthusiasm for similar plans, discussed elsewhere in the Newsletter.
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Don Daly, the Essex Institute staff researcher who hosted the Reunion tour, shared his notes about Thomas Maule. These are reproduced below:
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Don also found a map of early Salem on which Thomas Maule's properties are identified. Because of its size, a relevant portion is reproduced below; one property was located about a mile southeast of the area in the following map:
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|BLACKWELL, Donna||Whitehaven, MD 21856|
|COLLINS, Pete & Betsey||West Grove, PA 19390|
|COLLINS, Steve & Laurie|
|GENTRY, Cecil & Arlene||Coatesville, PA 19320|
|HENDRIXSON, Paul & Shirley||Moultrie, GA 31768|
|LAMBELET, Rev. Clarence & Isabel||Flemington, NJ 08822|
|LAMBELET, Lawrence & Myrtle||Sterling, VA 22170|
|LLOYD, Mrs. Edward||Concord, MA 01742|
|MAULE, Bill||Montreal, CAN PQH5B1G1|
|MAULE, Brewster, LAWNHURST, Patsy, & Sam, Zach & Amy MAULE||Stow, MA 01775|
|MAULE, Ed & Jennie||NewtownSquare, PA 19073|
|MAULE, Gordon, Linda, Darren & Ryan||Easton, PA 18042|
|MAULE, Jesse & Mildred||Pomeroy, PA 19367|
|MAULE, Jim||KingofPrussia, PA 19406|
|MAULE, John & Penny||East Palm Desert, CA 92260|
|MAULE, Quentin||Washington, DC 20009|
|MAULE, Susan F.||Redwood City, CA 94063|
|MCABEE, Rev. & Sue Ann||Wittenberg, WI|
|MCKIBBEN, Glen & Ellen||Colchester, VT 05446|
|MCNALLY, Brian & Nancy||Boston, MA 02114|
|PIERCE, Wayne & Gloria||Oxford, PA 19363|
|STANDEN, Lee||Santee, CA 92071|
|STETSON, Timothy||Concord, MA 01742|
|TAYLOR, Linda, Tallie & Kathryn||Limerick, ME 04048|
|VERITY, Margaret||Suffield, CT 06078|
|VERITY, Susan||Allston, MA 02134|
Such a reunion tour of two European countries requires much planning, including coordination with people in Europe who need to be identified and contacted. Travel arrangements, lodging, meals, tour details, and similar matters must receive attention. Keeping track of attenders, coordinating with travel agents, payment, and all the other details that are involved in such a venture must be done. Obviously, a committee of two or three people is insufficient.
At the 1988 Reunion, the idea of a European reunion tour received favorable response. Because of the distance, and individuals' expenditures, it is too risky a venture to consider without serious advance planning. Frankly, I am sure that I cannot do much of the planning, though I do intend to go if the idea takes hold. Betsey Collins, from whom the idea came, and I need to know whether you are interested in a summer 1990 European reunion tour and, more particularly, whether you can help in setting it up. Please write, even if it is to express a lack of interest. (Of the 550 newsletters sent with respect to the 1988 Reunion, more than 450 did NOT reply affirmatively OR negatively. That leaves too much to assumption and guesswork!)
By the time of the March 1989 newsletter, there should be some information about the level of interest, the identification of people in Europe, the extent of planning committee volunteering, and some other preliminary items. By the time of the October 1989 newsletter, information on dates, price, events, and other details should be available if the planning proceeds as it needs to. Your comments also are welcome.
I have written and asked for permission to republish selected articles after translating them into English. I am able to read the articles, though slowly, but I anticipate that the readers of the newsletter would prefer the English translation.
This level of response is discouraging. I may try to highlight the First Amendment connection and see if a commercial publisher would be interested in a more sophisticated version. Or I may decide to do a photocopy, spiral bound, compilation rather than a fancy hardback keepsake text.
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