Lexington Historical Society

Lexington Historical Society Lexington Historical Society is an energetic group of people interested in Lexington’s history and enthused about sharing it with the public.
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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.

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And we've got a #blacklivesmatter banner! Our thanks to LexChat and others in town for donating the banner and helping u...
09/03/2020

And we've got a #blacklivesmatter banner! Our thanks to LexChat and others in town for donating the banner and helping us raise it today! ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻 #blm #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #lexingtonmassachusetts

Today felt a bit like fall in Lexington. It's sad to see summer weather end, especially this year, but this photo of Mun...
09/03/2020

Today felt a bit like fall in Lexington. It's sad to see summer weather end, especially this year, but this photo of Munroe Tavern from last October reminds us that the season brings outdoor beauty all its own. 🍂

Please join us tomorrow evening for the next installment in Lexington Remembers WWII. A panel discussion titled "WWII - ...
09/01/2020

Please join us tomorrow evening for the next installment in Lexington Remembers WWII. A panel discussion titled "WWII - Rebuilding Lives" will run Wednesday September 2nd 7 - 8:30 PM. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_W92C3KcoSTSTLg1_E1A8rQ.

When we read about World War II, our understanding is influenced by our own experiences, our regional viewpoint, and our national historians. We rarely learn about how others from different countries experienced the war. This program, sponsored by the Lexington Remembers WWII Committee, offers the unique opportunity to hear the personal stories of four Lexington residents who lived through World War II, each from a different country. Three of them were forced to leave their homeland and make an arduous personal journey to rebuild their lives. All of them experienced the horrors of war firsthand.

As we observe the 75th anniversary of V-J Day, marking the official surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945, these stories of personal struggle, survival, and renewal are a fitting tribute.

Bill Poole, moderator, who has degrees in Chemistry, biochemistry, and history, taught college level history and science before spending 20 years in the textbook publishing industry. A member and former Captain Commanding of the Lexington Minute Men, he portrays Ebenezer Locke, his sixth great-grandfather. A US Army veteran, he is a longtime member and former President of the Lexington Historical Society.

Puran Dang, panelist, grew up in India in what is now part of Pakistan. While 200,000 Indian troops fought in the war, Mahatma Gandhi was leading an internal struggle to free India from 200 years of British rule. The British departed after the war, but first they divided India into two countries, creating the nation of Pakistan. Puran’s Hindu family was persecuted in their new Muslim country and fled for their lives back to India, taking decades to rebuild their lives.

George Gamota, panelist, was born near the Polish-Ukraine border in an area caught between the approaching Soviet army under Joseph Stalin and the invading German army under Adolf Hitler. Fearing banishment to Siberia or execution, the family set out to cross the Carpathian Mountains in a primitive horse-drawn wooden cart. In a journey that lasted nearly a year and took them through Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria, the Gamota family finally found refuge in American-occupied Germany, and eventually in America.

Sophia Ho, panelist, spent her girlhood in a China torn apart by war. Chiang Kai-Shek and his Nationalist Army fought for control of China with Mao Zedung and his Communists, backed by the Soviets. In 1935 the Japanese invaded China in a war that lasted eight years. As the daughter of a general in Chiang Kai-Shek’s army, Sophia saw the war firsthand, always keeping one step ahead of the advancing Japanese. In 1941, China was caught up in World War II. By 1948 the Communists were in control, and the Nationalists were in full retreat.

Ivor Morgan, panelist, grew up in London during the Blitz, Hitler’s plan to bomb Britain into submission. His Welsh parents ran a grocery and milk business not far from Hyde Park, and the family lived upstairs. Ivor and his brother were sent several times to his grandparents in the Welsh countryside for safety, but he still has many memories of the close calls with bombs falling on nearby buildings, the blackouts, air raids, searchlights, and anti-aircraft gunfire. Ten years after the war, Ivor joined the RAF, became an officer, and worked on the radar system that warned the RAF of incoming German raids during the war.

