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What would you like to know about Natick? Discover our museum, research library, books and maps for sale, and programs for all ages. Museum reopens in Dec.

Mission: The Natick Historical Society builds community by inspiring connections to local history. Our Mission Through our collections, programs, and outreach, the mission of the Natick Historical Society is to conserve, interpret, and share the historic elements of our past that are central to the development and ongoing life of the Natick community.

Join us Saturday March 7, for a fun discussion on handmade crafts!..#natickhistoricalsociety #handmadecrafts #studyandsh...
02/20/2020

Join us Saturday March 7, for a fun discussion on handmade crafts!
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#natickhistoricalsociety #handmadecrafts #studyandshare #showandtell #natickma #letstalkaboutit #historybuff

On Wednesday, February 19, the History Channel airs a one-hour program, “Black Patriots.” It features, among others, the...
02/19/2020
Crispus Attucks - Framingham History Center

On Wednesday, February 19, the History Channel airs a one-hour program, “Black Patriots.” It features, among others, the story of Crispus Attucks, the first man to die in the Boston Massacre 250 years ago, on March 5, 1770.

Attucks was born in Framingham, son of an enslaved African-American father and a Natick Indian mother. She is believed to be a descendant of John Attucks, a Natick Praying Indian who was killed in King Philip’s War in 1676.

Crispus Attucks (1723 – 1770) was an enslaved man born in South Framingham of African and Native American parents. His father, Prince Yonger, was thought to have been a slave brought to America from Africa and his mother Nancy Attucks was a Natick Indian. Attucks was a direct descendant of John At...

A Sailor's Valentine! Congrats to everyone who got it right! P.S. we apologize for the late post. We had some issues wit...
02/18/2020

A Sailor's Valentine! Congrats to everyone who got it right!
P.S. we apologize for the late post. We had some issues with our post scheduler.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #sailorsvalentine #valentines #shellart #keepsakes #keepsakebox

We got a head start on Valentine’s Day at our February 8 Valentine-making workshop! Look at a sample of the beautiful cr...
02/17/2020

We got a head start on Valentine’s Day at our February 8 Valentine-making workshop! Look at a sample of the beautiful creations our participants made.

We are delighted to share “Natick Remembers” featuring John H. Garabedian, founder of Natick's radio station WGTR/1060 A...
02/17/2020
Watch "Natick Remembers" with John H. Garabedian — Natick Historical Society

We are delighted to share “Natick Remembers” featuring John H. Garabedian, founder of Natick's radio station WGTR/1060 AM and a nationally recognized radio and television personality. John’s talk with Joe Weisse covers his early years in AM radio at WORC in Worcester and his work running WGTR in Natick. You’ll learn a lot and smile as he describes what it was like to oversee the first radio show to cover the Boston Marathon - en route in Natick!

Thank you to Natick Pegasus, Joe Weisse, and, of course, to John H. Garabedian.

https://www.natickhistoricalsociety.org/news/2020/2/17/watch-natick-remembers-with-john-h-garabedian

We are delighted to share “Natick Remembers” featuring John H. Garabedian, founder of Natick's radio station WGTR/1060 AM and a nationally recognized radio and television personality. John’s talk with Joe Weisse covers his early years in AM radio at WORC in Worcester and his work running WGTR ...

For this week's #WhatIsItWednesday, what could this be?..#natickhistoricalsociety #littledetails #whatisitwednesday #wha...
02/12/2020

For this week's #WhatIsItWednesday, what could this be?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #littledetails #whatisitwednesday #whatisit #humpdaymotivation #humpdayvibes #wednesdaymood #triviawednesday

Women in Natick: Share Your "Herstory"! Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the...
02/04/2020

Women in Natick: Share Your "Herstory"!

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, the Natick Historical Society is developing an exhibit to celebrate the history of Natick women. The exhibit will highlight the extraordinary nature of women's everyday lives and more.

We're hoping you can help!

Do you have a photograph, document, or artifact that tells a story about women living in Natick? Is there a particular Natick woman whom you'd like to see featured in this exhibit? We want to hear from you! All suggestions and thoughts are welcome.

