Scituate Historical Society

Scituate Historical Society The Scituate Historical Society is a South Shore leader in local history.
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04/03/2020

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

SCITUATE STAYS HOME 2020Be a part of documented HISTORY by submitting your stories, pictures and more.
04/02/2020

SCITUATE STAYS HOME 2020

Be a part of documented HISTORY by submitting your stories, pictures and more.

All  Scituate Historical Society buildings will remain closed  until the end of April.  They will reopen when our govern...
03/24/2020

All Scituate Historical Society buildings will remain closed until the end of April. They will reopen when our government officials inform us it is clear to do so. Our two April Special Events at the GAR Hall have been postponed to later dates. We are working on rescheduling them and will post that information on our page. For your health and safety we urge you to check trusted sources — government or legitimate news organizations — for the latest information on the virus.

Thank you for your continued support

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
03/24/2020

Scituate Historical Society's cover photo

All GAR Hall Special Events through April have been postponed.  We are working on rescheduling them all.  We will post a...
03/24/2020

All GAR Hall Special Events through April have been postponed. We are working on rescheduling them all. We will post a revised schedule soon.

March 16, 1956.  The wreck of the Etrusco off Scituate.On the day before Saint Patrick's Day, 1956 there was a New Engla...
03/16/2020

March 16, 1956. The wreck of the Etrusco off Scituate.

On the day before Saint Patrick's Day, 1956 there was a New England coastal snowstorm. It is not unusual for New England to have a snowstorm on or about Saint Patrick's Day. Some say that in New England, Saint Patrick's Day is more often white with snow than green with Shamrock. What was unusual about the storm of March 16, 1956 is that it drove the Italian Freighter Etrusco ashore in Scituate, Massachusetts.

In the midst of the March 16 storm, the Boston Port Authority would not allow the Italian freighter Etrusco to enter Boston Harbor. The ship was seeking to pick up cargo. The ship reversed its direction and sought safety in the open sea but the storm beached it next to the dormant Scituate Lighthouse and a parking lot.

Thirty crewmen spent a terrifying night aboard the ship not knowing what would happen to them. At first light, while the storm was still raging, the United States Coast Guard used a Breeches Buoy to remove the crew from the ship. The Coast Guard safely rescued all thirty of the crew. A breeches buoy is a contraption that rescuers use to hold a person securely as they move that person along the line from ship to shore or from ship to ship. Helicopters have largely replaced the breeches buoy as a rescue device. "Breeches" is a type of trousers. "Buoy" is a flotation device. Rescuers use a special gun or a rocket to shoot a line from shore to ship, ship to shore, or ship to ship. The breeches, the flotation device, and the line combine to form a breeches buoy, a device that has saved innumerable lives. The nearest residence to the Etrusco shipwreck was that of Lena Russo, a lady who had immigrated to the United States from Italy many years earlier. The crew and its rescuers became her unexpected guests. Her ability to speak Italian and English fluently eased the discomfort of the Italian speaking crew and their English speaking rescuers. Over the ensuing days, residents of the town turned out to feed, clothe, house, and make the foreign crewmen comfortable. The British government used United States funds and a Vancouver shipyard to build the ship Fort Poplar in 1942. Under that name, the ship served the British government heroically during World War II. After the war, the British government returned the ship to the United States who, in turn, sold it to an Italian firm that renamed the ship Etrusco. The Etrusco remained on the Scituate beach for several months and became a tourist attraction. Visitors could walk up to it and touch it. The Italian owners eventually sold the ship to a salvage company that, on Thanksgiving Day, refloated it. The new owners towed it to Boston where a local shipyard refitted it, and enabled it to serve in the shipping trade along the Pacific coast for several more years. In honor of the people of Scituate, it served under the name S. S. Scituate. All was well and good. The shipwreck brought camaraderie to the community. Rather than let the camaraderie fade with time, members of the community formed the Scituate Etrusco Associates in 1957. To this day, the association continues to remember the shipwreck by making medical equipment available to those in need.