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Lexington Remembers WWII is made possible in part by a grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. This project is also sponsored by the Lexington Rotary Club and Lexington Lions Club.

Tuesday September 1 is the last official day of the Relinquished Treasures Online fundraiser! If you are like the local ...
08/31/2020

Tuesday September 1 is the last official day of the Relinquished Treasures Online fundraiser! If you are like the local shopper below, you might have been waiting on something before buying an item. Now's the time to make your move! Happy shopping!

https://shoplexingtonhistory.square.site/relinquished-treasures

"Just passing along that our home is always improved by Relinquished Treasures. In this case, I had my eye on the oak high chair. A child should really get to be in the chair, I thought, but as it hadn’t been claimed, I happily picked it up last weekend. I have an art project in mind, but suspected at least one of our cats might be curious. Here, Freddie demonstrates how grateful he also is that you all persevered and helped items and customers find each other amidst the pandemic." 🐈🪑❤️

08/27/2020

Due to the forecast (⛈️), please note that our 1 PM Buckman Tavern talk is canceled today!

#DYK that the Relinquished Treasures fundraiser is not just furniture and home goods? A number of scarves, purses, and p...
08/25/2020

#DYK that the Relinquished Treasures fundraiser is not just furniture and home goods? A number of scarves, purses, and pieces of jewelry have been snapped up, but some remain! They are packaged into lots which makes finding a great deal very simple. The jewelry lots, for example, are 1/$35 or 2/$50 and contain pins, earrings, necklaces, bracelets - a crafter's dream!

https://shoplexingtonhistory.square.site/relinquished-treasures

New blog post! Programs Manager Sarah looks at epidemics of disease in 18th century greater Boston."One of the most endu...
08/24/2020
pestilenceandpox

New blog post! Programs Manager Sarah looks at epidemics of disease in 18th century greater Boston.

"One of the most enduring mysteries of the Old Burying Ground is a low, long gravestone, adorned not with the usual winged soul of the Revolutionary years, but with six tiny, very human figures. These carvings represent six of the seven children of Sarah and Abijah Childs, who died within three weeks of each other in the summer of 1778. These children were among many casualties in an unnamed epidemic that swept through Lexington that year. Such a marker is a testament to how little some things change over the years, as we work our way through humanity’s latest deadly disease."

Read more: https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog/of-pestilence-and-pox

One of the most enduring mysteries of the Old Burying Ground is a low, long gravestone, adorned not with the usual winged soul of the Revolutionary years, but with six tiny, very human figures. These...

Thanks for sharing these resources, Succesful Steam! We're so looking forward to having Serena Zabin join us for the boo...
08/24/2020

Thanks for sharing these resources, Succesful Steam! We're so looking forward to having Serena Zabin join us for the book club on December 8th! Details will be posted on our website soon.

@lexhistsoc Here is a my well-loved copy of Serena Zabin’s newest book, “The Boston Massacre: A Family Massacre”. I am looking forward to hearing Dr. Zabin speak when you host her in December. I have included some links to previous presentations, including an interview with the team working on a video game, “Witness to the Revolution” based on Zabin’s book. Issues at hand are historical questions, and the sometimes problematic nature of first-hand accounts and [email protected] #amrev #americanrevolution #bostonmassachusetts #history #bostonmassacre #3dmodeling #digitalhumanities #videogames #carlton #mar #museumsfromhome #america #iconicevent #colonies @ Lexington Historical Society

#DYK that we've started walk-up ticketing AND expanded our daily tour schedule??? Starting today, we're offering SIX gui...
08/21/2020

#DYK that we've started walk-up ticketing AND expanded our daily tour schedule??? Starting today, we're offering SIX guided tours per day Friday to Monday and two per day Tuesday to Thursday. You can buy your tickets in advance online or buy a walk-up same-day ticket! Tours are just $5 and directly support the Historical Society's operations. See you soon!

