Shirley Historical Society

Shirley Historical Society Our goals are to preserve books, photographs, papers, stories, and artifacts relating to the town of Shirley, Massachusetts.

The Museum is open for visitors, volunteers, and researchers most Mondays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We are sometimes open on Thursdays and other days by appointment. We have new displays and programs every few months and lead tours of the Shirley Shaker Village site in the fall..

Mission: Our goals are to preserve books, photographs, papers, stories, and artifacts relating to the town of Shirley, Massachusetts.

Rainy Day Options - Come visit the Shirley Historical Society Museum, #182 Center Road, between 9:00 am and 11:00 am and...
06/20/2019

Rainy Day Options - Come visit the Shirley Historical Society Museum, #182 Center Road, between 9:00 am and 11:00 am and play with our children's display of old and new dolls, cars, books, and puzzles.

Painting the Common
06/15/2019

Painting the Common

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
06/10/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

Wonderful paintings from our en plein air event will be on display and for sale at the Museum June 10th, 15th, and 17th ...
06/10/2019

Wonderful paintings from our en plein air event will be on display and for sale at the Museum June 10th, 15th, and 17th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Then they will go to Gallery Sitka for two weeks.

Folks are making salads and Paul is mixing the special barbecue sauce to put on the chicken on Saturday at ShirleyFest. ...
06/06/2019

Folks are making salads and Paul is mixing the special barbecue sauce to put on the chicken on Saturday at ShirleyFest. Come join us for lunch or supper or take some home to enjoy later.

We had 16 artists, 25 pieces of artwork, 44 people at the reception and a gorgeous day for painting on the Center Common...
06/02/2019

We had 16 artists, 25 pieces of artwork, 44 people at the reception and a gorgeous day for painting on the Center Common. Some of the unsold artwork will be on sale next Saturday at ShirleyFest and some will be on display at Sitka Gallery. Thank you to everyone who painted, everyone who helped with refreshments, and everyone who came to the auction.

Please join us on Saturday June 1st on the Common in Shirley Center to paint or to watch the painters between 9 and 4. O...
05/31/2019

Please join us on Saturday June 1st on the Common in Shirley Center to paint or to watch the painters between 9 and 4. Or come to the Town Hall at 6:00 to bid on the finished paintings. All of this will help out the Shirley Historical Society.

PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR. We have 14 painters signed up to Paint the Common on Saturday. Stop by between 9 am and 4 pm to s...
05/30/2019

PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR. We have 14 painters signed up to Paint the Common on Saturday. Stop by between 9 am and 4 pm to see how they work. Then come back to the Center Town Hall 6:00 - 8:00 pm for the finished display and auction with light refreshments and a cash bar. Half of the sale price will benefit the Shirley Historical Society.

Memorial Day 2019
05/27/2019

Memorial Day 2019

Shirley Common looked like this in 1897. There were paths crossing the center green. The photo shows Nellie Adams Wing w...
05/25/2019

Shirley Common looked like this in 1897. There were paths crossing the center green. The photo shows Nellie Adams Wing wheeling her baby Forrest Bond Wing across the grass. They lived on Center Road, next to the present Trinity Chapel. In the background is the stately home that was used as a Home for Weary Mothers at times and later served as the Bridgman School for Boys. Notice the barn water tower which is now gone.

Looking for artists to "Paint the Common!" The Shirley Common has many picturesque subjects including the Meetinghouse, ...
05/21/2019

Looking for artists to "Paint the Common!" The Shirley Common has many picturesque subjects including the Meetinghouse, Town hall, Cemetery, Town Pound, and Civil War Statue, all surrounded by lawns, trees and lovely old houses. The Historical Society Museum of Shirley is calling for artists to paint live to support their efforts at preserving Shirley History. To register for this event, send email with name, mailing address and phone # to: [email protected]

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
05/18/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

Shirley Historical Society Fundraiser: PAINT THE COMMON: En plein aire – painting outdoors in the airSaturday, June 1, 2...
05/17/2019

Shirley Historical Society Fundraiser: PAINT THE COMMON:
En plein aire – painting outdoors in the air
Saturday, June 1, 2019 : On the Common in Shirley Center

The Shirley Common has many picturesque subjects including the Meetinghouse, Town Hall, Cemetery, Town Pound, and Civil War Statue, all surrounded by lawns, trees, and lovely old houses. The Historical Society Museum of Shirley, MA is calling for artists to paint live to support their efforts at preserving Shirley History!

