News
JOB OPENING
The Natick Historical Society is seeking a part-time Director. For a full job description, please visit our News page.
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HOURS
The Natick Historical Society Museum is temporarily closed for restoration work and exhibit installation. You can visit our brand-new Museum in spring 2018!
Our new Research Library & Office is at 207 Union Street; please call for an appointment. Regular open hours will be announced soon. 
We are OPEN for public programs, as noted below.
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Monday, March 19, 7 PM
"LODGING IN WIGWAMS: THE REDEMPTION OF DANIEL GOOKIN"
Eliot Church, 45 Eliot Street, South Natick
Illustrated talk on the Englishman who championed and chronicled the Praying Indians of Natick.
The speaker, Thomas M. Paine, is a descendant of Daniel Gookin. Click for more info
Admission: Free for Natick Historical Society members and students; $5 for nonmembers
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For more information on upcoming events, please visit our Events page.

 

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 meetinghouse at center surrounded by Praying Indians' 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 meetinghouse (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 esteemed Puritan missionary who was instrumental in establishing the town, walked from his home in Roxbury to Natick about every twoThe first page of the Eliot Bible weeks to preach, to educate his followers about the Bible, and to prepare them for conversion to Christianity. He mastered 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 Museum:

58 Eliot Street - Bacon Free Library Building Lower Level

Natick, MA 01760 

508-647-4841

info@natickhistoricalsociety.org

 

Natick Historical Society Research Library and Office:

207 Union Street (parking in rear)

Natick, MA 01760 

508-655-0729

 

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