Museum temporarily closed for renovations and enlarged displays. We relocated our offices to 207 Union Street. You can see our brand new museum look in spring 2018!
WE ARE OPEN for public programs, as noted below.
Tuesday, February 20, 1 PM
History Book Club: THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
All are welcome to attend
Natick Community-Senior Center, 117 E. Central Street
Monday, March 19, 7 PM
Location TBD
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
Admision: Free for Natick Historical Society members, $5 for nonmembers
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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 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:


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