Stow Historical Society

Stow Historical Society Founded in 1961, the Stow Historical Society has worked to share and preserve Stow’s history through publications, programs and other activities.

A Call for your COVID-19 Reflections from the Stow Historical SocietyThe Stow Historical Society is reaching out to the ...
04/22/2020

A Call for your COVID-19 Reflections
from the Stow Historical Society

The Stow Historical Society is reaching out to the community – from our children to our Seniors – seeking real-time reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic in their current lives. Submissions can be in the form of written reflections, emails, poems, current neighborhood activities, photographs, videos, artwork – all which are inspired by the present, as we learn to understand and live with a new normal in our lives.

A Call for your COVID-19 Reflections from the Stow Historical SocietyThe Stow Historical Society is reaching out to the ...
04/22/2020

A Call for your COVID-19 Reflections
from the Stow Historical Society

The Stow Historical Society is reaching out to the community – from our children to our Seniors – seeking real-time reflections on the COVID-19 pandemic in their current lives. Submissions can be in the form of written reflections, emails, poems, current neighborhood activities, photographs, videos, artwork – all which are inspired by the present, as we learn to understand and live with a new normal in our lives.

Stepping back in time, the Stow Town Vault has no records of life in Stow during the Spanish Flu of 1918, except a listing of Stow WWI servicemen, who died of the Flu. A glimpse of Stow 1918 during this era was located in STOW and GLEASONDALE news columns printed in the Hudson News-Enterprise, July – December 1918. Read about them in the SHS April Newsletter, which is posted on our website, http://stowhistoricalsociety.org/.

Please share with us. The SHS would be so appreciative to enhance our historical collection with your thoughts/your reflections in the artistic form of choice.

Send your reflections, or links to your reflections, to [email protected]. Or mail to the Stow Historical Society, P.O. Box 40, Stow, MA 01775.

Please contact us with your questions.

Let the accounts of 2020 begin in earnest, so that future generations will have the opportunity to hear our voices.

The Stow Historical Society wishes you all good health and resilience.

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19TH AMENDMENT--WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE--Saturday, May 16th at SpringFest (Center School) ...
03/01/2020

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19TH AMENDMENT
--WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE--
Saturday, May 16th at SpringFest (Center School) Stow will be celebrating Stow's 171 women who exercised their right to vote. The SHS is partnering with Freedom's Way and two of Stow's Girl Scout troops for this 10 AM - 3 PM exhibit with docents, as we celebrate Stow's women. Mark your calendars and stop by for an extraordinary adventure into the Stow of 1920 and her ladies.

11/24/2019
Historical Soc Hamilton Talk 11.9.19

Thank you, Stow TV, for recording this presentation - Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation: The Stow Perspective.

Stow Historical Society talk at the Pompositticut Center- Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of a New Nation: The Stow Perspective. November 9, 2019

Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation:  The Stow Perspective
11/14/2019

Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation: The Stow Perspective

Alexander Hamilton and the Founding of the Nation: The Stow Perspective

Mark your calendars for November 9, 2019.This presentation will examine America’s founding documents and Stow historical...
10/10/2019

Mark your calendars for November 9, 2019.

This presentation will examine America’s founding documents and Stow historical records to provide evidence of Stow’s active participation in the events of this era.

Mariana Oller is Associate Curator of Special Collections at the Wellesley College Library. She is also Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (the AHA Society), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Hamilton.

Dr. Thomas Oller is a Senior Lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University, where he teaches a course on Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and their competing visions of America. He is also Vice Chair of the AHA Society.

Marilyn Zavorski, Stow Historical Society, will weave Stow’s story of determination and commitment to the town, state and nation, using primary sources located in Stow’s town vault and other archives.

10/03/2019
Springfest Concert – The Bounty of the Earth! Sunday, May 19th at 4:00 PMFirst Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow MAEnj...
05/14/2019

Springfest Concert – The Bounty of the Earth!
Sunday, May 19th at 4:00 PM
First Parish Church, 353 Great Road, Stow MA
Enjoy songs by John Rutter, Mendelssohn, Butler, Stroope, Rogers & Hammerstein, and more!

Tickets available at the door: $10/adult, $5/child under 18, $25/household family maximum

Stow Lions Springfest Silent Movie NightJoin us at the "Old" Stow Town Hall, Friday May 17 at 7:00 pm. The popcorn is FR...
05/14/2019

Stow Lions Springfest Silent Movie Night
Join us at the "Old" Stow Town Hall, Friday May 17 at 7:00 pm. The popcorn is FREE and there is no charge for this Stow Lions Club hosted event!

Pianist Richard Hughes has been busy gathering up the very best silent movies made between 1894 and 1929 and this year will be showing the silent movie Show People.

Stow Historical Society
04/03/2019

Stow Historical Society

Stow Historical Society

Threads of Time: Unfolding Stow's Historical Clothing --  Travel back in time as the Stow Historical Society presented a...
11/06/2018

Threads of Time: Unfolding Stow's Historical Clothing -- Travel back in time as the Stow Historical Society presented a program about how Stow dressed from the early 1830’s to 1900. The program featured the Gates/Peck clothing which was donated to the SHS in 1987.

