Northborough Historical Society

Northborough Historical Society Welcome to the Northborough Historical Society of Northborough, Massachusetts. Please visit our web site at http://www.northboroughhistoricalsociety.org!
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Please visit our web site at http://www.northboroughhistoricalsociety.org. 52 Main Street Northborough, MA 01532 508.393.6298

Mission: We have been dedicated to preserving the history of Northborough for more than 100 years.

Next Meeting & Program: Friday, December 6, 2019Mysteries From Our Museum with Ernie Racine
11/21/2019

Next Meeting & Program: Friday, December 6, 2019
Mysteries From Our Museum with Ernie Racine

Next Meeting & Program: Friday, October 25, 2019 Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds. Ted Reinstein, a report...
10/14/2019

Next Meeting & Program: Friday, October 25, 2019 Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds. Ted Reinstein, a reporter for Boston’s WCVB-TV’s Chronicle, will offer fun and fascinating facts about historical feuds in New England.

The Northborough Historical Society has some exciting programs planned for the 2019 season!  Mark your calendar now!
08/22/2019

The Northborough Historical Society has some exciting programs planned for the 2019 season! Mark your calendar now!

05/12/2019
Join us for a terrific program this Friday night!
04/21/2019

Join us for a terrific program this Friday night!

03/31/2019

Last batch of winners as we close out the Calendar Raffle...!

22 March: Alex Fleischman
23 March: Beryl Krouse
24 March: Tina Lee
25 March: Sandy Farrell & Paul Derosier
26 March: Gayle Kellicker
27 March: Ed Davidian & Christine Escobedo
28 March: Kelly Plouffe & Sheila Wenc
29 March: Patty Henningson &Paula Gustafson
30 March: Wendy Kelley
31 March: Constance McCormack & Laurie Bender

Congratulations to all the winners this month and many thanks to everyone who supported this effort!

03/21/2019

Current Winners...!

19 March: Brian Bakkala & Ernie Racine

20 March: Cheryl Noronha-Viswanathan

21 March: Leslie Homzie & Gary Hays

Congratulations Everybody!

03/18/2019

And the winners of the Calendar Raffle for the last few days are:

13 March: Rhonda Vanburen & Lawrence Hogan

14 March: Nancy Robbins & Deana Rollins

15 March: Hilary Wilson

16 March: Ray Wach

17 March: Bernadette Dempsey

18 March: Michele Wheelock & Pat Lesage

Congratulations Everyone!

Hope to see you at the next Northborough Historical Society meeting, Friday, March 22.
03/13/2019

Hope to see you at the next Northborough Historical Society meeting, Friday, March 22.

03/12/2019

Winners!

11 March: Joe Chamberlain
12 March: Christine Cobb & Stacy Archibald

Extracted from Town Clerks Report in the 1919 Town Report
03/11/2019

Extracted from Town Clerks Report in the 1919 Town Report

Extracted from Town Clerks Report in the 1919 Town Report

03/10/2019

Playing catch-up...the winners for the last few days are...

7 March: Phyllis Tougas
8 March: Dax Ziton & Hilary Wilson
9 March: Rhonda Vanburen
10 March: Peter Stone

Congratulations everyone!

03/07/2019

And Today's Winners Are....

6 Mar: Amanda Maddox & Richard Robbins

Congratulations!

03/06/2019

The Northborough Historical Society Calendar Raffle Drawing is well underway! Congratulations to our winners so far!

March 1: Jean Langley & Larry Schafer
March 2: Julie LeBeau
March 3: Jonathan Rayburn
March 4: Suzanne Familo
March 5: Lynne Derosier & Henry Squillante

We will continue to post the winners here but they will also be contacted individually to make arrangements for delivery of prizes.

