Holbrook Historical Society

Holbrook Historical Society History of Holbrook, Massachusetts We bring together those who have a common interest in the history of Holbrook, Massachusetts.
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SAVE THE DATE!!!HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETYANNUAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FESTIVALSTRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM SUNDAES & ...
06/17/2019

SAVE THE DATE!!!

HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FESTIVAL

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

ICE CREAM SUNDAES & CONES

OLD ROBERTS SCHOOLHOUSE

320 Union Street (Route 139)

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Rain or Shine

First day of 1873 Schooldays! Great bunch of students -- parents and teacher 🤩should be very proud!
05/28/2019

First day of 1873 Schooldays! Great bunch of students -- parents and teacher 🤩should be very proud!

Remembering Lt. Walter Heins, young Navy Air Reserves pilot, the father of an infant son, sacrificed his life to avoid c...
05/27/2019

Remembering Lt. Walter Heins, young Navy Air Reserves pilot,
the father of an infant son, sacrificed his life to avoid crashing into
the Kennedy Elementary School and nearby homes in Holbrook
on October 4, 1967.

Remembering this Memorial Day Elihu Adams (1741-1775) of East Randolph (now Holbrook) killed in Cambridge during the Sie...
05/27/2019

Remembering this Memorial Day Elihu Adams (1741-1775) of East Randolph (now Holbrook) killed in Cambridge during the Siege of Boston.

Younger brother of President John Adams.

Travelling Adventures with Toot & PuddleA program offered by Self Help, In.
05/05/2019

Travelling Adventures with Toot & Puddle
A program offered by Self Help, In.

The Holbrook Historical Society will present a talk by author Stephanie Schorow who will discuss her book, “Boston on Fi...
04/03/2019

The Holbrook Historical Society will present a talk by author Stephanie Schorow who will discuss her book, “Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston,” from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Noel King Meeting Room at Holbrook Town Hall, 50 North Franklin St., Holbrook.

Schorow will speak about fire history and how it shaped Boston, taking a walk down Boston’s “Fire Trail,” including the tale of the burning of the Ursuline convent in Charlestown in the 1830s, the Broad Street Riots and the 1872 Great Boston Fire. She also will examine the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942 and the invention of the first fire alarm system.

The event was made possible through a grant from Holbrook Cultural Council, supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Sara C. Stinson Seeks Re-Election    To Holbrook Housing Authority Board    Sara Caroline Stinson has announced her camp...
03/20/2019

Sara C. Stinson Seeks Re-Election
To Holbrook Housing Authority Board

Sara Caroline Stinson has announced her campaign for re-election to the Board of Commissioners of the Holbrook Housing Authority. She has served on the Board for six years. Elections will be held on Saturday April 6, 2019.

Sara earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Northeastern University. Her employment history includes working for the Internal Revenue Service, Boston; State Street Bank and Trust, Boston, as a Trust Administrator; David L. Babson Co., Cambridge as an Investment Administrator and Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston, as an Investment Administrator.

Her education and work experience has served the Housing Authority and the residents of Holbrook Court well during her term in office. During her term on the Board, several major projects have been successfully completed at Holbrook Court properties. Projects include installation of air conditioning units for each of the residential units, while a planned reroofing of several of the residential buildings will be undertaken soon along with repaving of the housing area drives and parking areas.

“Between my education, work experience and service as a Commissioner, I feel highly qualified to carry out the necessary duties for the welfare of the residents living at Holbrook Court. This development is an essential part of the Town’s commitment to our residents. I feel experience counts when dealing with the needs of the residents and complying with the State Housing Commission oversight requirements”, Ms. Stinson stated recently.

Born and raised in East Weymouth, MA, Ms. Stinson has resided in Holbrook for 38-years and has been involved in various public programs in the community. She is Chair of the Holbrook Historical Commission and has also served as President of the Holbrook Historical Society. In addition, she is a Town Meeting representative for Holbrook’s Precinct 2. As part of her duties with the Historical Commission, Sara led the campaign to recognize Navy Lt. Walter Heins, a Naval pilot from South Weymouth Naval Air Station, who was killed in a Holbrook plane crash in 1967. She obtained funding for the memorial plaque located near the crash scene at the Pine Street-Weymouth Street intersection and organized the dedication ceremony.

