WINTHROP — The town’s historical society will host Peter Nielsen from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, via Zoom.

Nielsen, former Winthrop town manager, will focus on the topic “Why is Local History Important to ME?”

Peter Nielsen Contributed photo

He has lived with Mary Richards on the former Winthrop Town Farm for 42 of their 45 married years, and living there sparked a personal interest in local history that he will attempt to explain. Nielsen aims to encourage listeners to explore their own surroundings, and create historical contents that can enrich their lives.

He proposes to share some of what he learned from Richards’ grandfather, who lived on the farm for more than 50 years after buying it in the early 1940s.

Nielsen will display a few artifacts and comment on themes that seem to persist over the years. A business meeting will follow.

The Zoom Link: is at; the meeting ID is 810 9663 6540.

For more information, email Nick Perry at