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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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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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.

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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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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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