Day's Schedule
Set-up on the Common 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Artists should Paint Live until 4:00 pm, then deliver their work to the Town Hall
Art will be arranged for a Silent Auction / Cocktail Reception / Meet-the-artists event with entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, upstairs in the Center Town Hall 6:00 –8:00 pm.

Painter's Check List:
Painters should bring a tabletop easel for the auction, if possible.
Painters, please sign the back of your work.
Each artist would set a minimum price for their piece, which will be on your auction sheet.
Any size work or style can be included, as long as the topic is Shirley and the painting is partially produced during the day, outdoors on Saturday, June 1.

NOTES:
Coffee, water, restrooms, and a place for artists to have their lunch will be available inside the first
floor of the Town Hall.
Plan to be on social media all day!
At the end of the auction, 50% of the sales price would go to the artist and 50% to the Historical Society. Shirley Historical Society will mail payments to the painters by the following Saturday.
Any pieces that were not sold that day would go on display for 2 weeks at Gallery Sitka in Shirley, MA and would be returned to the artists if not sold.
After 7:30 pm, auction winners will be announced.

To register for the event
Mail to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464
or email [email protected].

Name: ___________________________________________

Mailing Address: ___________________________________

Phone: __________________________________________

Email: ___________________________________________

It is finally really Spring on Horsepond Road in Shirley. Thank you to the Holden family for giving us such a treat for ...
05/07/2019

It is finally really Spring on Horsepond Road in Shirley. Thank you to the Holden family for giving us such a treat for the eyes.

How did methods of raising children change over the 20th century? How can these changes be seen in their clothes, books,...
05/05/2019

How did methods of raising children change over the 20th century? How can these changes be seen in their clothes, books, and toys?
Come to the Shirley Historical Society and hear child-rearing techniques have evolved and regressed.
Bring your children and let them play with old and new toy cars and dolls. Compare old and new children’s books. Spend some time with your child and a board game.
The opening program will be Saturday May 11th at 7:00 pm. The display is open for visitors every Monday and Saturday after that from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Today's Yard Sale will be INSIDE the Museum.
05/04/2019

Today's Yard Sale will be INSIDE the Museum.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
05/03/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

05/01/2019

This Saturday, May 4, 2019 - at the Museum and all these other places, join the shoppers and help out your community.

We will be selling gently-used household items, never-used Shirley souvenirs, and freshly-made chili. Please stop by the...
04/20/2019

We will be selling gently-used household items, never-used Shirley souvenirs, and freshly-made chili. Please stop by the Museum front lawn and say hello.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
04/11/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

04/07/2019
Hot-headed Captain Nathan Smith lived here and led the Shirley participants in Shays's rebellion.  Do you recognize the ...
03/27/2019

Hot-headed Captain Nathan Smith lived here and led the Shirley participants in Shays's rebellion. Do you recognize the building?

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
03/22/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

If anyone in the neighborhood is good at identifying arrowheads and stone tools, we could use an hour or two of your tim...
03/11/2019

If anyone in the neighborhood is good at identifying arrowheads and stone tools, we could use an hour or two of your time at the Shirley Historical Society Museum some Monday or Saturday between 10 and 1.

Thursday March 21st at 7:30 pm, Littleton Historical Society will present a program about the history of Howard Johnson'...
03/10/2019

Thursday March 21st at 7:30 pm, Littleton Historical Society will present a program about the history of Howard Johnson's at the Congregational Church, 330 King Street.

March Snow
03/04/2019

March Snow

03/04/2019

Lots of snow fell over night and it was deep but very light weight. Shoveling has begun and there will be sun and melting later. In the meantime - enjoy the beauty.