February 25 is the deadline to purchase raffle calendarsfor the chance to win awesome prizes during the month of March! ...
02/09/2019

February 25 is the deadline to purchase raffle calendars
for the chance to win awesome prizes during the month of March! There are 47 prizes, including 100 gallons of Northborough Oil, restaurant gift certificates, auto repair certificates and much more! Each calendar is $10, and a winner (or two!) will be picked every day. You can purchase a calendar online via paypal:
https://www.paypal.me/northboroughhistory

Thank you to:
Lala Java
Contra Dance
Northborough House of Pizza
Northboro Auto
Northboro Area Community Chorus
Northborough Historical Society
Clean and Green Car Wash
Craftworks
Lowe's
Two Doors Down
Wayne's World
Scrub's with Style
American Legion
Uno's
Jimmy's John's
Pepper's Catering
Core Connection
Main Stream Boutique
Paint Your Own Pottery
Qdoba
Al's Oil
Monti's
Festive Breads
Northborough Oil
JPs
Lavish
Casa Vallarta
The Ski Barn
Not Your Average Joe's
Armeno's
Ted's Montana Grill
Margarita's
Romaine's GC by Realtor Michelle Gillespie
Northboro Septic

THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: 13 Days at the Brink of Nuclear Warfare The Northborough Historical Society will present its m...
04/14/2018
Northborough Historical Society

THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: 13 Days at the Brink of Nuclear Warfare

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM. The program is "THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: 13 Days at the Brink of Nuclear Warfare presented by Mark Bashour.

The program will be a day-to-day account of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962. One major topic will be the discussion and analysis of President Kennedy and his advisors in response to offensive missiles being placed in Cuba by the Soviet Union. The decisions of President Kennedy and the subsequent actions of both the US and the Soviet Union will also be discussed with a major emphasis on just how close the United States and the Soviet Union came to a nuclear confrontation that could have annihilated both countries and destroyed the Northern Hemisphere.

Mark Bashour has been a history and government professor at Quinsigamond Community College for many years, and this will be the fourth talk that he has given at the Northborough Historical Society.

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Programs are held at the Historical Society Building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough.

Northborough Historical Society

52 Main Street

Northborough, MA 01532

508.393.6298

http://northboroughhistoricalsociety.org/

Northborough Historical Society

AN EVENING WITH GENERAL AND MRS. ULYSSES S. GRANT featuring Sam Grant, on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm. After a brief int...
03/13/2018

AN EVENING WITH GENERAL AND MRS. ULYSSES S. GRANT
featuring Sam Grant, on Friday, March 23 at 7:30 pm.
After a brief introduction of Grant’s life by Mrs. Julia D. Grant, the engagements, habits and contributions of U.S. Grant are explored by Sam Grant through the use of lively and often humorous anecdotes, letters and his impressions of the times.
Since 1989, Sam Grant has dedicated his life to understanding Ulysses S. Grant, one of the greatest leaders this nation has ever known. After years of study and experience portraying the part of General Grant, his professional interpretation of the General’s physical stature and character have won him the intellectual admiration and heartfelt appreciation of the most serious students of Civil War history and novice spectators alike.
Program supported in part by the Northborough Cultural Council.

Flyer: http://northboroughhistoricalsociety.org/MEETING%20FLYERS/2017-2018/IMAGES/Brochure%20Grant%203.2.pdf

Join Us! Meeting and program at:
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2018

03/07/2018

SAVE THE DATE!

March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

An Evening with General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant – After a brief introduction of Grant’s life
by Mrs. Julia D. Grant, the engagements, habits and contributions of U.S. Grant are explored by
Sam Grant through the use of lively and often humorous anecdotes, letters and his impressions of
the times.

30 Main Street: The Home of Many Doctors at Northborough Historical SocietyThe Northborough Historical Society will pres...
02/10/2018
northboroughhistoricalsociety.org

30 Main Street: The Home of Many Doctors at Northborough Historical Society

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM. The program is "30 Main Street, Northborough: The Home of Many Doctors."

Since its construction in the late 1830s, the house at 30 Main Street was the home of four doctors.

Jo-Ann Sullivan, long-time Northborough resident and Society Trustee, who has an interest in local history, will introduce you to the doctors who have lived in this beautiful home."

