Bird club looks back on its first half century

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The Paskamansett Bird Club will look back on its half-century history at its next monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the Community Hall of Friends Meeting, 739 Horseneck Road, South Dartmouth. This is “Members’ Night," when the program is provided by the club’s members. Alice Morgan, the club’s treasurer, will speak about the early history of the club, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s. Alice’s talk will rely heavily on materials at the Southworth Library in Dartmouth. These materials are available in the library's reading room, and include club minutes, starting with the club’s founding in 1963, as well as newspaper articles about the club and its activities, and a variety of other memorabilia. "As this year is the club’s 50th anniversary, it seemed a good time to look back on these early days," Ms. Morgan said. Information comes as well from some of the club’s early members, and from materials in their possession. At this meeting, the club will celebrate its foundin, in March 1963 with a birthday cake for all attendees. Sharing in the celebration will be Claudia Kirk, program director for the Community Building Mini-Grant Program of the Greater New Bedford United Way. The club received a grant from this program, which is being used all year to underwrite some of the more more costly events, such as live raptor shows. The Paskamansett Bird Club will take this opportunity to thank Claudia Kirk and the United Way in person. The meeting is free, open to the public and fully accessible.

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