Swansea Historical Society

Swansea Historical Society The Swansea Historical Society promotes the need to remember the history of Swansea and is the caretakers of the Luther Museum.
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The Swansea Historical Society is a non-profit organization which takes pride in preserving and keeping the history of Swansea in safe hands. We strive in teaching the community exactly where they come from, what has happened, and how it has shaped this little town in Massachusetts.

Mission: Teaching and preserving Swansea's extensive history.

Uncovering Swansea’s PastThe Swansea Historical Society invites you to attend a special program in honor of Massachusett...
10/08/2019

Uncovering Swansea’s Past
The Swansea Historical Society invites you to attend a special program in honor of Massachusetts Archeology Month. Erin Flynn from the Public Archaeology Lab will present Uncovering Swansea’s Past on Wednesday October 9 at 6:30PM. The program will take place at Christ Church Hall located on 57 Main St in Historical Swansea Village. A Potluck supper is will take place at 5:30PM. This program is free and open to the public.
The Swansea Historical Society operates the Luther Store Museum located at 160 Old Warren Road, Swansea. Its mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit materials related to the town of Swansea.
For more information pleases contact Carl Becker or Cheryl Bogle at 508-496-9564 or at [email protected]

09/27/2019
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08/29/2019
Get your tickets today!  Help support the Swansea Historical Society.
08/22/2019

Get your tickets today! Help support the Swansea Historical Society.

08/05/2019
Swansea Free Public Library
06/29/2019

Swansea Free Public Library

Free Concert tonight, Sat, 6/29, at Christ Church Hall. Join us!

Swansea Free Public Library
05/16/2019

Swansea Free Public Library

The Friends of the Swansea Public Library and the Swansea Garden Club's ANNUAL PLANT SALE will be held on Sat, May 25, 9 am - noon!

Spend a lovely morning in historic Swansea Village.
05/02/2019

Spend a lovely morning in historic Swansea Village.

03/20/2019
Swansea Free Public Library
03/15/2019

Swansea Free Public Library

Nature in your Neighborhood with MA Audubon on March 16th!

Just a reminder about tomorrow's program at Christ Church.  Join us!
02/07/2019

Just a reminder about tomorrow's program at Christ Church. Join us!

The Swansea Historical Society will be holding a members meeting on Friday February 8.  Join us for an entertaining and ...
01/25/2019

The Swansea Historical Society will be holding a members meeting on Friday February 8. Join us for an entertaining and informative talk by Michael Stills.

11/09/2018

On November 18th at 2:00PM, there will be a very special event at Station 2 of the Swansea Fire Department located on New Gardner Neck Road for the release of the book, "The Story" by Nancy Collins Boardman. The Story is the history of the Swansea Fire Department, developed after 3 years of research. This book begins with a brief look at the days when the Swansea Fire Department relied on a Forest Fire warden and a bucket brigade and follow through to the development of a group of Swansea men with a hose reel given by Mrs. Frank Stevens to the 2017 purchase of a state-of-the-art E-One Cyclone II. Books will be available for purchase. For further information contact Nancy Boardman at [email protected]

Coming soon.....Get your tickets today!
08/15/2018

Coming soon.....Get your tickets today!

Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting 2018.  Join us!
06/13/2018

Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting 2018. Join us!

04/13/2018
04/06/2018

The Swansea Historical Society will have its monthly Board Meeting today at 1:00PM at the Swansea Public Library. Join us!

Swansea Historical Society
Monthly Board Meeting
Friday April 6, 2018
@Swansea Public Library
1:00PM
The Public is welcome to attend.

03/12/2018
02/19/2018

Thank you to Cheryl Bogle, Joann Johnson, Maureen O'Brien and Claudette Smith along with all those who attended the Potluck supper meet and greet at the historic First Baptist Church. Good food, good friends and good fun! Everything was delicious!

Sunday Pot Luck!
02/15/2018

Sunday Pot Luck!

Book Discussion with Professor Lisa Brooks | Mahindra Humanities Center
02/07/2018
Book Discussion with Professor Lisa Brooks | Mahindra Humanities Center

Book Discussion with Professor Lisa Brooks | Mahindra Humanities Center

Lisa Brooks is Associate Professor of English and American studies at Amherst College. She is author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast. During this discussion, she will discuss her book Our Beloved Kin, A New History of King Philip's War.

01/31/2018
You are invited!  Join the Gravestone Girls for an entertaIning evening.
10/02/2017

You are invited! Join the Gravestone Girls for an entertaIning evening.

Members Meeting and special talk on Toys in Time!
09/22/2017

Members Meeting and special talk on Toys in Time!

09/13/2017
09/04/2017
Get your tickets today!
08/07/2017

Get your tickets today!

