Legion members meet with Mass. State Archives staff on WW2 poster preservation

The Oliver Estate will be opening for tours for the first time ever on April 9 and 10 during the Herring Festival.

Article courtesy of The Middleboro Gazette...

By Bob Lessard
Legion Post 64 Historian

Posted Jan. 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

MIDDLEBORO — Four elected members of Middleboro’s Simeon L. Nickerson American Legion Post 64 WW2 poster committee traveled to Boston on Friday, December 31, 2015 to meet with staff of the Massachusetts State Archives to discuss methods for protecting the posters. Participating in the trip were Paul Provencher, Al Edwards, David Singer and Bob Lessard. Fifth member Kevin Mahar was out of town and unavailable for the meeting.

The Archives and Library are located on Morrissey Boulevard, directly across from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

The quartet was met by Massachusetts Archives Curator Martha Clark, who greeted the Legion members at the museum display area. Clark gave a brief description of the museum’s artifacts and invited us to tour that facility.

The museum houses material relating to the history of the State of Massachusetts earliest days to the present.

A surprise for the Middleboro Legion members was a Revolutionary display, which highlighted the Oliver family, who were tories with a connection to Middleboro. Peter Oliver, Jr’s. old 1769 mansion was recently purchased by the Town of Middleboro and his iron mill site, Oliver Mill Park, on the Nemasket River is a noted tourist attraction.

Following the museum visit, Clark met with the visitors in a conference room to examine the posters.

Clark posed many questions about the WW2 collection of posters owned by Post 64. She then provided very informative methods regarding the proper care and maintenance of the historical posters. And she patiently answered our many questions on the subject.

Later, she asked Archives Executive Director J. Michael Comeau to speak with the group and also examine the posters. He informed the committee members that the posters were in “very good shape.” He also provided additional ideas for preserving and displaying the 70 year old material.