The American Flag had 48 stars, Calvin Coolidge became the first US President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House, and New York City celebrated the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – it was 1924 and over in Blairstown, New Jersey Helen Hall was born.
A graduate of Blairstown High School in 1942, Helen became the first library worker at the library on Main Street. She was there until 1977, and then continued as a volunteer at the library’s new facility. In her life, she also worked for Blair Academy from 1954-1999 and First National Bank of Blairstown from 1969-1993. She served her community by becoming an active member of the Zoning Board, dedicated member of the Presbyterian Church, and was known as everyone’s favorite local historian.
Helen was also known as the woman who had seasonal doll displays on her front lawn, and on every May 1st Helen would quietly gift each of her neighbors a plant, accompanied by a note that read, “April showers bring May flowers, and what do these May flowers bring? Happy thoughts and sunshine smiles and wishes for a wonderful Spring.”
Since her passing in 2008, others have honored her annual tradition. Inspired by their acts of kindness, the Blairstown Museum has partnered with A&J Messina Greenhouses to honor Helen Hall with an annual Helen Hall Day. Every year on May 1st, various residents and businesses throughout Blairstown’s Historic District receive a small plant accompanied by an “April showers bring May flowers” note in memory of Helen Hall. It is our intent to inspire others to also carry on this tradition in Helen’s memory.
Happy Helen Hall Day
Every year, the Blairstown Museum partners with A&J Messina Greenhouses to gift residents and businesses throughout the Historic District with their very own Helen Hall plant. It is a fitting tribute for a very kind woman who once lived on High Street and welcomed Spring every year by gifting her neighbors flowers. Although she is no longer with us, her dedicated spirit of preservation lives on – not only within walls of the Blairstown Museum, but within the very fabric of our Historic District. Thank you, Helen.
April Showers, Bring May Flowers
April showers bring May flowers,
and what do these May flowers bring?
Happy thoughts and sunshine smiles
and wishes for a wonderful Spring.
A Blairstown Museum Tradition
The Blairstown Museum
Blairstown’s Historic District
DATE & TIME
Friday, May 1, 2020
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You can support this act of kindness by making a one-time $10 donation towards the purchase of plants.