Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts)

Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts) The Hudson Historical Society is dedicated to promoting broad interest in the history and heritage of Hudson, Massausetts. The Society also collects and preserves local artifacts and research materials in its Museum, which is open to the public.
The Hudson Historical Society is dedicated to promoting broad interest in the history and heritage of Hudson, Massausetts. The Society also collects and preserves local artifacts and research materials in its Museum, which is open to all members of the public.
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The Hudson Historical Society is dedicated to promoting broad interest in the history and heritage of Hudson, Massausetts. The Society also collects and preserves local artifacts and research materials in its Museum, which is open to all members of the public.

Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts)
01/02/2016

Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts)

Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts)'s cover photo
01/02/2016

Hudson Historical Society (Massachusetts)'s cover photo

October 2014 Hudson Historical Society meetingSociety member Tony Marques, left, Hudson Supt. of  Public Works, and Prof...
10/31/2014

October 2014 Hudson Historical Society meeting

Society member Tony Marques, left, Hudson Supt. of Public Works, and Prof. Robert M. Thorston of University of Conn., display Thorston's book following his presentation of "New England Stone Walls" at Society meeting Oct. 28.
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Members of the Society, from left, Pauline Sullivan, Ellen Busch and Dan Sullivan serve meatball subs to member of Assabet Valley Technical High School Marine Corps ROTC unit, at PumpkinFest at Morgan Bowl, Riverside Park, Oct. 25. Members sold out five crockpots of meatballs.

September 2014 Hudson Historical Society meetingHistorical Society members Richard Gelpke, left and David Bonazzoli look...
10/31/2014

September 2014 Hudson Historical Society meeting

Historical Society members Richard Gelpke, left and David Bonazzoli look over one of the original fire insurance maps that Gelpke used in his presentation "Main Street Memories" at the Society meeting Sept. 30.

April meeting
05/04/2014

April meeting

March meeting: Lee Murphy & Chris Daley
05/04/2014

March meeting: Lee Murphy & Chris Daley

Lew Halprin, museum technological assistant of the Hudson Historical Society prepares to film the Feb. 25 meeting. Halpr...
03/01/2014

Lew Halprin, museum technological assistant of the Hudson Historical Society prepares to film the Feb. 25 meeting. Halprin has made films available to Hudson T-V station.

At the joint meeting of Hudson and Marlborough Historical Societies at First Federated Church Hall, Hudson, Tues. Feb. 2...
03/01/2014

At the joint meeting of Hudson and Marlborough Historical Societies at First Federated Church Hall, Hudson, Tues. Feb. 25. Hudson resident Amy Brown, right, member of Stow Fyfe and Drum unit and master embroiderer, adjusts dress from Revolutionary War era while Hudson resident Rena Elliot, Society vice-president, looks on. Mrs. Brown spoke on "Fabrics and Clothing of the Revolutionary War Period."

Michael Walling, Hudson author, at Hudson Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, speaking about his first bo...
12/09/2013

Michael Walling, Hudson author, at Hudson Historical Society meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, speaking about his first book: "Bloodstained Sea: the U.S.Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944" which won the 2005 Samuel Eliot Morrison Award for Naval Literature.

"Santa," Alan Linehan, Vic Rimkus and Al Durand at Hudson Historical Society booth, at the Downtown Stroll, Sat. Dec. 7,...
12/09/2013

"Santa," Alan Linehan, Vic Rimkus and Al Durand at Hudson Historical Society booth, at the Downtown Stroll, Sat. Dec. 7, 2013. Sold Hudson throws Hudson Postcards book, William Brigham Book, Hudson Christmas tree ornaments, Hudson trivets, town of Hudson magnets.

Richard Gelpke and the Parker brothers, fourth  generation  residents of  Lake Boon
10/09/2013

Richard Gelpke and the Parker brothers, fourth generation residents of Lake Boon

Oct 3 meeting and talk about Lake Boon.PHOTOS BY ROSEMARY RIMKUS	The Parker brothers, fourth  generation  residents of  ...
10/09/2013

Oct 3 meeting and talk about Lake Boon.
PHOTOS BY ROSEMARY RIMKUS
The Parker brothers, fourth generation residents of Lake Boon, were among those attending the “Lake Boon 1850-1950” program by Richard Gelpke, left, at the Hudson Historical Society meeting Tuesday evening, Sept. 24 at First Federated Church Hall: from left, Lee, David and Alan Parker, all residents of Hudson and Lake Boon.

