The Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) will hold its second annual meeting on Wednesday April 24, 6 PM at the Russells Mills Schoolhouse, 1205 Russells Mills Road in Russells Mills Village, Dartmouth. Attendees will notice, thanks to Dartmouth Community Preservation Act funding, scaffolding is up and work has begun repairing and painting the building. Members and future members are invited to attend and hear about future plans for DHAS.
Following a short business meeting, Geoff Marshall will deliver a talk on one of the areas beloved classics, “The Marshall Catboat.” Join us!
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.