Arlington Historical Society & Jason Russell House

Arlington Historical Society & Jason Russell House The AHS is located at the corner of Mass Ave and Jason Street. For more info: http://www.arlingtonhistorical.org/
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Happy Mother's Day! Perhaps you'll be taking a "three generation" photograph much like this one. This c. 1852 daguerreot...
05/12/2019
1999.14.109 - Daguerreotype

Happy Mother's Day! Perhaps you'll be taking a "three generation" photograph much like this one. This c. 1852 daguerreotype depicts Susanna Adams Prentice, her daughter Sarah Prentice Winn, and her daughter Susanna Adams Winn.
https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/photo/5C54EF26-0F00-4F65-BDF8-774157943674

Catalog Number 1999.14.109 Object Name Daguerreotype Description Daguerreotype of Susanna Adams Prentice (left), Sarah G Winn (middle) and Sarah P Winn (right) Date c. 1852 Year Range from 1847 Year Range to 1860 Title Susanna Adams Prentice, Sarah P. Winn, & Sarah G. Winn Copyright Rights status no...

A recent addition to our online collection - This photograph shows Crescent Hill Avenue circa 1900. When you're thinking...
05/09/2019
2018.FIC.16 - Print, Photographic

A recent addition to our online collection -
This photograph shows Crescent Hill Avenue circa 1900. When you're thinking about potholes and bumps and other street issues, just imagine having a dirt road as your street!

Catalog Number 2018.FIC.16 Object Name Print, Photographic Description Cresecent Hill Ave, near corner of Westmoreland looking east Circa 1900 Subjects HousesRoadsStreetsSuburbsTreesViews Search Terms Crescent Hill Avenue Westmoreland Avenue Updated 2018-11-28

Members of the Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Arlington Historical Society are invited to attend a special prog...
04/25/2019
April Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society

Members of the Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Arlington Historical Society are invited to attend a special program. Lucinda Brockway will be speaking on “Polishing a Masterpiece: Rediscovering the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden.” The program will be held at Arlington Town Hall on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and stroll the garden and see the restored reflecting pool. The program is free for members of the Arlington Historical Society and of the Friends of Robbins Town Gardens. Admission for non-members is $5.00.

Like a work of Paul Revere’s silver or a master’s painting, designed landscapes need some regular polish to look their best. The Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden, between the Robbins Library and the Arlington Town Hall, is such a landscape jewel. In 1938, the Olmsted Brothers were hired to re-imagine R. Clipston Sturgis’ Victorian garden into a less formal, naturalistic garden setting for the famed “Menotomy Hunter” statue. Their design, and the park’s subsequent construction, are documented through plans, planting lists and Arlington Annual Reports. Preserving these landscapes takes a special multi-focal lens that looks to the past, the present, and the future with an eye to budget, maintenance and management. Using examples from recent work at Castle Hill, Naumkeag and other properties, Lucinda Brockway, Director of Cultural Resources for The Trustees, will explore the process and the promise held in these treasured spaces.

Members of the Friends of Robbins Town Gardens and the Arlington Historical Society are invited to attend a special program.  Lucinda Brockway will be speaking on “Polishing a Masterpiece: Rediscovering the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden.” The program will be held at Arlington Town Hall on Tu...

04/15/2019

We are open for visitors until 4:00 p.m. today for Patriots' Day.

Re-enactment starts in 15 minutes. You still have time to make it here!
04/14/2019

Re-enactment starts in 15 minutes. You still have time to make it here!

Next Tuesday, March 26 - learn about the history of the tulip.
03/20/2019
March Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society

Next Tuesday, March 26 - learn about the history of the tulip.

The next in the Arlington Historical Society program series “Nature – An Arlington Historical Perspective” is a special program on the history of the Tulip by horticulture & flower arranging lecturer Ila Cox. From the foothills of the Himalayas, trace the journey of the handsome tulip, through...