Relinquished Treasures 2020 is drawing to a close and today begins our fourth and final sale of the summer!This final gr...
08/20/2020

Relinquished Treasures 2020 is drawing to a close and today begins our fourth and final sale of the summer!

This final group of antiques and collectables features some great deals. New items include ceramics and sets of china, glassware, decorative arts pieces, a wide variety of paintings and framed photographs, clocks, jewelry, and more!

Whatever your needs, Relinquished Treasures has something for you. In addition, items from previous sales are now discounted, and some have been packaged into lots at amazing prices!

Find your treasure at https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/relinquishedtreasures.

08/19/2020

Somehow this post, scheduled for Facebook yesterday, never went through! 🤷🏼‍♀️ Let's give it a second try, shall we?

"#OnThisDay one hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified and American women finally had the legal right to #vote!

Our 2020-2022 exhibit focuses on bold women in Lexington over the last ~250 years, including the 70+ year fight for suffrage. It opened March 8, but of course closed almost immediately due to the pandemic. However, it will be up for at least 2 more years, so you may still get your chance to see it in person!

In the meantime, take a video tour to learn more about Lexington's bold women at www.lexingtonhistory.org/exhibits (link in bio).

And check out some great suffrage resources at our partner organization, @suffrage100ma.

And don't forget to VOTE! ✊"

#DYK that today is #MuseumMaskDay? Staffers Sarah and Stacey show off their masks in action here. Sarah gives us a sneak...
08/19/2020

#DYK that today is #MuseumMaskDay? Staffers Sarah and Stacey show off their masks in action here. Sarah gives us a sneak peek at our December 8 Book Club book, by Lexington native Serena Zabin and Stacey gives a thumbs up during a maintenance check of Hancock-Clarke House.

New blog post! Local student and guest blogger Amy Palmer returns to grapple with another timely issue - jury representa...
08/17/2020

New blog post! Local student and guest blogger Amy Palmer returns to grapple with another timely issue - jury representation. Women's suffrage was ratified on August 18, 1920, but what happened after suffrage was granted?

"This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. We all can name the year women earned the right to vote, but too often we forget the many other achievements that were still in the making. Yes, women’s suffrage was accomplished in 1920, but did you know women were prohibited from serving on juries in Massachusetts until 1950? 30 years later! How is this possible?"

Read more: https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog/justiceforall

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Images of two of the first women jurors from Boston Herald, September 1950.

Dan Fenn was a wonderful citizen and historian. He introduced one of our WWII speakers in June and impressed us all with...
08/15/2020
Doug Lucente on Twitter

Dan Fenn was a wonderful citizen and historian. He introduced one of our WWII speakers in June and impressed us all with his knowledge - technical and historical. Rest in peace, Dan. 🇺🇲

“Rest In Peace Dan Fenn. The Battle Green Flag in @TownOfLexMA was lowered in honor of our beloved former Selectman. Lexington was a better place because of his leadership. Our thoughts are with his family. ⁦@jnpato⁩ ⁦@SuzieBarryLex⁩ ⁦@jih2lx⁩ @MarkSandeen⁩”

Big news - starting Monday August 17, we will be offering same-day walk-up ticketing at Buckman Tavern!  You can sign up...
08/14/2020

Big news - starting Monday August 17, we will be offering same-day walk-up ticketing at Buckman Tavern! You can sign up for a walking tour or purchase an item from our museum shop on the spot. Museum staff will be on site for ticket and shop sales from 9:30 AM - 2 PM.

If you can't wait until Monday, pre-purchased tickets are still available for tours, and all guided tours are just $5. See you (safely) soon!

lexingtonhistory.org/landscapes

The Treasures Are Going, the Treasures Are Going!On Thursday August 20 (or Tuesday August 18 if you are a member), the f...
08/13/2020

The Treasures Are Going, the Treasures Are Going!

