The History of The Community House
In 1921, George and Emily Mandell of Hamilton built The Community House in memory of eight men of both towns who died in military service during World War I, including their son, Samuel Mandell. They commissioned Guy Lowell, a respected architect of Boston and New York, to design the building, and gave The Community House in trust for the use of the residents of both towns.
Download World War I: Remembering the Heroic Men of Hamilton and Wenham HERE
Hardcopies are available at The Community House with a suggested donation of $5.00.
Read about Samuel Pierce Mandell II’s Great War experience HERE
Excerpt from Saint Mark’s School in the War Against Germany
Edited by Albert Emerson Benson
View Samuel Mandell 20th Aero Squadron HERE
Excerpt from Harvard Observed: An Illustrated History of the University in the Twentieth
By John T. Bethell
Much of this information was gathered from the text of a speech given by former Community House President and Mandell family grandson, C.G. Rice. The speech was given April 25, 1985 to the Hamilton Historical Association. Marie Saunders, Executive Director, and her staff gathered other material from The Community House records in 1983-85. Finally, Ann Chivakos, Administrative Assistant and Margo Druschel, Executive Director, made a cursory search of the files, and interviewed board members and residents as well.
*(The history is provided in portable document files (pdf) and is readable and printable through Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download it free, by clicking here.)