Helen Pierce was born in 1901 and lived her entire life in Swansea, Massachusetts. She was a Swansea Town Historian and a genealogist and was known to have a photographic memory.
The majority of the information that the Swansea Historical Society has on historical homes, buildings and in the family files in the societies archives were obtained from Helen Pierce. Though Helen was not known as being a member of the Swansea Historical Society or the Swansea Cultural Assets Commission (now known as the Swansea Historical Commission), she worked closely with the members of both organizations. Helen helped gather the historical information needed for many projects. When you look through the historical cemetery binders and the binders on historical homes and buildings, you will see her name on most of the National Registry forms.
Helen was said to be a very friendly intelligent person but yet very private. Nancy Boardman, past Historical Society Vice President, was a close friend of Helen. After Helen's passing, her family allowed Nancy to write a book about Helen called "Let Me Introduce You to Helen Pierce." The photos on this page are borrowed from that book.
On March 23rd, 2017, as part of the Swansea 350th celebration and with help from Swansea Cable Access, the Swansea Historical Society presented "An Evening with Helen Pierce." The video can be viewed on the Swansea Cable Access website.
Helen passed away in 2006 at the age of 105 and is buried in the Christ Church Cemetery in Swansea, MA. (source: findagrave.com)