03/02/2019

Thank you Claire Arakaki for using our website's paypal button to make a donation to the Historical Society.

As much as we hate shoveling, the snow brings much beauty to our town. It fascinates me how ice will form where the wate...
02/27/2019

As much as we hate shoveling, the snow brings much beauty to our town. It fascinates me how ice will form where the water falls and then snow can land on top of the ice.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
02/25/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

One of the most recent donations to our collection is a Dresden china plate from  Brockelman Brother's Store, with a 191...
02/23/2019

One of the most recent donations to our collection is a Dresden china plate from Brockelman Brother's Store, with a 1910 calendar. This certainly was worth more than the paper and cardboard calendars that several other local businesses gave their customers.

02/07/2019

Our new page cover photo shows men harvesting ice on the Leatherboard Pond. With the recent freezing and thawing, be careful out there folks.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
02/07/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

Patriot's Superbowl Parade Day in Shirley, waiting for the train into Boston. Thanks for the historic photo, Rhonda Hatc...
02/06/2019

Patriot's Superbowl Parade Day in Shirley, waiting for the train into Boston. Thanks for the historic photo, Rhonda Hatch Caissie.

Among other contributions to the growth of Shirley, Samson Cordage was instrumental in founding the Shirley Village Wate...
01/24/2019

Among other contributions to the growth of Shirley, Samson Cordage was instrumental in founding the Shirley Village Water District. This 1925 map shows the company-built tenements and locations of water pipes and fire hydrants. See this map with others at at the Museum, Mondays and Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

We had great attendance and participation at our Samson Cordage history program on Sunday. People were able to share som...
01/14/2019

We had great attendance and participation at our Samson Cordage history program on Sunday. People were able to share some stories and memories as well as enjoy the display of maps, plans, and photos. The exhibit will remain up through early May. The Museum is open Mondays and Saturdays from 10 am - 1 pm.

Tomorrow at this time (Sunday January 13th at 2:00 pm) the Shirley Historical Society Museum display telling how Samson ...
01/12/2019

Tomorrow at this time (Sunday January 13th at 2:00 pm) the Shirley Historical Society Museum display telling how Samson Cordage helped the town to grow will open with an illustrated program which is open to the public. Of special interest, will be the houses built by the mill and the people who lived in them. For those who can not attend the program, the exhibit will remain up until May.

Our new Shirley Historical Society facebook cover photo shows how the Phoenix Cotton Mill looked before it became Samson...
01/05/2019

Our new Shirley Historical Society facebook cover photo shows how the Phoenix Cotton Mill looked before it became Samson Cordage Works. Learn the whole story on Sunday January 13th at 2:00 pm when our new display opens and explains how Samson helped the town of Shirley to grow.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
01/05/2019

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

This is an antique Christmas card from our museum collection. The first photo is of the front and then it is folded to s...
12/25/2018

This is an antique Christmas card from our museum collection. The first photo is of the front and then it is folded to show the inside. It is a clever design with a very appropriate sentiment for today.

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo
12/08/2018

Shirley Historical Society's cover photo

For that unusual, local, historical gift, come to the Shirley Historical Society Museum gift shop. Books, bags, Christma...
12/01/2018

For that unusual, local, historical gift, come to the Shirley Historical Society Museum gift shop. Books, bags, Christmas ornaments, and more. We are open 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Mondays and Saturdays.

If you would like to make an end of year donation to support the work of the Shirley Historical Society and the maintena...
11/26/2018

If you would like to make an end of year donation to support the work of the Shirley Historical Society and the maintenance of its Museum, you can now go to our homepage www.shirleyhistory.org and use Paypal.

Or, you can mail a tax-deductible check to
Shirley Historical Society
PO Box 217
Shirley, MA 01464

Every contribution is welcome and appreciated.

Address

182 Center Rd
Shirley, MA
01464-0217

General information

Anyone is welcome to join the Historical Society just by paying the annual dues.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 13:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(978) 425-9328

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