The reading room in the Archives and Research Center is pretty empty these days, but still pretty!
Lexington Historical Society is an energetic group of people interested in Lexington’s history and enthused about sharing it with the public.
A premier interpreter of the events of April 1775, presented through our three historic sites – the Hancock-Clarke House, Buckman Tavern, and Munroe Tavern. We serve as faithful steward of all of the town’s history through time, managing an in-depth repository of Lexington documents, maps, artistic renderings and photographs from the Town’s founding in 1713 to the present time. We offer year-round history programming for all ages at our historic sites and our Lexington Depot headquarters, including curriculum-based programs on Colonial life and the American Revolution for school groups at all levels.
The reading room in the Archives and Research Center is pretty empty these days, but still pretty!
The Board and staff of Lexington Historical Society have been deeply saddened by recent events indicating how far we as a nation still need to go to attain racial equity. These events show us yet again the work that we, as individuals, institutions, and as a nation, must do to secure the blessings of liberty for all who live in this land.
From the Revolutionary War, to the civil rights movement of the 1960s to today, Lexington citizens have protested, fought, and died to attain the lofty goal that all men are created equal.
Due to recent events, we have come to realize how much more we need to do to be actively anti-racist within our organization. The Society pledges to redouble our efforts to be anti-racist, to work with our members and peers to dismantle white privilege, and to disavow white supremacist ideology.
We cannot change the past. We can and will change how Lexington’s history is presented so that the rich diversity that has been in this town since it was settled in the 17th century is known to all.
Lexington Historical Society supports all who are working to build racial equity across our nation and we invite each of you to hold us accountable to our pledge to build this tenet into our programs and activities.
We affirm our support for the lawful protests happening across our nation. We hope that, finally, a tipping point has been reached where our country will take responsibility and enact equal justice for all under the law.
While we are in the process of collecting photographs, writings, and other materials for our COVID-19 history project, one distinct advantage we will have is context for our collections. So many items in museums are donated decades or even centuries after they were created, and the details that make them special are lost. Often, this is because the original creators never imagined that these objects would later be in a museum!
Such was likely the case with this early 20th century snapshot. Strikingly, we have the names of both sitters in this photograph: Bessie Muzzey and Thomas the Cat. Beyond this, however, the story of how they both came to be sitting in a pile of rubble in the front yard is more difficult to discern. Was this the aftermath of a demolition, or a storm? We may never know, but it is for this reason that when new pieces are added to our archives and collections today, we try to capture as much information about them as possible to preserve for the future.
To find out more and/or donate your own story to “What Life Was Like in Lexington: The COVID-19 Project," visit https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/covid19history.html.
#ThrowbackThursday #cats #COVID19
Have you visited our historic landscapes yet? The grounds of Hancock-Clarke House and Buckman and Munroe Taverns are open to visitors every day of the week!.
If you visit, show us what you've enjoyed by tagging us on social media (@lexhistsoc). Have fun out there! 🌷📷🌹
Join curator Stacey for the final tour of our exhibit, "Something Must Be Done: Bold Women of Lexington." In this section of the tour, we look at women's rights, voting rights, and "boots on the ground" protest in Lexington from 1930-2017. ✌️
Reposted from @successfulsteam:
The Revolutionary War is on the curriculum for the week? Put your masks on, and get in the car!
#steam #homeschool #quarantine #quarantinelife #projectbasedlearning #handsonlearning #lexingtonma #revolutionarywar #patriotic #freedom #massachusetts
New blog post! Local high school senior and guest author Amy Palmer takes on the difficult topic of voting rights from a unique perspective.
"On August 18th, 2020 -- the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage -- I will turn 18 years old. For the first time in my life, I’ll have the chance to vote in a presidential election. I certainly don’t take the opportunity to vote lightly, but how do I even begin to wrap my head around this decision?"
Find out how she did: https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog/somethingmustbedone.
Bluebird sign photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Institute. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library | Radcliffe Institute | Harvard University.
While our physical museums are still closed as part of Massachusetts guidelines, summer is just around the corner, and our outdoor landscapes are in bloom!
Did you know that all three of our historic houses have beautiful grounds? Large grassy lots slope up to gardens and down to wetlands. Lilacs, boxwood, and lavender perfume the air.
The grounds of both Hancock-Clarke House and Buckman Tavern have carefully-tended kitchen gardens, displaying a variety of herbs and other plants that colonial families might have grown for everyday use. Munroe Tavern boasts two colorful flower gardens: one containing a collection of ornamental flowers once popular in 18th century gardens, and another of local wildflowers.