She also spearheaded a campaign to restore the grave marker of Elihu Adams, brother of President John Adams, at the Union Cemetery.

For several years, she organized the Annual Christmas Party for local children and also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Church. Sara is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Mayflower Society.

FREE ADMISSIONVOLUNTARY Donation to the Holbrook Food BankHolbrook Historical Society Children’s Christmas PartySaturday...
12/07/2018

FREE ADMISSION

VOLUNTARY Donation to the Holbrook Food Bank

Holbrook Historical Society Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Roberts School -- 320 Union Street

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Children 12 Years of Age and Under

Santa

The Great Scott – Magician and Ventriloquist

Christmas Stories

Gifts From Santa

Refreshments

Hope you can attend!

Holbrook Historical Society Children’s Christmas PartySaturday, December 8, 2018Roberts School -- 320 Union Street1:00pm...
12/05/2018

Holbrook Historical Society Children’s Christmas Party

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Roberts School -- 320 Union Street

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Children 12 Years of Age and Under

Santa

The Great Scott – Magician and Ventriloquist

Christmas Stories

Gifts From Santa

Refreshments

The 40th Annual Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 5:00 pm, in front of the Town Hall. Follow...
11/27/2018

The 40th Annual Festival of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 8th, at 5:00 pm, in front of the Town Hall.

Following a concert of seasonal music, Santa will greet the children and parents. Light refreshments will be served to one and all in the Winthrop Congregational Church at the conclusion of the celebration.

Holbrook Historical Society Annual Meeting  November 8, 2018     6:00 pm  Roberts School (320 Union Street)Member Tom Be...
11/04/2018

Holbrook Historical Society Annual Meeting

November 8, 2018 6:00 pm

Roberts School (320 Union Street)

Member Tom Benvie will give us a tour of our

Collection of Artifacts

Light Refreshments Will Be Served

Here is the form-You can sponsor a flag in any Veterans name for just $10. They will be on display in Mary Wales Holbroo...
10/07/2018

Here is the form-You can sponsor a flag in any Veterans name for just $10. They will be on display in Mary Wales Holbrook Park from Nov 4-18, and illuminated at night. And be sure to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at the park Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11AM (before any football games). The recreated WW2 Honor Roll formerly in front of the old Legion Hall will be on display, as well as a display of all Veterans names from 1946 to date who had Holbrook as their Town of Record. Thanks

This Veterans Day, November 11, 2018,  marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, also known as World War ...
10/07/2018

This Veterans Day, November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, also known as World War I. The Armistice ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and their opponent, Germany.

Tom Benvie (in conjunction with the Historical Society) has planned an event honoring this anniversary. A ceremony will be held at Mary Wales Holbrook Park on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00am.

A "Field of Flags" will be set up to display sponsored flags from Nov 4-18 These flags honor any veteran, from any time period, any place, past or present. Proceeds will help support some of the Historical Society events.

10/07/2018
REMINDER!!!Fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant (Braintree) October 4, 2018!Simply present the attached voucher when you...
10/01/2018

REMINDER!!!

Fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant (Braintree)
October 4, 2018!

Simply present the attached voucher when you pay your check and the Chateau will donate 20% of your guest check (Donation is 20% of food and beverage proceeds) to the Historical Society.

Coupon is valid only for the date, time and location stated on the voucher. Vouchers may be reproduced.

Please contact Gerrie White at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The Society is raising funds to help cover increasing operational expenses of the Roberts School.

Fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant (Braintree)                    October 4, 2018!Simply present the attached voucher ...
09/16/2018

Fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant (Braintree)
October 4, 2018!

