Tewksbury Historical Society

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Tewk(e)sburys Together: Explore the History of Tewksbury MassachusettsThree Tewk(e)sburys from across the globe come tog...
11/10/2021

Tewk(e)sburys Together: Explore the History of Tewksbury Massachusetts

Three Tewk(e)sburys from across the globe come together to celebrate and share their histories in a year that holds great significance for Tewkesbury UK with the 900th year anniversary of the consecration of its world-famous Abbey in 1121 and the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury.

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/tewkesbury-festival/

Sunday, November 14th at 3:30pm

Register here:

https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-tewk-e-sburys-together-explore-the-history-of-tewksbury-massachusetts/

Tewk(e)sburys Together: Explore the History of Tewksbury Massachusetts

Three Tewk(e)sburys from across the globe come together to celebrate and share their histories in a year that holds great significance for Tewkesbury UK with the 900th year anniversary of the consecration of its world-famous Abbey in 1121 and the 550th anniversary of the Battle of Tewkesbury.

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/tewkesbury-festival/

Sunday, November 14th at 3:30pm

Register here:

https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-tewk-e-sburys-together-explore-the-history-of-tewksbury-massachusetts/

11/05/2021

This week we're taking a look at the Ella E. Flemings School. Originally a one-room school built in 1859, the school was open until 2004. Learn more about this historic gem on Tuesday November 9th at 7pm during our virtual presentation "Tewksbury History Series -- Reflections of the Ella E. Flemings School" presented by Bill Pavao.

Event sponsored by theThe Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library

#TewksburyPublicLibrary #TewksburyMA #ThrowbackThursday #throwback

10/10/2021

Calling all Tewksbury & Lowell history buffs! We're thrilled to be hosting Middlesex North Register of Deeds Richard Howe for a special presentation on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm via Zoom. Howe will discuss how portions of Tewksbury became Lowell. Learn more and register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-tewksbury-history-series-how-parts-of-tewksbury-became-lowell/.

The Tewksbury Public Library, Pollard Memorial Library & Tewksbury Historical Society collaborated on this event.

#TewksburyPublicLibrary #TewksburyMA

07/13/2021

**JUST ANNOUNCED**

The Tewksbury Public Library, in cooperation with the Public Health Museum, has organized THREE walking tours of the Tewksbury State Hospital's campus this summer. On this 75-minute walking tour, you will learn about the history of the 160+ year-old hospital, its architecture, the lives of its former patients and staff, and its connection to public health. Each tour is limited to 20 people. There is still spots available in our first tour on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 6pm to 7:15pm. Register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/walking-tour-of-the-tewkbury-state-hospital-campus/. FREE & OPEN TO ALL. Sponsored by The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library.

05/29/2021
05/29/2021
05/25/2021

Officially available today! If you pre-ordered, your book should be arriving anytime (if you don’t already have it). If you’d like to buy a copy, you can do so online at Amazon or directly from the Public Health Museum at Tewksbury State Hospital.
OR you can get a SIGNED copy and meet us on Saturday, June 5th between 10am-2pm at the Public Health Museum - we hope to see you there! 🙂

Happy reading! ❤️

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: History Of Tewksbury State Hospital
05/11/2021
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: History Of Tewksbury State Hospital

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: History Of Tewksbury State Hospital

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email.** &n . No registration required.

05/02/2021

On this day 167 years ago, the State Almshouse at Tewksbury opened its doors to the first 500 residents.

Learn all about the history of the early almshouse that became Tewksbury State Hospital in the forthcoming book, available May 24th!

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: The Four Billion Year Story Of TewksburyTUESDAY, MARCH 307:00—8:00 PMOnlineTewksbury Public Library300 ...
03/04/2021
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: The Four Billion Year Story Of Tewksbury

VIRTUAL PROGRAM: The Four Billion Year Story Of Tewksbury
TUESDAY, MARCH 307:00—8:00 PM
OnlineTewksbury Public Library300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876
VIRTUAL PROGRAM: The Four Billion Year Story Of Tewksbury
**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email.**

Drawing on his training as a geologist, Eamon McCarthy Earls will walk the audience through an exciting look at the creation of Tewksbury from the formation of the planet to the present day. He will explain the landscapes, terrain and fascinating stories of the ground below our feet.

https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-the-four-billion-year-story-of-tewksbury/

**PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE PLACE VIA ZOOM. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email.** &n . No registration required.