These landscapes are now open for you to explore every day of the week, free of charge! 🌺
Note: to ensure your safety, and that of other visitors, please follow social distancing guidelines as if you were in any other public space. This includes not congregating in groups larger than 10, staying at least 6 feet apart from other groups or individuals, and wearing a mask when this is not possible. As there are currently no trash receptacles or staff on site, we ask that you please follow a "carry in, carry out" policy and refrain from sitting on stone walls or other historic features.
We've posted before about Lexington WWI service member Stanley Hill, but we return to his story again and again. In a time when members of the medical field have stepped up to save lives, this photo of him in his ambulance seems fitting.
A belated Happy Memorial Day to you, Stanley. 🇺🇸❤️
Mounted black and white photograph of Stanley Hill, member of the First Dartmouth Unit, driving an ambulance in July 1917.
Stanley is pictured shaking hands with a French Lieutenant (a doctor at Farman Hospital, one of the hospital buildings in the background of the photograph).
The town of Lexington and many dedicated volunteers and organizations produced an excellent Memorial Day presentation in lieu of physical commemorations this year. Check it out: https://youtu.be/08F5nPyNzLs
Time for part 2 of last week's Something Must Be Done exhibit tour! 💜💛
#LucyStone preparing an #oration for tonight’s #livestream @zoom_video_communications #immersive #livinghistory #performance , sponsored by @lexhistsoc , available one night only - #TONIGHT 7:00pm ET, exclusively for those who register #limitedspace available. #limitedtime to register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cf3zfWvVRduWxtXURwODSg
#womenshistory #vote #lovehistory #makinghistory #speakyourtruth #speakup #maketheworldbetter
Reposted from @historyatplay
Ordinarily, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, we would be spending the day doing final setup for our Relinquished Treasures event. Dedicated volunteers would be polishing and pricing all of the wonderful antiques the community donates for this beloved fundraising sale.
This year, we are in the process of re-envisioning Relinquished Treasures so that the sale can continue online. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks as we will be making an announcement soon about what this will look like!
On June 4, 1919 the Senate and thus Congress approved the amendment, sending it to the states for ratification. A little over a year later, on August 18, 1920 – by a one-vote margin – Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, and it was added to the U.S. Constitution on August 26th, 1920. That incredible accomplishment was the result of thousands of women who sacrificed so much for so long, many of whom were women of color who did not get the recognition they deserved. Today, we stand on the shoulders of all the suffragists shoulders and continue to push for progress.�#throwbackthursday #suffrage100ma #votesforwomen
Reposted from @suffrage100ma
Did you know that we have a YouTube channel? We've recently compiled recordings of a few recent past programs on the channel. More content will be added so follow us and #LexExploreHistory!
#remotelearning #digitallearning #youtube #lexingtonma
New blog post! Collections and Outreach Manager Stacey shares her thoughts on working from home and general life in Lexington in the time of epidemics, historical and modern.
"Today, I’m pondering the similarities and differences between my work for the Historical Society now, in the time of COVID-19, and the lives of the Lexington residents who lived through, for example, the 1721 smallpox epidemic . . . Without getting into modern politics, what are some of the pros or cons you can think of for living in 1721 or 2020 during an epidemic of disease?"
Share your thoughts in the blog comments or below!
Tonight's lecture with Stephen Knott on Washington and Hamilton is officially SOLD OUT. To join a waiting list, please email [email protected]. Happy Friday!
Fri 15 May, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Join Stephen Knott, co-author of Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America, to hear the tumultuous story of the nation's founding through the unlikely duo of George Washington and Alex
Yesterday's #WhatIsItWednesday is a cheese basket! Otherwise known as a whey strainer, these large woven baskets were used to, well, strain whey from cheese curds during the cheesemaking process. Pretty self-evident naming!
Many of you guessed correctly - well done! Thanks for playing along, everyone. 🧀
More on this object in our online collections database: https://lexingtonhistory.pastperfectonline.com/webobject/C06B9A67-BA40-4956-B2A7-263216424668.
It's #WhatIsItWednesday! This item hangs in the Buckman Tavern kitchen and often prompts questions from visitors. What do YOU think it is? Answer will be posted tomorrow!
Right now, Lexington, along with the rest of the world, is in the midst of a challenging time in its history. The challenges of daily life are being met in unique and often highly creative ways. For the benefit of future generations, we plan to capture this moment in Lexington’s history as fully as we can and create a compilation of “What Life Was Like” during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Lexington Historical Society is pleased to launch our newest collecting initiative: “What Life Was Like in Lexington: The COVID-19 Project.” You and your family can participate in this program in a variety of ways, and this project is open to Lexington residents of ALL ages. We have some suggestions to get you started, but all thoughts are welcome!
