Sat, Feb. 13
CLOSED for President’s Day Weekend
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Feb. 16-20
ALLISON’S TREASURE HUNT 
drop-in kids' activity
at NHS Museum
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Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30-9:00pm
CLOTHES ENCOUNTERS
talk and historical fashion show
by Sally Cragin
at Bacon Free Library
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Sun., Feb. 21, 2:00-4:00pm
NHS ANNUAL MEETING
for Members only
at NHS Museum
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Sat., March 5, 9:00-3:00
look for our booth at
MAPLE MAGIC DAY
at Natick Community Organic Farm
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Wed., March 9, 7:00-8:30pm
STAINED GLASS – MOSAICS 
– PUBLIC ART  
illustrated talk
by Carol Krentzman
at NHS Museum
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Sat, April 16
CLOSED for Patriot’s Day Weekend
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Thurs., May 5, 4:00 to 6:00pm
OLDTOWN WALKING TOURS
including
SOUTH NATICK BURYING GROUND 
beginning & ending at NHS Museum
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Sat, May. 28
CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend
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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.

(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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