02/27/2019

The Arlington Historical Society is seeking guides at the Jason Russell House, 7 Jason St., for the 2019 season. An 18 th Century dwelling furnished with artifacts reflecting the life of a typical Colonial farm family, the house is also the site of the bloodiest battle during the British retreat on April 19, 1775. Guides generally volunteer one Saturday or Sunday afternoon a month from mid-April through October. Opportunities to guide on weekday afternoons in conjunction with other volunteer work at the Society are also available.
Training for new guides will take place on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until 2:3 p.m. For more information, please call 781-648-4300, or e-mail
[email protected]

February Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society
02/21/2019
February Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society

February Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society

On Tuesday, February 26, the Arlington Historical Society will present another in its series of evening lectures on the theme "Nature – An Arlington Historical Perspective.” This month's program focuses on the exhibit, "A Brook Runs Through It: Arlington's Mill Brook Legacy," on view at the Old ...

Happy President's Day! This Drawing of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison was made by Susanna Adams Winn as a child in t...
02/18/2019

Happy President's Day! This Drawing of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison was made by Susanna Adams Winn as a child in the late 1850s.

A flower for Valentine's Day c. late 19th century. This lovely rose included an interactive element where each petal was...
02/14/2019
1908.1.136G - Correspondence

A flower for Valentine's Day c. late 19th century. This lovely rose included an interactive element where each petal was opened separately to reveal the image in the center. Note the cute, encouraging messages on each piece. Many more creative cards with interesting usage of cut paper can be found here: https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/bysearchterm?keyword=Valentine

Catalog Number 1908.1.136G Object Name Correspondence Scope & Content Valentine, Pink rose with green leaves and stems. The leaves open up individually with writing on the back of each leaf until you see the center, a picture of young woman with blond hair surrounded by pink wearing wide brimmed pin...

Valentine's Day will soon be upon us! One of our volunteers has been busy over the past few months digitizing all of the...
01/29/2019
1980.1.136C - Correspondence

Valentine's Day will soon be upon us! One of our volunteers has been busy over the past few months digitizing all of the valentine cards in our collection and there are quite a few interesting ones. Shown here is a cute kitty delivering a message of love. It appears that it was made to stand up to be displayed.
To view other valentines in the collection, click on the hyperlink for the search term on the page linked here.

Catalog Number 1980.1.136C Object Name Correspondence Scope & Content Stand up Valentine. Yellow Tabby Cat sitting holding envelope in mouth. White envelope sealed with red heart saying..This is for my Valentine.. Cat has blue bow aroung neck.On back is written Ester G. Collection Arlington Historic...

Arlington Historical Society & Jason Russell House's cover photo
01/23/2019

Arlington Historical Society & Jason Russell House's cover photo

Every once in a while you run across an object that makes you wonder. Here we have a locket containing a snip of hair fr...
01/15/2019
1922.11.2AB - locket

Every once in a while you run across an object that makes you wonder. Here we have a locket containing a snip of hair from British Major John Andre, who was executed for spying in 1780. Apparently the hair was clipped after Major Andre was in the ground for 40+ years, while being exhumed to be buried back in his home continent.

Catalog Number 1922.11.2AB Object Name locket Description jewelry - locketexhumed 1821. presented to Geo. W. Gray by Spanish Vice Counsul, Mr. Stoughton at W. Camb 12/14/1863condition : goodsize 5/8"A - gold locket containing lock of Major Andre's hairB - small suade pouch - hair cut from head after...

We don't know much about this photograph from our collection, but it's an interesting look into the interior of the home...
01/11/2019
1977.9.1E - Print, Photographic

We don't know much about this photograph from our collection, but it's an interesting look into the interior of the home and to "parlor" life of Victorian Arlington. What do you think about the decor in this particular home? Is anything familiar to you? Would you like to see a resurgence of any of these interior decorating trends?

Catalog Number 1977.9.1E Object Name Print, Photographic Description Photograph of a woman sitting by the fireplace reading a book. Parlor Copyright Rights status not evaluated. (CC BY-NC-ND) Non-commercial use only. Print size 4" x 5" Collection Arlington Historical Society Collection Source Chase,...

We're currently preparing our Winter Newsletter that goes out to all members. Did you know that members get special bene...
01/11/2019
Membership

We're currently preparing our Winter Newsletter that goes out to all members. Did you know that members get special benefits, including a full color newsletter with interesting articles four times per year? Other benefits include; discounts on events and shop sales, free admission to the Jason Russell House, and free admission to our monthly lectures.
Membership starts at just $30 for an individual.
To start your membership, call our office at 781-648-4300. We can take a payment over the phone or send you the materials you can respond to.
You can also visit https://arlingtonhistorical.org/contribute/membership/
To complete an online membership submission and payment.

Membership has its advantages: Free admission to the Jason Russell House, Smith Museum, and to our Historical Lecture Series Membership card 10% discount on items purchased at The Museum Shop Free …

Our online collection grows by just a few items per week, but we currently have nearly 2,000 photographs of various Arli...
01/09/2019

Our online collection grows by just a few items per week, but we currently have nearly 2,000 photographs of various Arlington scenes. One volunteer in particular is digitizing many our "Streets" photo collection, which includes many historic houses. If you have a historic home in Arlington, you may find ah historic photograph by searching.
One recent example seen here. This print came to us a little worse for wear, but it was taken two years after the house was constructed.
It shows the Frederick C. Munch house on Jason Street.
https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/photo/D7E5985D-5D97-40B9-912E-683379674513

Did you recently upgrade or get a new Keurig for the holidays? If you have an older, but working one gathering dust, our...
01/03/2019
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Did you recently upgrade or get a new Keurig for the holidays? If you have an older, but working one gathering dust, ours recently became inoperable and we're hoping someone would like to donate one. Please message the page or call 781-648-4300.

It's truly amazing what historic documents are still out there in people's attics and basements. This very recent (fall ...
12/09/2018

It's truly amazing what historic documents are still out there in people's attics and basements. This very recent (fall 2018) acquisition came from Elizabeth Brennan of Danvers and it's 200 years old TODAY! It also relates to the Jason Russell House and gives us more insight into the Russell family and what happened to them at the dawn of the 19th century. The letter writer is Jason Russell's Son Noah who inherited the house and farm after his father's death on April 19, 1775. It is written to his son Josiah who was living in New Jersey and speaks about his other children who had purchased farms in Connecticut. This western diaspora, as much as it seemed to dismay Noah Russell, is part of why we hear from so many Jason Russell descendants all over the country.
https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/archive/9D7E5F6F-AC22-4018-B51A-697683687959

Join us for our next program on Thursday, November 29.
11/21/2018
February Program and News from the Arlington Historical Society

Join us for our next program on Thursday, November 29.

The second in the Arlington Historical Society program series “Nature – An Arlington Historical Perspective” is co-sponsored by the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum in observation of Native American Heritage Month. Join Archaeologist Ellen Berkland and Massachusett Tribe Sagamore Fari’es (StrongMedi...

10/31/2018

It was a busy day for Nina Winn 100 years ago! Thanks to Richard Duffy for the transcription. If you want to receive a daily transcription of Nina's diary, send us a message with your email address.
Note Nina's references to the "Hallowe'en" traditions of 100 years ago. Looks like she bought some yellow crepe paper and bats and witches to decorate. Looks like she also had a bit of a party with lanterns and a nephew dressed like Charlie Chaplin.

Thursday, October 31, 1918

Rained early and
poured at noon but a beautiful
sunset and clear at night. Put in
the first long day of my life working
[outside the home] & enjoyed it hugely.
Up by 6. Fire, sifted ashes [*], brot
up coal, etc. & fixed table for night
& had time to read paper. Left at 8 &
in town by 8:50 -- worked til 12:15
(should have been one) & from 1:15 to
5. Lunched at Ginter's & then to
Shephard's [sic -- the correct spelling
was Shepard's department
store] & bot some yellow crepe paper
& some Hallowe'en things -- bats,
witches & owls for night. Tied-up
reports & wrote book numbers, etc.,
punched [holes] & put in eyelets.
_Heavy_brain_work_. Out with
Mrs. Coe and here at 6, Found
Vida, Jo Frost here & re-set table
and started supper -- everyone here but
Rachel. C.C. [Christmas Club meeting]
for Jo who goes to Richmond tomorrow
to teach. Asked Mabel up too so
there were 11 of us around the table.
Had potato salad, cheese sandwiches,
cider, celery, olives, cake, pumpkin pie,
bananas, grapes, chocolate kisses,
neccos [Necco wafers] & fancy crackers.
Barbara, Arthur, Marjory & Edward
Farnsworth up in eve with lanterns etc. & A.H.W.
[nephew Arthur H. Winn, came costumed] as
Charlie Chaplin. Cleared up things after they went
at ten. Had a good time. Did dishes while
I had help.

Happy Halloween! Card c. 1950s. Sent from Nina Winn to her niece, also named Nina. Where many things are similar to toda...
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween! Card c. 1950s. Sent from Nina Winn to her niece, also named Nina. Where many things are similar to today, our volunteer noted that Nina's handwritten message on the back refers to "going out for tricks and treats." Also note the usage of the apostrophe in "Hallowe'en."

In searching for something to post on Facebook today, we realize we're very slim in Halloween-related collections items. If you have any historic items or photographs that are Arlington and Halloween related, please reach out.

We have two of these on our collection.
10/20/2018
Atlas Obscura

We have two of these on our collection.

Ah, so that's where the term 'at loggerheads' comes from!

Autumn is here and our grounds are beautiful! IF you're looking for that perfect place to take some photos, come on by. ...
10/18/2018

Autumn is here and our grounds are beautiful! IF you're looking for that perfect place to take some photos, come on by.
Also, we're looking for youth groups, church groups, or any sort of volunteers who might want to help us clean up this glory when it is no longer a beauty. Do you have a group that is looking for a project or volunteer hours? Contact us. It would be a significant help and free up landscaping costs for more mission-focused projects.

As part of the Arlington Historical Society’s focus on nature,  Lolly Bennett and Janet Ford will present a program sh...
10/16/2018

As part of the Arlington Historical Society’s focus on nature, Lolly Bennett and Janet Ford will present a program sharing Arlington’s ties to the Mass Audubon Habitat Wildlife and Education Sanctuary to be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 pm.

“Arlingtonian Ruth Hornblower’s Belmont home of 14 acres has today grown into a 90 acre suburban treasure of woods, ponds, vernal pools and wild and formal gardens.” Lolly and Jan suggest that “You can come and learn about her legacy and the history of Habitat while taking a virtual walk through the property as we view the many unique spaces that we call Habitat.”

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30 at the Masonic Temple at 19 Academy Street. Street parking is available and disabled access and parking is located at the rear. It is free for members of the Arlington Historical Society and $5.00 for non-members. For more information, please visit the Arlington Historical Society website: www.arlingonhistorical.org

Arlington residents, Lolly Bennett and Janet Ford are avid lovers of nature and the outdoors and work as teacher naturalists at Habitat. They are members of the Arlington Garden Club and work with other members to maintain two of the historical properties in town; Lolly at the Jason Russell Kitchen Garden and Jan at the Town Hall Gardens.

If you noticed a lot of activity around the Arlington Fire Department Headquarters today, it's because it's "Fire Preven...
10/11/2018
1908.7.2F - Stereoview

If you noticed a lot of activity around the Arlington Fire Department Headquarters today, it's because it's "Fire Prevention Week." Our database contains quite a few items related to the history of the department, including this wonderful stereoview of the department's 19th century fire truck, the "Eureka."
https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/photo/E1C6103B-67F5-4E8D-87BC-356710163398
Find all records associated with the fire department here:
https://arlingtonhistorical.pastperfectonline.com/bysearchterm?keyword=Fire+Department

This online collection is growing as we speak! Two volunteers are currently working on a recent acquisition, a scrapbook from the early 20th century which was kept by a local fire fighter. Check back soon if this is a subject that interests you.

Catalog Number 1908.7.2F Object Name Stereoview Description "Eureka" on July 4Horace Osborne, John Winn, Albert Winn, Frank Robbins, Henry Ramsdell, George W Storer, George Winn, Calvin Warren, Wm Winn Title Eureka on July 4 Copyright Rights status not evaluated. (CC BY-NC-ND) Non-commercial use onl...

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