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Programs are held at the Historical Society Building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough.

Flyer link: http://northboroughhistoricalsociety.org/MEETING%20FLYERS/2017-2018/2018FebruaryDoctors30Main.pdf

01/07/2018

SAVE THE DATE:

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE
featuring Robert Van Buren, on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm.
Augusta and Adeline Van Buren were born and raised in NYC at a time when women were denied the right to vote. One reason was that women did not serve in the military and therefore had not earned the right. They set out to challenge that belief and prove their competence in a grueling 5,500 mile motorcycle journey from NYC to California.
After completing this hazardous ride, they would enlist in the US Army as dispatch riders in the upcoming and inevitable war emerging in Europe in 1916. This presentation will take you through their experiences during the summer of 1916 with original photography from the Sisters´ trip dovetailed with photos from the 2016 Centennial Ride. The Sisters were way ahead of their time and their story is one of courage, dedication and patriotism.

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren are Robert Van Buren's great aunts.

11/25/2017
11/05/2017
Northborough Historical Society

Mark Your Calendars:

The Northborough Historical Society presents "A Victorian Christmas" featuring Diane Taraz, on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 pm.

Diane Taraz presents beloved carols and the fascinating stories behind their origins, performing in a hand-sewn 1850s dress and playing dulcimer and parlor guitar.

For years, Diane Taraz has been writing her own original songs and breathing new life into traditional ones. She draws inspiration from Celtic, British, French-Canadian, American folklore and jazz. She has made over a dozen recordings and performs frequently. A specialty is “Singing the Past to Life,” programs that explore historic eras through the music of the time.
Born in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. Diane has long made her home in the Boston area. She directs the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers and sings with Vox Lucens, a 12-member a cappella Renaissance choir, and the UUlations, a women's a cappella group.
More info can be found at: http://www.dianetaraz.com/h-victorian.html

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Programs are held at the Historical Society Building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough.

Northborough Historical Society
52 Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
508.393.6298
http://northboroughhistoricalsociety.org/

Northborough Historical Society

September 22, 2017: — 50 YEARS ON THE RAILS50 Years on the Rails as a Conductor on a Steam Train – Ken Ethier presents a...
09/16/2017

September 22, 2017: — 50 YEARS ON THE RAILS
50 Years on the Rails as a Conductor on a Steam Train – Ken Ethier presents an interview with the late John Boudreau who was a conductor on a steam train on the New York-New Haven-Hartford Railroad.
Join Us! Meeting and program at:
7:30 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017

FLYER: http://northboroughhistoricalsociety.org/MEETING%20FLYERS/2017-2018/17-199-2017%20September%20Flyer%20-%20Railroad.pdf

Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street
The program is free and open to the public.
Northborough Historical Society
52 Main Street, Northborough, Massachusetts
www.northboroughhistoricalsociety.org

08/16/2017

First Meeting of the 2017-18 season.

September 22, 2017:
50 Years on the Rails as a Conductor on a Steam Train – Ken Ethier presents an interview with the late John Boudreau who was a conductor on a steam train on the New York-New Haven-Hartford Railroad.

The peaceful transfer of power at the Northborough Historical Society: President Mark Bashour hands the gavel over to Ro...
06/21/2017

The peaceful transfer of power at the Northborough Historical Society: President Mark Bashour hands the gavel over to Robert Marchetta.

Do you have a photographic mystery in your family?Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective” will provide personal consultati...
05/18/2017
Upload Photos for Maureen to analyze

Do you have a photographic mystery in your family?

Maureen Taylor, “The Photo Detective” will provide personal consultations between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 19 for anyone with a mystery to solve. Consultation are $20 per photo. Please contact Janice Ferenchick at [email protected], or 508-314-9339 to schedule a time slot with Maureen.
Why sign up for a consultation? Those fifteen minutes have the power to change your family research, especially when the information you have about the photo doesn’t add up. For more information, visit Maureen’s website at: https://maureentaylor.com/upload-a-photo.