Share your ideas with us: https://www.natickhistoricalsociety.org/natick-women

Image: Sophia Orlow, stitcher, Harwood Baseball Factory, photo by Tom Mitchell

Answer to #WhatIsItWednesday: Alphabet Sampler by Keziah Kimball, 1817. This is a form of sampler that became very popul...
02/03/2020

Answer to #WhatIsItWednesday: Alphabet Sampler by Keziah Kimball, 1817. This is a form of sampler that became very popular in the 18th century. Very often the alphabet was repeated in lower case and in various font styles. It was a demonstration of the author's needlework skill.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #needlework #sampler #alphabetsampler #kimballfamily #natickma #embroiderydesign #18thcentury #19thcentury

Can you guess the object in this week's #WhatIsItWednesday?..#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisit #canyouguess #littledeta...
01/29/2020

Can you guess the object in this week's #WhatIsItWednesday?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisit #canyouguess #littledetails #humpdaymotivation

Valentines of a century ago were lacy, layered, and elaborate. Yours will be too! Come to the Natick History Museum to m...
01/21/2020

Valentines of a century ago were lacy, layered, and elaborate. Yours will be too! Come to the Natick History Museum to make old-fashioned valentines and test your Valentine’s Day trivia knowledge at our valentine-making workshop.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #valentinesday #valentinecards #valentineworkshop #workshop #valentinecrafts #vintagecards #natickma #historymuseum #tuesdayfunday #creativecrafts #kidscrafts #familyfun

We're so grateful to Paper Fiesta for selling books about Natick's history. Be sure to head downtown and pick up your co...
01/21/2020

We're so grateful to Paper Fiesta for selling books about Natick's history. Be sure to head downtown and pick up your copies today! Your purchase of one of these books supports the Natick Historical Society AND an awesome local business! Thank you, Paper Fiesta!
https://www.facebook.com/paperfiesta/

You’ve asked for it and now we’ve got it! We’ve partnered up with @natickhistoricalsociety to offer a selection of books on the history of Natick. #paperfiesta #shopnatickcenter #shoplocal #shopsmall #natick #natickcenter #natickhistory #metrowestboston #shopmetrowestboston #storiesofnatick #natickma #natickstories #newenglandtown #natickhistoricalsociety

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: a gavel and block, made from the Old Natick Elm, presented to Helen Holbro...
01/18/2020

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: a gavel and block, made from the Old Natick Elm, presented to Helen Holbrook by Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Crowell, c. 1950
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#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisitwednesday #gavelandblock #judge #woodworking #natickma #elmwood #historybuff #didyouguess #happyweekend

Our first #WhatIsItWednesday of the year features beautiful wood detailing. What could it be?..#natickhistoricalsociety ...
01/15/2020

Our first #WhatIsItWednesday of the year features beautiful wood detailing. What could it be?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisit #woodworking #wooddetails #thedevilisinthedetails #guesswhat #closeup #humpdayvibes

Cataloging & photographing! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, @r.speyer.besancon and Carol Caroll, we are starting to ...
01/14/2020

Cataloging & photographing! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, @r.speyer.besancon and Carol Caroll, we are starting to digitize our collections to make them accessible on our website very soon. Stay tuned!
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#natickhistoricalsociety #photographingart #digitizing #collectionscare #ilovehistory #natickma #cataloging #processing #museumcollection

We are so looking forward to bringing Lucy Stone to Natick on Thursday, March 12. Come and celebrate the centennial of w...
01/08/2020

We are so looking forward to bringing Lucy Stone to Natick on Thursday, March 12. Come and celebrate the centennial of women's suffrage with us!

