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Warren A. Galeucia (1842-1941)

The Galeucias were a large extended family from South Danvers. They were descended from Daniel Galusha who came to Massachusetts from the Isle of Jersey in the 1660s. A total of seven men from the Galeucia family fought in the Civil War. Warren A. Galeucia enlisted in 1864 as a Private with Company L of the Fourth Heavy Artillery Regiment Massachusetts. He mustered out after the war ended, in June of 1865. Galeucia returned to South Danvers, where he lived on Lynn Street until 1923 when he and his wife moved to Maine. This veteran of the Civil War lived long enough to see the start of the Second World War. He died on December 10 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was ninety-nine years old. This photograph was taken by A. Pearce at Arlington Heights, VA in May of 1865.

Peabody and the Civil War is an exhibition presented by the Peabody Historical Society and Museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. It opens tomorrow, June 1, in Peabody City Hall on Lowell Street.


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Today is National Quilting Day. How appropriate, then, that the Peabody Historical Society is holding an upcoming quilting exposition. Common Threads: A Celebration of Quilts and Community is a two- day event featuring antique quilts from our collection, many rarely exhibited, as well as modern quilts from several local quilting guilds. In addition, there will be quilt appraisals, scissor sharpening, and children’s activities. Vendors will also be on hand, offering quilting supplies and product demonstrations. Common Threads will be held at the Smith Barn, Brooksby Farms, at 38 Felton St. in Peabody on Saturday, April 2 from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, April 3 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Admission is $5.00, $2.50 for quilting guild members, and free for children under 12. For more information please visit www.peabodyhistorical.org

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If you’re on Facebook, you can send that special someone a vintage Valentine with our Peabody Historical Society Vintage Valentine App. There are several to choose from, such as the one pictured above which dates from the 1920s. With all of the snow we’ve had during the past couple of months, we thought we’d show you a relaxing beach scene to put you in the frame of mind for warmer weather. It can’t come soon enough.

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Seventies Style

D-199 Gift of Anne Warner, 1994

Clothing from the Seventies, to paraphrase a famous comedian, gets no respect. When one thinks of clothing from that decade, images of flared trousers, large pointed collars, and a plethora of polyester immediately come to mind. But there were moments of brilliance amidst the hippies and the disco divas of the era. Think Halston and his halter-top dress, or Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress. Both have become iconic symbols of the Seventies that have transcended the decade to become fashion classics.

This dress from 1979 is on the cusp of a new decade. Disco was not yet dead, but this dress eschews the deliberately suggestive styles of that time (designed to attract the opposite sex on the dance floor) in favor of a simple yet elegant sophistication, with elements of romantic innocence such as its vivid floral print, large sleeve ruffles, and lace trim. I imagine this dress being worn by the new breed of woman that emerged from the “Women’s Lib” movement of the early Seventies — a woman who smoked Eve cigarettes and wore Charlie perfume and who could bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan. And when she entertained at home (her dinner parties possibly including a fondue set and DuBonnet), this hostess-with-the-mostess would have been the center of attention in this dress. Perhaps a little outside of Mary Tyler Moore’s comfort zone, but Rhoda Morgenstern would have been in her element wearing this.

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Happy New Year ’11

2011 that is. But we thought we’d share a beautiful New Year’s postcard from our collection from exactly one hundred years ago. Wishing all of you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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Here We Snow Again

This weekend’s massive snowstorm reminded us of other snowstorms to hit Peabody in the past. Of course, there was the Blizzard of ’78 – a storm so devastating that it has become the benchmark for all subsequent snowstorms. But Peabody has witnessed many significant snowstorms over the years. We’re fortunate to have many photographs in our archives, donated by our members and friends, that preserve for posterity the city of Peabody as it looked under several feet of snow.

Circa 1901-1902

An electric trolley car stuck in the snow, circa 1901-1902. From the Century Chest, a collection of photographs donated by the people of Peabody and put into a chest that was stored at the Peabody Institute until it was opened one hundred years later in 2002.

The Peabody Happenings section of The Salem Evening News for February 6, 1901 reported that “This morning the snow packed in on the Lynn street track, in front of Rockdale park, so that the cars could not get through….The two vestibule cars were linked together and run to Peabody Square that way….All the country lines were blocked with the drifting snow quite badly and the cars had hard work getting through.”

But some Peabody residents still managed to have a little fun in the snow, such as Fred, Carl, and Berry Goldthwaite outside their home on Central Street (below).

Washington Street, Peabody, 1901


The record-breaking Blizzard of 1969 was the worst snowstorm to hit Peabody until the Blizzard of ’78. Two severe snowstorms in February 1969 dumped 41.3 inches of snow on the Boston area. The first storm hit on Sunday, February 9th. People were stranded in their cars on highways, and about four hundred of the city’s weekend visitors were forced to spend the night in City Hall, sleeping on army cots in the basement. The second storm hit on Monday, February 24th that left 32 inches of snow, with wind drifts creating snow banks as high as 51 inches. At the time, Peabody didn’t have enough equipment to remove such a large amount of snow, so snow-removal equipment was hired from as far away as Long Island, New York, to help dig out Peabody.

Photos from the Blizzard of 1969, from longtime Peabody Historical Society member Ruth O'Keefe.

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North Shore Shopping Center at Christmas, 1960s.

There are only 8 days left until Christmas. This is usually around the time that I panic and run to the mall to finish my holiday shopping. Luckily, we have the North Shore Mall right here in Peabody.

On December 5, 1954 it was announced that a $10,000 shopping center was planned for West Peabody, on the site of the St. Joseph Juniorate. In 1955 Allied Stores acquired the property. The official dedication for the North Shore Shopping Center was held on September 12, 1958. Today the North Shore Shopping Center has become the North Shore Mall, the largest mall in New England.

Does anyone remember the North Shore Mall when it was the North Shore Shopping Center? Warren Five and Ten Cents Bank was there. So was Filene’s and Jordan Marsh. Can you remember other stores from the North Shore Shopping Center?

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