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Couples Club gives $500 to Historical Society

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Historical Society received a $500 donation from the Townsend Community Couples Club. The project support money will make it possible to create a small collection of federal-era costumes for society docents who both give tours at the Reed Homestead and help with other society programs, like the yearly third-grade visits.

The THS board, members and volunteers are deeply grateful for the gift. Docents in authentic costuming help bring the history of 19th century Townsend alive for adults and children alike.

Dede O’Hair, talented local seamstress and owner of the West Townsend business Workroom Buttons, will design and sew the reproduction clothing. Her knowledge of period costume and experience working with the historic clothing collection at the Reed House are extensive.

The donation from the couples club will be used to purchase fabric and materials. O’Hair will be donate her time and talent to the project.

Townsend Community Couples Club formed in 1947 to provide couples living or working in Townsend a way to support worthwhile community organizations and projects and to provide opportunities for social and recreational activities.

The club remains vital and active today, engaged in volunteer projects, fundraising efforts and regular meetings and activities.

This year, in addition to the gift for the THS, the club provided funds for a residents’ outdoor tent at Atwood Acres and funding for a Sunday afternoon of open hours at the Library. The club gives an annual scholarship to a North Middlesex Regional High School student.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Townsend Historical Society can call 978-597-2106 or email Anyone with questions about the Townsend Community Couples Club can write to TCCC, P.O. Box 817, Townsend, MA 04169, or email

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