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The Society is an all volunteer organization dedicated to preserve the history of Marshfield and is based at the Marcia Thomas House in Marshfield, MA
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Join the fun and learn a little, too! Hope to see everyone there!
Come down and see the rededication!!
Time to Renew your Membership in the Marshfield Historical Society!
Dear Friend: Your annual membership dues help us accomplish our mission: To preserve historic structures, to collect, display and preserve artifacts and photographs relative to the Town of Marshfield and its surroundings, and to educate and inform the public about the history of Marshfield.
The 1857 Old Winslow Schoolhouse is a good example of our preservation-related accomplishments. This restoration is complete, thanks in part to a CPC grant. Third- graders can finally enter both the girl’s and boy’s doors when they come in June for the yearly tours! This photo of the girl’s entrance shows the beautiful condition of the completed restoration - all done using 19th century building techniques (e.g. no glue, nails or screws used in restored shutters, doors or windows, only wooden pegs).
Dave Welch, President
Jane Davidson, Membership Chair
PS: Remember your renewal will give you a discount for events like our Annual Meeting.
Mark your calendar for March 11, 2018 for another great meeting at Haddads Ocean Café with local author and historian John Galluzzo, as our featured speaker.
Annual Dues Renewal Form for Calendar Year 2018 – Marshfield Historical Society
Return this completed form to the Marshfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 1244, Marshfield, MA 02050, with a check made payable to “Marshfield Historical Society – Dues 2018”.
Name: ______________________________ Address: _______________________________
Telephone: __________________________ Email: _________________________________
Enclosed is $_______ for 2018 Annual Dues through 12/31/2018 (Student/Senior $25, Individual $30, Family $50 and Business $100). Use your cancelled check for tax purposes. The 105-year-old Marshfield Historical Society is a registered non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization.
Please Come to our Pro-Am Lecture on Colonial Dwelling & Meeting Houses in the Marcia Thomas House on Sunday the 21st. Refreshments will be served at 1:30pm, with the talk starting at 2:00pm.
As this region prepares for the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing, the Marshfield Historical Society will explore evidence of this early colonial period in our Town and nearby Plymouth County with noted historian Stephen O’Neill.
Dwelling & Meeting Houses were the two most visible building types on the South Shore during the Colonial period. Dwellinghouses dotted the landscape, while Meetinghouses were the focus of towns and communities. This talk explores the closely related architecture between private homes and public meetinghouses during the Colonial period. Surviving examples from Marshfield and surrounding towns, combined with documentary, photographic, and archaeological evidence, will be used to illustrate the functions of these two types of Colonial buildings.
Stephen O’Neill is a graduate of Boston College and Boston University. He is currently the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society. Since 2005, he has taught at Suffolk University as Senior Lecturer in the History Department. Other courses taught by O’Neill include: History of Plymouth Colony, History of Piracy, Material Culture, Public History & Cultural Heritage, and History: Curating & Exhibiting.
From 2004 to 2016, O’Neill was the Associate Director & Curator of Collections at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, where he curated more than twenty temporary exhibitions.
O’Neill has been a guest curator at The Bostonian Society and Heritage Museums & Gardens. O’Neill is a lifelong resident of the South Shore of Massachusetts, a member of the Old Colony Club in Plymouth, a life member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a Proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum.
Mass Memories Roadshow! Thanks UMass Boston!
Please Join the Marshfield Historical Society
For a candlelit stroll at
Strawbery Banke, an enchanting outdoor
History museum in historic
Saturday December 16, 2017
Cost is $50.00 per person & includes motor coach
Transportation and refreshments
You must Reserve a space by November 17th
Reservations are filling up fast, Motorcoach will depart library Plaza at 2:30 pm and arrive back at 10:00 pm
For a list of additional Activities at Strawbery Banke
please visit the
Marshfield Historical Society’s website www.marshfieldhistoricalsociety.com or
contact Gloria at 781-837-3066
The Marshfield Historical Society’s first Pro-Am lecture of the 2017-2018 season will take place on Sunday, October 15th, 2017. The topic is Boatbuilding in Marshfield: Then and Now with presenters Roger Crawford and Tim Davidson. The venue is Crawford’s Boatbuilding Shop, 1240 Ferry Street, Marshfield at White’s Ferry.
At 1:15 to 1:45 PM, meet at Marcia Thomas House for refreshments and carpool to 1240 Ferry St or drive to Ferry Street directly. Lecture to start at 2:00 to 2:15 PM when Tim Davidson will give an historical perspective of 18th and 19th century shipbuilding on the North River using materials from our archives. This will be followed by Roger Crawford leading the group through his shop to see the manufacturing process for his popular Melonseed class sailboat.
