Clinton Historical Society

Clinton Historical Society Welcome to Clinton Historical Society- History at the heart of it all! When you visit the Clinton Historical Society not only can you see Mr.
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Holder's personal collection, Bigelow Carpet Mill artifacts,information about numerous landmarks in Clinton as well as information not just limited to the Civil War.With so much to view at the Clinton Historical Society we recommend a tour of all the wonderful and unique things that lie beyond the doors of the Holder Memorial.If you would like a tour we are open on Saturdays from 9-12 Tours are offered as guided or self guided. You can also message us and we can set up a different time for your tour. You will not be let down with our wide array of artifact's & information that Clinton Historical Society has to offer.

Operating as usual

04/23/2018

Next program: "The Story of the Wachusett Dam & Reservoir", Monday, April 30, at 7 pm at the Holder. A slide presentation on the history of our reservoir using vintage photos and postcards, with Terry Ingano. $3 admission, members free. Refreshments and full exhibit.

Monday, March 12, at 7 pm.  An Old Timer's reunion, of sorts!  $3 admission, free to 2018 members.  Brian and Irene will...
02/13/2018

Monday, March 12, at 7 pm. An Old Timer's reunion, of sorts! $3 admission, free to 2018 members. Brian and Irene will be here, a video tribute, and exhibit. Should be fun!!

Clinton Historical Society Program
11/19/2017

Clinton Historical Society Program

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11/19/2017

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11/19/2017

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11/19/2017

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The music of Clinton's famous composers and musicians will be performed by the Allan Mueller Jazz Quartet on Sunday, Nov...
11/16/2017

The music of Clinton's famous composers and musicians will be performed by the Allan Mueller Jazz Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 pm at the Holder. Music of Carroll Gibbons, Hal Burns, John Redmond, and others will be performed. $10 per person, $5 for current members, wine/cheese, 50/50 raffle.

10/17/2017

Public Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 pm at the Holder. It's time to talk to the membership and the general public about our organization, future program ideas, the need for volunteers, and our overall financial needs. Refreshments will be served and we will offer brief tours of some of the building and display improvements that we recently instituted. All are welcomed!

11/14/2016

Open House for Veteran's Day! Wednesday, November 16, 7 to 9 p.m. Come and see a full military exhibit AND our new Veteran's Room on the first floor, funded by the American Legion! Free admission and refreshments served.

Committee outlines fun of Olde Home Day
09/04/2015
Committee outlines fun of Olde Home Day

Committee outlines fun of Olde Home Day

The 16th Clinton Olde Home Day is around the corner. On Sept. 11 and 12, all the hard work that our committee of eight has been doing for the

07/18/2015

Happy Saturday!
We are open 9-12 today... Stop in for a tour of our beautiful building or for just pop in for a friendly hello! We will be picking another winner for the 550 Like's Contest Today!

07/09/2015

WE MADE IT!!!! We will be posting a winner soon!!! Stay tuned!

07/08/2015

If we get 4 more likes by Friday we will pick a winner for our 550 likes contest!!! Share this status... You could be our next winner!

06/13/2015

Friends of Clinton Historical Society. Please share this status and also like and review our page. Thank you in advance!

06/13/2015

A very nice job by Julia on her school project! Stop in and see the awesome project and take a tour of our building... Open Saturday's 9-12 or by appointment.

04/27/2015

The Winner of the 500 Likes Contest is: Melissa Tyburski... Please message us! We will be doing one more contest for our 500 likes in the coming days!!! Be on the lookout!

04/26/2015

We Made it!!!! 500 Likes... Couldn't do it without the help of all our friends! The Winner will be Announced shortly! Again thanks for helping us achieve 500 likes!

04/26/2015

Remember only 1 more like until we pick a winner for our 500 likes contest!!! Share this status... You could be our next winner!

04/25/2015

Happy Saturday!
We are open 9-12 today... Stop in for a tour of our beautiful building or for just pop in for a friendly hello! Remember only 4 more likes until we pick a winner for our 500 likes contest!!!

04/20/2015

WOW!!! Less than 10 more likes until we reach 500 likes...

04/19/2015

Come on everybody... Help us get 44 more likes... We will be giving away another membership. Please share this status and you just could be the next winner...!

03/28/2015

Happy Saturday!

We are open 9-12 today... Stop in for a tour of our beautiful building or for just pop in for a friendly hello!

Friends of the Clinton Historical Society... Help support a local business... They Work Great!!!!
02/18/2015
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We carry many organic herbal products along with herbal teas, herbs, tinctures, extract/syrups, and essential oils We have many handcrafted gifts for that perfect someone!

01/31/2015

We are open 9-12 today...Come on down for a tour... Don't let the cold, keep you inside! Any questions feel free to ask one of the volunteers at the Clinton Historical Society or message us.Hope to see you today! Have a great day!

12/09/2014

The Holder Memorial on Church Street will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13.

Local artist Gerry Ruberti will be on hand all day selling prints of his artwork, which make unique gifts for any Clintonian, near and far.
Prints of the railroad tunnel, the old trestle, St. John's Church, Turini's Diner, the Nashua River Beach, Fuller Field, and many local landmarks will be on sale throughout the day.

The public is cordially invited to drop in to see the wonderful works of this local artist and enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations.

12/05/2014

Who is coming to our annual Christmas party tomorrow night? First ever Clinton Trivia- Hosted by Joel Bates... Buffet style sit down meal and Gerry Ruberti will have his artwork on display... Starts at 7pm... $10 per person.

12/04/2014

Our Winner of The 2015 Membership Is... Kathleen Kopitsky!!!!!! Please message us... Don't forget to keep the likes going, another winner will be announced at 500 likes.

12/04/2014

We made it... Winner of the 2015 membership will be posted later... Thank you to all who made this possible and supporting the Clinton Historical Society.

12/03/2014

Come on everybody... Help us get 4 more likes... We will be giving away another membership. Please share this status and you just could be the next winner...!

11/28/2014

Good morning- Hope you all had an Enjoyable Thanksgiving! Next weekend, December 6th is our Christmas Party from 7-9. For $10.00 we will have entertainment- "How a Clintonite Became a Clintonian" and Allan Mueller will be playing holiday music on the piano- Also new this year is a trivia contest- Joel Bate's will be quizzing us on our "Clinton History", buffet style dinner, and a roaring fire to enjoy. Please remember, this event is not an event that is included with your membership. Also Shop Local is this Saturday, November 29. In addition to our may collectibles, we have Cats Meow and don't forget it is time to renew your membership for 2015. We hope to see you soon!

Membership Prices:
Individual memberships: $10
Family (up to 4 guests): $15
Donor: $25-$99
Sponsor: $100-<

As an added treat this year, local artist Gerry Ruberti will hold an exhibit of his art work in the library of the Holder Memorial. Ruberti paints many old local scenes, like Fuller Field, High Street, the Nashua River Beach, etc.

11/23/2014

Hello Friends of the Clinton Historical Society:

Don't forgot it's getting to be that time of year again!!!!

Membership renewals are due by December 31st and will last January 1st 2015- December 31st 2015.

Memberships make a great Christmas present...

Prices:

Individual memberships: $10
Family (up to 4 guests): $15
Donor: $25-$99
Sponsor: $100-<

Once you renew your memberships you won't be disappointed... There are several special events happening in 2015- that you sure don't want to miss...

If you interested in a new membership or a renewal please message us or please comment on this post... Memberships can now be filled out online!!!

Thank You All For Gratefully Supporting The Historical Society Throughout It's Years...

CHS...

09/06/2014

Who is coming to Olde Home Day? If you are please don't forget to stop down at the Clinton Historical Society. Great specials going on TODAY only.We now have several different Cat's Meows, Gift Cards, Memberships, Several different books from different local authors. Have a tour of our beautiful building please don't hesitate to stop in and walk around or for just pop in for a friendly hello. Our specials for today are***:
$5 Off- $25 Purchase
$10 Off- $50 Purchase
$20 Off- $100 Purchase

***- All specials EXCLUDE gift cards and memberships.

08/16/2014

We are open 9-12 today...Come on down for a tour... Its a great day to come and visit beautiful Clinton Massachusetts. Also we now have IN STOCK our NEW Cat's Meow Building the Dam and Train Trestle... Hope everybody has an great Saturday. Anybody interested in a TV Cabinet from the Historical Society...? It is Cherry with Mahogany Stain, Beautiful addition to any room or house... If you would like to look at the TV Cabinet or have a tour of our beautiful building please don't hesitate to stop in and walk around or for just pop in for a friendly hello. Only 58 more likes until we give away another membership!!!! Share this status- You could be the next winner!!

08/10/2014

Only 58 more likes until we give away another membership!!!! Share this status- You could be the next winner!!

