Scituate Historical Society

Scituate Historical Society The Scituate Historical Society is a South Shore leader in local history.
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Dreaming of Spring?  Ready for Scituate Summer? Even though the weather has been favorable there is still more of winter...
01/31/2020

Dreaming of Spring? Ready for Scituate Summer? Even though the weather has been favorable there is still more of winter to come. Come celebrate LEAP DAY with us with an INDOOR YARD SALE. Not enough stuff for a full blown yard sale? Don't want to wait till Spring? Want to support the Historical Society and have fun too? It's a great way for you to get rid of that STUFF that is just hanging around the house. Kids clothes, sports equipment, small appliances,that clarinet your child had to have, maybe an antique or two. Table rentals are $20, bring your own table, set up on Friday night.
Email us at [email protected] for an application and more information.

Or are you Itching to hit the yard sale circuit? Come and browse in indoor comfort. You never know what treasures you may find and friends you will run into. Grab your friends, the kids even your husband may want to tag along.

There is still time to get your tickets to the Annual Dinner Meeting on February 8th.  The Scituate Historical Society's...
01/28/2020

There is still time to get your tickets to the Annual Dinner Meeting on February 8th.

The Scituate Historical Society's Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at the Harbor Methodist Church, 55 First Parish Road, Scituate . The evening will start with a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings and home made pie. Our guest speaker will be Scituate Historian, Fred Freitas who will give a talk on his newly published book "Humarock: Hummocks, Humming Rocks and Silver Sands". Mr. Freitas spent over twenty years researching for the book and his work is now the definitive history on this fascinating part of Scituate.

The dinner is open to the public. The cost is $20 per person. Tickets are available at the Little Red School House on Cudworth Road Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from
10 am to 4 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 om.

We are excited to announce our 2020 Special Events Series Schedule.  We hope you will be joining us this year.
01/26/2020

We are excited to announce our 2020 Special Events Series Schedule. We hope you will be joining us this year.

Save the date.  LEAP OUT OF CABIN FEVER INDOOR YARD SALE.   Details to follow.
01/21/2020

Save the date. LEAP OUT OF CABIN FEVER INDOOR YARD SALE. Details to follow.

After a short winter break the Little Red School House opens today.  Stop by, say hello and get your tickets for our Ann...
01/21/2020

After a short winter break the Little Red School House opens today. Stop by, say hello and get your tickets for our Annual Dinner Meeting....

The Scituate Historical Society's Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at the Harbor Methodist Church, 55 First Parish Road, Scituate . The evening will start with a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings and home made pie. Our guest speaker will be Scituate Historian, Fred Freitas who will give a talk on his newly published book "Humarock: Hummocks, Humming Rocks and Silver Sands". Mr. Freitas spent over twenty years researching for the book and his work is now the definitive history on this fascinating part of Scituate.

The dinner is open to the public. The cost is $20 per person. You may make reservations by sending a check to the Scituate Historical Society, P.O. Box 276, Scituate, MA 02066.

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
01/15/2020

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

Scituate Historical Society Dinner Meeting Saturday, February 8thThe Scituate Historical Society's Annual Dinner Meeting...
01/14/2020

Scituate Historical Society Dinner Meeting
Saturday, February 8th

The Scituate Historical Society's Annual Dinner Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at the Harbor Methodist Church, 55 First Parish Road, Scituate . The evening will start with a roast turkey dinner with all the fixings and home made pie. Our guest speaker will be Scituate Historian, Fred Freitas who will give a talk on his newly published book "Humarock: Hummocks, Humming Rocks and Silver Sands". Mr. Freitas spent over twenty years researching for the book and his work is now the definitive history on this fascinating part of Scituate.

The dinner is open to the public. The cost is $20 per person. You may make reservations by sending a check to the Scituate Historical Society, P.O. Box 276, Scituate, MA 02066.

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
01/01/2020

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

12/17/2019
It's may be to late for this year but never to early to think about next years holiday celebration.  Please consider the...
12/14/2019

It's may be to late for this year but never to early to think about next years holiday celebration. Please consider the Scituate Historical Society GAR Hall. Email us for information. [email protected]

Yesterday was a perfect day for Santas visit to  Rebecca Road. Thank you Friends of Flying Santa .  Friends of Flying Sa...
12/09/2019

Yesterday was a perfect day for Santas visit to Rebecca Road. Thank you Friends of Flying Santa .