07/25/2017

Historical Swansea Cemeteries

The Friends of Swansea Historical Cemeteries is a new group forming whose purpose is the preservation, restoration and maintenance of Swansea’s Historical Cemeteries. Anyone interested in local cemeteries is invited to attend this informational meeting on Wednesday July 26 at 6PM at the Swansea Public Library. Swansea has many cemeteries that are in need of preservation and restoration. Join us for a brainstorming session on how to save and maintain local historical cemeteries.
For more information contact the Cheryl Bogle at 508-496-9564 or email at [email protected].

Timeline Photos
06/28/2017

Timeline Photos

Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting The Swansea Historical Society 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at 2PM on Sund...
05/31/2017

Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting

The Swansea Historical Society 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at 2PM on Sunday June 11 at the Swansea Community Center located at 260 Ocean Grove Ave, Swansea. A short business meeting will be held along with election of new officers and discussion of upcoming summer events. The summer schedule for the Luther Museum will also be planned. Following the meeting, author Edward Lodi will give a talk on his book, Who When Where in King Philip’s War. During his talk he will give a brief overview of the war, including its causes, its beginnings in Plymouth Colony, its rapid spread throughout New England, and its long-lasting effects on both the English and the Indians. He will focus on various individuals—men, women, and children, on both sides—who fought in the war, or were its victims, or who otherwise played significant or memorable roles.

Lodi, author or editor of more than a half dozen books pertaining to King Philip’s War, spent years researching material for his book, which includes an alphabetical Who’s Who of approximately 450 entries, with a brief biographical sketch for each; an almost day-by-day chronological listing that begins with events leading up to the war and continues until its tragic conclusion; and a listing of Indian Place Names. The book also features twenty-four illustrations.

A Question and answer session will talk place during and after his talk; followed by a book signing follows.

The talk is free and opened to the public. It is sponsored by a grant from the Swansea Cultural Council and part of the 350th Swansea History Celebration,

Anyone who has an interest in local history is welcome to join the Swansea Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.

From Stagecoachs to Swansea: The Stevens Family  The Swansea Historical Society invites the public to a Walking Tour and...
05/16/2017

From Stagecoachs to Swansea: The Stevens Family

The Swansea Historical Society invites the public to a Walking Tour and talk with Kevin Lawton, local historian and former library director at the Swansea Public Library who will present From Stagecoaches to Swansea on Sunday May 21 at 2:00PM. The Walk begins at the Swansea Dam and proceeds down historic Main street stopping by the various places that the Stevens family made possible including the Joseph Case Junior High, the Swansea Public Library and the Stevens Home. The walk will end at Christ Church Hall for a talk on the Stevens family.
Anyone who has an interest in local history is welcome to this talk which is free and open to the public. Light Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972 or email at [email protected].

03/23/2017

An Evening with Helen Pierce

The Swansea Historical Society invites the public to a very special event, Nancy Boardman, author, poet and Swansea Historian will present an Evening with Helen Pierce on Thursday March 23 at 6:00PM at Christ Church. Mrs. Pierce was Swansea’s beloved historian for many years and her encyclopedic knowledge of Swansea and its people is remembered fondly by many. Nancy will talk of her friendship with Helen and the public is invited to share their memories of Mrs. Pierce.
A Past President of the Swansea Historical Society, Nancy met Helen at an ice cream social held at the Luther Store Museum. During the years that followed, they became good friends and spent many hours together. With Helen's permission and that of her family, Boardman wrote the book, Let Me Introduce You to Helen Pierce

Anyone who has an interest in local history is welcome to this talk which is free and open to the public. Light Refreshments will be served.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972 or email at [email protected].

Timeline Photos
03/09/2017

Timeline Photos

Let the celebrating begin!
03/02/2017

Let the celebrating begin!

03/02/2017

Swansea Historical Society Monthly Meeting

The Swansea Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Friday March 3 at 1:00PM at the Swansea Public Library.
Members will be discussing upcoming plans and programs for 2017 including the Annual Meeting, Open Houses and special 350th Events. The summer schedule for the Luther Museum will also be planned. Members will also be discussing fundraising ideas.

Meetings are open to anyone who has an interest in local history. Consider joining the Swansea Historical Society.
For more information contact the Swansea Historical Society president Carl Becker at (508) 379-0972 or email at [email protected].

The Swansea Historical Society will meet on Friday at 1:00PM at the Swansea Public Library for the monthly meeting.  Ple...
02/01/2017

The Swansea Historical Society will meet on Friday at 1:00PM at the Swansea Public Library for the monthly meeting. Please join us as we plan for an amazing year of activities and events.

Save the date!
01/04/2017

Save the date!

01/04/2017

Join the Swansea Historical Society for the first meeting of the new year. The Meeting will take place on Friday January 6 at 1:00 PM at the Swansea Public Library. We have a wonderful year ahead of us as we plan programs and events for the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Swansea, MA.

