Activities

 

 Preservation Projects

 

Boxborough's Last Ice House

 

Boxborough Scale at Museum April 2011

The year is 1850. Abraham Lincoln is an obscure ex-congressman. The State of Massachusetts has delivered a new scale to Boxborough to calibrate the Town's weights and measures. This is an incredible piece of mid 19th century technology sensitive enough to weigh a penny and strong enough to calibrate a 50 pound weight. After 100 years on the second floor of the Town Hall the scale is now available for viewing at the Boxborough Museum at 575 Middle Road.

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2014 Programs

Sunday March 30, 2014, Pot Luck Supper 5:00 pm, Grange Room at Town Hall. Mary Fuhrer: "Old Towns in a New Country".

Sunday May 18, 2014, 7:00 pm, Morse/Hilberg Room Town Hall. Jeanne Steele Kangas: "A History of Steele Farm and the Steele Family in Boxborough".

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2013 Programs

The Construction of Interstate 495 in Boxborough: April 28

On Sunday April 28, 2013 the Boxborough Historical Society will a program on "The Construction of Interstate 495 in Boxborough" at 7:00 PM in the Morse and Hilberg rooms of the Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road. This will be a visual and oral history featuring George Robinson's 1962 photographs and a panel of local residents (and members of the audience) sharing their personal memories. Alan Rohwer of the Boxborough Historical Society and the Boxborough Historical Commission will present the photographs and moderate the panel. Admission is free and all are welcome. (If anyone would like to be on the panel please call Alan at 978-263-3944.)

Historical Society Pot Luck Supper March 24

On Sunday March 24, 2013 the Boxborough Historical Society will hold its Annual Pot Luck Supper at 5:00 PM in the Grange Room at Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road Boxborough. Corinne Hosfeld Smith will present a program on "The History of the Fitchburg Railroad". The Fitchburg Railroad was a key transportation link in Northwest Middlesex County and very important to the town of Boxborough through the flag stop on Depot Road and a full station in West Acton. Corinne is an expert in the travels of Henry David Thoreau, an accomplished librarian and author whose book "Westward I go free: Tracing Thoreau's Last Journey" was published in 2012. In researching her book she made an extensive study of the Fitchburg Railroad and its impact on this area. Admission is free and all are welcome. **Please call John Fallon at 978-264-0069 to volunteer to bring something to the Supper.**

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2012 Programs

Boxborough Historic Home Tour September 22, 2012

The Boxborough Historical Society will hold the 2012 Tour of historic homes in Boxborough on September 22nd from noon until 5:00 pm. There will be nine homes including the Rev. Joseph Willard house, c.1796, the Ephraim Whitcomb house, c. 1804, and the Jacob Littlefield house, c. 1843. There are three homes that will be seen for the first time this year. One of them is the Boaz Brown house, c.1730, also known as the “Muster” house, where the farmers of the town that later became known as Boxborough mustered as Minutemen on that historic day of April in 1775. The Tour will start from the Boxborough Museum at 575 Middle Road.

History of the Wachusett Reservoir April 22, 2012

On Sunday April 22, 2012 the Boxborough Historical Society will present Eamon McCarthy Earls speaking on “The Construction and History of the Wachusett Reservoir” at 7:00 PM in the Morse and Hilberg rooms of the Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road. Eamon is the author of “Wachusett: How Boston’s 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life”. This is the story of how, from 1895 to 1908, the project transformed Clinton, Sterling, Boylston and West Boylston by damming the upper Nashua River to create Boston’s first truly modern water supply.

Boxborough Historical Society Pot Luck Supper Feb 26, 2012

On Sunday February 26, 2012 the Boxborough Historical Society will hold its Annual Pot Luck Supper at 5:00 PM in the Grange Room at Boxborough Town Hall, 29 Middle Road Boxborough.

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2011 Programs

Sunday February 27, 2011 Pot Luck Supper 5:00 PM GRANGE ROOM TOWN HALL Jim Gorman "The New England Connection: Firearms Design, Manufacture & Use from the Revolution to the Civil War". Jim will connect the firearms industry in New England with the change in design and use from Revolutionary Times to the Civil War era and the resulting evolution in military tactics. In many respects the firearms industry in New England was the grandfather of industrial practice and mass production in the US. Jim is an expert in this area and can talk about what really happened and dispel some of the common misconceptions. **Please call John Fallon at 978-264-0069 to volunteer to bring something to the Supper.**

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2010 Programs

Sunday February 28 Pot Luck Supper 5:00 PM GRANGE ROOM TOWN HALL Bill Klauer: Blanchard Family: the Rest of the Story.We’re all familiar with Luther and Calvin’s valiant deeds at Concord Bridge and Shirley Warren and George Krusen tracked the Blanchard family from England in the early 1600's up to Luther and Calvin Blanchard for a Society monograph in 1977. Bill Klauer of the Acton Historical Society is an expert on "the rest of the story." He will tell us about Calvin Blanchard and his nine children who lived in Boxborough, Acton, and Littleton and their descendents including Arthur Blanchard who donated the elementary school to the Town of Boxborough in the 1940's.

