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HOURS 
Our Museum is closed for restoration work. Please visit in the spring!
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 (see below).
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NEW!! Voice recordings of two original Natick Historical Society books available on one CD in MP3 format.

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Tuesday, June 19, 1:00-2:00 PM
History Book Club
Everyone welcome to join discussion of When Books Went to War by Molly Guptil Manning.
Americans sent millions of books overseas during World War II to the men and women in the Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy.
At Natick Community-Senior Center.
Sponosred by the Natick Historical Society and the Bacon Free Library.
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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, traveled 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

Natick Historical Society Research Library and Office:

207 Union Street ("South Natick Common" building); parking in rear
Natick, MA 01760 
508-655-0729

info@natickhistoricalsociety.org

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