On Thursday August 20 (or Tuesday August 18 if you are a member), the fourth and final sale of Relinquished Treasures 2020 will open to the public. A beautiful selection of artwork, jewelry, silver, fine china, glassware, furniture, linens, and more will be released AND items unsold from the previous three sales will be discounted so you could score a great deal!

Purchases are made online through our museum shop, so buying a desk or a painting is as easy as buying a museum admission or a tricorn hat! Visit lexingtonhistory.org/relinquishedtreasures to shop online now and remember to mark your calendar for the grand finale on August 20!

On 8/21, join local author Irene Hannigan & our Archives Manager Elizabeth Mubarek for a virtual workshop on creating "w...
08/12/2020

On 8/21, join local author Irene Hannigan & our Archives Manager Elizabeth Mubarek for a virtual workshop on creating "word photos," which can be a gift for a friend or a donation to our COVID-19 oral history project (www.lexingtonhistory.org/covid19history)!

Co-sponsored w/ Cary Memorial Library. Contact [email protected] with questions. ✍️

"Dear Friends: It has been five months since the state shut down and Lexington Historical Society closed its doors. I th...
08/11/2020
The State of the Historical Society

"Dear Friends: It has been five months since the state shut down and Lexington Historical Society closed its doors. I thought I would give our members and friends an update on how we have coped, what we have continued to do normally, and what we have done differently. And of course, how this might affect our future."

Read more of our August update from Executive Director Erica McAvoy at www.lexingtonhistory.org/blog/augustupdate.

Dear Friends: It has been five months since the state shut down and Lexington Historical Society closed its doors. I thought I would give our members and friends an update on how we have coped, what...

Happy #nationalbookloversday! This is part of our reference library in the Reading Room at the Archives and Research Cen...
08/10/2020

Happy #nationalbookloversday! This is part of our reference library in the Reading Room at the Archives and Research Center. 📚❤️

Every September, Lexington Historical Society hosts the Golf Classic, an important fundraiser that supports the maintena...
08/07/2020

Every September, Lexington Historical Society hosts the Golf Classic, an important fundraiser that supports the maintenance and preservation of our historic house museums.

Due to the pandemic we had to cancel this year's event. We will miss seeing friends on the links, but there is good news!

Generous supporters have agreed to match up to $10,000 in donations received from Golf Classic friends and supporters! Whether you play golf or not, please consider making a donation. Because of the match, it will be doubled!

Contributing is easy; visit www.lexingtonhistory.org/give, click on the button for financial donations, and leave a note in the comment box at checkout letting us know the reason for your donation. Thank you!

This unusual object is a water pump from the Fiske Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was a witness object to the Brit...
08/06/2020

This unusual object is a water pump from the Fiske Farm in Lexington, Massachusetts. It was a witness object to the British retreat on April 19 1775 and to a specific event involving James Hayward of Acton. His epitaph eloquently references what happened when he met a British soldier at the well and both he and the soldier fired. The British soldier died on the spot and Hayward later died of his wounds.

"This monument may unborn ages tell
How brave young Hayward like a hero fell,
When fighting for his country's liberty
Was slain, and here his body now doth lye —
He and his foe were by each other slain.
His victim's blood and his the earth did stain.
From ye field he was with victory crowned
And yet must yield his breath upon that ground.
He expressed his hope in God before his death.
After his foe had yielded up his breath.
Oh, may his death a lasting witness lye,
Against oppressor's bloody cruelty."

For more of James Hayward's story, visit www.actonmemoriallibrary.org/civilwar/exhibit/1-3.

And for more about the pump in our Collections Spotlight from April, https://youtu.be/1llEHxWWWeU. Start at the beginning or around 7:11 if you only want to hear about the pump!

The hot & humid weather pushing up the coast from #TropicalStormIsaias has made being outside fairly unpleasant lately. ...
08/05/2020

The hot & humid weather pushing up the coast from #TropicalStormIsaias has made being outside fairly unpleasant lately. Cooler, more comfortable weather seems in the forecast soon, though!

