Preserving Our Past - A Talk with Steve Evers
Sep
11
1:30 PM13:30

Preserving Our Past - A Talk with Steve Evers

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Join Steve Evers in a look at some of Natick’s historical assets, including historic homes, parks, burial grounds, and other sites. He’ll talk about how they are being preserved through government and private efforts, and look ahead at sites that are threatened. Steve Evers has served on the Natick Historical Commission for 40 years. He is also a Board Member of the Natick Historical Society, an architect by profession, and has been a local history buff since he was a youngster.

This event is FREE and open to the public in the Natick Community Senior Center.

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History Book Club - All the Light We Cannot See
Sep
12
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club - All the Light We Cannot See

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Everyone is welcome to join a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

An optimistic exploration of the ways a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy try to survive the terrors of World War II. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction.

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 - Sep 29
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick - Sep 29

*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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Casey's—Natick's Favorite Diner—And Others
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Casey's—Natick's Favorite Diner—And Others

Join Richard Gutman for a talk about Natick’s own Casey’s Diner (now in business for more than 120 years!) and other great American diners. Richard Gutman is a curator, author, and expert on all things diner. He has written four books on the subject, including American Diner: Then and Now, which features Casey’s Diner.

*Don’t miss your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Casey’s when you attend this event - thank you, Casey’s! *

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Photo taken for Smithsonian Magazine, 1986.

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Walking Tour of Natick's Historic Walnut Hill Neighborhood - Oct 19
Oct
19
10:30 AM10:30

Walking Tour of Natick's Historic Walnut Hill Neighborhood - Oct 19

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 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.

When the tour concludes, be sure to check out Natick Artists Open Studios events.


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"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick - Oct 20
Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick - Oct 20

*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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Natick and the Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Natick and the Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War

Natick and the Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War: New Approaches to Native and Colonial New England Histories and Places with Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College

The seventeenth-century Indigenous resistance movement and colonial conflict known as King Philip’s War (1675-1678) shaped the region around Natick and Boston Harbor in important ways. This presentation revisits Native American and colonial encounters before, during, and after this pivotal period, examining how and why diverse communities pursued diplomacy, peacemaking, and violence at different points.

Focusing on the significance of “place,” it traces the meanings of homelands for Indigenous people and nations including Nipmucs, Narragansetts and Wampanoags, and the pressures exerted by settler colonial expansion in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. By following these histories outward into a broader reconsideration of the Native and colonial Northeast as well as Atlantic World, we can reckon with the complex ways that historical memories have remained deeply resonant and contested for many centuries.

This talk invites conversation about how the past continues to matter in the present, and the opportunities as well as challenges related to heritage, preservation, and caretaking of meaningful lands and waters.

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

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Boston to Mumbai: Historical Connections between Massachusetts and India
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Boston to Mumbai: Historical Connections between Massachusetts and India

Join Peter Drummey and Rakashi Chand of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS), Natick Historical Society, and members of our local community for a conversation about artifacts and stories that connect Massachusetts and Maharashtra from the 17th-century to the present. Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian at MHS and Rakashi Chand, Senior Library Assistant at MHS, will lead the conversation and members of the local community are invited to share the stories and artifacts that traveled with them from India to the United States.

What prized possessions or cherished family stories connect you to India? We would love to hear from you! Please write to: contact@natickhistoricalsociety.org if you would like to share a story or artifact (or both!) at this event.

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This event is co-sponsored with the Massachusetts Historical Society. It is FREE and open to the public.

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History Book Club - Tom Yawkey and the Boston Red Sox
Aug
8
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club - Tom Yawkey and the Boston Red Sox

Everyone is welcome to join a discussion of Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox by Bill Nowlin.

Few people have influenced a team as much as did Tom Yawkey (1903–76) as owner of the Boston Red Sox. After purchasing the Red Sox for $1.2 million in 1932, Yawkey poured millions into building a better team and making the franchise relevant again.

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

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History Book Club - Lincoln in the Bardo
Jul
11
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club - Lincoln in the Bardo

Everyone is welcome to join a discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

George Saunders built this unforgettable tale from the fact that when Abraham Lincoln was mourning his 11-year-old son, he visited the boy’s crypt several times alone to hold his boy’s body.  This supernatural story of love and loss unfolds in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices.

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
Jun
30
1:00 PM13:00

"Oldtown" Walking Tour of South Natick - Jun 30

*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
Jun
13
3:30 PM15:30

History Book Club

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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Down by the River: New Takes on Charles River History
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Down by the River: New Takes on Charles River History

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After years of researching and exploring the Charles River, presenter Kathleen Rowe has assembled a visual journey along the famous river as it winds its way through cities and towns in the watershed.  She points out historic sites and events that have taken place along the river, while also describing some of the initiatives that have brought the Charles world-class status as an exemplary urban waterway.

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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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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"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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The Suburban Development of Natick, Needham, Newton, and Wellesley
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Suburban Development of Natick, Needham, Newton, and Wellesley

Urban planner James O’Connell has called Boston the “national pacesetter for suburbanization.”  Spurred first by a shortage of space, and then by convenient transportation, Boston has created around itself a network of suburbs – our towns among them – that constitute one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas, and one of its most prosperous.

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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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