Coming to Natick on March 12th! Celebrate the centennial of Women’s Suffrage with Lucy Stone, a leader in the 70-year fight for equal rights! Featuring Judith Kalaora as Lucy Stone, at Morse Institute Library Natick sponsored by @Natick Historical Society. #suffrage #suffragette #suffrage100 #suffrage100ma #vote #womensrights #suffragecentennial #bostonarts #bostontheater

*** Bring Lucy Stone to your group or organization in 2020! For more info see www.historyatplay.com/ ***

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: A family album of tintype photographs, d. 1863. Tintype photographs were m...
12/21/2019

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: A family album of tintype photographs, d. 1863. Tintype photographs were made by "printing" a direct positive on a thin sheet of metal coated with a dark lacquer or enamel. Tintypes became very popular during the 1860s and 1870s.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #natick #tintype #photography #familyalbum #historicalsociety

At the request of John Jennings, in addition to our Mystery Item, we are doing #WhatIsItWednesday. Any guesses to what o...
12/19/2019

At the request of John Jennings, in addition to our Mystery Item, we are doing #WhatIsItWednesday. Any guesses to what object this detail belongs to?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisit #littledetails #historybuff #canyouguess

What's Happening Winter 2020
12/18/2019

What's Happening Winter 2020

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for helping us solve this mystery! This object, as we now know, is a culinary curiosity kn...
12/17/2019

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for helping us solve this mystery! This object, as we now know, is a culinary curiosity known as a sausage stuffer used circa 1845-1875. If you would like to see this, and other fun artifacts come visit us at the Natick History Museum!

This week we are sharing a #MysteryItem! We found this in our collections but don't know what it is. Dimensions are 19 in. L x 3 in. dia., and the spout opening is 1 in. dia.
Any guesses?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #historicalartifacts #vintagetools #whatisit #mysteryitems #antiques

We are delighted to share the news that James W. Morley's latest book, Natick 1651-2000: The Many Lives of a Storied New...
12/17/2019
Natick 1651-2000: The Many Lives of a Storied New England Town by James W. Morley — Natick Historical Society

We are delighted to share the news that James W. Morley's latest book, Natick 1651-2000: The Many Lives of a Storied New England Town, is now available! You can purchase the book on our website at: https://www.natickhistoricalsociety.org/shop-1/natick-1651-2000-the-many-lives-of-a-storied-new-england-town-by-james-w-morley

James W. Morley’s latest history of Natick begins with the establishment of the Praying Town in 1651 and ends in the year 2000. The book is rich in detail and features over 60 illustrations, along with a list of extant 18th-century houses in Natick.

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: a key wind conical ice cream scoop! This design was patented in 1876 by Ge...
12/14/2019

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday: a key wind conical ice cream scoop!
This design was patented in 1876 by George William Clewell. This cone-shaped tin utensil has a key which turns a scraper inside the scoop, releasing the ice cream. Variations of Clewell’s style of ice cream disher, as he named it, were manufactured between 1876 and 1940.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #icecream #iscreamyouscreamweallscreamforicecream #vintage #kitchengadgets #19thcentury #history

And we're back with #WhatIsItWednesday! Who will be the first to guess the object? Let us know in the comments! ..#natic...
12/11/2019

And we're back with #WhatIsItWednesday! Who will be the first to guess the object? Let us know in the comments!
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#natickhistoricalsociety #whatisit #itsamystery #thedevilisinthedetails #queeseso #mystery #canyouguess #adivinaque

POP-UP EXHIBIT: VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CARDSDuring the month of December, a selection of Christmas cards printed between 1880...
12/05/2019

POP-UP EXHIBIT: VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CARDS
During the month of December, a selection of Christmas cards printed between 1880 and 1920 are on display. Decorated with silk fringe and featuring birds, flowers, and snow-covered scenes, these cards capture the spirit of the holiday season
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#natickhistoricalsociety #christmascards #vintage #victorian #holidayseason #tistheseason #popupexhibition

As we reflect on early encounters between Indigenous and English people this week, let us also look beyond the 17th cent...
11/25/2019
Damming Fish and Indians: Starvation and Dispossession in Colonial Massachusetts

As we reflect on early encounters between Indigenous and English people this week, let us also look beyond the 17th century. Professor Carla Cevasco's work on how colonial policies contributed to the starvation and disposession of native people in Natick (and the surrounding area) is an important read.

https://earlyamericanists.com/2019/06/18/damming-fish-and-indians-starvation-and-dispossession-in-colonial-massachusetts/?fbclid=IwAR23mXI5KaMyMHcyAsFZkPDAKRK46y5W1xK6W6fIkiLJjBNCWa-kHvkcOc0

