Walking Tour of Lower Falls
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Walking Tour of Lower Falls

This special tour with Historic Newton and the Wellesley Historical Society focuses on the rise and fall of industry in Lower Falls. Learn how the Charles River once powered nationally renowned paper mills. Also see the village that early residents built, including St. Mary's Church and the one-time community hall that is now Lower Falls Wine Company.

The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is recommended for adults and teens.

This event is supported by the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation and is part of the “Crossing Borders” series, a collaboration between Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center & Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society.

Suggested donation, $10 per person; register through newtonma.gov/HNwalks.

Information: 617-796-1450 or 781-235-6690.

Sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.

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"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick

*Please meet at the entrance to the Bacon Free Library/Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street.

Join a Natick Historical Society guide for a 45-minute walk through the heart of South Natick. The tour includes discussion of the 17th-century “Praying Indian” settlement and of the 19th-century local residents who inspired the characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Oldtown Folks.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

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When the Land Speaks
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

When the Land Speaks

Join Larry Spotted Crow Mann on an exploration of the relationship between land, people, and nature through the eyes of the Nipmuc people. His presentation will feature traditional stories, drumming, Nipmuc history, and a discussion of the oral tradition both past and present.

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts and an award-winning writer, speaker, drummer, and traditional storyteller.

This program is a co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library and supported by Music Drives Us in collaboration with ArtWeek in Natick and across Massachusetts. It is FREE and open to the public.

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Community History Series: Romanichal Families in Natick at the Turn of the 20th Century
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Community History Series: Romanichal Families in Natick at the Turn of the 20th Century

Join local researcher Gwen Stanley as she discusses her work on Romanichal Families in Natick, including her own great-great grandparents, Phoebe and Thomas Stanley. Gwen’s presentation will include many images and a new look at Romanichal life in Natick.

Photo is courtesy of the Long Island Museum.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

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History Book Club discussion
May
9
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of The Sympathizer, a novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

The narrator of The Sympathizer is a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

This program is co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library. It is FREE and open to the public.

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Walking Tour of Natick's Historic Walnut Hill Neighborhood
May
11
10:30 AM10:30

Walking Tour of Natick's Historic Walnut Hill Neighborhood

All are welcome to join local historian Vincent Vittoria for a walking tour of Natick's historic Walnut Hill neighborhood. Come learn about the people, historic mansions, and other interesting stories that give Walnut Hill such a fascinating history.

The tour will meet downtown on the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks and begin at 10:30a.m. It will last about 90 minutes. This tour is FREE and open the public.

Questions about the tour can be sent to walnuthilltours@gmail.com.


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From Turnpike to Ted Williams: Route 9 in Natick
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

From Turnpike to Ted Williams: Route 9 in Natick

We think of Route 9 today as a regional shopping mecca, but its history as a highway goes back more than 200 years. We’ll share stories of Route 9’s role in Natick history, from the location of the town’s first post offices to the rise of retail after the Second World War.

Terri Evans, who serves on the board of the Natick Historical Society, is a longtime tour guide with Boston By Foot and also leads walking tours of Natick.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

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"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick
May
26
1:00 PM13:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick

*Please meet at the entrance to the Bacon Free Library/Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street.

Join a Natick Historical Society guide for a 45-minute walk through the heart of South Natick. The tour includes discussion of the 17th-century “Praying Indian” settlement and of the 19th-century local residents who inspired the characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Oldtown Folks.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

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Women of Natick and Ponkapoag: The Untold History of Praying Towns
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Women of Natick and Ponkapoag: The Untold History of Praying Towns

Join Kristen Wyman of the Natick Nipmuc Tribe and Elizabeth Solomon of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag for a conversation about the development of praying towns in 17th-century New England and how missionary work influenced national Indian policy and continues to perpetuate a myth of Indian extinction today.

This event is supported by the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation and is part of the “Crossing Borders” series, a collaboration between Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center & Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society.

It is FREE and open to the public.

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History Book Club discussion
Jun
13
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join a discussion of The Zookeepers Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman.

The Zookeeper's Wife is a strange, but historically true story of WWII. It reveals the extraordinary efforts of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who capitalized on the Nazis' obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo. 

This program is co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library. It is FREE and open to the public.

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"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick

*Please meet at the entrance to the Bacon Free Library/Natick History Museum, 58 Eliot Street.

Join a Natick Historical Society guide for a 45-minute walk through the heart of South Natick. The tour includes discussion of the 17th-century “Praying Indian” settlement and of the 19th-century local residents who inspired the characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Oldtown Folks.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

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History Book Club discussion
Apr
11
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard Round the World, by George C. Daughan, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

Historian George C. Daughan’s magnificently detailed account of the Battle of Lexington and Concord challenges the prevailing narrative of the American War of Independence. It was, Daughan argues, based as much in economic concerns as political ones.

This program is co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library. It is FREE and open to the public.

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The Story of American Song: The Fifties
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

The Story of American Song: The Fifties

Celebrate and learn about popular music from the postwar era with singer and piano player Jack Craig. Participants may sing songs from each year of the 1950s and learn about the songwriters, songs, and events of the times. Fifties attire is welcome!

This program is supported by the Natick Cultural Council. It is FREE and open to the public.

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The Eliot Bible, the Wôpanâak Language, and the Power of Art
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Eliot Bible, the Wôpanâak Language, and the Power of Art

Join us for a conversation with Joan and Neville Gabie about their National Trust project to create art in response to rare books, including a first edition copy of the Eliot Bible held at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, England.

