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This Week in Danvers: The Early 1960's

A look back at what was happening this week in Danvers, during the early 60's.

We can easily find out what was making the national headlines this week in world history.

But what about the important things happening this week in Danvers history?

Here are some fun tidbits of information from back in the day, found in the archives at the . Let us know if you remember any of them, or feel free to share what your life was like back in the 60's in town.

1961:

  • Danvers was thawing out from its "worst winter in history." On Feb. 9, 1960 the town had already recorded roughly 50 inches of snow, stemming from four major storms. Two of the four storms were termed "severe" because the temperature during them was under 10 degrees.
  • Quincy Congregational Church pastor spoke to the about his belief in America becoming an ally with Russia within 15 years. The audience, the article said, was astounded.

1963:

  • Mrs. Elizabeth McNulty was named the Woman of the Year this week in 1963 by the Danvers Community Council. McNulty, retiring Director of Public Welfare, was a trustee of the , as well as a member of the Board of the Mass. Mental Health Association, Danvers Red Cross, and Danvers Salvation Army.

1964:

  • NASA announced their reccommedation for the Greater Boston area to be the next site for a space center, and Danvers, Beverly, and Wenham were cooperating in the presentation of the airport site. Other communities, such as Woburn and Haverhill were also among the competition. If NASA was to come to , the Danvers Herald stated it had potential to be the biggest economic boom to the North Shore "since clipper ships dropped anchor in Salem Habor."

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