Friends of Flying Santa, Inc. was formed in 1997 to help ensure the future of the annual Christmas flights to New England's USCG units and lighthouses. The aerial visits of Flying Santa to lighthouses and lifesaving stations have been a New England tradition since 1929. Capt. William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine - an aviation pioneer - began the flights as a gesture of recognition to the dedicated lighthouse keepers and their families as well as the crews of the lifesaving stations. Capt. Wincapaw and his son, Bill, Jr., continued the flights for close to two decades. The father and son team eventually recruited legendary author and historian Edward Rowe Snow to assist them with their expanding list of lights and boat stations. After Capt. Wincapaw's passing in 1947, the mantle was passed to Mr. Snow, who faithfully carried on the tradition for over four decades. With the help of his wife Anna-Myrle and their daughter, Dolly, the isolated residents of lighthouses throughout North America continued to receive visits from the "aerial St. Nick".

Today, through fund-raising and public outreach, Friends of Flying Santa strives to continue the annual Christmas helicopter flights and carry on this gesture of gratitude to the men, women and families of the United States Coast Guard who keep watch over our coastal waters. Thousands of hours are volunteered each year to ensure the success of our flights which now encompass more than 30 stops including 61 Coast Guard units from Maine to New York. The helicopter visits and gifts for the children are small tokens of appreciation for the outstanding work of the United States Coast Guard and their supportive families.

What a wonderful presentation by Anthony Sammarco last night. Who knew so many of our holiday traditions started right h...
12/06/2019

What a wonderful presentation by Anthony Sammarco last night. Who knew so many of our holiday traditions started right here in Boston. Thanks so much to everyone who attended. We hope you enjoyed the evening and recalled some fond memories. This was our final GAR Hall Special Event presentation for 2019. We hope you enjoyed this years selections. We will be posting next years schedule soon.

Christmas Traditions in Boston tonight 7pm at the GAR Hall.  Let Anthony Sammarco get you in the holiday spirit with thi...
12/05/2019

Christmas Traditions in Boston tonight 7pm at the GAR Hall. Let Anthony Sammarco get you in the holiday spirit with this presentation. Learn some history, relive some fond memories, and perhaps share a story. Reserve your tickets by calling 781-545-1083 or get them at the door.

12/04/2019
Looking for a venue for a gathering, presentation or other event?  Please consider booking Scituate's oldest public buil...
12/03/2019

Looking for a venue for a gathering, presentation or other event? Please consider booking Scituate's oldest public building, the Scituate Historical Societys GAR Hall. Email us for more information. [email protected]

Our final GAR Hall Special event of 2019 is Thursday night..We are pleased to welcome Anthony Sammarco back to the GAR H...
12/03/2019

Our final GAR Hall Special event of 2019 is Thursday night..

We are pleased to welcome Anthony Sammarco back to the GAR Hall for a festive presentation on Christmas Traditions in Boston. If you grew up in the city or if your family took an annual trip to the Enchanted Village or the Boston Common to see the lights and Jordan Marsh to see Santa , this will surely bring back many fond memories. Please join us, hear the presentation, share a story, and enjoy a sweet surprise., .

In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony banned by law the celebration of Christmas as it was deemed to be a time of seasonal excess with no Biblical authority. Though repealed in 1681, it would not be until 1856 that Christmas Day became a state holiday in Massachusetts.
In this book Christmas Traditions in Boston, Anthony Sammarco outlines the celebration (or lack thereof) of Christmas in the first two centuries after the city was settled in 1630. By the mid 19th century a German immigrant named Charles Follen introduced the Christmas tree to Boston, and shortly thereafter Louis Prang introduced his colorful Christmas cards, the first in Boston. During the next century, Boston would see caroling and hand bell ringing on Beacon Hill, a Nativity scene and other traditional New England displays on Boston Common and in the many department stores, as well as the once popular Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas at Jordan Marsh, New England's largest store. What could have been better than after a day seeing Santa, the seasonal displays and lights on Boston Common than to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at Bailey's? Christmas Traditions in Boston revisits the memories of the past and brings together the shared tradition of how Bostonians celebrated the holiday season.

Anthony will have his Book Christmas Traditions in Boston for sale after the presentation.

On this Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday season please add the Historical Society to your list.  Membershi...
11/30/2019

On this Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday season please add the Historical Society to your list. Memberships, books, donations in a loved ones name and more all make great holiday gifts.

How many of you remember feeding Santas Reindeer on Boston Common? This Scituate guy was featured on the front page of t...
11/30/2019

How many of you remember feeding Santas Reindeer on Boston Common? This Scituate guy was featured on the front page of the Boston Globe December 1958. Find out more about Christmas Traditions in Boston this Thursday with Anthony Sammarco , 7pm at the GAR Hall. 781-545-1083 to reserve a ticket or get them at the door.