Hudson resident Cristina Federico, was presented with the Lewis D. Apsley Community Leader award by Victor Rimkus of the award committee at the Hudson Historical Society meeting Sept. 24. The $500 award is made in honor and in memory of Apsley, U.S. Congressman and Hudson industrialist, to a Hudson youth 18-35 “making a significant contribution to the well being of others through volunteerism and community service.” Cristina is a full-time college student and store clerk, and volunteers for Greater Marlborough programs for mentally challenged adults and children.

HUDSON-“Lake Boon was once a resort town for ‘city folk’”, said Hudson resident Richard Gelpke, as he traced the 1850-1950 history of the lake area that borders Hudson, Maynard and Stow at the meeting of the Hudson Historical Society, Tuesday evening, Sept. 24 at First Federated Church Hall, Central Street.
Gelpke’s video presentation, a third chapter in his Lake Boon research, was titled: “Murder, Merriment and Murder,” highlighting many of the lake’s landmarks, social events and its three infamous murders in 1922, 1935 and 1951, which he documented with newspaper clippings from the former Hudson News-Enterprise and Hudson Daily Sun.
The lake subject brought many meeting guests with a sentimental or actual attachment to the area, including descendants of James Parker, who had a farm in what is now the Kingland area before the turn of the century. Hudson residents Alan, David and Lee Parker, who were accompanied by many family members, have Lake Boon “camps” or “cottages” in the area still enjoyed by four generations. They are sons of the late Lloyd L. Parker, former Hudson Selectman, who was a grandson of James Parker. Gelpke’s old maps showed the Parker land, which once had 25 “camps” and now is home to six “cottages” used by the family.
In its resort days from the 1920’s through the 1950’s, Gelpke said the Lake attracted many residents of Boston and north of Boston every summer. Because it was a recreational spot, Gelpke reported, some of the visitors got a little mischievous “and the police began to get regular calls to the area.”
The many pictures in his presentation included Monahan’s, once a “notorious” night club; Hanson’s beach and general store, Lake Boon lodge, Lake Boon Association Hall where Sunday Masses were celebrated, Foley’s Store, Breeze Inn restaurant, the popular roller skating rink and Alan Kattelle’s touring boat, “The Princess”.
“Through the years, fire has destroyed many of the landmarks,” said Gelpke, “which were all made of wood.” He stressed that the lake was also a good distance away from the nearest fire station.
Gelpke said that although the body of Matt Boon, one of the lakes earliest residents, was never discovered, a marker in the former Hanson Beach area proclaims he was killed by Indians in 1676. He said there is an ongoing argument about whether Lake Boon ends with an “e.”
Gelpke’s research of newspaper files revealed that the first Labor Day Carnival was held in 1903, “and it continues to this day.”
The retired geology professor plans to present a compilation of his Lake Boon findings at a public event next year in Hudson Town Hall.-Rosemary Rimkus

Artifacts
12/16/2010

Artifacts

12/06/2010

Welcome to the Hudson Historical Society! This is the very first day that the page has been up, and I hope we can get a lot of people interested in the history of Hudson, MA! :D

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43 Broad St Ste C402
Hudson, MA
01749

Parking is free and is available on the right-hand side of the Hudson Mill Business Center located at 43 Broad Street in Hudson. Museum patrons may use any available parking space.

General information

Before its incorporation as a town in 1866, Hudson was a suburb of Marlborough, and was known as Feltonville. In 1917, a small group of citizens founded the Hudson Historical Society. Hudson Historical Society and Museum 43 Broad Street/Hudson Mill Business Center Suite C402 (4th floor) The Hudson Historical Society Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays from 2-4, on the first Saturday of the month from 10-12, and by appointment. The Museum is accessible by elevator or stairs. Please Note: The Hudson Historical Society is run solely by volunteers who make every effort to respond to phone calls and emails as quickly as possible. Your patience is appreciated!

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(978) 562-2130

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