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News of the
Weeks Brick House & Gardens

Newsletter Archive

Since our 300th anniversary in 2010, the twice-yearly News of the Weeks Brick House & Gardens has expanded to include articles of interest on local history and genealogy as well as organizational news and reports on building preservation and property care. In 2010 the plan was to eventually build an online archive of newsletters as a service to members and researchers of Greenland history and Weeks family history. This page is the realization of that online newsletter archive plan.. Note: There is a one-year holdback on posting our newsletters. To always get the latest news ... and to read the most recent newsletters, join the Weeks Brick House & Gardens on our Membership Page.

Or ... read our newsletter at a library. News of the Weeks Brick House & Gardens is also part of the permanent collections in the stacks of relevant history and genealogy libraries, including (1) the New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, Mass.), (2) the New Hampshire State Library (Concord, N.H.), (3) the New Hampshire Historical Society (Concord, N.H.), (4) the Portsmouth (N.H.) Public Library, (5) the Weeks Library (Greenland, N.H.), (6) the Lane Memorial Library (Hampton, N.H.), (7) the Newburyport (Mass.) Public Library Archival Center, and (8) the Allen County Library Genealogical Periodicals Collection (Fort Wayne, Ind.).

And now ... to the links!

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2010. This issue includes a recap of the 300th anniversary meeting, a summary of 2010 events, reports on garden restoration and chimney repair, and an interview of new board president Tom Ayres. Features in this issue are (1) an article the donation of a Bible inscribed with genealogical notations that belonged to a westward-moving Weeks family; (2) a profile of Harrison Weeks (1879-1906), the accomplished University of Michigan quarterback, and (3) an article by Rev. Frank Weeks reflecting on the formation and early years of Descendants of Leonard Weeks in America, Inc.

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2011. In addition to a preview of 2011 events, features in this issue are: (1) an article about the centennial of the "Weeks Act" that paved the way for the National Forest system, legislation credited in part to a congressman from Massachusetts, John Wingate Weeks (1860-1926); (2) an article by Master Gardener Leslie Stevens on the rationale for our WWII-era Victory Garden; (3) an article on the donation to the Weeks Brick House of the death mask of Dr. Cyrus Weeks (1806-1875); and (4) an editorial on the long-term sustainability of the house and farmstead by board member, editor, and museum professional R.W. Bacon.

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2011. This issue includes a summary of the 2011 Annual Meeting, a house and garden report, and a message from the board president. Feature articles in this issue include: (1) a a preview and rationale of our 2012 campaign, coordinated by board member Jean Eno, to bring invasive plant species under control on our conservation land; (2) an article about our new affiliate member relationship with Historic New England; (3) an article on the development of an audio trail guide for mobile phones; (4) an excerpt from a 1905 Scribner's Magazine article about Vermont quarryman Nathan Weeks; and (5) a profile of the Leonard Weeks descendant who became chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Charles Doe (1830-1896).

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2012. This issue includes a preview of 2012 events, a report on our attendance at the Historic New England Affiliate Forum, and an article on hosting the meeting of the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association at the Weeks Brick House. Feature articles in this issue include: (1) a plan and call for volunteers for the 2012 campaign against invasive plant species on our conservation land; (2) an article on the donation of two beehives (24,000 bees!) to our gardens by Kagen Weeks; (3) an article by board member Jean Eno on encouraging the bat population on the property by installing a new bat house; (4) a map detailing the 300-plus years of Weeks family homes throughout Greenland, N.H.; and (5) a profile of Capt. Francis Champernowne (1614-1687), the adventurer and early settler of Greenland who is known to have hired family progenitor Leonard Weeks (1633-1707).

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2012. This issue includes a summary of our annual meeting (with photos), noting the dedication of our Colonial-era herb garden to Katharine "Kitty" Weeks; a house report on completed painting and future chimney repair; an article on changes on the board of directors; and a message from board president Tom Ayres. Feature articles in this issue include: (1) an article on the genealogical confusion that is wrought when misinformation multiplies across the Internet, entitled "If you're not careful, you might spend years chansing the wrong Weeks;" and (2) a rare "real estate" listing (with photos!), as the board seeks new tenants for the Weeks Brick House who will appreciate the opportunity to live in a property that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2013. This issue includes articles on (1) WBH finances and member attrition, (2) plans for the 2013 Annual Meeting, (3) the centennial of the Migratory Bird Act sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Wingate Weeks in 1913, (4) the continuing Memorial Brick Walkway project at the Weeks Brick House, and (5) the collaboration of the Weeks Brick House with the Sidewalk Farms initiative.

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2013. This issue includes (1) a recap of the 2013 season, (2) a summary of the 2013 Annual Meeting in September, (3) the president's report, (4) an article on volunteer bridge repair on the hiking trails, and (5) an article on our "Washington lobbyist" finally setting the record straight on Weeks family biographies with the keeper of the U.S. Congressional & Senate history.

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2014. This issue includes (1) an article on the geographically-scattered board keeping up with a long to-do list, (2) a preview of the 2014 Annual Meeting, (3) an update on our Memorial Brick Walkway program, and (4) reviews of two recently-reprinted books of interest to genealogists with New Hampshire roots, the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire (1928-1939), and Pioneers of Maine & New Hampshire (1908).

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2014. This issue includes (1) a summary of the 2014 Annual Meeting, (2) a preview of the 2015 Annual Meeting, the 40th anniversary of Weeks descendants joing together to save the 1710 house and farmstead from development, (3) the annual president's message, and (4) an article on the Weeks Mine in Wakefield, N.H.

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2015. This issue includes (1) a report on getting the property back in shape after the extreme battering of winter 2015, (2) a preview of the annual meeting, (3) an article on forethought in estate planning and charitable giving, and (4) a preview of items available at the annual meeting silent auction.

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2015. This issue includes (1) a summary of the 2015 Annual Meeting, (2) a prompt to "show us some love" on Facebook, (3) a summary of organizational milestones since 1975, (4) an obituary of former board member Adele Wick, (5) a photo montage of scenes from the 2015 annual meeting, and (6) an article on a new book, The Visitor's Guide to the Weeks Brick House & Gardens. To read this issue, join the Weeks Brick House & Gardens on our Membership Page.

News of the WBH&G - Spring 2016. This issue includes (1) a report on the multi-faceted spring clean-up day for the gardens, grounds, and trails, (2) a preview of the 2016 annual meeting, (3) an analysis of our Facebook page visitor statistics, (4) a thank you to annual and life members, and (5) a profile of Walter Weeks (1706-1774) and family, the second owner/occupants of the Weeks Brick House. To read this issue, join the Weeks Brick House & Gardens on our Membership Page.

News of the WBH&G - Fall 2016. This issue includes (1) a report on the 2016 Annual Meeting, (2) the text of the 2016 President's Report, (3) news about the new online membership payment option, (4) a glimpse of the 1930s at the Weeks Brick House, (5) a profile of William Weeks I (1743-1813) and family, the third owner/occupants of the Weeks Brick House, and (6) news about the revision of the massive two-volume Weeks family genealogy compiled by Rev. Frank Weeks. To read this issue, join the Weeks Brick House & Gardens on our Membership Page.