Jan 24, 2018: The Maynard Historical Commission is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from Ellen Duggan, lifelong Maynard resident. These funds will be used to expand the work of the organization by celebrating historically relevant properties throughout the town.
“I doubt my family would have survived without Maynard. Illness in their hometown in Newfoundland had already claimed many family members. So my great grandparents, Robert and Ann O’Neill Duggan and their four remaining children, came to Maynard on the ship Halifax in December of 1892. They settled in Maynard and we have been here ever since.“ said Duggan. “I would like to support the mission of the MHC by recognizing some of the properties throughout town which had significance to my family. I know my ancestors would be proud to be recognized.”
The MHC’s Historical Marker Program was created in 2012 to highlight important buildings and landmarks with permanent historical markers. The goal of this program is to bring attention to visitors and residents alike of the historical significance of many parts of Maynard. Markers throughout town include the Pleasant Cafe, the Union Congregational Church and the Amory Maynard House. Residents throughout the town can also contact the MHC to have a thorough history review done on their own private property and celebrate their home with a plaque.
The town of Maynard is currently planning to celebrate their 150th anniversary of the town with celebrations throughout the year 2020. The planning committee is currently looking for funding sources from private donations as well as business support
Jack MacKeen, Chairman of the MHC, commented that “Ellen’s generosity will help us to continue our mission of preserving the history of Maynard. We were surprised and honored by her benevolent gift and hope other members of the community will see her generosity as an inspiration to give back to the town in some way.”