From the Lowell Sun (27–Dec-20):  The Physical Education Institute for Reachers hosted at the Foster School in 1916.Anyo...
01/01/2021

From the Lowell Sun (27–Dec-20): The Physical Education Institute for Reachers hosted at the Foster School in 1916.

Anyone who is familiar with the Dracut School Department knows the dame Chistos Daoulas. He served as Dracut’s superintendent of school for 38 years and before that as principal, teacher and coach. But Dracut had another doctor at the School Department’s helm — Charles Randall.

Born on May 26, 1869, in Belchertown to Alonzo and Amelia Randall, Charles Lemuel Randall grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst College in 1891. He married Brooklyn native Louisa F. Smith on Nov. 24, 1892, in Belchertown. Randall was a school teacher.

Over the next 10 years, the Randall family moved again, this time to Holden, where Charles was named superintendent of schools. Randall was apparently an ambitious man and was appointed Dracut’s superintendent in 1913 for a three-year term.

At that time, the superintendent’s position was more of a regional position, and Randall oversaw the schools for Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and North Reading.

n 1916, he organized something rather innovative at the time — a physical-education institute for the region’s teachers.

Randall worked in conjunction with an agent from the state Board of Education, F.G. Wadsworth. Participating school districts were Chelmsford, Dracut, North Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Wilmington.

The institute simply titled, “Physical Education in the Schools,” was held at the Foster School in Tewksbury Center, and almost all the teachers from each town participated — not just physical-education teachers.

The professional development day opened at 9 a.m., with a benediction led by the Rev. Sarah Dickson. (Can you imagine a teachers’ professional development day opening with a benediction today?) After the benediction, teachers participated in a series of lectures led by teachers from each district — all grades were represented.

The first lecture was led by a group of teachers from Parker Avenue School — Helen Dickey, Bertha Leadbetter, Charles Hogan and Margaret Kiernan — and was called, “Games at Parker Avenue.” Teachers from other schools in Dracut presented as well. Ruth Howe and Annie Bragdon of Collinsville School presented a lecture called “Plans for Collinsville.” From Dracut’s Kenwood School, teacher Grace Garvy presented “The Kenwood Plan.”

I wonder what the plans for physical education at Collinsville and Kenwood schools were. In 1916, schools’ ideas of what physical education was were different from what many of us envision.

Dracut teacher Bertha Stewart presented a demonstration on playground equipment.

Several lectures were presented on recess, and a Tewksbury teacher did a presentation on folk dancing.

The regional teachers’ institute concluded with addresses by state Board of Education agents C.D. Kingsley, F.G. Wadsworth and W.F. Hamilton. They all spoke on the role of teachers and physical education in the public schools.

Dracut Superintendent Dr. Charles Randall was congratulated for helping to organize a successful event.

The Lowell Sun noted that the event “proved both interesting and instructive to all the teachers who attended.”

From the Lowell Sun (27–Dec-20): The Physical Education Institute for Reachers hosted at the Foster School in 1916.

Anyone who is familiar with the Dracut School Department knows the dame Chistos Daoulas. He served as Dracut’s superintendent of school for 38 years and before that as principal, teacher and coach. But Dracut had another doctor at the School Department’s helm — Charles Randall.

Born on May 26, 1869, in Belchertown to Alonzo and Amelia Randall, Charles Lemuel Randall grew up in western Massachusetts and graduated from Amherst College in 1891. He married Brooklyn native Louisa F. Smith on Nov. 24, 1892, in Belchertown. Randall was a school teacher.

Over the next 10 years, the Randall family moved again, this time to Holden, where Charles was named superintendent of schools. Randall was apparently an ambitious man and was appointed Dracut’s superintendent in 1913 for a three-year term.

At that time, the superintendent’s position was more of a regional position, and Randall oversaw the schools for Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and North Reading.

n 1916, he organized something rather innovative at the time — a physical-education institute for the region’s teachers.