Sunday April 25 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL Kay Johnson: The History of the Assabet River. Today the Assabet River is known for its scenery but at one time it was a vital part of the industrial and everyday life of this area. Kay Johnson, the historian for the Hudson Historical Society, will tell us about "The Interesting History of the Assabet River." She is a great resource on this topic and has much to share.

Sunday May 23 1:00 PM VISIT TO THE MIDDLESEX CANAL MUSEUM North Billerica. Before there were the railroads there was the Middlesex Canal running from Lowell to Charlestown Massachusetts. The Middlesex Canal was one of the earliest in the United States and a major part of the economic history of this area from 1804 to 1851. We will gather at the Boxborough Town Hall at 1:00 pm for carpooling to North Billerica. Directions to the site are at: www.middlesexcanal.org (new window opens)

Saturday October 30, 2:00 to 4:00 PM BOXBOROUGH MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE Come join us for cake, cider and donuts to celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of the Museum. THE BRIEF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE SOCIETY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 2:30.

Sunday November 21, 2010 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL Dennis Ahern "The Other April 19th: Baltimore 1861". Every year, on April 19th, we remember the Acton and Boxborough minutemen who went to the bridge in Concord in 1775. Less well known is the story of Acton and Boxborough men who responded to Lincoln's request for volunteer militia. They fought their way through a Rebel mob in Baltimore in an encounter that produced the first Union casualties from hostile fire in the Civil War. Dennis Ahern of Acton is a recognized expert in the local contribution to the Civil War and one of the principal architects of the Civil War Exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library.

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2009 Programs

Sunday February 22 Pot Luck Supper 5:00 PM GRANGE ROOM TOWN HALL Alan Rohwer: D-Day 64 Years later. The program features slides and a talk by Alan on the visit he and three of his fellow Minuteman took to France last September. Included are highlights of visits to the Normandy D-Day battleground and other attractions. Alan also has a collection of books, maps and brochures he collected on the trip to share. **Please call me at 978-264-0069 to volunteer to bring something to the Supper.**

Sunday March 22 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL Donia Conn, Preserving Your Family Treasures. Learn about caring for your important family items with Donia Conn of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. Ms. Conn is one of the Field Tech Reps for the Northeast Document Conservation Center and a trained and experienced conservator. She will discuss the preservation of papers, photos, and other family treasures so future generations can appreciate your family's experiences, heritage, and history. Using actual artifacts and mementos, Ms. Conn will discuss the display, storage, and care of some of the most common and most cherished items in family collections. Participants are encouraged to bring items that can be transported safely for examination and discussion.

Sunday May 17 2:00 PM VISIT TO THOREAU BIRTHPLACE CONCORD MA This should be a super tour of the Thoreau Birthplace in Concord that is in the midst of renovations. We will get a chance not only to see the site and hear the story but also to see what lies "inside the walls" and what needs to be done to restore such a landmark. The tour starts at 2 pm and lasts 60-90 minutes. Parking is limited at the site so we would prefer people gather at Town Hall at 1:15 pm for carpooling to Concord at 1:30 PM. The tour is free but limited to 25 people. To make a reservation please call me at 978-264-0069. Directions to the site are at: http://www.thoreaufarm.org/about/directions.html

Sunday October 18 1:30 PM BOXBOROUGH MUSEUM. THE BRIEF ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE SOCIETY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MUSEUM.

Sunday October 18 2:00 PM HARVARD HISTORICAL SOCIETY “Covered Bridges of New England: A Photo Exhibit” There will be carpools from the Museum at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

Sunday November 15 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL George Krusen: “Native Americans in the Boxborough Area” George recently attended a gathering of historians who study this subset of history and will share with us their various perspectives regarding theories and sites.

The Boxborough Museum open hours are 2:00 to 4:00 pm on: Sunday October 11, Sunday November 8 and SATURDAY December 5 Please feel free to invite your friends/neighbors. We are also willing to open the Museum at other times if there are special reasons, for example, past residents returning to Town for a visit, or small groups who would like a tour. Please give me a call at 978-264-0069.

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2008 Programs

Sunday February 24 Pot Luck Supper 5:00 PM GRANGE ROOM TOWN HALL Jeanne Kangas: The Origins of Boxborough. As some of you know, Jeanne did considerable research into the founding of the Town during the Bicentennial and we are very fortunate to have her come talk to us. Please call me at 978-264-0069 to volunteer to bring something to the Supper.

Sunday March 30 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL Alan Rohwer: Thoreau, Boxborough and Inches Wood. This is back by popular demand and well worth hearing.

Sunday May 4 HISTORY DAY: Museum, Museum Lawn & Steele Farm 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For the first time this will be a two location event. The Steele Farm Committee will be co-sponsoring agricultural exhibits.

Sunday June 8 1:00 PM Donald Morse: Tour of North Cemetery This is also back by popular demand and is a fascinating tour.

Sunday October 26 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL Dan Boudillion: Nashoba Hill: the Nashoba Indians and their Relationship to the Land Dan is a resident of Littleton and we are very fortunate to have him give us a preview of the presentation he will be making to the NEARA Conference in Newport. THIS WILL BE PRECEEDED BY THE BRIEF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY.