You can book a guided tour now for this weekend, or next Monday, or any of the 2-3 times per day they are offered. Tours are just $5 per person & follow CDC, MA, and Lexington health protocols - come join us!

https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/landscapes

A wonderful initiative and we're so pleased to have helped some on the research side!https://lexsuffrage.wixsite.com/cel...
08/03/2020
Home | Lexington Suffrage

A wonderful initiative and we're so pleased to have helped some on the research side!

https://lexsuffrage.wixsite.com/celebrate

In school, you were probably taught that womxn achieved suffrage with the ratification of the 19th amendment on August 18th, 1920. But not all womxn did. The 19th amendment granted suffrage only to white womxn; it made discrimination on the basis of sex illegal at the polls. However, discriminatio...

Did you know there is a safe & unique shopping experience right now in the windows of the Depot building?As Relinquished...
07/31/2020

Did you know there is a safe & unique shopping experience right now in the windows of the Depot building?

As Relinquished Treasures continues, our windows have become miniature pop-up shops showcasing the fun vintage collectables available for purchase. From Hummels to handbags, artwork to jewelry, there is something for everyone to be found. As you stroll down the bike path this weekend, be sure to take a walk around the building to see all that Relinquished Treasures has to offer!

The windows have all been assigned a number and a name of a Lexington school. Once you've spied a potential purchase, head over to our website to take a look at pricing. We've updated item pictures to make items easier to find individually!

Want to take a closer look in person? No problem! Volunteers will be available to show you anything you wish by appointment.

Appointments can be made for any time between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM the weeks of August 3-7 and 10-14. This appointment system has your safety in mind. Face coverings are required, and please be mindful of social distancing.

Also be sure to bring a smartphone if you have one - you might come to look at one item and leave with several treasures purchased right then and there!

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13 Depot Square
Lexington, MA
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I am writing a short story about the Revolution, for my own pleasure really, but I am looking at the history. Do you happen to have any record (or an educated guess) as to when the Dunlap broadside was available/posted in Lexington for people to read?
Have you got 50 grand kicking around ??
Are there any known portraits of Captain Benjamin Reed (Jr) Born 13 May 1718 Lexington Massachusetts. Past first of March 1790 Rutland Massachusetts. Or Major Benjamin Reed esquire 22nd of October 1696 Cambridge farms Lexington Massachusetts past 21 December 1765 Lexington Massachusetts or Captain William Read 22nd of September 1662 Woburn Massachusetts. Passed 12th of May 1718 Lexington. Also wondering where I could find more information out about them in this crazy time we’re living in. I know Captain Benjamin Read was at the battle of Bunker/Breeds hill looking for documentation on that as well. From the first to last on this list they are my sixth, seventh, and eighth great grandfathers in my direct line to my mother 
Here's hoping some of the Bold Women of Lexington will be depicted!
Happy Birthday to President John Adams! This day should be a National Holiday, too! 😎
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Hello my name is Marie Morgan Blacketer. I was wondering if you might have on file a photograph of the old Turner service station out on 224 hwy. It was a large two story stucco house that used one room as their store. It had one gasoline pump. I live in the old rock house with brick pillars on the North side of the hwy and railroad tracks. The Turner station was across the road. Thank you for any help you might give me. 🌹
Hi, wondering if you were aware of part of this tv show being filmed in Lexington center (1960ish?) 'Route 66' staring Martin Milner (later of Adam - 12). If you go about 8 minutes into this episode you will see the Minuteman statue and the old Colonial Block in the background. Sincerely, Scott MacNeil (Comedian)
Attention!! All Past and Present LBH Raider athletes. We are still in need of players for the 2018 season! We need your help to spread the word about our organization. So please share our page and tell your friends and co workers! We are looking for kids age 7-13 who would like to play football. Practices will kick off in August so there is plenty of time to get signed up! if any one has any questions don't hesitate to message us with any questions!!
Did you see our story earlier this month about how the discovery of the USS Lexington's wreck has impacted both the town and the ship's survivors?
Never forget