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06/16/2020

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06/14/2020

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Each year the Wayland Historical Society runs a program for all of the third-graders in Wayland’s Public Schools. The pr...
06/14/2020

Each year the Wayland Historical Society runs a program for all of the third-graders in Wayland’s Public Schools. The program focuses on Wayland’s history on April 19, 1775.

Click here for more: https://www.waylandmuseum.org/third-grade-program

Read about two extraordinary women of the 19th century, Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)Click he...
06/14/2020

Read about two extraordinary women of the 19th century, Harriet Jacobs (1813-1897) Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880)

Click here for the article: https://www.waylandmuseum.org/child-jacobs

This article was written in honor of Race Amity Day, which is held annually in Massachusetts on the second Sunday in June, this year on Sunday, June 14.

Wayland’s history, landscape, industry, livelihood and recreation are all influenced by the dynamics of the graceful yet...
06/12/2020

Wayland’s history, landscape, industry, livelihood and recreation are all influenced by the dynamics of the graceful yet formidable Sudbury River. This article highlights the history of two Sudbury River crossings that date back at least as far as colonial times, and that have been an important element of life in Wayland, both past and present.

Read more about the Sudbury River here:
https://www.waylandmuseum.org/crossing-the-sudbury

Decorating the Wayland Museum for the open house on Sunday 2 to 5pm.
12/01/2018

Decorating the Wayland Museum for the open house on Sunday 2 to 5pm.

GUIDED TOUR: MASS CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL – WAYSIDE (WAYLAND) TRAILSaturday, October 13 ~ 11 AM – 2 PMCo-sponsored with Wayla...
10/09/2018

GUIDED TOUR: MASS CENTRAL RAIL TRAIL – WAYSIDE (WAYLAND) TRAIL

Saturday, October 13 ~ 11 AM – 2 PM

Co-sponsored with Wayland Historical Commission and Friends of the Wayland Rail Trail. Walk or bike the new Rail Trail between Russell’s Crossing (Town Center) and the Tower Hill Station site (Plain Road).

Although the Central Massachusetts Railroad has been described as “a railroad that should never have been built,” Wayland enjoyed passenger train service from 1881 to 1971; freight service continued until 1980. Guides posted at the Tower Hill station site, the cattle pass, the freight house, the Wayland Depot, and at the turntable and water tank will explain how it all worked. At Town Center MassEnergize will have ecars and ebikes to see and drive and free bike tune-ups. Russell’s annual Pond Sale will be that day.

Knowledgable guides will be posted along the rail trail route from 11 am to 2 pm as well as good places to park. Start and end anywhere along the route you wish. See old train and station photographs on display at the Grout Heard house.

More information at: https://www.waylandmuseum.org

Wayland High School Baseball Team 1911 or 1912
09/12/2018

Wayland High School Baseball Team 1911 or 1912

Jacob Sorensen, a 19-year-old from Natick, MA has been helping out at the Wayland Museum & Historical Society. Jacob fir...
08/17/2018

Jacob Sorensen, a 19-year-old from Natick, MA has been helping out at the Wayland Museum & Historical Society. Jacob first came to the Museum via an eight-week grant from Easter Seals. He came twice a week, Tuesday and Friday mornings, and worked with the our Curator, Jane Sciacca. His first job was to inventory the acclaimed collection of photographs by Alfred Wayland Cutting for www.DigitalCommonwealth.org.

When Jacob’s grant ended in July, he continued to help at the Wayland Museum, but now as a volunteer! He scanned photographs and documents for the Curator and assisted with exhibits and displays. Jacob will be returning to Mass Bay Community College for his sophomore year starting in September.

We will miss him, but we appreciate all of Jacob’s accomplishments at the Wayland Museum & Historical Society – both while being paid, and subsequently, as a volunteer.

Wayland Museum’s Grout Heard House new parking court with permeable pavers.
07/22/2018

Wayland Museum’s Grout Heard House new parking court with permeable pavers.

Doctor Ebenezer Roby's saddlebags dated 1775.
06/08/2018

Doctor Ebenezer Roby's saddlebags dated 1775.

Third graders from Wayland’s public schools learn about life in 1775.
05/24/2018

Third graders from Wayland’s public schools learn about life in 1775.

05/18/2018
See our latest newsletter to learn more about recent past and new programs in April 2018.https://www.waylandmuseum.org/n...
04/07/2018
Newsletter | Wayland Historical Society

See our latest newsletter to learn more about recent past and new programs in April 2018.

https://www.waylandmuseum.org/newsletter

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Alfred Wayland Cutting (1860-1935) photograph of the bridge over the Sudbury River.
02/16/2018

Alfred Wayland Cutting (1860-1935) photograph of the bridge over the Sudbury River.

Lydia Maria Child’s 216th birthday party.A celebration of Lydia Maria Child’s life was enjoyed by many on Sunday afterno...
02/12/2018

Lydia Maria Child’s 216th birthday party.

A celebration of Lydia Maria Child’s life was enjoyed by many on Sunday afternoon. Born in Medford, Mass in 1802 Child was a progressive author who defied social norms for women as an abolitionist and activist for the rights of women and Native Americans.