Due to the virus pandemic the Scituate Historical Society will close the Little Red Schoolhouse from March 16 to at leas...
03/14/2020

Due to the virus pandemic the Scituate Historical Society will close the Little Red Schoolhouse from March 16 to at least Friday, March 27. The Maritime & Irish Mossing Museum will be closed on Sunday March 15 and Sunday, March 22.

Stay healthy and safe.

It's never to early to think about this years holiday celebration.  Please consider Scituates oldest public building, th...
03/09/2020

It's never to early to think about this years holiday celebration. Please consider Scituates oldest public building, the Scituate Historical Society GAR Hall. The hall is available for parties up to 125 people. Weddings, Birthdays, Communions, Anniversaries, Family Reunions, Holiday Parties and more. Email us for information. [email protected]

We would like to thank Christoper Daley for a wonderful presentation tonight at the GAR Hall. Very interesting and infor...
03/06/2020

We would like to thank Christoper Daley for a wonderful presentation tonight at the GAR Hall. Very interesting and informative. Thank you to everyone who joined us as well, we appreciate your support.

The Scituate Historical Society is a proud member of BACK ROADS.Lyle Nyberg,  historian and Sciuate Historical Society m...
03/05/2020

The Scituate Historical Society is a proud member of BACK ROADS.

Lyle Nyberg, historian and Sciuate Historical Society member will be speaking at the symposium.

The Back Roads of the South Shore is pleased to present the 2020 South Shore History Symposium, Myth, Meaning & Memory: Commemoration on the South Shore.

The year 2020 marks major milestones in American and local history, including the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower. The way we choose to interpret and commemorate such significant historical events, as well as the people impacted by them, can provide valuable insights into contemporary society. This annual conference offers an exciting opportunity for regional historians to present research and share behind-the-scenes projects happening at local museums and historic sites.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)
Location: Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court Street, Plymouth, MA

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

One Hundred Years Later: Re-examining the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

Stephen Kenney, Director of the Commonwealth Museum

In the spring of 1920 two Italian immigrants were arrested for murder in a South Braintree payroll robbery. Their anarchist political beliefs became central issues in the case. The trial of Sacco and Vanzetti gained international attention in the 1920s and continues to fascinate legal historians and armchair detectives today. Highlighting trial documents and artifacts held at the Massachusetts Archives, this lecture examines the case, its many South Shore connections, and the continuing question of fairness in the trial.

Stephen Kenney has been Director of Massachusetts's state history museum, the Commonwealth Museum, since 2002. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston University and has taught and held administrative positions at several colleges, including serving as Interim President of Quincy College. The exhibits he's curated at the Commonwealth Museum include A Tale of Two Colonies: "Plimoth" and Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century and the Suffragist of the Month centennial commemoration with Suffrage100MA.

Admission: $20, includes refreshments and five presentations

Make checks payable to: Back Roads of the South Shore (or BRSS)

Complete registration form and mail with check to:

Plymouth Antiquarian Society, P.O. Box 3773, Plymouth, MA 02361

Pre-registration by March 23, 2020 recommended. If space permits, tickets may also be purchased at the door with cash or check.

For more information about the South Shore History Symposium or to register, please contact Anne Mason, Executive Director of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, at 508-746-0012 or [email protected].

Back Roads of the South Shore is a consortium of 20 non-profit organizations operating over 25 historic sites in 12 towns along the South Shore of Massachusetts, from Weymouth to Plymouth. The group is dedicated to celebrating the history and spirit of the region. For more information and a schedule of speakers please visit https://brss.org/current-events/

Get your tickets at the door...  We hope to see you tonight.
03/05/2020

Get your tickets at the door... We hope to see you tonight.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5THWe hope you will join the Scituate Historical Society  as we welcome author and lecturer Christopher ...
03/04/2020

THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH

We hope you will join the Scituate Historical Society as we welcome author and lecturer Christopher Daley to the GAR Hall for a presentation on the history of the Irish in Boston. Mr Daley has been lecturing for over 25 years, is a high school history teacher, former president of the Pembroke Historical Society and a historic consultant for programs on the Travel channel. The presentation will include but will not be limited to the indentured servants of the 17th century, through the Great Potato Famine, housing, trades, to political leaders such as Patrick J Kennedy, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and James Michael Curly.