12/15/2016

Happy Holidays from the Swansea Historical Society. The Society meets the first Friday of each month at 1:00PM at the Swansea Public Library. 2017 is the 350th Anniversary of the town of Swansea and many activities will be taking place to commemorate this historic birthday. Check back regularly to find upcoming programs, talks and tours.

Interested in participating? The Historical Society is looking for volunteers for several 350th projects. Committees looking for new volunteers include:

The 350th Commemorative Book Committee
Helen Pierce Biography Committee
The Coloring Book Committee
The Historic Calendar Committee
The 30th Cookbook Committee

Interested in helping? email us at [email protected] for more information.

The Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday June 12th at 2PM.  Special guest speaker is John...
06/07/2016

The Swansea Historical Society Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday June 12th at 2PM. Special guest speaker is John Cummings who will talk about his book, Cream of the Crop. Join us!

06/05/2016

The Swansea Historical Society Board will meet at the Swansea Public Library on Monday June 6, 2016 at 6:30PM to discuss final plans for the annual meeting and the upcoming summer schedule.

Author Richard Grace will be speaking at the Swansea Community Center at 3:00PM at the on his book, Opium and Empire.  J...
05/10/2016

Author Richard Grace will be speaking at the Swansea Community Center at 3:00PM at the on his book, Opium and Empire. Join the Swansea Historical Society as they welcome Professor Grace and he talks on this interesting part of Victorian history.

Stop by the Swansea Historical Society this Sunday May 15th for the first open house of the season.
05/10/2016

Stop by the Swansea Historical Society this Sunday May 15th for the first open house of the season.

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69 Main Street
Swansea, MA
02777

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Hi. I was wondering if anyone could hep with the tracing of a wartime factory in Swansea that made Jerry cans. It was owned by the Richard Thomas Company (steel makers). Thanks.
🌸 MARTIN HOUSE FARM opens in less than one month! 🎼 Case High School drama department will be performing 3 short shows starting at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 🎭 🏠 Historic house tours (docent-led) will be Sundays 1-4 pm. July 7 through September 29. 🥁 New this year, many craft workshops and demonstrations. Schedule to follow! Woo hoo! Hope to see you soon! Location: 22 Stoney Hill Road, Swansea, MA 02777
😴 Snooze you lose! Four more Sundays to visit Martin House Farm this year. Martin House Farm is open for colonial dressed docent led tours Sundays through September from 1-4 PM. 👭☀️ Step back in time and enjoy the afternoon with family while learning about the founding years of our Country. 🇺🇸 22 Stoney Hill Road, Swansea, MA. Plenty of parking. Admission: $5 Adults, active military families/ children under 12 free. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Owned and operated by the non profit NSCDA MA celebrating its 125th anniversary preserving historic properties and sharing early US history.
📚 HiSTORY Telling Under the Trees at Martin House Farm 🌳 Sunday, August 5 from 1-4 pm, pack up the wagon and come to the farm for Colonial stories. 22 Stoney Hill Road, Swansea. Join Carol Gafford from Swansea Public Library as she tells tales from the days the little Martins were running around Martin House! 🏃🏻‍♀️ Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket. Docent led tours and loom and flax wheel demonstrations going on inside as well. Nan Szenher will be demonstrating using our period pieces. 👫 Light refreshments for kids. Plenty of parking. Admission $5, Swansea residents, active military and families and children under 12 free. Donations greatly appreciated. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Owned and operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America MA a non profit organization dedicated to historic preservation and colonial history.
Hello. I am a co-founder of the Citizens Committee To Save the Nat Crane House in Dighton, Massachusetts. This early house from circa 1775 is in good structural condition, but needs to be moved or dismantled from its present location. The house was originally owned by a former sea captain, Nathaniel Crane. The style is pre-Revolution Federal hip- roofed house, It has a 5-flue chimney, 4 working fireplaces, a beehive oven, six bedrooms and a pantry. It is being offered for free as long as the taker adheres to conservation requirements. Please spread the word about this house and if you know of anyone or any group who would be interested in moving and preserving the house, please let me know. Thank you. P.S.- An article about the house was published by the Taunton Daily Gazette on May 31, 2018. Here's the link:
I am trying to find any information on an African American man by the name of Jack Blink who was born in Swansea and served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in Warren RI and was in the 1st Regiment but I am wondering what his history in Swansea might be before or after the war since he does not show up in Warren records.
Thanks to Carol Gafford for her assistance when I visited the Swansea Historical Society Archives in October. I have finalized my report about James E. Birch's "San Antonio and San Diego Mail Line." The report is for Dr. Aaron Wright, Archaeology Southwest, to be included in the history supporting his newly proposed "Great Bend of the Gila" national monument. It is also to be presented at the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association Conference in Tucson, Arizona, on March 16. Dr. Aaron Wright has proposed that we co-author an article for a southwest historical journal about the Southern Overland Trail in Western Arizona, which includes the history of Birch's famous stage line. This report will be part of the article. Gerald T. Ahnert