Tewksbury Historical Society

Tewksbury Historical Society The historical society for Tewksbury, MA.

05/01/2020
Lowell National Historical Park

Lowell National Historical Park

Take an inside look at the amazing history and bell tower at one of Lowell's coolest sites. Join Ranger Olf as we explore Saint Patrick's Church in Lowell's historic Acre neighborhood.

#LikeLowell #LowellNPS #FindYourPark

Tewksbury Public Library
04/26/2020
Tewksbury Public Library

Tewksbury Public Library

On Monday, April 27 at 7pm, the Tewksbury Public Library is hosting (via ZOOM) retired Tewksbury High School history teacher & hall-of-fame track coach Robert MacDougall for a discussion of his new book, "The Agitator and the Politician."

Learn about the lives of the two men who were central figures in the emancipation of the slaves in the United States -- William Lloyd Garrison, a radical abolitionist, and President Abraham Lincoln, a conservative politician. Mr. MacDougall's book was just featured in last week's Tewksbury Town Crier. (Read the article here: http://homenewshere.com/middlesex_east/article_e42f1846-7ff9-11ea-94b6-63cd591f9058.html.)

If you'd like to attend this program, please click the link to register. #TPLatHome

(cc: James Town Crier Pote, Tewksbury Historical Society)

In memory of those brave souls that faced a tyrannical government and pushed them back to preserve our ability to defend...
04/19/2020

In memory of those brave souls that faced a tyrannical government and pushed them back to preserve our ability to defend ourselves as citizens.

We must remember, lest we suffer the same.

This is the true Patriots Day.

Beware, General Gage has received orders to seize the means of self defense from the citizens of Concord. The British Ar...
04/18/2020

Beware, General Gage has received orders to seize the means of self defense from the citizens of Concord. The British Army (the "regulars") march out tonight!

Join Paul Revere and other riders to spread the word,

"The regulars are out! The regulars are out!"

245 years ago NOW...

British General Thomas Gage has developed a plan that calls for approximately seven hundred men drawn from the elite grenadiers and light infantry companies of several regiments and a company of marines, to march from Boston to Concord under cover of darkness on April 18, 1775.

This “strike force,” under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith of the 10th Regiment of Foot, is ordered “ [to proceed] with the utmost expedition and secrecy to Concord where you will seize and destroy all the artillery, ammunition, provisions, tents, small arms and all military stores whatever. But you will take care that the soldiers do not plunder the inhabitants, or hurt private property.”

Gage instructs Smith to dispose of provincial supplies by destroying the trunions of the cannons, burning the tents, dumping powder and shot into local ponds and eradicating food “in the best way you can devise.”

To counter the problem of colonial alarm riders like Paul Revere spreading word of the expedition, the general informs Smith that “a small party on horseback is ordered out to stop all advice of your march getting to Concord before you."

#Newburyport1775
#MinuteManNHP
#VirtualPatriotsDay

UntappedHistory.com

Drop by Minuteman National Park tomorrow for a virtual Patriots Day!https://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm
04/18/2020
Patriots' Day 2020 - The 245th Anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. - Minute Man National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Drop by Minuteman National Park tomorrow for a virtual Patriots Day!

https://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all planned Patriot’s Day events and activities scheduled to take place within the park have been cancelled. In lieu of public commemorations, parades, living history and battle demonstrations, Minute Man NHP, in collaboration with Minuteman Media Network,...

Line of March Virtual TourJust in, an online virtual "Line of March" tour has been created on Google.We plan to add more...
04/07/2020
Tewksbury Line of March Tour

Line of March Virtual Tour

Just in, an online virtual "Line of March" tour has been created on Google.We plan to add more details along the route, so please take the tour and "like" it so you can return again and again.

by Brian Cortez

Important information on the status of this event.********** 2020 Line of March Event Canceled **********It is with a he...
03/21/2020
Tewksbury Coronavirus: Town Declares State Of Emergency

Important information on the status of this event.

********** 2020 Line of March Event Canceled **********

It is with a heavy heart that we must cancel the Line of March event scheduled for April 26, 2020. We hope you will consider joining us again next year at this time. More information on the planning of next years Line of March will be communicated in the fall of 2020 for the April 2021 event.

Given the recent CoVid-19 pandemic events and the public need to maintain social-distancing to curtail the spread of this virus and save lives, the Town of Tewksbury has declared an official state of emergency (see link below).

