Preservation Society to host Free School Board talk

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Dorchester Free School Board, circa 1939-40, courtesy of Sarah Miles deLiesseline:  Seated, left to right, Dessie Dehon, John Gadsden, and Judge Edward H. Hutchinson.  Standing, left to right: P. Frank Smith, William Gadsden, Harry Burden, J. Guerin, Jennings Foster, Legare Walker, William Boyle, and Braley Miles.

Steve Hutchinson, Thomas Dion and members of the Dorchester Free School Board will present a program on the history of the board at the Summerville Preservation Society meeting on Oct. 25. The Free School Board is the oldest continuing free school board in the country and was established at Colonial Dorchester. It currently has 12 members and meets a minimum of once a year to disperse scholarships.
“Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to view the original register from Colonial Dorchester stored now in a bank vault,” said President Heyward Hutson. The meeting will include a wine and cheese reception.
Representatives from the Upper Dorchester County Historical Society will also be on hand to make available their recent published book, “Memorial Stones of Upper Dorchester County.”
All meetings of the Preservation Society are open to the public. New memberships are welcome.

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