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Lancaster Hoping to Honor Longtime Volunteer

January 16, 2018 GMT

By Peter Jasinski

pjasinski@sentinel andenterprise.com

LANCASTER -- The town Historical Commission is seeking to dedicate a portion of the newly renovated Prescott Building in honor of late commission volunteer Phyllis Farnsworth.

Commission members have requested the Board of Selectmen approve a meeting and reference room area of the building be named after Farnsworth, a local resident who served on the commission for 29 years and as chairwoman for 23.

She passed away in 2012 at the age of 87.

The request is scheduled to come before the board during their Tuesday evening meeting.

Apart from her service on the Historical Commission, Farnsworth expressed her passion for local history through her membership in the Lancaster Historical Society and History Society of Early American Decoration. She also served as chair of the town’s National Bicentennial Commission from 1974 to 1976.

In 1995, she was recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission with the Lifetime Award for Outstanding Commitment to Preservation in the Commonwealth.

Town officials hope to start moving municipal offices into the Prescott Building sometime this year.

The building was renovated through 2017 after being vacant for roughly 15 years.

Constructed in 1903, it had originally been used as Lancaster High School and more recently the Center School before it was closed in 2002.

The building is also planned to house the new offices of the Lancaster Historical Society, as well several public meeting rooms, town archives, and general storage space.

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