We hope you will join the Scituate Historical Society on Thursday , March 5th as we welcome author and lecturer Christop...
03/02/2020

We hope you will join the Scituate Historical Society on Thursday , March 5th as we welcome author and lecturer Christopher Daley to the GAR Hall for a presentation on the history of the Irish in Boston. Mr Daley has been lecturing for over 25 years, is a high school history teacher, former president of the Pembroke Historical Society and a historic consultant for programs on the Travel channel. The presentation will include but will not be limited to the indentured servants of the 17th century, through the Great Potato Famine, housing, trades, to political leaders such as Patrick J Kennedy, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and James Michael Curly.

Thank you everyone who came out and made our indoor yard sale at the GAR Hall such a success today.  So many cool and un...
03/01/2020

Thank you everyone who came out and made our indoor yard sale at the GAR Hall such a success today. So many cool and unusual items, along with sweet treasures, items you just had to have and even a few thingamabobs. We could not have had a friendlier, fun group of sellers. We thank them for their support of the society by setting up tables. Thank you Maureen Poole for sharing some of your photos with us to add to this post. Let's do it again in the fall.

It's a great day for a YARD SALE.  See you at the Scituate Historical Society GAR Hall, 353 Country Way, Scituate 9 to 1...
02/29/2020

It's a great day for a YARD SALE. See you at the Scituate Historical Society GAR Hall, 353 Country Way, Scituate 9 to 1.

02/28/2020
Scituate Community Television

Don't miss the Yard Sale tomorrow. Browse 16 individual folks collections. Lots of cool stuff. 9AM at the GAR Hall.

The Scituate Historical Society is holding its first even Indoor Yard sale tomorrow at the GAR Hall. Scituate Community Television got an exclusive preview of the big event. Check it out!

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 9TH
02/27/2020

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 9TH

Mr. Lawsons tower on a gloomy day.
02/27/2020

Mr. Lawsons tower on a gloomy day.

The indoor yard sale is a little over a week away.  Come browse in comfort.  You never know what you may find.  There ar...
02/20/2020

The indoor yard sale is a little over a week away. Come browse in comfort. You never know what you may find.

There are still a few table spaces available. Email us at [email protected].

We are pleased to welcome Christopher Daley to the GAR Hall on March 5th .  With over 25 years of lecturing on historica...
02/16/2020

We are pleased to welcome Christopher Daley to the GAR Hall on March 5th . With over 25 years of lecturing on historical topics, this History teacher is past President of the Pembroke Historical Society, and former docent at the John Alden House Historic site. He has also appeared as historian on the Lizzie Borden case in two episodes of "Kindered Spirits" and as a historical consultant on the Sacco-Vanzetti case on "Timetraveling with Brian Unger" , both on the Travel channel. We hope you join us.

02/15/2020
WGBH

WGBH

About a mile offshore of the towns of Cohasset and Scituate sits the Minots Ledge Light. It's not the tallest, oldest or prettiest lighthouse in the state but it may be the most romantic. That's because of its distinctive "1-4-3" flash sequence which eventually popularized it as the "I Love You Light." Not surprisingly, it was a personal favorite of Mister Rogers who strived to keep his weight at exactly 143 pounds his entire adult life. Happy Valentine's Day at 1:43pm!

(Video clip courtesy: Fred Rogers Productions.)

There are still a few spots left for our indoor yard sale.  It's going to be a fun day.  If you do not take a table we h...
02/12/2020

There are still a few spots left for our indoor yard sale. It's going to be a fun day. If you do not take a table we hope you will come and browse.

02/08/2020
Scituate Historical Society's cover photo
02/08/2020

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There are still some table spaces available for the Yard Sale.  Email us.  garhallevents@gmail.com
02/05/2020

There are still some table spaces available for the Yard Sale. Email us. [email protected]

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.

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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]

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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Just found out that he's my ancestor along with Thomas Lapham his servant.
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?
Hi looking to volunteer . left PM
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.