Sunday November 23 7:00 PM MORSE & HILBERG ROOMS TOWN HALL David Erickson: Antique Stoves, Back to the Future. David runs the antique stove refinishing shop in the old Littleton Depot and has some great stories.

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2007 Programs

May 6, 2007, 7:00 p.m., Grange Hall, Town Hall, Boxborough, MA "What would Henry think? Climate change comes to Thoreau's Concord, and neighboring Massachusetts." Professors Richard Primack and Post-Doctoral Researcher Abraham Miller-Rushing: Global warming is already affecting the flowering times of plants and the arrival times of birds in eastern Massachusetts. Drs. Primack and Miller-Rushing use innovative sources of information and beautiful photographs to describe the local effects of global warming. One such data source consists of the observations of flowering times made 150 years ago by Thoreau in nearby Concord.

June 3, 2007, 7:00 pm, Grange Hall, Town Hall, Boxborough, MA. "Freedom's Way Program/Projects". John Ott, the new President of the Board of Trustees for Freedoms Way and Executuve Director of the National Heritage Museum, in Lexington. Mr. Ott will talk about past, present and future programs for the Freedoms Way Heritage Trail. Boxborough is a member town and has the opportunity to provide information about tours and sites to see in the town.

Boxborough Historical Society 2006 Programs

 

Sunday February 12, 2006 5:00 PM Grange Hall, Town Hall, Potluck Supper * Official Corp Mtg.* Don Wheeler, Community Preservation Act and preserving our history

 

Sunday March 26, 2006 7:00 PM Boxborough Museum Heli Meltsner, Poor Farms and Almshouses

 

Sunday May 21, 2006 7:00 PM Boxborough Museum Belle Choate, Secession of West Acton to Boxborough

 

Boxborough Historical Society 2005 Programs

Sunday Feb 13th 5:30 pm, Grange Meeting Room, Town Hall "Pot Luck Supper" Alan Rohwer, "Plans for the new Boxborough Museum."

Sunday, March 20th 2:00 pm, Meet at Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road "Visit to the New Boxborough Museum, Open Tour" Alan Rohwer, Host/Curator, BHS.

Sunday April 23, 2006 7:00 PM Boxborough Museum Jessica Rowcroft, Preservation Planner, Department of Conservation & Recreation Heritage Landscape Inventory Program's Freedom's Way Project

Sunday April 17th 7:00 pm Grange Meeting Room, Town Hall "Maps of New England" Kevin O'Conner, Littleton Historical Society, Speaker.

Sunday, May 15th 7:00 pm Grange Meeting Room, Town Hall "Underground Railroad, Myths and Realities" Bruce Harris, Seasonal Park Ranger and Re-enactor.

Boxborough Historical Society 2004 Programs

November 14, 2004, Boxborough Tea Party and Distinguished Service Award, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Grange Hall, Boxborough Town Hall.

February 13, 2005, Pot Luck Supper, 5:30pm, Grange Hall, Boxborough Town Hall.

Boxborough Historical Society 2004 Programs

Sunday, March 21: "Cate Taylor Chester: The African Experience in Colonial and Revolutionary Massachusetts", Barbara Tornstrom, 7:00 pm, Grange Hall, Boxborough Town Hall.

 

Sunday, April 25: History Day 2004, Boxborough Town Hall from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Theme "Boxborough History" from then to now.

 

Sunday, May 2: Regional meeting of the area Historical Societies in Sudbury; Dianne Rappaport "Scots for Sale" about the little known history of indentured servants in America, 2:00 pm in Sudbury.  Carpooling from Boxborough Town Hall leaving at 1:15 pm.

 

Sunday, May 16: School House #2, Middle at Hill Roads, 2:00 pm, Donny Morse speaking on "Farming and Farm Implements."

 

Typical Past Historical Society Programs

 

"A Gift from a Citizen, Boxborough's Town Common", Charlie Summers, The Potluck Supper; Musical Entertainment by "Fiddlesticks"- February

"The Boxborough Tea Party"- November

Field Trip to Littleton Historical Society Museum- October

Experiences from W.W.II, Lt. Col. Harold Warren, USAF (Ret)

-  September

Regional Historical Society Meeting, Stow, MA "Stone Walls"-  May

"Thoreau and his travels!", Richard Smith, Thoreau Re-enactor-  May

"Change In Time." Antiques Appraisal Day, Kerry Shrives, Skinner, Inc., Bolton-  April

"Sudbury's Historic Hosmer House", Field Trip- March

"Freedom's Way Heritage Area", Marge Darby, President, at The Potluck Supper- February

"Boxborough's 220th Anniversary", at The Potluck Supper-  February

"Award of 'The Boxborough Cane' to Mr. Henry French, age 94, Boxborough's Oldest Citizen, at the Potluck Supper-  February

Annual Meeting, Boxborough Historical Society-  October

"The Boxborough Historical Society House Tour", Ten Open Houses, plus the UCC Church Building-  September 

 

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