Athol Historical Society undertakes tree planting and improvement project

  • Kenneth Valdulas and David Brothers plant a tree on the lawn at the Athol Historical Society. Photo/Debra Ellis

Staff Report
Published: 6/27/2021 2:17:25 PM
Modified: 6/27/2021 2:17:26 PM

ATHOL — Thanks to a donation from retired graphic designer Mary Pat Spaulding, formerly of Athol, the lawn at Athol Historical Society will have two new purple leaf plum trees at the front of the building.

The historical society also planted two sugar maples at the side of the building in memory of Howard Wilson, longtime historical society president, and Russell Kennedy, longtime vice-president, according to Debra Ellis, historical society treasurer.

Ellis said the trees complement an ongoing improvement project including painting of the building by Butler’s, Inc. “We will gratefully accept donations for painting,” Ellis said.

Kenneth Vaidulas, historical society vice-president, and David Brothers planted the trees.

Area businesses knew Spaulding’s work through Spaulding Graphics, which provided graphic design for many local companies. Spaulding’s memorabilia from a 1956 motorscooter tour of Europe reside in the Credo digital library at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ellis said there are no immediate plans for the historical society to reopen since closing in early 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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