Revisit Chelmsford Past
Fred Merriam brings us on a brief tour through some of our town's history
Thursday, Feb. 6th, at 7 p.m
Book signing after Fred's talk; books may be purchased from the author

book coverThe newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is "Chelmsford Revisited" by Fred Merriam for the Chelmsford Historical Society. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.

This new pictorial history book chronicles the early history of Chelmsford. It takes readers back to the late 1800s when railroads and streetcars arrived to the area, before that South Chelmsford, East Chelmsford and Chelmsford Center were primarily agricultural with the support of blacksmiths, carpenters, general storekeepers, millers, sawmill operators and wheelwrights.

The vintage photographs in Chelmsford Revisited transport readers back in time to stroll Central Square, to discover a millpond that no longer exists and to see the evolution of Center Common. Readers will discover which farm was later subdivided into a familiar neighborhood, find out where the lumber came from, view homes the way they looked more than 100 years ago and learn about Chelmsford’s past residents and their places of worship. Learn about renowned Chelmsford residents such as Amos Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rufus Emerson and David Perham.

Fred Merriam, authorThe Author:
Frederic S. Merriam, 68, is not native to Chelmsford. As an employee of Raytheon Company, he moved to Chelmsford in 1971, to raise a family in a town that came highly recommended as a community and for its school system. His interest in local history started after reading numerous historical newspaper features written by Eleanor Parkhurst and her cousin George Parkhurst.

A 1967 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Merriam completed a 41 year career in electrical engineering. Having a life-long interest in photography, he was naturally attracted to the vintage image collection in the care of the Chelmsford Historical Society. He is pleased to have the opportunity to compile and research this book for public enjoyment.

Merriam has been an appointed member of the Chelmsford Historical Commission since 2003, is a board member of the Chelmsford Historical Society, and manages websites for both organizations. He published the book History of Chelmsford 1910 to 1970 for the Historical Commission in 2011 and compiled the History of the Chelmsford Fire Department on the Town’s website in 2013 at the request of the Fire Department.

When not doing historical research, Merriam does photographic projects for the Town of Chelmsford and finds time to relax in York Beach, Maine. Fred hopes that this work will bring pleasure to its readers and recognition to the hard working (and fun-loving) volunteers at the Chelmsford Historical Society. It is a gift in return for the published words of those who came before.

*A portion of the author’s profits from the sale of the book are being donated to the Chelmsford Historical Society.*

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

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