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New coat of paint for Little Red School House

Posted by Lisa Crowley  September 2, 2009 09:38 AM

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Genealogy researchers and family history buffs will soon be able to search documents at the renovated Little Red School House.

Scituate Historical Society President David Ball said while the timetable is tentative, he estimates the school house will reopen for research in mid-October. “Things are moving along,” Ball said.

The school house, which is also a genealogical research center, has been closed since June, when extensive renovations to the 116-year-old building began and historical documents were moved into storage.

The genealogical center and historical society’s headquarters, housed at the schoolhouse, have been moved to the Irish Mossing Museum on the Driftway during renovations.

Ball said interior walls have been moved and will offer a more open and convenient configuration for the hundreds of researchers who every year visit the site seeking information about families who lived in Scituate as far back as the 1600s.

Painting of the interior and the building's signature exterior are nearly complete, Ball said, and there is hope documents and operations can be moved back by the middle of next month.

It's not certain whether the school house will be ready for Columbus Day weekend, when four of the town’s iother historical sites will be open for tours and visits, Ball said.

Lawson Tower, Cuddworth House and barn, Mann House and barn, and Scituate Lighthouse will be open Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the site is $2 for adults and seniors and all children are free.

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