The Town of Sandwich has eliminated the position of Town Archivist as of July 1, 2010, due to the need to cut the town budget. Long-time CCGS member and friend, Barbara Gill, has occupied that valuable position for many years.
George Brennan reported in the Cape Cod Times on Thursday, June 18, 2010, that the "Friends of the Sandwich Town Archivist" has announced plans to accept donations to be used to pay her $11,000 salary. Without an archivist, access to the town records will be limited--a critical problem for anyone carrying out genealogical or historical research related to Cape Cod, especially its early years. In addition, much important analytical work with the Archives is being carried out by Barbara.
The press release from the "Friends of the Sandwich Town Archivist" went to say that anyone who donates $25 or more before July 13 will receive a chance at a drawing of prizes donated by two local artists -- Kathryn Kleecamp and David McDermott. The drawing will take place at the meeting of the Friends group at the Sandwich library, on July 13 at 3 p.m.
Donations may be sent to Friends of the Sandwich Town Archives, 142 Main St., Sandwich, MA 02536. CCGS members will want to consider supporting this important cause.
[Submitted by CCGS Past-President Robert Ward]