Any guesses what these photos have in common?
11/25/2019

Any guesses what these photos have in common?

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
11/21/2019

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

Let's have some fun.  Was part of your Boston Christmas Tradition going into Jordan Marsh to see Santa then to the Encha...
11/19/2019

Let's have some fun. Was part of your Boston Christmas Tradition going into Jordan Marsh to see Santa then to the Enchanted Village? If so post your photo and the year if you can recall. Here is one of ours. 1966/67?

A grand time was had by all tonight at Lyle Nybergs presentation.  So many beautiful homes with interesting stories.  Th...
11/15/2019

A grand time was had by all tonight at Lyle Nybergs presentation. So many beautiful homes with interesting stories. Thank you Lyle, and thank you to all who attended. Lyle will be back in the new year with another wonderful presentation.

11/14/2019

If you are attending tonight's presentation at the GAR Hall please review the parking policy for the Masonic Temple.

1. No Parking in "The Loop", which is the portion of the driveway which circles the front of the Lodge Building.

2. No Parking on the grass on the property at any time for any reason.

3. Observe Handicapped Parking signs.

4. Parking will start in the portion of the lot that is furthest from the Lodge building and then closer to the building as the lot fills.

11/14/2019

A little more Grand Old Homes Of Scituate trivia. No prizes, just some fun,

What house was owned by 2 "Browns"?

Find out Tonight at Lyle Nybergs presentation at the GAR Hall at 7pm....

Happening Tonight.  7pm, GAR Hall..
11/14/2019

Happening Tonight. 7pm, GAR Hall..

11/11/2019

Time for a little Grand Old Homes Of Scituate trivia. No prizes, just some fun,

Where is the farmhouse of the Welch family (Michael, E. Parker, and George)?

Find out Thursday at Lyle Nybergs presentation at the GAR Hall at 7pm....

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
11/11/2019

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

11/06/2019
We are so looking forward to this presentation.  If you grew up in the city  or if your family took an annual trip  to t...
11/05/2019

We are so looking forward to this presentation. If you grew up in the city or if your family took an annual trip to the Enchanted Village or the Boston Common to see the lights and Jordan Marsh to see Santa and don't forget the Ice Capades, this will surely bring back many fond memories. Please join us, hear the presentation, share a story, and have some Christmas Cheer.

11/04/2019
Our next presentation is in 2 weeks...Scituate has more than its share of grand old homes. Join us as we take a visual t...
11/01/2019

Our next presentation is in 2 weeks...

Scituate has more than its share of grand old homes. Join us as we take a visual tour of the town’s most elegant and historic houses built between 1632 and 1918. We also explore their fascinating owners, including a sea captain, a lumber dealer, a lawyer, an artist, a marble wholesaler, and a liquor dealer.

Lyle Nyberg has documented the history and architectural features of more than 50 historic buildings in Scituate, and even Boston, working with the Scituate Historical Commission. Lyle has given talks on the Rivermoor summer colony, seaside summers in Scituate, and the story of Third Cliff. He is a member of the Scituate Historical Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society. He is writing a history of Third Cliff and seacoast Scituate. Also, he is working on a book about Scituate’s summer suffragists. Some lived in interesting places, but none in the grand old homes of Scituate.

Happy Halloween from Scituate
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from Scituate

We are pleased to welcome Lyle Nyberg back to the GAR Hall  in November.  You wont want to miss this presentation.
10/28/2019

We are pleased to welcome Lyle Nyberg back to the GAR Hall in November. You wont want to miss this presentation.

Thank you to everyone who came out last night.  We will see you next year.
10/27/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out last night. We will see you next year.

Thank you to all the families that came out to the Haunting Tower tour tonight.  There were lots of giggles,  gasps and ...
10/27/2019

Thank you to all the families that came out to the Haunting Tower tour tonight. There were lots of giggles, gasps and yes a few screams. A special thanks to our talented friends from the Scituate High School Drama Club for helping make the night so special for all the kiddos. We are not sure about tomorrow's tour because of the projected forcast. We will post our status in the early afternoon.

