Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. will be the first Shirley Historical Society event of the New Year.

It will be the opening program and reception for a display about our Shirley schoolhouses. The exhibit starts with antique school desks, books, slates and quill pens to try out. It continues with photos of one-room schoolhouses and school classes, 20th century yearbooks, and a scrapbook about Lura A. White herself.

The evolution from home schools to one-room district schools to the building of the Lancaster Road School and the Center School all the way up to the new middle school will be discussed. The need for repairs to one-room Schoolhouse #8 will be mentioned. Various former destinations for Shirley's high school students will be explained. Then Ayer-Shirley Regional School Superintendent Carl Mock will explain why it was time for a regional school system.

The Shirley Historical Society Museum is at 182 Center Road. Go to or call 978-425-9328 for information.