A second-edition copy of the Bible from the collections of the Natick Historical Society will also be on view. Reception to follow.

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History Book Club discussion
Mar
14
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of The Widow’s War, a novel by Sally Gunning, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

Married for twenty years, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts. When her husband dies at sea, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter's overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold "war" for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear.

Co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library.

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Annual Meeting of the Membership of Natick Historical Society
Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

Annual Meeting of the Membership of Natick Historical Society

Please join us at the annual meeting of the membership of the Natick Historical Society. Together, we will

  • review exciting changes to our membership plans

  • discuss our ambitions for the year ahead

  • strategize how best to meet out new goals, and 

  • celebrate our shared commitment to local history

All are welcome. NHS members will receive invitations by mail. 

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Workshop: Make an Old-Fashioned Valentine [EVENT IS FILLED]
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

Workshop: Make an Old-Fashioned Valentine [EVENT IS FILLED]

Please join us for a valentine-making workshop. Valentines of a century ago were lacy, layered, and elaborate. Yours will be, too!

We’ll talk briefly about Valentine’s Day in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and each participant will learn to make an old-fashioned, ribbon-tied valentine. Everyone from ages 5 to 105 is welcome.

Cost of the workshop is $5 per person. All materials will be provided. Space is limited, so please CLICK HERE to reserve your spot and pay online. You may also reserve your spot by emailing events@natickhistoricalsociety.org or calling (508) 655-0729. Cash and check will be accepted at the door for participants with reservations only.

*Note: As of January 31, this event is now filled.

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History Book Club discussion
Jan
10
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

Wounded in the fighting at Petersburg, a Confederate soldier decides to walk back to his home in the Blue Ridge mountains to Ada, the woman he loves. His trek across the disintegrating South brings him into intimate and sometimes lethal contact with slaves and marauders, bounty hunters, and witches, both helpful and malign. At the same time, Ada is trying to revive her father’s derelict farm and learning to survive in the post-Civil War world.

Co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library.

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History Book Club discussion
Dec
18
1:00 PM13:00

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

“Ms. Schiff . . . gives us a cinematic portrait of a historical figure far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation, and a wide, panning, panoramic picture of her world." ―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library.

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Cornucopia, Candy, and Christmas Trees: An Ornament-Making Workshop
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

Cornucopia, Candy, and Christmas Trees: An Ornament-Making Workshop

Please join the Natick Historical Society and the First Church Natick for an ornament-making workshop led by Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions. Well into the early 1900's, people decorated Christmas trees with homemade paper, candies, cookies, gilded walnuts, gifts, and other edible ornaments. A particular favorite was the cornucopia, a cone-shaped ornament filled with candy.

Rita Parisi will speak briefly about Christmas tree ornaments from this time and will then instruct participants on how to make a cornucopia of their own. All materials will be provided. Everyone from ages 5 to 105 is welcome. Space is limited, so please email events@natickhistoricalsociety.org or call (508) 655-0729 to reserve your spot. Note: As of November 26, all spaces for this event are filled.

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History Book Club discussion
Nov
20
1:00 PM13:00

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry, at the Natick Community-Senior Center.

The book tells the thrilling true story of the rescue of a downed medic plane from within Albania during World War II—and of the courage, perseverance, and heroism of the nurses and medics involved.

Co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library.

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Henry Wilson: Natick Cobbler to Vice President
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Henry Wilson: Natick Cobbler to Vice President

Did you know that Henry Wilson, the 18th Vice President of the United States, started out as a shoemaker in Natick? Born in Farmington, New Hampshire, in 1812, Wilson came to Natick as a young man, learned the shoemaking trade, and remained a Natick resident for the rest of his life.

Join longtime Natick Historical Society member Joe Weisse for a talk on Wilson's work as a cobbler, U.S. senator, and Vice President to Ulysses S. Grant.

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A Community Visit with the Natick History Museum
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

A Community Visit with the Natick History Museum

Visit with the staff of the Natick Historical Society at the newly-restored Natick History Museum. Explore two new exhibitions, "Your Dream House: At Home in Postwar Natick," and "Across the Centuries: Looking at Local Objects." Rides will be available on the Connector Bus. R.S.V.P. required for the bus only—please call Sharon at (508) 647-6540. 

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Welcome Back Open House
Oct
21
11:00 AM11:00

Welcome Back Open House

Join us for an Open House to celebrate the reopening of the restored Natick History Museum! Two new exhibitions at the Museum will be on view, and our new Children’s Corner will be ready for little visitors. Embroidery artist Mary Burke and basket maker Ron Michael will demonstrate their crafts.

“Oldtown” walking tours will be offered at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 1:00 PM.

Parking available on street and in lot at rear of 207 Union Street (2-minute walk).

This event is a collaboration with Natick Artists Open Studies and Old Town Photo Show.

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Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts

At the end of the nineteenth century, more than half of all factory workers living in Natick were making shoes. Massachusetts was once the heart of the American shoemaking industry. By the end of the First World War, our state was producing more than forty percent of the nation's shoes!

The Natick Historical Society invites you to join Anna Fahey-Flynn of the Boston Public Library for a talk on the history of the shoe industry in Massachusetts with a special focus on our hometown.

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History Book Club discussion
Oct
16
1:00 PM13:00

History Book Club discussion

Everyone is welcome to join discussion of The Heretic’s Daughter: A Novel, by Kathleen Kent, in the Natick Community-Senior Center.

In 1752, Sarah Carter Chapman writes a letter to her granddaughter that reveals the secret of how she survived the Salem Witch Trials while her mother did not.

Co-sponsored with the Bacon Free Library.

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