If you would like to donate, visit www.lexingtonhistory.org/covid19history. Thank you and stay safe out there! 🧤🥽🦠
On a grey Monday (in the middle of a pandemic), it's nice to remember that lovely flowers still bloom in the Munroe Tavern garden (thanks to the Lexington Field & Garden Club). 🏵️
Have you caught a Bluebird of Hope for yourself or a loved one yet? We sold out of the first batch of these limited edition gifts, but more have arrived from Vermont. Today is the LAST day for Mother's Day delivery, so catch yours now! https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/bluebirds.html
Let's talk about Lexington Park. "In 1901, the Street Railway purchased the “picnic grove” known as Boardman’s Grove, and opened it in 1902 as Lexington Park: a combination picnic destination, restaurant, casino, performance area, and the perfect place for fresh air outings. The idea was to draw more people out to this part of the Lexington-Bedford trolley line." (https://colonialtimesmagazine.com/lexington_park/)
The park boasted exotic animals, theatrical performances, and a women's pavilion (still extant, now a private home). It was a popular local attraction from 1902 to about 1920 and the Historical Society has a number of postcards showing its features.
Learn more about Lexington Park in tomorrow night's "400 years in 400 minutes" program. Presented by long-time Historical Society volunteer Marsha Baker, this will be a fun and comprehensive introduction to town history for residents old and new! Will your favorite slice of Lexington history be highlighted? Tune in and find out!
In 1915, the Massachusetts Suffrage Association created 100,000 tin bluebird signs to be placed around the state, in support of a women's suffrage referendum. While the state referendum did not pass that year, the bluebird became a symbol of the suffrage movement and a token of hope for a better future.
2020 seems the perfect time to bring back the bluebirds - to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, to connect with the suffrage stories in our currently-closed Something Must Be Done exhibit, and to bring new hope to our current reality.
Lexington Historical Society has teamed up with world renowned Vermont potter Miranda Thomas to bring a new flock of bluebirds into the world. Her ceramic bluebirds have come to symbolize many things: hope and healing, the importance of arts and culture in a fractured world, the centennial of the women's suffrage movement, and the strong women and men on the front lines of the 2020 pandemic.
To bring hope to our community and support to our programming, we will be offering a Bluebird of Hope in a special gift box for every online donation of $50 or more to the Society between May 1 and May 30. FOR MOTHER'S DAY DELIVERY, PLEASE ORDER BY THURSDAY MAY 7.
We hope that you will find joy in supporting LHS and consider gifting a Blue Bird of Hope to anyone who is making this world a better place. After all, Something Must Be Done!
To bring hope to our community and support to our programming, we will be offering a Bluebird of Hope in a special gift box for every online donation of $50 or more to the Society between May 1 and...
New blog post! Archives Manager Elizabeth shares what she has been working on at home and a little bit about a new collecting initiative.
"One might think that there is not a lot to keep an archivist busy without easy and immediate access to all our institution’s collections. But think again!"
Well . . . it is not just archivists at home these days. In recent weeks, many of us have been spending a lot more time at home than we normally do. For some professions, working from home was a...
Check out some great offers in the Lexington Chamber of Commerce's Mother's Day promotion brochure. There we are at the bottom! 🍷🐦
It's the first Friday in May so time for another #ArchivesHashtagParty! As always, we appreciate the National Archives for facilitating these.
Today's subject is #ArchivesVirtualVisit. We were looking forward to opening our new Archives and Research Center at Munroe Tavern in April, but that exciting event has been postponed. In the meantime, this cozy corner in our reading room is waiting for visitors in the future!
We all know what put Lexington on the map – the famous events of April 19, 1775. But did you know that Lexington had a long and spectacular history both before and after the battle?
Inspired by Pecha Kucha presentations, this is a whirlwind tour of Lexington’s past, from pre-colonial native society, to the present. Along the way, meet some of Lexington’s most intriguing characters throughout the years, and see how the town progressed from a sleepy farming community to the vibrant cultural center it is today.
Presented by long-time Historical Society volunteer Marsha Baker, this will be a fun and comprehensive introduction to town history for residents old and new. Will your favorite slice of Lexington history be highlighted? Tune in and find out!
Free and open to all! Registration is required. Please email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
It's a boot jack! A boot jack is a tool that aids in the removal of boots. This one is made of wood and lives in the tap room of Buckman Tavern.
13 Depot Square
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