Simply present the attached voucher when you pay your check and the Chateau will donate 20% of your guest check (Donation is 20% of food and beverage proceeds) to the Historical Society.

Coupon is valid only for the date, time and location stated on the voucher. Vouchers may be reproduced.

Please contact Gerrie White at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The Society is raising funds to help cover increasing operational expenses of the Roberts School.

HAVE SOME STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE; ETC. AND VIEW OUR NEW ARTIFACT DISPLAYS!!HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETYANNUAL STRAWBERRY SH...
06/23/2018

HAVE SOME STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE; ETC. AND VIEW OUR NEW ARTIFACT DISPLAYS!!

HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FESTIVAL

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
ICE CREAM SUNDAES & CONES

OLD ROBERTS SCHOOLHOUSE
320 Union Street (Route 139)
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Rain or Shine

SAVE THE DATE!!!HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETYANNUAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FESTIVALSTRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM SUNDAES & ...
06/14/2018

SAVE THE DATE!!!

HOLBROOK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FESTIVAL

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

ICE CREAM SUNDAES & CONES

OLD ROBERTS SCHOOLHOUSE
320 Union Street (Route 139)
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Rain or Shine

The latest in a series of presentations by Dwight Nelson Date:  Sunday, May 20, 2018Time:  1:00pm to 3:00pmWhere:  Noel ...
05/14/2018

The latest in a series of presentations by Dwight Nelson

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Noel King Selectman’s Meeting Room
Holbrook Town Hall
50 North Franklin Street
2nd Floor, Inspectional Services Wing

Hear about one of World War II's darkest chapters and how sixty thousand Allied POW’s and about 250,000 Asian slaves labored from 15 Sept, 1942 to 17 October 1943 and built a 258 mile long Japanese Death Railway through the dense jungle of Siam and Burma. This presentation will also explain the true story of the building of two Bridges over the River Kwai and how one was really destroyed. The cost of building the Death Railway and bridges was the ultimate sacrifice of countless Allied POWs and many Asian lives.

SAVE THE DATE!!SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 20181:00 PM TO 3:00P PM NOEL KING SELECTMEN’S MEETING ROOMHOLBROOK TOWN HALL50 NORTH FR...
04/25/2018

SAVE THE DATE!!

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

1:00 PM TO 3:00P PM

NOEL KING SELECTMEN’S MEETING ROOM

HOLBROOK TOWN HALL

50 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET

2nd FLOOR, INSPECTIONAL SERVICES WING

SAVE THE DATE!!SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 20181:00 PM TO 3:00P PM NOEL KING SELECTMEN’S  MEETING ROOMHOLBROOK TOWN HALL50 NORTH F...
04/12/2018

SAVE THE DATE!!

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

1:00 PM TO 3:00P PM

NOEL KING SELECTMEN’S MEETING ROOM

HOLBROOK TOWN HALL

50 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET

2nd FLOOR, INSPECTIONAL SERVICES WING

April 14, 2018 “FIRE HISTORY "On Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm the Holbrook Fire Department and the Ho...
04/10/2018

April 14, 2018

“FIRE HISTORY "

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm the Holbrook Fire Department and the Holbrook Historical Society will cohost “Fire History Day” at the Roberts School, 320 Union Street (Rt. 139).

Representatives from the Fire Department will be on hand to teach fire safety to all in attendance. Fire trucks and equipment will be on display to allow children and adults to see the fire equipment up close.

The Historical Society will also be displaying Fire Department artifacts from their collection.

The Boy Scouts will be selling hot dogs, tonic and chips!

Fire Helmets Will be Given To The first 40 kids

The Braintree Historical Society Presents a Civil War Era Fashion Show and Ladies Tea in honor of the Bi-Centennial Year...
04/09/2018

The Braintree Historical Society Presents a
Civil War Era Fashion Show and Ladies Tea
in honor of the Bi-Centennial Year of Brevet Brigadier General Sylvanus Thayer “Father of West Point”

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2PM

Horace T. Cahill Auditorium at the Braintree Town Hall

The Civil War Era Fashion Show will be done under the direction of Debra DiFranco, a historical re-enactor who is a noted authority, author and professional historical dressmaker specializing in the study and detailed recreation of 19th century men’s and ladies fashions and accessories. Models will wear a wide variety of carefully researched, recreated ladies dresses and gentlemen’s civilian clothing, as well as military uniforms, including various accessories; all of the Civil War era.

