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February 28 – Roger Read

A slide presentation about Capt. Nathanial Palmer ship building in Stonington, explaining about his life and sealing adventures as well as his family. The presentation covers his Antarctic discovery voyage, other notable events while at sea and his Masonic affiliation. It concludes with his death in San Francisco and burial in Stonington.

Roger was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, on October l, 1940, to Dr. Emerson Augustine Read and Marjorie Hutton Read. He received his early education in the Wollaston, Massachusetts's public schools, Thayer Academy in Braintree, and The Huntington School in Boston, where he received his High School diploma in 1959.

He was awarded a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1963 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1987.

He was employed at the United States Naval Undersea Warfare Center for 31 years, where he retired as Division Head in 1989.

His religious life, since 1956, has been centered in the Mystic Congregational Church. On June 27, 1964, he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Ann Lundgren, also of Quincy, Massachusetts. The Read's residence, since 1964, has been in Stonington, where they have raised three daughters; Karen; Sheryl and Joanne. Roger and Barbara are blessed with eight Grandchildren.

The Read family has a Masonic history that spans four generations starting with Roger's Great Grandfather. Roger began his Masonic membership in Asylum Lodge, now Coastal Lodge, in Stonington Village on June 17, 1969. He served as the 153rd Grand Master of Masons in Connecticut in 1999 and was coroneted a 33rd Degree Mason. He has served on the Board of Directors of Masonicare.

 Roger is a Past Master and current Secretary of the Stonington Grange and is currently an active volunteer at the Mystic Seaport Museum.

Among hobbies and other activities, Roger enjoys summer vacations at the family cottage at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire; owns and operates steamboats, enjoys model trains, scuba diving, and black powder rifelry.

As an outgrowth of his interest in masonry he published a Masonic Short Talk Bulletin delineating the life of Brother and Captain Nathaniel Palmer, the American discoverer of Antarctica. It is that topic which he has agreed to speak about tonight.

 

March 28 - Rich Froh “Lost and Found - the Fire Truck that Wouldn't Go Away"

Historic artifacts that remain intact while many similar objects are lost forever often have amazing survival stories. The restored 1917 American LaFrance fire engine that is often seen at Mystic parades and Mystic Seaport antique vehicle events is a classic example of such an artifact with many twists and turns in its 100-year tale. The 1917 LaFrance fire engine  serial #1855 was purchased by and served the Watch Hill FD., owned by a private car museum owner located on RT. 184 in Groton, owned by the Groton Long Point Volunteer Fire Company, sold to another private owner, and donated back to the GLPVFCo. This antique fire apparatus is a local artifact that was saved because of its local history. The historic fire engine will be on display, along with artifacts from its history, prior to our March 28th meeting.

April 25 - Kate Dimancescu  her new book "Denizens: A Narrative of Captain George Denison and His New England Contemporaries" 
May 23 – Lou Allyn “The History of Enders Island”
October 25 – Catherine Deichmann “World War I 1918-1919