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Historical Commission unveils unearthed town documents



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Members of the Charlton Historical Commission and the town's Assessors showed the newly catalogues records off at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting. Amanda Collins. (click for larger version)
November 24, 2011
CHARLTON — Tied into bundles with red ribbons, they sat tucked away in an old safe for centuries.

Municipal records dating back to 1755 rested out of sight in the Assessors Office in the old town hall, now the library, until they were uncovered just a few years ago when the space was renovated into what is now Dexter Hall.

"They were stored in a walk-in safe until the reconstruction, when the town turned them over to us," explained Charlton Historical Commission Chairman William Hultgren. After years of work, he announced at last week's Board of Selectmen meeting that the Commission recently completed cataloguing the ancient hidden records, which document more than 100 years of town history.

"It's very rare that a town have records that date all the way back to its incorporation through today," Hultgren noted.

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