Tickets will be available beginning Friday, March 23rd at the Braintree Town Clerk’s Office and Caruso Jewelers in South Braintree Square; or call Lucille Barton at 781-848-0626, Maggi Johnson at 781-843-7093, or Marta Googins at 781-848-4768.

Tickets, which include the Fashion Show and a full Ladies Tea; are $25.00 each for adults and children; and may be purchased individually or with table reservations up to eight guests per table.

SAVE THE DATE!“Iwo Jima” The Island, the Battle, the Photos & Flag RaisersBy: Dwight Nelson, USMC (retired)Sunday, Janua...
01/10/2018

SAVE THE DATE!
“Iwo Jima” The Island, the Battle, the Photos & Flag Raisers
By: Dwight Nelson, USMC (retired)

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Admission free

Noel King Selectman’s Meeting Room
Holbrook Town Hall (2nd Floor) (Inspectional Services Wing)
50 North Franklin Street (Rte. 37)

SAVE THE DATE!!Dwight Nelson will be presenting a talk and Power Point Presentation:   "Iwo Jima"  The Island, the Battl...
12/13/2017

SAVE THE DATE!!

Dwight Nelson will be presenting a talk and Power Point Presentation:

"Iwo Jima" The Island, the Battle, the Photo’s &
Flag Raisers

When: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Noel King Meeting Room, Holbrook Town Hall

The Historical Society had its Fourth Annual Children's Christmas Party today!  The children made many new friends and h...
12/09/2017

The Historical Society had its Fourth Annual Children's Christmas Party today!

The children made many new friends and had a wonderful time! Gifts and refreshments were offered to all that attended!

Santa was there to listen to all their requests and Great Scott did an outstanding performance of magic and Ventriloquism!

Please join the Holbrook Historical Society for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9, 1:...
12/07/2017

Please join the Holbrook Historical Society for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. the Roberts School (320 Union Street)!

There will be gifts for all children that attend, toy trucks and cars; games; dolls, teddy bears; toys for younger children!

In addition to Santa we are having Great Scott the Magician!!

Come for the gifts, fun, refreshments, Santa and the magic show!!

The 39th Annual Festival of Lights will be held on  SATURDAY, December 2nd at 4:45 pm in front of the Holbrook Town Hall...
11/21/2017

The 39th Annual Festival of Lights will be held on SATURDAY, December 2nd at 4:45 pm in front of the Holbrook Town Hall.
Following a concert of seasonal music, Santa will greet the children and parents. Light refreshments will be served to one and all in the Winthrop Congregational Church at the conclusion of the celebration. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party Please join us for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, De...
11/15/2017

Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party

Please join us for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. the Roberts School (320 Union Street)!

The Elves have been working especially hard this year!

In addition to Santa we are having Great Scot the Magician!!

Come for the fun, refreshments, Santa and the magic show!!

Holbrook Historical Society
11/14/2017

Holbrook Historical Society

Holbrook Historical Society
11/14/2017

Holbrook Historical Society

11/14/2017
Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party Please join us for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, De...
11/14/2017

Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party

Please join us for our Fourth Annual Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, December 9, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. the Roberts School (320 Union Street)!

The Elves have been working especially hard this year!

In addition to Santa we are having Great Scot the Magician!!

Come for the fun, refreshments, Santa and the magic show!!

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!The Holbrook Historical Commission is planning a dedication of the Lt Walter Heins Memorial: Date: Nov...
11/01/2017

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!