Address

210 Church St
Clinton, MA
01510

Opening Hours

Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

Telephone

(978) 368-0084

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Could the Society post something that is an overview of the history of Lancaster Mills? I am trying to piece together some its milestones from newspaper articles, but was hoping there is an expert who might provide an overview.
FYI we Learned the other day that the model for the peace silver dollar was raised in Clinton and graduated Clinton High in 1918.
We have a historical program next door at the Bigelow Library on Tuesday, Nov. 13: The Saturday Evening Girls Club, all about immigrant girls in the North End of Boston. Call the library if you have questions: 978-365-4160
Ties to Clinton. Can anyone help?
Hello, I was researching individuals who lived and worked in Clinton, MA, and wondered if there were any records available relating to Colonial Press before it shuttered in 1978, particularly in the last 12-15 years or so. Employment records would be a dream for our project, but we'd love any information in general. If anyone has any ideas or resources, I would appreciate it. Thank you!
Stand Tall and " Wave the Colors " Charles Dearborn Copp – 1840 to 1912 He was a Second Lieutenant with Co. C, New Hampshire Infantry and fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Va. on December 13, 1862. During this battle on Marye's Hill, the color bearer was shot down and here is where this 22 year old soldier, a junior officer, made his place in history. The words simply state that he “ seized the Regimental Colors and waving them, rallied the regiment under a heavy fire “. This act of Meritorious Heroism earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, our Nation’s highest military award. He is buried in Lancaster, Ma. and still lives on in Clinton, Ma. history. It seems that during the Civil War there was a huge demand for more reinforcements and the little town of Clinton was newly established. It was not part of the local, older military units so it was designated company C and Charles D. Copp became part of that unit. After the war local G.A.R., Grand Army of the Republic, groups were formed made up of Union veterans. He left his G.A.R. uniform and Medal of Honor to be preserved for the future. They are both on display in the Civil War Room at the Holder Memorial every Saturday morning in Clinton, Massachusetts. Most people do not realize that Military Protocol requires all service members to salute the Medal of Honor first and at that same moment be saluting the wearer. Captain Charles Dearborn Copp was a real " flag waver " because those pieces of mere cloth meant life or death to his Men when flying high. Dennis F. King Clinton, Ma.
The Historical society needed a home He built them one Holder Memorial museum – 1904 Clinton, Mass. The town of Clinton, Mass. sits at the intersection of swift running rivers and intersecting rail road lines where success was common. The early 1800’s in America exploded with the building of mills, big and small, all powered by water wheels. The advent of electricity further caused the factories to go up. The town grew quickly with all sorts of people, some arriving from Europe, all eager to live free and work. Eventually a few of the very prosperous residents began to donate the funds to improve the quality of life, a hospital, the Bigelow free library and a fountain for all to enjoy in the town on the Commons. The history of all local towns is different and how that memory is preserved is important or it will be forgotten. A busy industrial town has a little of everything to put away and become a piece of this puzzle of life. It is fortunate that a few concerned citizens decided to form their own local collection and to find a place to keep it, safely. There is never going to be a day when everyone wants to see the past before them but others hold these things with reverence. It was common for a wealthy family to keep their own memories, usually in the form of great paintings, portraits. The Historical Society was given notice that a room in the Town Library would not be available to them, space was at a premium. Some of the members were connected to important folks and one of them mentioned this dilemma to a friend. That was the beginning of a great tribute to his family, the town and the past. It would be like no other place in America. This man had grown up in town, his Quaker Mother once ran a boarding house for young women at eighty cents a week. This was also the home of his father’s shoe making shop. This young son went to work in the local mills as a machinist, operator and self-made engineer as his abilities increased. This life of hard work led him to New York to work at and then own his own mill. Upon his retirement there were Summers spent back in rural Clinton where he maintained a home and the story of the Historical Society reached him. He had made donations to the hospital in his parent’s names but he wanted to do more, something monumental. He started to form his idea into a plan on paper, a museum, a memorial Hall, a place to keep all these quickly fading artifacts. He put his money to work by buying an old house right next to the library, this huge structure was designed to be almost fire proof, cement floors, walls, plenty of copper on the roof. There was no limit on the size and quality of this new building where the past lives on into the future. It still stands in a stately pose awaiting visitors every Saturday morning from 9AM to 12 noon. The Holder Memorial was completed and turned over to the public in the hands of the Clinton Historical Society in 1904. He set up an endowment to keep it maintained and operational. It is a place that stands silently as the keeper of great things waiting for you to enter the open front doors. There is a quiet in these rooms that are designated to display various parts of history. The plan of Mr. Holder was that you come in to the great hallway, well-lit on both sides with bright sky shining in from above. When you look straight ahead is Mr. Holder’s portrait, on his right is Mother and on the left, Father. The family coat of arms is above them. As you walk in, the walls have portraits of the town greats to educate us, these names now have a face too. It was never realized back then that history, collections and irreplaceable things would exist but they do. The group of people that operate it are volunteers and they need them because boxes of items arrive to this day. They are there to offer tours and answer whatever questions you might have. The collections and exhibits range from Mill Looming machines, wire and fabric items as examples of what each produced. There is a Holder Room upstairs with some of his things as well as dolls, doll furniture, toys once given out in the cereal boxes made here. A spinning wheel, A Samuri Warrior, old Fireman Bucket Brigade items, politicians desks and a piano where Aint Misbehavin was written on. There is a World War room, a Civil War room too. In it is a plaster of Paris made from the living face and hands of President Abe Lincoln. There is a Document Room where parchment is displayed by Sam Adams and other early dignitaries. There were visits by Presidents here and one sleepover, James Earl Carter on Chestnut Street. You owe it to yourself, your children, your friends and enemies to remind them that Saturday mornings are for learning now. Mr. Holder was thinking of us before we were ever born and smiles down at you as you, still today. Dennis F. King Clinton,Ma.
The Holder Memorial building was built by Mr Holder to honor his Quaker Parents. This museum was intended by him to be the home of the Clinton Historical Society forever. He was a Clinton boy who made his fortune and wanted a place for the history of this once bustling mill town. He wanted the young people to enter this building and see the past, almost touch it. Admission is FREE on Sat. 9 - 12. You will never forget it and the things they have displayed.
Ralph A. Freundlich, Inc.- Doll Maker, School St. Clinton, Ma. - See upstairs in the Holder Collection Room.
View the Civil War Medal of Honor, Bayonets from the Battle of gettysburg, a room full of history.