Norman's mother is waiting for you to  visit her tonight.  Lawson Tower,  6-8 pm $5 per family
10/26/2019

Norman's mother is waiting for you to visit her tonight. Lawson Tower, 6-8 pm $5 per family

What happens at the Tower after dark?  Join us tonight as witches, ghosts,  zombies and more come out for some not to sc...
10/26/2019

What happens at the Tower after dark? Join us tonight as witches, ghosts, zombies and more come out for some not to scary fun. Visit the graveyard, have your fortune told, meet a love lorn bride then if you dare make your way up the 121 stairs to the top where you will be greeted by more creatures of the night. $5 per family, 6 to 8 pm Lawson Tower. Come tonight because the rain tomorrow may scare away the ghosts.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us tonight for Harbor Haunts.  Such a great night.  Special thanks to the act...
10/26/2019

We would like to thank everyone who joined us tonight for Harbor Haunts. Such a great night. Special thanks to the actors from Hull Performing Arts and the Mulder Family for the wonderful musical accompaniment, what a great addition. Here are just a few of the evenings storytellers.

We are thrilled that the Mulder Family will be entertaining us with  shanty songs and seasonal music before the performa...
10/24/2019

We are thrilled that the Mulder Family will be entertaining us with shanty songs and seasonal music before the performance on Friday Night.

COME GET SPOOKY WITH US... The Scituate Historical Society has so much family fun happening this weekend.  On Friday act...
10/22/2019

COME GET SPOOKY WITH US... The Scituate Historical Society has so much family fun happening this weekend. On Friday actors from Hull Performing Arts will present Harbor Haunts at the GAR Hall. They will be telling haunting stories of local ghosts, pirates, shipwrecks and more made famous by Edward Rowe Snow and others. Actors are from all over the South Shore with a few from right here in town. On Saturday and Sunday the Haunting Tower will be open. Come take a not to scary walk through a foggy graveyard, meet witches, goblins and more. Then if you dare climb the 121 stairs to the top of the Tower and meet even more creatures of the night. With the help of the SHS Drama Club we have created our own version of a haunted house. Lights, sounds and more. Something new at every turn. Mark your calendars, tell your friends. It's going to be a frightfully good time.

The Scituate Historical Society is pleased to host the members of Hull Performing Arts for a  performance of Harbor Haun...
10/21/2019

The Scituate Historical Society is pleased to host the members of Hull Performing Arts for a performance of Harbor Haunts. A haunting evening of stories of ghosts, pirates, shipwrecks and more made famous by Snow and others. The Lady in Black, Brothers Warning, Minot Light and more told by costumed characters. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Address

43 Cudworth Rd
Scituate, MA
02066

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(781) 545-1083

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Presenting a rare Edison Cylinder, featuring a song written about the exploits of Thomas Lawson and composed by George M. Cohan. "If Mr. Boston Lawson has his way".
Does anyone know about the 'Boston Harbor Tunnel System' Online it says: "The Boston Harbor tunnel system is an outgrowth of two earlier networks of tunnels under the harbor which reached from Deer Island to Scituate Harbor." Also, that Deer harbor is a waste treatment facility. Any info?
Recently sent pic of W E Miller receiving flag from Etrusco did u get it? Julee Andersen
Does your family have a Stetson ancestor? If so, you might like this holiday ornament. Created for the Stetson Kindred of America, there are a limited number available at The Little Red Schoolhouse for just $12.
**ATTENTION SCITUATE SENIORS** Do you have a story to tell?? Have your story become a part of history by having it recorded for the Story Corps archive as part of The Great Thanksgiving Listen in the comfort of your own home this Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I will be making a series of half-hour in-home visits with our community's seniors interested in sharing a story from their life to be recorded as part of the StoryCorps national archive, an important initiative to preserve our community's history in the words of those who were there themselves. If you or someone you know is interested in having a story recorded for the archives over a little visit this Thursday please get in touch with me directly via cell at 781.526.8802 or direct message me here! Looking forward to learning lots and connecting with our community's senior storytellers this Thanksgiving!
My family has been in R.I. since the 1600's. My father recently passed away and I was given a stack of old photo postcards that belonged to his mother, Dora. I have no family to give them to when I die, and many are of Scituate. Would you like to have them? But, if you get them and display them I would appreciate it if you would dedicate the collection in my dad's name? Pls let me know or message me. Thanks.
I have been told that my family came to Scituate in either 1635 or 1685. Do you have records dating back that far?
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My family had a wonderful time at the event yesterday! The tour made such an impression on my 6.5yr old that when he went to the library today he asked the librarian on his own for a book about Thomas Lawson. Great job inspiring the next generation of learners!
Will the Stockbridge Mill be open for your summer open houses? Is there a particular date you recommend visiting? My father and I are descendants and would like to make a day trip.