The poster that started it all

The poster for the 1890 Strawberry Festival. (Image: Danielle Jurdan)

The poster for the 1890 Strawberry Festival. (Image: Danielle Jurdan)

From 2012-2013, I had the privilege of serving in a voluntary capacity as church archivist for the Congregational Church of Needham.

Early on in my stint, I came across this wonderful poster advertising the church’s 1890 Strawberry Festival. Some years ago the crumbling original had been glued onto a piece of pink poster board in an effort to stabilize it against the ravages of time.

This wonderful document prompted so many questions.

I just had to know. So I started a blog, Once Upon a Time in Needham, so I would have an excuse to find out.

Now that our move to Chicago has put an end to my tenure as volunteer archivist, I’m slowly migrating the best of my posts from my archivist blog here to BostonWriters in an effort to consolidate my web footprint. You can find the entire collection of posts here, or just kick back and let them flow in over time.


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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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