Here you can upload photos and reserve a paid consultation to speak to Maureen about the facts she can discover and the family history she may unearth for you.

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 PM. The program is, “Th...
04/14/2017
Northborough Historical Society

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, April 28 at 7:30 PM. The program is, “The Building of the Aqueduct” presented by members Normand Corbin and Forest Lyford. They will present a program on the building of the Wachusett Aqueduct on Hudson Street in Northborough.
Join Us! Meeting and program at:
7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017
Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street
The program is free and open to the public.
Northborough Historical Society
52 Main Street, Northborough, Massachusetts
www.northboroughhistoricalsociety.org

Northborough Historical Society

Timeline Photos
03/19/2017

Timeline Photos

03/18/2017
Northborough Historical Society

THE MOLASSES FLOOD OF 1919
The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM. The program is, “The Molasses Flood of 1919” presented by Doris Parker Blais Bonnell.

On January 15, 1919, a large molasses storage tank burst in Boston, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 miles per hour. Twenty-one people were killed and 150 were injured as a result of the flood.

Doris Parker Blais Bonnell will recount the story of this horrific catastrophe at the next meeting of the Northborough Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. March 24.

For decades afterward, North End residents claimed that on hot summer days you could still smell molasses.

Join Us! Meeting and program at:

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017
Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street
The program is free and open to the public.

Northborough Historical Society
52 Main Street, Northborough, Massachusetts
www.northboroughhistoricalsociety.org

Northborough Historical Society

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The progra...
02/13/2017

The Northborough Historical Society will present its monthly program on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The program is, ““TORNADO! 84 Minutes, 94 Lives ”” presented by author John O'Toole.
Come hear the story of one of the most devastating storms in Massachusetts history. Although Northborough missed the brunt of the tornado that swept central Massachusetts in June of 1953, many residents recall the devastation of the storm in nearby towns. John O’Toole, author of TORNADO! 84 MINUTES, 94 LIVES, will present the eyewitness story of this historic storm at the next meeting of the Northborough Historical Society.

Meetings are held at the Historical Society building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough. There is no charge to attend. All are welcome.

01/27/2017

Greg Webster, Lt. Colonel and Commander of the Northeast Topographical Engineers will speak about the historical role of the Topographical Engineer during the Civil War. His talk will focus on the making of maps and surveys — from scouting and reconnaissance and the creation of field sketches, to finished map production and methods of map reproduction.

Join Us! Meeting and program at:
7:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017
Northborough Historical Society, 52 Main Street

The Topographical Engineer and Civil War Era MappingThe Northborough Historical Society presents “The Topographical Engi...
01/03/2017

The Topographical Engineer and Civil War Era Mapping

The Northborough Historical Society presents “The Topographical Engineer and Civil War Era Mapping” on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm.
“The Topographical Engineer and Civil War Era Mapping” by Greg Webster, Lt.Col. and Commander of the Northeast Topographical Engineers. Greg will present the historical role of the Topographical Engineer during the Civil War, the making of maps and surveys; from scouting and reconnaissance and making of field sketches, to finished map production and methods of map re-production.

This program is free and open to the public. All are welcome. Programs are held at the Historical Society Building, 52 Main Street (corner of Main and School Streets) in Northborough.

SAVE THE DATE: December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm"A Portrait of the Victorian Age: Letters of the Holbrook Family of Northborough...
11/16/2016

SAVE THE DATE: December 2, 2016, 7:30 pm

"A Portrait of the Victorian Age: Letters of the Holbrook Family of Northborough” by Beth Finch McCarthy. Town figure, Levi Holbrook (m. Eliza Grout), was a very interesting character. Beth Finch McCarthy has obtained a small collection of family letters which colorfully illustrate the life and times of Victorian Northborough. Themes include rail travel in New England, private school culture, Victorian medicines, slavery, boarding in family homes, local commerce, infidelity, and the intricacies of being an independent-minded woman in a male-dominated society. This program promises to be a veritable soap opera.

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