The boat yard building’s size limits the attendance to 22 registered and prepaid ticketholders. Tickets are priced at $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For reservations to the 2017 event, mail your check made out to the Marshfield Historical Society to Jane Davidson, 79 Parker Street, Marshfield, MA 02050. For more information call (781) 801 0392. First come, first served. (The Society plans to hold this same event on October 21st, 2018 for a new group of attendees).
Crawford Boat Building was established in 1976, and for over four decades Master Boatbuilder Roger Crawford has followed in the long tradition of building high quality boats on the banks of the North and South Rivers, sending his craft to ply the waters of not only most of the US states, but Canada, several European countries and the Caribbean. Nearly 775 of Crawford’s traditional rowing and sailing craft have been built in his Ferry Street boat shop.
Join in with us for a tour of his shop, his boats, construction methods and interesting collection of tools of the trade as well as some background on the building of sailing ships on the North River in a spot where they were actually built.
Beautiful Day today! While you're out and about, stop by the Marcia Thomas House and see some of our new exhibits. Open today 1pm-4pm. Stop by and say hi!
PRO-AM PRESENTATION MHS ON APRIL 9
RECALLING WALTER CROSSLEY'S MARSHFIELD HISTORY
Senior Marshfield residents recall Walter Crossley as a charming local historian and journalist. His outlet was the Marshfield Mariner of the 1970s and early 1980s when the staff fluctuated between 10 and 12 reporters and commentators. Each week he offered his highly personal recollections of life in a rustic community that was disappearing as intense development swept across the South Shore.
A native of Pembroke, Walter spent several decades as a summer resident of Damon's Point before he took the plunge and established his year-round resident on the Point for several more decades. His early employment was in lumber mills, and he progressed through construction to become an industrial arts teacher at Silver Lake High School. Along the way he developed hankering for lobstering, fishing and clam bakes. He built his own vessels including the lobster boat Nora, and he also built boats for several other local lobstermen. His miniature bird carvings still perch in many Marshfield homes. As a carpenter, he also repaired and improved numerous homes in Marshfield Hills.
On April 9 we will have a program that reviews half a dozen articles written by Walter. After going over an article, the presenter, Bob Jackman, will then fill out the subject either by examining some related historical developments or by carrying the subject forward in time to the present.
This will be an enjoyable chance to recall one of the community's favorite "characters" while also reflecting on the changes that took place locally from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. History, nostalgia, and friendship will comingle.
The program will be presented on April 9 at the Marcia Thomas House on 65 Webster Street, Marshfield at 1:30pm.
On Sunday, November 20th at 1:30 PM Radio Pioneer Reginald Fessenden’s Breakthrough in Marshfield Pro-Am lecture* will be presented by Ed Perry, Owner WATD Radio; Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room.
Somehow the memory of Marshfield as the birthplace of radio has fallen through the cracks. The 1906 experiments Fessenden did from a shack in Brant Rock first showed that he could transmit his voice a few miles away to Duxbury without the use of wires. But to prove it wasn’t a trick, he transmitted his voice and music to ships hundreds of miles in the Atlantic. Although he fell short of beaming a radio transmission to a wireless station he built in Scotland, he made his point. He started a technological race that has yet to end.
Ed Perry, owner of WATD Radio and history buff will share Fessenden’s story with us. He’ll mention how Marconi stole Fessenden’s thunder with a successful trans-Atlantic transmission. He will play a tape of an interview with Fessenden recorded in Newton, Massachusetts for us to hear his voice and share his vision.
Only the base of the original Brant Rock tower remains now, but two walls of the Fessenden Brant Rock laboratory are being preserved jointly by the Marshfield Historical Society and WATD so this historic experiment will be remembered in the future.
* Suggested donations for the Pro-Am lectures are $10 for non-members and for $5 members. Pro-Am lectures are preceded by free snacks and beverages starting at 1:30 PM through 2:00 PM when the speaker starts. Questions and answers follow. The Marcia Thomas House is located at 65 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA near the Historic Winslow House. It is the headquarters of the Marshfield Historical Society and houses its museum and archives.
Press Release: Marshfield Historical Society Program Line-up for 2016-2017
***In keeping with the Mission of the Marshfield Historical Society to educate the public and Society members about local history, the Board has approved the following events through the spring of 2017.***
-- Sunday, November 20th at 1:30 PM Radio Pioneer Reginald Fessenden’s Breakthrough in Marshfield Pro-Am lecture* presented by Ed Perry, Owner WATD Radio; Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room.
-- Sunday December 11th at 1:30 PM Members Appreciation Holiday Party including wine and cheese, snacks and beverages; Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room and museum. No charge for members.
-- Sunday, January 15th 2017 at 1:30 PM What the Ford Collection Means to Local Historians Pro-Am lecture* presented by Dottie Melcher, Curator MHS; Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room and museum.