Today’s post in the Roundtable on Food and Hunger in Vast Early America is by Zachary M. Bennett, who is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Connecticut College this autumn. He is a Ph…

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday is an 1864 Civil War musket cartridge case. This model was manufactured at ...
11/22/2019

The answer to this week's #WhatIsItWednesday is an 1864 Civil War musket cartridge case. This model was manufactured at Watertown Arsenal, 1864.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #cartridges #civilwar #musket #historymuseum #localhistory #history #arsenal

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday! Can you guess what object this detail is from? Answer will be posted on Friday! ..#natic...
11/20/2019

This week's #WhatIsItWednesday! Can you guess what object this detail is from? Answer will be posted on Friday!
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#natickhistoricalsociety #mystery #whatisit #history #canyouguess #natick #historicartifacts

Answer to #WhatIsItWednesday! A Handheld Nautical Signal Lamp c.1900. This type of oil lantern was used to communicate a...
11/16/2019

Answer to #WhatIsItWednesday! A Handheld Nautical Signal Lamp c.1900. This type of oil lantern was used to communicate and/or signal between ships at sea. It was also used as part of the equipment on life boats.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #oillamp #boatlife #ships #nautical #atsea

#WhatIsItWednesday is our new favourite topic! Can you guess what object this detail comes from? Check back on Friday to...
11/13/2019

#WhatIsItWednesday is our new favourite topic! Can you guess what object this detail comes from? Check back on Friday to find out. You can also discover this object in person at our new exhibition, "Natick's Cabinet of Curiosities", opening Saturday December 7, 2019! What will you discover?
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#natickhistoricalsociety #cabinetofcuriosities #curiosity #curiosidades #natickcollections #newexhibition #becurious #itisinthedetails #whatwillyoufind #natickhistory

We learned a lot from Professor Christine DeLucia last night - a deeply moving and important talk about the memoryscapes...
11/07/2019

We learned a lot from Professor Christine DeLucia last night - a deeply moving and important talk about the memoryscapes of King Philip's War. Thanks to everyone who came out - it was a full house! We can't wait to bring Professor DeLucia back to Natick soon.

We're looking forward to hearing Prof. Christine DeLucia speak tonight at the Natick History Museum. Join us to learn ab...
11/06/2019
Natick and the Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War — Natick Historical Society

We're looking forward to hearing Prof. Christine DeLucia speak tonight at the Natick History Museum. Join us to learn about King Philip's War and Natick!

https://www.natickhistoricalsociety.org/events/2019/11/6/natick-and-the-memoryscapes-of-king-philips-war

The 17th century Indigenous resistance movement and colonial conflict known as King Philip’s War (1675-1678) shaped the region around Natick and Boston Harbor in important ways. This presentation revisits Native American and colonial encounters before, during, and after this pivotal period, examin...

What fun hearing about the history of WGTR 1060 am with John H. Garabedian! Thank you to Joe Weisse, Natick Pegasus, and...
11/03/2019

What fun hearing about the history of WGTR 1060 am with John H. Garabedian! Thank you to Joe Weisse, Natick Pegasus, and, of course, John, for sharing his stories. We had a blast! We will let everyone know when you can catch the interview on Pegasus.

Throwback Thursday - Celebrating 175 years of the Natick Fire Department! ..#natickhistoricalsociety #throwbackthursday ...
10/31/2019

Throwback Thursday - Celebrating 175 years of the Natick Fire Department!
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#natickhistoricalsociety #throwbackthursday #tbt #natickfire #firefighters #natickfirefighters #localheros #175years #anniversary

Check out this great event happening November 10th at the Holliston Historical Society.
10/29/2019

Check out this great event happening November 10th at the Holliston Historical Society.

Did you know that at one point Natick had seven fire stations? Do you know the role the Natick firefighters had in Natic...
10/22/2019

Did you know that at one point Natick had seven fire stations? Do you know the role the Natick firefighters had in Natick's designation as "Home of Champions"?

