Christmas Caroling, Sunday – Dec. 8 – 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Dartmouth Heritage Preservation Event, Sunday – Dec. 8, 2013, 1 PM – 4 PM
DARTMOUTH: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
In the early 1800s, Russells Mills became the center of the region and continued to
grow throughout the century with mills, carriage makers, taverns, schools, stores, churches, a stagecoach stop and more. In this area of great activity, homes were built and families were in need of a place to educate their children.
In 1871, a schoolhouse was built in the center of the village. Greek Revival in style, it served as an elementary school and high school. The old schoolhouse closed in 1914 when a new school was built to accommodate an ever-increasing population. In 1916, the Russells Mills Library opened its doors in the former schoolhouse; it served the town until it closed in 2007. Today, the old schoolhouse serves as the home of the Dartmouth Historical & Arts Society, Inc. (DHAS).
Our mission is to support, promote, preserve, and disseminate the historic and cultural diversity of our town, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
Please join us as we strive to:
- Conserve, document, and teach the history of Dartmouth
- Preserve and rehabilitate the 1871 Schoolhouse (the former Russells Mills Library)
- Provide living history programs for children and adults about the 1871 Schoolhouse and Russells Mills Village
- Sponsor and promote exhibitions, including those of art and history
- Sponsor and host meetings, programs in the visual and performing arts, and various interest groups in our community
The Dartmouth Historical & Arts Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Donations to DHAS are tax deductible as allowed by law.