See more photographs and acknowledgment of thanks at our website. https://www.waylandmuseum.org/childs-birthday

THE WAYS OF OUR LAND: DUDLEY PONDSunday, January 21 ~  2:00 PMRussell's Garden Center From its formation when the glacie...
01/13/2018

THE WAYS OF OUR LAND: DUDLEY POND
Sunday, January 21 ~ 2:00 PM

Russell's Garden Center
From its formation when the glaciers receded to the treasured recreational space it offers today, Dudley Pond has a rich history. Educator and Cochituate resident, Sheila Carel, has explored the colorful history of the pond and its surroundings, including Dudley Woods. She will share this history, highlighting Dudley Pond’s rich and diverse history. Over time, the Pond has been served as a sacred place for Native Americans, a water source for the rapidly growing City of Boston in the 1840’s, the sumptuous Simpson Estate that became the Mansion Inn, Ted Williams’ and “the Babe’s” fishing base at the Dudley Chateau, water quality improvements, recent pontoon boat band concerts, and more.

https://www.waylandmuseum.org

4th grade Wayland Girl Scouts, “Played the Past” at the Wayland Museum and Historical Society’s Grout Heard House Novemb...
12/16/2017

4th grade Wayland Girl Scouts, “Played the Past” at the Wayland Museum and Historical Society’s Grout Heard House November 17 where they learned about two 19th century Wayland women — Jerusha Grout Heard and Lydia Maria Child. After being taught some simple embroidery using hoops and floss they enjoyed two staples of that era — apple cider and cornbread.

More at https://www.waylandmuseum.org/girl-scouts

Wayland Museum - Wayland Historical Society's cover photo
11/22/2017

Wayland Museum - Wayland Historical Society's cover photo

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSESunday, December 3 ~ 2:00 – 5:00 PMGrout Heard House MuseumWelcome in the holiday season with the Wayl...
11/22/2017

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, December 3 ~ 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Grout Heard House Museum
Welcome in the holiday season with the Wayland Historical Society’s Holiday Open House! Many participate to prepare the House to open our doors and welcome you. Wayland Garden Club’s talented members, led by Lois Toombs and Gretchen Schuler, will be festively attiring our rooms in holiday greenery. The Stone Room’s alcove and tree will be decorated by Wayland Girl Scouts, led by Elisa Scola. Once again, we will enjoy a musical interlude and members of the Historical Society will be on hand to welcome all. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the House, sample treats, punch, and tea in the Stone Room and meet with friends and neighbors!

Holiday Open House Co-chairs: Aida Gennis and Kathy Heckscher

Wayland’s own Lydia Maria Child wrote the most famous poem in America about Thanksgiving- “Over the River and Through th...
11/22/2017

Wayland’s own Lydia Maria Child wrote the most famous poem in America about Thanksgiving- “Over the River and Through the Wood’ (originally titled “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day”). Mrs. Child was a prominent 19th century author, editor and reformer who has been named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the National Abolition Hall of Fame. The Wayland Museum and Historical Society is proud to have in our collection a number of items which she owned.

A happy and safe Thanksgiving from all of us.

THE VALUE OF THE BOOKSunday, November 19 ~ 2:00 PMWayland Public LibraryIn an Antiques Roadshow-type format, Ray Rickman...
11/19/2017

THE VALUE OF THE BOOK
Sunday, November 19 ~ 2:00 PM
Wayland Public Library

In an Antiques Roadshow-type format, Ray Rickman, a long-time rare book dealer, will discuss which sorts of books tend to have high market values, explain characteristics that can influence the worth of a book, and offer complimentary estimates for up to three books for each attendee. Rickman is a former host of “Booksellers” on Rhode Island Public Television, and a leader in the promotion of African American history. We are pleased to co-sponsor this lively and informative program with the Wayland Public Library as we usher in the holiday season.

Refreshments: Sally Lamprey

A piece of First Parish in Wayland history held at the Wayland Museum - Wayland Historical Society. A collection box fro...
11/02/2017

A piece of First Parish in Wayland history held at the Wayland Museum - Wayland Historical Society. A collection box from the past with four separated categories:

For Disseminating The Holy Scriptures
For Sending Missionaries To The Heathen
For Educating Pious Young Men For The Ministry
To Be Appropriated By The Donors

https://www.waylandmuseum.org/draper-room

WHAT DO CERAMICS TELL US ABOUT WAYLAND’S ANCIENT INHABITANTS?Saturday, October 21 ~ 2:00 – 4:00 PMWayland Town Building ...
09/28/2017

WHAT DO CERAMICS TELL US ABOUT WAYLAND’S ANCIENT INHABITANTS?

Saturday, October 21 ~ 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Wayland Town Building Large Hearing Room

Massachusetts Archaeology Month Event, co-sponsored with the Wayland Historical Commission and presented by Dr. John Pretola. Dr. Pretola will provide the first professional analysis conducted on ceramic pottery sherds found in one Wayland archaeological site. Pottery provides clues about how ancient Native Americans manufactured their pottery and how pots were used in daily life. The ceramics from this site suggest inhabitants several thousand years ago, during early Middle Woodland times, were becoming more sedentary and augmenting a wild foods diet with plant propagation. Actual Native American artifacts recovered from Wayland archaeological sites will be on exhibit, some dating as far back as 8,000 years ago. You are invited to bring artifacts you have found for identification by experts in the Wayland Archaeology Group.

https://www.waylandmuseum.org/ceramics

The Sudbury River Flows Slow | Wayland Historical Society
09/19/2017
The Sudbury River Flows Slow | Wayland Historical Society

The Sudbury River Flows Slow | Wayland Historical Society

The Sudbury River Flows Slow by BEK | Sep 19, 2017 | Program | 0 comments Professor Robert Thorson, author of “The Boatman”, entertained and educated a full house at the Grout Heard House Museum.Dams, lawyers, farmers, saw mills, Thoreau, and the civil war all share the stage in the drama of the mea...

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Any info on the statue that once stood in the middle of the road where Superior meets Main ?
Have you seen the new website for our town's museum? Check it out, and if you can, stop in at its historic house, 12 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA, on a Tuesday or Friday morning (9:30 a.m. to noon).