The Holbrook Historical Commission is planning a dedication of the Lt Walter Heins Memorial:

Date: November 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Intersection of Pine, Weymouth and Sycamore Streets

We will be placing a boulder type monument with a bronze marker at the intersection of Pine, Weymouth and Sycamore Streets describing the events of that day 50 years ago.

We hope you will be able to attend this event!

OPEN TO THE PUBLICHolbrook Historical Society Annual Meeting October 26, 2017The Annual Meeting of the Holbrook Historic...
10/25/2017

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Holbrook Historical Society Annual Meeting October 26, 2017

The Annual Meeting of the Holbrook Historical Society will be held at 6:30 pm Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Roberts School. (320 Union Street).

There will be a brief business meeting, after which Mr. Earl Bennett, collector and trader of vintage antique farm related items, will be the featured speaker . He will speak about a bygone era when Holbrook had several dairies and farms!

After a question and answer period, light refreshments will be served .

Members and non-members are invited!

Address

320 Union Street
Holbrook, MA
02343

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 20:00
Friday 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday 08:00 - 20:00
Sunday 08:00 - 20:00

Telephone

(781) 767-5885

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Comments

Does the Historical Society have much info on the history of the Town Forest, namely, former use, old photos, aerial photos? Bill Conrad
Do you have any pictures or photos, old or not, of the house that was at the location of the present Holbrook Cooperative Bank (now Abington Bank) at 95 N Franklin St, that was demolished to build the bank? If you do, could you please post them on your page? I gave your page a like and follow, so they will show up in my notifications if you post them. I always loved that house and was sad to see it go that way.
What is the date of the 2019 Strawberry Festival?
Is this a photo of the Hamilton Service Station ? If it is where was it's location ?
Here is the form-You can sponsor a flag in any Veterans name for just $10. They will be on display in Mary Wales Holbrook Park from Nov 4-18, and illuminated at night. And be sure to attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at the park Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11AM (before any football games). The recreated WW2 Honor Roll formerly in front of the old Legion Hall will be on display, as well as a display of all Veterans names from 1946 to date who had Holbrook as their Town of Record. Thanks
Fundraiser at the Chateau Restaurant (Braintree) October 4, 2018! Simply present the attached voucher when you pay your check and the Chateau will donate 20% of your guest check (Donation is 20% of food and beverage proceeds) to the Historical Society. Coupon is valid only for the date, time and location stated on the voucher. Vouchers may be reproduced. Please contact Gerrie White at [email protected] if you have any questions. The Society is raising funds to help cover increasing operational expenses of the Roberts School.
The latest in a series of presentations by Dwight Nelson Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Where: Noel King Selectman’s Meeting Room Holbrook Town Hall 50 North Franklin Street 2nd Floor, Inspectional Services Wing Hear about one of World War II's darkest chapters and how sixty thousand Allied POW’s and about 250,000 Asian slaves labored from 15 Sept, 1942 to 17 October 1943 and built a 258 mile long Japanese Death Railway through the dense jungle of Siam and Burma. This presentation will also explain the true story of the building of two Bridges over the River Kwai and how one was really destroyed. The cost of building the Death Railway and bridges was the ultimate sacrifice of countless Allied POWs and many Asian lives.
"Japanese Death Railway and The True Story of the River Kwai” Presented by Dwight Nelson USMC (retired) Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm Where: Noel King Selectman’s Meeting Room Holbrook Town Hall 50 North Franklin Street 2nd Floor, Inspectional Services Wing Hear about one of World War II's darkest chapters and how sixty thousand Allied POW’s and about 250,000 Asian slaves labored from 15 Sept, 1942 to 17 October 1943 and built a 258 mile long Japanese Death Railway through the dense jungle of Siam and Burma. This presentation will also explain the true story of the building of two Bridges over the River Kwai and how one was really destroyed. The cost of building the Death Railway and bridges was the ultimate sacrifice of countless Allied POWs and many Asian lives.
If you haven't visited the schoolhouse in awhile, please stop in and see some great new changes! Some display cases have been added allowing us to display more of the Societies collection for all to see. Here are some photos: