Boxborough Historical Society

Boxborough Historical Society The Society preserves Boxborough's history by hosting programs and maintaining a collection in the regularly-opened Town Museum.
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The Boxborough Historical Society was founded in 1961 by a group of residents interested in preserving Boxborough's history and passing it along to the next generation. Working together with the Historical Commission and other Town groups, The Historical Society is dedicated to the recording of local history, the identification and preservation of historical sites, the cataloging and collection of historical documents and artifacts, and presenting information to the public on Boxborough's history. The Boxborough Historical Society provides a wide variety of programs for the community. Many speakers are residents of the town and are willing to share their wealth of information. Under a 2005 agreement with the Board of Selectmen, the Town building located at 575 Middle Road has been used as a historical museum and archive of town historical artifacts, including written historical material that is available for persons to conduct research. The Boxborough Historical Society runs the museum programs, completing exhibits and accepting and preserving private collection donations. The Society maintains its collection at the Museum and normally opens it to the public on the second Sunday of each month from 2 until 4PM or by special arrangement. Unlike the Historical Commission, which is a Town Committee created under State mandate, limited by State regulations, and filled by appointments by the Selectmen, the Historical Society is a private, non-profit group of volunteers which elects its officers and can accept artifacts and tax deductible contributions. All interested persons are invited to visit our museum and to become members of the Society.

Mission: The Boxborough Historical Society pursues educational and literary projects, such as the acquisition and recording of historical information and town history; marking and preservation of historical buildings and sites, and the acquisition, collection and preservation of objects, relics, books documents or other real or personal property of historical and antiquarian interest or significance.

Moving the fourth case (known as the "Grange Case") from Town Hall to the Museum. Thanks for the DPW crew
05/07/2019

Moving the fourth case (known as the "Grange Case") from Town Hall to the Museum. Thanks for the DPW crew

The Museum has a wonderful new display about the Wetherbee Family. Great exhibit about one of the founding families of t...
04/12/2019

The Museum has a wonderful new display about the Wetherbee Family. Great exhibit about one of the founding families of the Town.

More progress at Steele Farm. This phase of the project is nearing completion
02/22/2019

More progress at Steele Farm. This phase of the project is nearing completion

More progress on the farmhouse preservation. Closing up the sill repairs on the outside. Wood re-enforcement done in cellar plus crawlspace clean-out & structure re-enforcement of chimney foundation

Progress pictures for Steele Farm farmhouse. 13 Feb 2019
02/15/2019

Progress pictures for Steele Farm farmhouse. 13 Feb 2019

Work complete on sills, drainage

Come to Winterfest & learn...
01/20/2019

Come to Winterfest & learn...

Stop into the barn to see a 19th Ice Scorer on Saturday, January 26th at this year's Winterfest Celebration. Members of the Boxborough Historical Society will be there displaying and to answer your question on this piece and other historic agricultural and winter maintenance equipment http://www.boxborough-ma.gov/home/news/january-26th-join-us-for-winterfest

Today's dedication. A great Veteran's Day tribute
11/11/2018

Today's dedication. A great Veteran's Day tribute

Honored to be in Boxborough for the dedication of Carl S. Swanson Square on this Veterans Day, the 100-year anniversary of the armistice to the “war to end all wars”. Swanson was a World War I veteran who lived in Boxborough.

The WW1 boulder is relocated to its new home next to the Sargent Library. Soon to be part of the larger Veterans Tribute...
11/01/2018

The WW1 boulder is relocated to its new home next to the Sargent Library. Soon to be part of the larger Veterans Tribute.

Nice piece about the WW1 boulder move
10/31/2018
The Acton-Boxborough Beacon

Nice piece about the WW1 boulder move

Eight tons of town history was moved Tuesday morning with the help of local businesses volunteering their time, equipment, and staff. These include Astro Crane - MA Hydraulic Crane Rental, Argento Electric, CC Fillmore Truck Repair, and CT Robinson, Co.

10/31/2018
The Acton-Boxborough Beacon

The WW1 boulder being lifted for its move to the Veterans Tribute site at the Library

Tuesday morning, multiple Boxborough businesses donated their time and equipment and staff to help move the WWI, eight-ton, memorial to its new home at the Sargent Memorial Library. Sargent Memorial Library

Found in a wall while doing a kitchen upgrade. Who remembers the Nashoba Drive-in? The Boxborough passion pit!
10/23/2018

Found in a wall while doing a kitchen upgrade. Who remembers the Nashoba Drive-in? The Boxborough passion pit!

Boxborough Historical Society
10/21/2018

Boxborough Historical Society

A celebration of the completion of the Conservation/Historic Preservation Restriction for Steele Farm @ Town Hall.

Talking on the saving of the Boxborough Esker, Photos by Cheryl Cheryl Moriarty Mahoney & Alan Rohwer
10/01/2018

Talking on the saving of the Boxborough Esker, Photos by Cheryl Cheryl Moriarty Mahoney & Alan Rohwer

George Krusen sharing memories of saving the Boxborough esker.
09/30/2018

George Krusen sharing memories of saving the Boxborough esker.

09/09/2018
Neighbors of Boxborough

Thanks to Wes Fowlks & Neighbors of Boxborough for this video of the Depot Site sign dedication. A great turn-out of interested citizens. History rules

In case you missed the dedication of the new Boxborough Depot sign. Boxborough Historical Society great work getting the sign up!

The Beacon is helping get the word out
08/23/2018
The Acton-Boxborough Beacon

The Beacon is helping get the word out

Some of Boxborough's history will be highlighted in early September. Read on to find out more.

Tour of the Boxborough Museum - March 2018
07/10/2018

Tour of the Boxborough Museum - March 2018

Installation of a sign to mark the site of the Boxboro Depot
07/10/2018

Installation of a sign to mark the site of the Boxboro Depot

Some more Hug a House pictures...
06/25/2018

Some more Hug a House pictures...

Thanks for joining us on Sunday

Hug a House event. Success despite the weather!
06/25/2018

Hug a House event. Success despite the weather!

Nice turn-out for this special event even if the weather did not totally cooperate!

Lovely evening at Steele Farm plus delivery of the vintage Town snowroller preserved by the Robinson Family
06/22/2018

Lovely evening at Steele Farm plus delivery of the vintage Town snowroller preserved by the Robinson Family

First evening of summer 2018. Plus installation of the vintage snow roller preserved by the Robinson Family & now in the Steele Farm barn.

The Steele Farm photo contest entries are on exhibit at the Sargent Memorial Library. Go see it!!
06/18/2018

The Steele Farm photo contest entries are on exhibit at the Sargent Memorial Library. Go see it!!

The photo contest entries are all on display the the Sargent Memorial Library. They look fantastic!!

Come to our upcoming event!!
06/11/2018

Come to our upcoming event!!

Jeanne delivering the "big check". Kudos to the Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign Committee & all the folks who donated.
06/05/2018

Jeanne delivering the "big check". Kudos to the Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign Committee & all the folks who donated.

$75,000 delivered to the Town from the Historical Society Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign.

Another special contributor
05/17/2018

Another special contributor

Master Owen Neville presented Boxborough Historical Society President Jeanne Kangas with Boxborough Grange’s contribution to the Steele Farm Capital Campaign to preserve the 1784 Levi Wetherbee farmhouse. Proud to support Boxborough’s history!

We seek your ideas and input on uses for the farmhouse. Make  your voices heard: respond with answers to this questionna...
03/20/2018

We seek your ideas and input on uses for the farmhouse.
Make your voices heard: respond with answers to this questionnaire. Email a response to [email protected] or attend the public session on April 19, 2018.

Boxborough Grange #131 was organized on March 4, 1886. March 10, 2018 was its 132nd Anniversary Meeting. At the kind inv...
03/11/2018

Boxborough Grange #131 was organized on March 4, 1886. March 10, 2018 was its 132nd Anniversary Meeting. At the kind invitation of Worthy Master Owen Neville, Niki, & Arden Veley and John Fallon did a short presentation on the history of the Steele Farmhouse and our current Capital Campaign for its preservation.

After the presentation it was announced that the Grange had awarded its Community Service Award for 2018 to the Boxborough Historical Society in recognition of the Society's continuing service to the Town including its efforts to preserve the Farmhouse. Afterwards it was announced that the Grange would be making a contribution to the Campaign Fund sometime later this year.

A proud evening for the Boxborough Historical Society

The photo exhibit this afternoon was a great success, as was the contest response
02/25/2018

The photo exhibit this afternoon was a great success, as was the contest response

The photo contest entries on display at Town Hall. Also the announcement of the contest winners

Acknowledgement from the CPA Coalition
01/29/2018

Acknowledgement from the CPA Coalition

The Steele Farm Barn, one of Boxborough's historic treasures, will be well used for years to come thanks to a CPA-funded restoration. #CPAHighlights #CPASuccesses (Boxborough Historical Society, Friends of Steele Farm)

Interesting program on the world in winter in earlier times. Program presented by history interpreter Patrica Perry.
01/23/2018

Interesting program on the world in winter in earlier times. Program presented by history interpreter Patrica Perry.

The Veteran Memorial Committee's concept for the memorial was presented at a public forum last night. I hope it gets wid...
12/14/2017

The Veteran Memorial Committee's concept for the memorial was presented at a public forum last night. I hope it gets wide community support!

Congratulations to the Boxborough Veteran Memorial Committee for a successful presentation of the memorial design last evening at the library. The committee continues to work diligently as they further the design and begin looking at strategies for educational outreach and fundraising strategies. Please share this post with your friends to help spread the word about this wonderful Community project.

07/31/2017

The Boxborough Historical Society is pleased to announce with gratitude a generous grant of $25,000 from the Linn Foundation for the preservation of the 1784 Wetherbee/Steele farmhouse. This brings the Capital Campaign to 65% of its goal. With your help we can reach or surpass the $100,000 goal by June 30, 2018

We are sad to report of the death of Liz West, Saturday July 22 in the late afternoon.Her health had taken a precipitous...
07/24/2017

We are sad to report of the death of Liz West, Saturday July 22 in the late afternoon.
Her health had taken a precipitous turn in early July after she'd decided to stop
treatment for the cancer she'd been living with for the past decade.
Her last days were peaceful and painless and full of family and
friends.
A celebration of her life is planned at her house at 526 Stow Road in
Boxborough, MA 01719 on Saturday August 19th in the afternoon.
Liz was a Town treasure, long time member & friend of the BHS and one of the authors of the 1983 Town History. We all share a sense of great loss.

Field trip to Thoreau Farm: birthplace of Henry David Thoreau. Viewed the progress since our last visit in 2009. Welcome...
06/05/2017

Field trip to Thoreau Farm: birthplace of Henry David Thoreau. Viewed the progress since our last visit in 2009. Welcomed by director Margaret Bergman & excellent guide Barbara Olson plus other Thoreauvian friends.

Presentation of the Boxborough Cane as the ninth recipient of the honor as Boxborough's oldest resident.
05/13/2017

Presentation of the Boxborough Cane as the ninth recipient of the honor as Boxborough's oldest resident.

Activities at Steele Farm for the Freedom's Way Heritage Area's Hidden Treasures program.
05/07/2017

Activities at Steele Farm for the Freedom's Way Heritage Area's Hidden Treasures program.

Part of Freedoms Way National Heritage Area Hidden Treasures events, events at Steele Farm.

Excellent program by Elizabeth Hallett and Aileen Kelly discussing "Mourning in Civil War America".
03/26/2017

Excellent program by Elizabeth Hallett and Aileen Kelly discussing "Mourning in Civil War America".

The Museum was visited by archaeologist Kimberley Connors who examined our Otis Price projectile point collection. She w...
03/06/2017

The Museum was visited by archaeologist Kimberley Connors who examined our Otis Price projectile point collection. She was impressed with the collection and the documentation of it done about a decade ago.This documentation was initiated by George Krusen and performed by a lady from the Concord Museum. Kimberley said it is an exceptional collection in particular because it comes from a single site and covers such an extensive period of time.

Celebrating Boxborough Museum displays and treaures each month
02/15/2017

Celebrating Boxborough Museum displays and treaures each month

Lucy's driver license.
02/14/2017

Lucy's driver license.

Inventorying, a job that will never end (hopefully) plus progress on basement artifact storage. (Duncan Brown & John G F...
02/01/2017

Inventorying, a job that will never end (hopefully) plus progress on basement artifact storage. (Duncan Brown & John G Fallon at work)

Contractors taking advantage of a mild Sunday finishing up the new Town Hall steps. They did a great job & they complime...
12/18/2016

Contractors taking advantage of a mild Sunday finishing up the new Town Hall steps. They did a great job & they compliment the original Town Hall foundation so nicely!

Wreaths from the Historical Society once again adorn the doors of the Steele Farm barn.
12/03/2016

Wreaths from the Historical Society once again adorn the doors of the Steele Farm barn.

John & Alan finished assembling the new shelving in the basement. Duncan had begun the process & we finished it.
09/05/2016

John & Alan finished assembling the new shelving in the basement. Duncan had begun the process & we finished it.

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29 Middle Rd
Boxborough, MA
01719

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