Old Colony History Museum

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By William F. Hanna

One Saturday morning in the winter of 1988, a tall, graying, good-natured man walked into the Old Colony History Museum with a few Reed & Barton silver-plated spoons in his hand. He was moving to Florida, he said, and wondered if the museum would accept his gift of the silverware. Lisa Compton, the executive director, expressed her appreciation but explained that the museum already had several spoons of that type and there really wasn’t room for more. The man took the news well, even jovially; perhaps he had expected as…