Join the Natick Historical Society as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of the establishment of the Natick Fire Department with stories of the history of the department since its founding in 1844. This event is FREE and open to the public.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #natickfiredepartment #175years #175thanniversary #firefighter #natickhistory #storieswetell #community #communityheroes #localhistory

Natick Artists Open Studios | Oct. 19 & 20!Join our local tour guides this weekend for two historic walking tours around...
10/17/2019

Natick Artists Open Studios | Oct. 19 & 20!
Join our local tour guides this weekend for two historic walking tours around Natick. On Saturday Oct. 19th at 10:30 am visit the historic Walnut Hill neighborhood, and on Sunday Oct. 20th at 11:00 am stroll around "Oldtown" South Natick. Tap the link in our bio for event details!

When the tours end, be sure to check out @natickartistsopenstudios events.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #natickartistsopenstudios #naos2019 #natickartists #natickarts #openstudio #openstudioweekend #localartist #walkingtour #historicwalk #weekendvibes #weekendfun #natickcenterculturaldistrict #natickcenter

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' DayThe sale of thirty one and a half acres of land in Natick by Leah Chalcom, Esther Soo...
10/15/2019

In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day
The sale of thirty one and a half acres of land in Natick by Leah Chalcom, Esther Sooduck, and Hepzibeth Pegun to Ephraim Bacon, October 12, 1759.
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#natickhistoricalsociety #indigenouspeoplesday #americanindian #nativeamerican #historymatters #indigenouswomen #womeninhistory

This month the Albanian Orthodox Orthodox Church located in Natick Center at 37 Washington St. is celebrating its 100th ...
10/15/2019
History -- Annunciation Orthodox Church | Albanian Orthodox Church in America | Orthodox Church in America

This month the Albanian Orthodox Orthodox Church located in Natick Center at 37 Washington St. is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. History of the church can be found here.
http://www.aocnatick.org/history

Our church was organized on March 19, 1919. The Rev. Fr. Vangel Chamche was the first priest to serve the spiritual needs of the community. Divine Services were held for six months at the Knights of Pythias Hall and in a hall above Grupposo’s Market, Summer Street, Natick. Later that year, Fr. Cha...

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Does anyone know where the "handsome large fort, of a round figure, palisaded with trees" was that Gookin mentioned was in Natick? See page 574, bottom of page of the 1911 American Anthropologist. The source stated in footnote 2, Gookin's Historical Collections, Mass. Hist. Coll., first series, vol. I. p. 181? I do not recall ever hearing of a fort in Natick but would love to know its location!
I have accumulated a lot of research on Natick - have even had the Morse family association send me their genealogical research, and at one time made copies of the seemingly hundreds of pages of the Henry Wilson will and the accountings demanded by his (adopted) daughter Eva for the historical society - accountings made by his wife's nephew, William L. Coolidge. William L. Coolidge was a former owner of my property. I had hoped it would connect with Henry Wilson, given that the little dammed pond on the abutting property was reputed to be a pond used in shoemaking, but I never found a connection. I did a lot of research on Elm Bank, back to the 1700's, as well as an adaptive re-use project as part of my master's degree. I am looking for a home for the slides I took of much of the interior (with a small slide viewer), if you know of any who is interested. I am so glad to see online videos showing the interior has been cleaned up so people can better envision its original grandeur.
I was curious to see if you have any photos of Murphy school or bacon school.
Visited the Seashore Trolley Museum last werkend and saw the great progress on the trolley 41 that once operated between Needham and Wellesley, stored in Natick division car barn. Became Rays lunch in Natick in 1927. I was told the restoration needs another 30k to finish. 😀
#Yankeetowns - we just posted photos from this summer in South Natick. Learned about the early history of the Natick Historical Society. Enjoyed bike rides through the village.
FOUR of JULY 1930, NATICK, MA. my dad CHARLES MAHANEY in national guard uniform near horses head, in siegh is his brother FRANNY dress as the woman, dad was twenty three at this time, he and his wife MARION had eight children, dad served in U.S. ARMY twenty five years, WW ll, KOREA, VIET NAM