*Tewksbury Coronavirus: Town Declares State Of Emergency*

https://patch.com/massachusetts/tewksbury/tewksbury-coronavirus-town-declares-state-emergency?fbclid=3DIwAR25KFh9sCD75YhXiudm5nPmXScuS3c9T-8GcaIqptAk2fJcoUv28J_NppA

In closing, please, adhere to the national and local mandates to remain isolated and stay safe. All of our hopes go out to the victims of this pandemic around the world and wish a swift resolution of this deadly menace.

The state of emergency is meant to give the town more flexibility in responding to the new virus.

03/12/2020

Tonight's Adult Lecture: Wilmington/Tewksbury History: Planes, Trains, and Trolleys has been canceled.

Tewksbury Public Library
02/27/2020

Tewksbury Public Library

Want to learn more about the history of the Tew-Mac Airport? Earl Hupper, whose family owned the airport, will be speaking at the Wilmington Memorial Library on Thursday, March 12 at 7pm. This program is a local history collaboration between the Wilmington & Tewksbury Public Library. Space is limited. Register HERE: https://wilmlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/adult-lecture-64/.

(Photos courtesy of The Sun News)
#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Tewksbury

TEWKSBURY & WILMINGTON LOCAL HISTORY PROGRAM: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!THURSDAY, MARCH 127:00—9:00 PMOffsiteTewks...
02/26/2020
Adult Lecture: Wilmington/Tewksbury History: Planes, Trains, and More

TEWKSBURY & WILMINGTON LOCAL HISTORY PROGRAM: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
7:00—9:00 PM
OffsiteTewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876

**PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE WILMINGTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY (175 MIDDLESEX AVENUE)**

What was transportation like in Tewksbury and Wilmington in the 19th and 20th century? In these 3 interrelated presentations, UMass Lowell librarian & train photographer Ron Karr will discuss the railroad history of Wilmington & Tewksbury, "Trolleys of the Merrimack Valley" author Kevin Farrell will explore the trolley history of both communities, and Earl Hupper, whose family owned the Tew-Mac Airport, will share his stories. Sponsored by the Wilmington Memorial Library and Tewksbury Public Library, in collaboration with the Wilmington Historical Commission and Tewksbury Historical Society.

https://wilmlibrary.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/adult-lecture-64/

How did Wilmington and Tewksbury change with the advent of trolleys, airports, and a nearby Interstate? In this panel discussion, Kevin Farrell . Registration required.

Friends, family, and all interested parties, please mark your calendars to attend our town's annual "Line of March" cere...
02/25/2020

Friends, family, and all interested parties, please mark your calendars to attend our town's annual "Line of March" ceremony. Help support the Tewksbury Historical Society as we again recreate a portion of the route our forefathers in town marched on that fateful alarm call of April 19, 1775. Follow us along the marching route as we stop at 3 of the 9 memorial stone markers and fire a musket salute in memory of those brave souls. Then. afterwards, attend an awesome presentation of Colonial period cooking in the Tewksbury Public library (at the end of the route) by our special guest (and the winner of the "Cast Iron Chef" award) Stacy Booth.

Sunday, April 26, 2020
02/25/2020

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Photos from Tewksbury Historical Society's post
01/24/2020

Photos from Tewksbury Historical Society's post

The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library
12/09/2019

The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library

Thank you to everyone who made our Festival of Trees gala so successful and fun!

The Tewksbury Historical Society’s contribution to the 2019 Festival of Trees.  Special thanks to members Karen Favreau,...
12/03/2019

The Tewksbury Historical Society’s contribution to the 2019 Festival of Trees.

Special thanks to members Karen Favreau, Luann O'Keefe, Rita O'Brien-Dee and Nancy Reed for their hard work celebrating not only the holidays, but the town’s past as the Carnation Capital of the World.

More information on the Festival of Trees can be found here:

http://www.tewksburypl.org/get-involved/pages/2019-festival-trees

Tewksbury Public Library
09/27/2019

Tewksbury Public Library

CONGRATS to 100-year-old Tewksbury resident Allie (Mackey) Casazza for receiving the Boston Post Cane (awarded to the town's oldest resident) by the Tewksbury Historical Society at a ceremony at the library last week.

And CONGRATS to Allie's sister -- Rita O'Brien-Dee -- for receiving the society's Samuel Hunt Award for outstanding service and dedication.

According to Rita, Allie's secret to a long, healthy life is Family, Friends, Fun, and Wine!

