SUMMER HOURS
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Tuesdays 4:00-8:00
Wednesdays 10:00-2:00
and by appointment
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Thurs., May 23
New Exhibit Opens
NATICK AND THE NEW ENGLAND CHARACTER
at NHS Museum
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Thurs., May 23 3:00 to 4:00pm
LITERARY WALKING TOUR
with Bacon Free Library
beginning & ending at NHS Museum
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Sat., May 25 10:00am to 12:00pm
OLDTOWN WALKING TOURS
including
SOUTH NATICK BURYING GROUND 
beginning & ending at NHS Museum
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Tuesday, June 21 1:00 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"Southern Lady, Yankee Spy"
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Wed., June 29
New Exhibit Opens
THE EDUCATION OF HENRY WILSON
at Morse Institute Library
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Sunday, July 17 1:00-4:00
OPEN HOUSE IN THE MUSEUM FOR
CHARLES RIVER STORY WALKS
at six non-profits around South Natick
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Tuesday, July 26 1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"Orphan Train"
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Tuesday, Aug 23 1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"Waterloo"
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Saturday, Sept. 10 9:00-3:00
NATICK DAYS
on Natick Common
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Tuesday, Sept. 20  1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"The Witches"
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Sunday, Oct. 23  2:00PM
FOUR CENTURIES OF
MASSACHUSETTS FURNITURE
illustrated talk by
Prof. Brock Jobe
at Boswell Hall, Walnut Hill School


 


 

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.

(image by Rick Detwiller)

This is an artist's rendition of the Native American settlement at South Natick in 1651, showing the palisades and Meeting House at center surrounded by the wetus, houses and farms of settlers.  Today you can still trace the bend in the Charles River, 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). 

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

 

      The Natick Historical Society receives support from membership, 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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