-- Tuesday, January 24th at 7:00 PM The Ten Most Significant Maps of Colonial New England presented by Bob Jackman, local historian (first of a series of four); Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room. Suggested donation $5 per person.
-- Sunday, February 19th at 1:30 PM Loyalists/Tories in Marshfield in 1776 Pro-Am lecture* presented by Aaron Dougherty, past Executive Director Historic Winslow House, Executive Director Natick Historical Society; Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room.
-- Tuesday, February 28th at 7:00 PM Marshfield’s Coastal Changes in the Last 6,000 Years presented by Bob Jackman, local historian (second of a series of four); Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room. Suggested donation $5 per person.
-- Sunday, March 26th at 1:00 PM Annual Meeting and Dinner. Lecture is Marshfield’s Lifesaving Station presented by Victoria Stevens, Curator & Acting Director Hull Lifesaving Museum; Venue: Haddad’s Ocean Café second floor function room. Suggested donation TBD.
-- Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 PM Packet Boats Conducting Trade on the North River presented by Bob Jackman, local historian (third of a series of four); Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room. Suggested donation $5 per person.
-- Sunday, April 16th at 1:30 PM Pro-Am lecture* To Be Determined (TBD)
Tuesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM Harvesting Flax and Processing It into Linen garments in Colonial Marshfield presented by Bob Jackman, local historian (last of a series of four); Venue: Marcia Thomas House lecture room. Suggested donation $5 per person.
-- Sunday, May 25th at 1:30 Pro Am lecture* TBD
* Suggested donations for the Pro-Am lectures is $10 for non-members and for $5 members. Pro-Am lectures are preceded by free snacks and beverages starting at 1:30 PM through 2:00 PM when the speaker starts. Questions and answers follow. The Marcia Thomas House is located at 65 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA near the Historic Winslow House. It is the Headquarters of the Marshfield Historical Society and houses its museum and archives.
Please join us tomorrow!
Re-Dedication Ceremony for the Old Winslow Schoolhouse
Sunday October 12th, 2015
1:00 PM At Restored Schoolhouse at Careswell and Webster Streets
Program of Events
1. Start service of refreshments hand out program (at 1:00 PM)
2. Pledge of Allegiance / 33-star Flag Raising (at 1:30 PM)
3. Welcome, Dave Welch, President, Marshfield Historical Society (4-5 min)
4. Carol Schrand, Member, Marshfield School Committee (4-5 min)
5. Jim Cantwell, State Representative for Marshfield (4-5 min)
6. Michele Campion, Member, Marshfield Historical Commission (4-5 min)
7. Tim Davidson, Project Leader, Marshfield Historical Society (4-5 min)
8. Tours of Schoolhouse with Docent/Directors (20-25 min)
9. End service of refreshments (estimated at 2:30 PM)
Marcia Thomas House open this Sunday from 1 to 4! Come see the Rev. Edward Thompson's foot stone, recently rescued from auction!
June 25 2016
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Please join us for our first progressive dinner.
Celebrated in the rooms and on the lawns of these local gems.
Join the Historical Society for appetizers at the Marcia Thomas House.
Move next to the 1699 Winslow House for dinner. Wind up the night with dessert at the Daniel Webster Estate.
Attendance is limited to 60 guests. Tickets are $30.00 per person; bring a friend and receive a pair of tickets for $50.00. Advance reservations
required by Wednesday, June 22nd. For further information call (781) 8375753 or email [email protected]
Online reservations: winslowhouse.org
Pay by checks made out to one of the following: Winslow House Association, Marshfield Historical Society, or DWPT
Mail checks to:
DWPT at Box 238, Green Harbor, MA 02041
First come, first served!
Mau Van Duren: James Madison
Architect of the Constitution
“The powers delegated by the proposed constitution to
The federal government are few and defined. Those
which are to remain in the State governments are
numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised
principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation,
and foreign commerce; with which last the power of
taxation will, for the most part, be connected. The powers
reserved to the several States, will extend to all the
objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern
the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the
internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”
James Madison 1787
Mau VanDuren, author of Many Heads andMany Hands , James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union will present his views on
The origins of our Constitutional Republic at the Marcia Thomas House, 65 Webster Street on June 26, 2016 at 2PM . His talk title is Francis Doughty, visionary or trouble maker. Concepts developed in Europe, tested in Colonial America, and implemented in the United States Constitution. A book signing will be provided.
Seating is limited. Please call 781-837-3066 by June 22 to reserve a seat. The suggested donation is $5 as this is a fund raiser for the Marshfield Historical Society.
“I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom
of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in
power than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all of you who served! Stop by our new window on the side of Marshall's at Webster Square in Marshfield! We'll keep you updated Historical Society events all summer long!
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