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Museum temporarily closed for renovations and enlarged displays, after we relocated our offices to 207 Union Street. Come and see our museum makeover in 2018!
OPEN for public programs, as noted below.
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Tuesday, December 19, 1 PM
History Book Club: AT HOME: A SHORT HISTORY OF PRIVATE LIFE by Bill Bryson
All are welcome to attend
Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 E. Central Street
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Tuesday, January 16, 1 PM
History Book Club: THREE DAYS IN JANUARY: DWIGHT EISENHOWER'S FINAL MISSION by Bret Baier and Catherine Whitney
All are welcome to attend
Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 E. Central Street
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Through our collections, programs, and outreach, the mission of the Natick Historical Society is to conserve, interpret, and share the historic elements of our past that are central to the development and ongoing life of the Natick community.

Natick, the first Praying Indian Town

(image by Rick Detwiller)

This is an artist's rendition of the American Indian settlement at South Natick in 1651, showing the palisades and Meeting House at center surrounded by their houses and farms.  Today you can still trace the bend in the Charles River, and the rise of the hill to the site of the meeting house (today's Eliot Church), the early footpaths (today's Eliot, Pleasant and Union streets), and the site of the 1650 bridge (today's Pleasant Street bridge), all part of Natick history. 

Rev. John Eliot, the Puritan missionary who was instrumental in establishing the town, visited Natick every twoThe first page of the Eliot Bible weeks or so from his home in Roxbury to preach and to educate his followers about the Bible.  First, he had to master the Algonquian language of the Natick Indians.  He was able to do this by collaborating with American Indian teachers, such as Sassamon, who spoke English.  In 1663, Eliot's Algonquian language Bible was printed in Cambridge.  The Historical Society owns a second edition, published in 1685.

The Natick Historical Society receives support from members, annual fund donations, private donations, and grant sources:

     

Natick Historical Society, 58 Eliot Street, Bacon Free Library Building Lower Level, Natick MA 01760 
508-647-4841 info@natickhistoricalsociety.org

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