HAMPDEN – Those interested in learning more about the town’s history are invited to the library on Wednesday for their Spring Tea Party.
Friends of the Edythe Dyer Community Library have invited Storie Brown, a member of the Hampden Historical Society, to talk about papermaking in town. The presentation is called, “The rag man, buttons, and Mazie (Patten) Varney Douglas.”
“At that time, paper was made from fabric and rags,” said Jane Jarvi, a member of the Friends of the Edythe Dyer Community Library. “And to prepare the fabric they had to cut off buttons and buckles. And they were just piled up in buckets and thrown over behind what is now Frost’s Garage.”
In the 1940s, Mazie Douglas began to find the buttons while out in her garden. Years later, she donated her collection to the historical society.
Those interested in attending the Spring Tea Party are asked to RSVP the library by calling 862-3550. The hour-long presentation begins at 2 p.m.