Threads of Time: Unfolding Stow's Historical Clothing -- Travel back in time as the Stow Historical Society presented a program about how Stow dressed from the early 1830’s to 1900. The program featured the Gates/Peck clothing which was donated to the SHS in 1987.

Please join the Stow Historical Society and the Stow Historical Commission on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 PM for an ...
09/12/2018

Please join the Stow Historical Society and the Stow Historical Commission on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 PM for an outstanding program by actress Sheryl Faye.

1825 WEST SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - All are invited to travel back into time and explore West School, Stow’s 1825 brick school...
07/26/2018

1825 WEST SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - All are invited to travel back into time and explore West School, Stow’s 1825 brick schoolhouse on Sunday, July 29 from 3-4:30pm. This original building was one of five district schools in Stow. On display will be original photographs, artifacts and school practice books and textbooks used by Stow residents who attended this school.

Stow’s district schools were closed in 1903 with the opening of centrally-located Union School on Great Road. On display will be an outstanding collection of Union School classwork from 1905-1908, all of which were completed before the school burned to the ground on December 4, 1908. Learn about this magnificent school, which time has forgotten.

Join the SHS for an outstanding evening with Ken Gloss, Brattle Book Shop, Boston - April 25, 2018 at the Pompositticutt...
04/22/2018

Join the SHS for an outstanding evening with Ken Gloss, Brattle Book Shop, Boston - April 25, 2018 at the Pompositticutt Community Center, Stow, MA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
04/02/2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Stow Historical Society presents --"A Silver Dagger:  Exploring Women’s History Through Folk Songs" performed by Dia...
10/23/2017

The Stow Historical Society presents --
"A Silver Dagger: Exploring Women’s History Through Folk Songs" performed by Diane Taraz, an acclaimed New England folk and traditional singer and songwriter.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Stow Town Hall
7 PM

Passed down for generations, folk songs provide insights into the lives of ordinary people in centuries past. Diane mines these traditional songs for clues to the inner lives of people in Europe and America from about 1500 to 1850, especially women. Audiences are fascinated by the way attitudes and beliefs from the past still echo in our lives today.
Women left few written records, but we can learn much about them through the music that they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. With a sparkling voice and wry humor, Diane performs songs of love, childbirth, marriage, and adventure.
Diane performs in traditional dress and plays lap dulcimer and guitar. She often sings with voice alone, the most authentic style. These are songs that brim with energy and humor, determination and despair, and all the joys and sorrows of a world lit only by fire.
Refreshments will be served.

Stow's Hidden Treasure - May 7, 2017
05/01/2017

Stow's Hidden Treasure - May 7, 2017

10/11/2016
1942 - How Preparations for WWII Changed Stow

Please join the SHS on October 22nd for a most memorable evening of family stories presented by those who experienced this land-taking in 1942, accompanied by superb photos, maps and documents.

September 25, 2016 Ray LaChance program, "The Web of Life"
09/26/2016

September 25, 2016 Ray LaChance program, "The Web of Life"

September 25, 2016 Ray LaChance program, "The Web of Life"

Please join us for this last public program of 2016. Ray LaChance,a gifted orator and educator, will speak about the Web...
09/11/2016

Please join us for this last public program of 2016. Ray LaChance,a gifted orator and educator, will speak about the Web of Life and the value structure it presented in the past and presents today. All ages will be mesmerized.

Stow (MA) Historical Society/Stow Historical Commission exhibits
05/16/2016

Stow (MA) Historical Society/Stow Historical Commission exhibits

Stow (MA) Historical Society/Stow Historical Commission exhibits

Timeline Photos
05/11/2016

Timeline Photos

Mary Margaret O'Connell:  Lowell Mill Girl
05/02/2016

Mary Margaret O'Connell: Lowell Mill Girl

Mary Margaret O'Connell: Lowell Mill Girl

Timeline Photos
04/18/2016

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
04/18/2016

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
04/14/2016

Timeline Photos

Springfest coming right up. Check out the Sounds of Stow concert featuring songs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of...
05/14/2015

Springfest coming right up. Check out the Sounds of Stow concert featuring songs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

Stow celebrated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with the surrender of General Lee at Appomatox in 1865
04/11/2015

Stow celebrated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with the surrender of General Lee at Appomatox in 1865

02/08/2015

The Stow Historical Society will present a program on the "Treasures of the Stow Museum" at the Randall Library on February 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Come and learn what was the Stow cure-all for sick folks; recipes to clog your arteries real-fast; why you might want to hide your gravestone, how to make your own shoes, and how to make very large ice cubes. The program is open to the public.

The Hardtacks presented a great program, full of period music and commentary on the Civil War, giving insight of the for...
11/17/2014

The Hardtacks presented a great program, full of period music and commentary on the Civil War, giving insight of the forces that drove both sides. Audience participation was encouraged on familiar songs. The program was supported by a number of exhibits of artifacts and documents from the period and readings by members of the audience.

More photos from the Stow Historical Society's Minuteman program on April 4, 2014
04/07/2014

More photos from the Stow Historical Society's Minuteman program on April 4, 2014

The Stow Historical Society thanks the Stow Minutemen for a very interesting and informative program.
04/05/2014

The Stow Historical Society thanks the Stow Minutemen for a very interesting and informative program.

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