Danvers Man Wants To Give Back Decorated Slates To Former Hospital Workers

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DANVERS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A North Shore man is on a mission to reunite former Danvers State Hospital workers with some relics from the past.

Jeff Hyde, the owner of Danversport Treasure Chest, is in the business of helping clean out people's homes, so he's no stranger to finding interesting items amongst a sea of clutter. However, Hyde made a unique discovery when he was cleaning out a friend's basement—a box of 29 slates from Danvers State Hospital.

After doing some digging, Hyde found out the slates were actually old roofing shingles from the hospital that several employees decided to decorate back in 1992. Each slate has the name of the employee and the area in the hospital in which they worked, along with fun designs.

"I decided these are just interesting pieces from Danvers's history," Hyde told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy.

Hyde is now on a mission to reunite these slates with their original owners. So far, he's given back four.

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"He came in, and he took his back and was super grateful," Hyde said. "He actually sent me a text the next morning saying how grateful he was and that what I do is really interesting. Hopefully, I'll find a few more people and they'll come in and claim them if they like."

Hyde is keeping the slates at Danversport Treasure Chest, which is located on Water Street in Danvers.

WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.

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