John Johnson Remembered

Andrews School Sign Worth More than the Money

by Bobby Blair
March 17, 2018

When local builder Steve O'Leary donated the Andrews School sign to a local non-profit it was of the idea that they could raffle or auction the sign off to make some money. One Framingham man a former Holliston resident offered $500 for the sign. He even offered to bring the sign to Holliston for viewing for a week every year. When he caught wind of the fact that the sign may be going to the local historical society, the man upped the offer to purchase the sign and donate it to the Holliston Historical Society with the understanding that the keepsake would be his after an unspecified number of years.

Kathy Shore the co-chairwoman of Holliston in Bloom (HIB) who are the recipents of the sign said her group would love to have money from the sale or auction of the sign especially since planting time is just around the corner. The group pondered placing the sign in one of the local schools but realized that none of the kids now attending Holliston schools ever attended Andrews School. Shore noted that (HIB) will be seeking a historic preservation award at this years judging by America in Bloom. The hypocrascy of selling the sign for a short term gain and losing the historic sign forever versus having the sign stay in town where generations could view it and reminice is bittersweet said Shore. We may have a short term loss of needed funds, but in the end will have gained the thanks from several generations who attended the school.

Paul Saulnier, President of the Holliston Historical Society, accepted the donation of the sign from Kathy Shore co-chairwoman of Holliston in Bloom. Saulnier thanks builder Steve O'Leary from saving the sign from the school prior to its demolition. Saulnier said "its only after months or years when something like occurs that people ask what ever happened to such and such. By then a likely icon or part of the town is gone forever". Saulnier thanks Holliston in Bloom for foregoing any monetary gain in the spirit of historic preservation. He said the sign will likely be hoisted to the rafters in the society barn and will be viewable to the public.

 

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