Randall worked in conjunction with an agent from the state Board of Education, F.G. Wadsworth. Participating school districts were Chelmsford, Dracut, North Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Wilmington.

The institute simply titled, “Physical Education in the Schools,” was held at the Foster School in Tewksbury Center, and almost all the teachers from each town participated — not just physical-education teachers.

The professional development day opened at 9 a.m., with a benediction led by the Rev. Sarah Dickson. (Can you imagine a teachers’ professional development day opening with a benediction today?) After the benediction, teachers participated in a series of lectures led by teachers from each district — all grades were represented.

The first lecture was led by a group of teachers from Parker Avenue School — Helen Dickey, Bertha Leadbetter, Charles Hogan and Margaret Kiernan — and was called, “Games at Parker Avenue.” Teachers from other schools in Dracut presented as well. Ruth Howe and Annie Bragdon of Collinsville School presented a lecture called “Plans for Collinsville.” From Dracut’s Kenwood School, teacher Grace Garvy presented “The Kenwood Plan.”

I wonder what the plans for physical education at Collinsville and Kenwood schools were. In 1916, schools’ ideas of what physical education was were different from what many of us envision.

Dracut teacher Bertha Stewart presented a demonstration on playground equipment.

Several lectures were presented on recess, and a Tewksbury teacher did a presentation on folk dancing.

The regional teachers’ institute concluded with addresses by state Board of Education agents C.D. Kingsley, F.G. Wadsworth and W.F. Hamilton. They all spoke on the role of teachers and physical education in the public schools.

Dracut Superintendent Dr. Charles Randall was congratulated for helping to organize a successful event.

The Lowell Sun noted that the event “proved both interesting and instructive to all the teachers who attended.”

Public Health Museum
12/12/2020

Public Health Museum

Happy to #CelebratetheSeasonTewksbury with the Tewksbury Public Library!

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital
12/06/2020

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital

A beautiful, snowy day at Tewksbury State Hospital!

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital
12/03/2020

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital

The Long Asylum was among the longest standing structures at Tewksbury State Hospital. Opened in 1866, the pre-Civil War structure was torn down during the 1970s when a demolition plan leveled remaining structures used during the almshouse days.

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital
10/11/2020

Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital

Even in 1890 children knew how to "photobomb" a picture. Check out the two children in the window at the left.
#photobomb #tewksburyma #hospitalhistory

Tewksbury Public Library
10/01/2020

Tewksbury Public Library

Make sure to check out this week’s Tewksbury Town Crier! There’s a front page story on our library’s recent virtual visit with our town’s unofficial 'sister community' — Tewkesbury, England! It was wonderful to learn about their history and our connection to them!

And we recorded the visit. Watch it HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4CTRhWlqAk&t=905s.

(cc: Town of Tewksbury, Gloucestershire Libraries, Tewksbury Historical Society)

#TewksburyMA #TewksburyPublicLibrary #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Tewkesbury

Tewksbury Public Library
09/19/2020

Tewksbury Public Library

ATTENTION Tewksbury! We're hosting our quarterly Community Roundtable this Monday, September 21 at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Representatives from Tewksbury-based non-profit organizations are invited to network at the library's Fall Community Roundtable. Attendees are encouraged to share information about their respective organization's programs, services and upcoming events and fundraisers. Each organization will be given 5 minutes to share with the group.

If you belong to a Tewksbury non-profit, make sure you or a leader in your organization attend!

Register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-fall-community-roundtable/.

(cc: The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library, Tewksbury Public Library Community Garden, Tewksbury Community Pantry, Tewksbury Habitat Build, Tewksbury Public Events & Celebrations, Tewksbury / Wilmington Elks Lodge #2070, Friends of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee, Tewksbury CARES, The Power of Flowers Project, Tewksbury Sons and Daughters of Italy Lodge 2872, Boy Scout Troop 322 - Tewksbury, MA, Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Tewksbury Historical Society, Into Action Recovery, Inc., Tewksbury Rotary Club, Tewksbury Lions Club, Tewksbury Community of Artists, Wilmington Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, Tewksbury Education Foundation)

Tewksbury Public Library
08/28/2020

Tewksbury Public Library

Did you know there are FIVE other Tewksbury communities in the world? We're going to try to spotlight all of them over the next six months!

