Town Historian to Describe ‘Quirky’ Historic Characters at Society’s Annual Meeting 

May 15, 2023
Town Historian Sharon McDonald

Submitted by Carol Amick for the Bedford Historical Society 

Bedford’s Town Historian Sharon McDonald will be the keynote speaker at the Bedford Historical Society’s 2023 Annual Meeting set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21 in the third floor Great Room of Old Town Hall on South Road.

This meeting is free and open to the public.  

McDonald will enlighten and entertain the audience with another version of “A Cast of Nineteenth Century Historical Characters.” This time, it will be Lucinda Hosmer, Emmanuel Pfeiffer, and Benjamin Simonds who she brings to life in her storytelling.    

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She has described these historic Bedford figures as “quirky, inspiring, humorous, and surprising 19th century Bedford residents you may not have met!” Schoolmaster, shoemaker, anti-vaxxer, devout church member, magazine publisher, hypnotist, and other descriptions can apply to these characters.

Appointed Town Historian in December 2015, McDonald has been active in this position ever since, giving talks to Bedford school children and to local and area organizations.  She is a frequent speaker at April’s annual Bedford Minuteman Company pole capping, and has served as President and Curator of the Job Lane Farm Museum. She is also a member of Bedford’s Historic Preservation Committee.

McDonald is a member of the Bedford Historical Society’s Board of Directors and volunteers hundreds of hours researching and cataloging artifacts in the Society’s collections. 

An unparalleled storyteller, she is best known for serving for 40 years as the Children’s Librarian at the Bedford Free Public Library, where she was inspired to write her first book, “The Bedford Flag Unfurled,” published in 2000. Her latest book is “Bedford History for Kids,published in 2020. 

Annual Meeting at the same event

Before Sharon McDonald’s presentation, the Society’s 2023 Annual Meeting will be held to update members on Society activities and to elect Directors of the Bedford Historical Society Corporation. The event will begin at 2 p.m. in the Great Room of Old Town Hall with a 15-minute social period when Society members and the public may enjoy individually-bagged baked goods, coffee, and water.

At 2:15 p.m., Society President Tom Kinzer will call the Annual Meeting to order, give a brief progress report about Society activities, and officiate over the election of Corporation Directors. 

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