#TewksburyHistory #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

Hello folks, The Tewksbury Historical Society is now an approved charity at AmazonSmile. That means by selecting us as y...
09/24/2019
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Tewksbury Public Library
07/28/2019

Tewksbury Public Library

CAN YOU HELP THE LIBRARY? We're trying to track down every current & former Tewksbury resident who has published a book. (We'll also accept authors who never lived in town, but did work in town.) Here's what we've come up with so far: Beth Daigle, Bob Briggs, Cathy Marci, Dan Graffeo, Jamie Blake, Jean Trounstine, Jeannine M. Martin, Jeffrey F. Frost, Jennifer Petro-Roy, Joe Scooter Rizzuti, Joe Votano, Kathleen Mosca-DePalmenary, Peter Manseau, R.C. Mulhare, Robert MacDougall, Rose Titus, Sunayana Kachroo Bhide, Valerie Borgal and Valerie Clark. If we've missed a bunch of people (and we're sure we have), please leave a comment, message this page, email [email protected], or call 978-640-4490 x 205.

07/08/2019

The Tewksbury Historical Society Board of Directors is writing to announce this year’s Executive Committee appointments: Douglas Sears, Esq, President; Nancy Reed, Vice President and Treasurer; Linda Voutour as Assistant Treasurer; and, Bill Wyatt, Secretary. David Marcus, former Treasurer, has resigned from the Board.

Tewksbury residents, Patricia Stratis and Linda Voutour, have joined the Board. Both women also serve on the Tewksbury Historical Commission. Patricia Stratis serves on the town’s Cultural Council. Linda Voutour serves on the Tewksbury Local Historic District Study Committee. Both have a history of commitment to the betterment of our town and the philosophies of the Society.

We are moving ahead with the digitization of our collections. We hope to bring the public easy access to our archives. Archivist, Andy Grilz, is organizing our collections so that in the Fall interns from Harvard University will refine the archiving process. We encourage townspeople who are downsizing to offer to the Society writings, and other smaller items, they find that help us tell the history of the town.

In the Fall, the Board shall recognize Rita O’Brien-Dee and Tony Coviello with the Samuel Hunt Award for their service and dedication to the endeavors of the Society. Doug Sears will present the Boston Post Cane to the oldest citizen who is a registered voter in Tewksbury, a tradition that began in 1909.

Director, Brian Cortez shall bring to life Tewksbury’s Dr. Kittredge, a Revolutionary War physician with a reenactment style presentation as he assembles reenactors to gather in the Town Center to march the Revolutionary War Line of March marked with granite posts funded by donations to the Society. This reenactment is a spectacular visual experience for children and adults.

Viewing Tewksbury Militia’s march to Concord on April 19, 1775 is a fitting reminder of our part in this important historic moment in our country.

The Tewksbury Historical Society is an IRC 501 (c) (3), not-for-profit corporation, founded in 1993. Board members serve as volunteers. All Donations and Membership dues go toward maintaining the Society’s collections, archive materials, storage costs, postage and stationery.

LHS- Lowell Historical Society
04/13/2019
LHS- Lowell Historical Society

LHS- Lowell Historical Society

The Lowell Historical Society, in the heart of Lowell Massachusetts, an area rich in history, home to the Lowell Mills

Something to ponder as Sunday we completed our own memorial of the Tewksbury men who marched to Concord just days after ...
04/09/2019

Something to ponder as Sunday we completed our own memorial of the Tewksbury men who marched to Concord just days after this happened, on April 19, 1775.

Apr 8 1775 Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock left Boston as their spies had warned of upcoming trouble. Concord received a visit from Paul Revere who warned the citizens that the British were planning action against the town to take the powder and weapons. As a result of the warning the town decided to remove the weapons stores and hide them in neighboring towns. (Yes this means the battles of Lexington and Concord were never going to achieve their objectives for the British.)

April 8 1782 The Battle of Delaware Bay. Three British ships engaged three American Privateers that were escorting merchantmen. In what can only be described as a chaotic battle 23 yr. old Lieutenant Joshua Barney and the Americans won and captured the much larger HMS General Monk. Barney was given command of the prize.

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When is this event taking place? "In the Fall, the Board shall recognize Rita O’Brien-Dee and Tony Coviello with the Samuel Hunt Award for their service and dedication to the endeavors of the Society. Doug Sears will present the Boston Post Cane to the oldest citizen who is a registered voter in Tewksbury, a tradition that began in 1909." Please advise....
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