First up is a virtual talk on TEWKESBURY, ENGLAND on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2:30pm.

Learn about our town's namesake! Tewksbury is believed to have been named after the Earl of Tewkesbury, a member of the British Government. (There is, however, some disagreement around this.) John Dixon, President of the Tewkesbury UK Historical Society, will give a presentation -- from across the pond -- about the history of HIS Tewkesbury. From the Tewkesbury Abbey (which celebrates its 900th anniversary next year) to the Battle of the Roses to Tewkesbury mustard, get to know our unofficial "sister community."

Learn more and register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-the-history-of-tewkesbury-england/.

#TPLatHome #TewksburysConnect #TBT #ThrowbackThursday

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I am inquiring as to whether the Tewksbury Historical Society has a photo collection of historic homes located in the town. I am specifically interested in historic photos of the Ames Castle, especially photos early in the occupancy of the house by Adelbert Ames. I am interested in both exterior and interior photos. I am a volunteer at Borderland State Park in Easton, the estate and home of General Ames daughter Blanche Ames Ames.
On Thursday, May 27 at 7pm via Zoom, authors Ashlynn Rickord Werner & Jon Maynard will discuss their brand new book, "Images of America: Tewksbury State Hospital." Register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-history-of-tewksbury-state-hospital/. {cc: Public Health Museum, Tewksbury Historical Society, Tewksbury Hospital, Save the Tewksbury Hospital Pines Cemetery)
Join food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch, a food critic at Newsday, for a virtual talk and tasting of colonial-era beverages, both spiked and non-alcoholic, this Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm via Zoom. Hirsch, the author of "Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England: From Flips and Rattle-Skulls to Switchel and Spruce Beer," will explore the roots and reasons behind early Americans' enthusiasm for drink. She’ll also break down the building blocks of a rudimentary colonial-era bar and touch on key events where alcohol played a role. Register HERE: https://tewksburypl.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/virtual-program-forgotten-drinks-of-colonial-new-england/. Sponsored by The Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. #TewksburyMA #TewksburyPublicLibrary #TPLatHome Tewksbury Historical Society
While we're closed to the public, we obviously can't hold any programs. But, thanks to our friends at Tewksbury Telemedia, you can relive 40 programs the library has recently held, including concerts, plays, author visits and lectures! #TPLatHome (cc: 4EverFab, American Who, Tewksbury Historical Society, Jackson Gillman, Joe Mack Band, Bright Set Entertainment, Museum of Bad Art, Mass Ghost Hunters Paranormal Society, Community Music Center of Boston, Historic New England, Better Business Bureau, Massachusetts Friends of Libraries, Massachusetts Library Association, New England Library Association, Massachusetts Library System, Your Tewksbury Today, Town of Tewksbury)
The Public Health Museum is recruiting for dynamic docents Do you want to be of service to your community? Do you enjoy “storytelling?” The Public Health Museum in Tewksbury is seeking volunteer docents to lead tours and help at the museum. Training is provided and an interest in public health or a related field is welcomed, but not required. The museum is located on Tewksbury Hospital Campus at 265 East Street in the Old Administration building. To arrange a meeting with the Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement, email Sandra Price at [email protected].
Tewksbury Historical Society is hosting an antiques show this weekend!
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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
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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....
Exciting news! We're partnering with the Tewksbury Historical Society for a special Tewksbury history program on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm. Dr. Benjamin Kittredge (1740-1826), one of Tewksbury's most revered residents, was the father of 8 sons, all of whom became doctors. An 18th century surgeon during the Revolutionary War period, Kittredge led a truly extraordinary life. Tewksbury resident Brian Cortez, a Revolutionary War reeneactor, will portray Kittredge in this one-man show. #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #TewksburyHistory
I am trying to find out information on FOSTER SCHOOL. I have my mom's graduation program for June 17, 1932 and having no luck trying to find info. She was A.Marie McKay of Marshall Street. Any hints or places to find info is really appreciated! THANK YOU !