HOURS
Tuesdays 4:00-8:00
Wednesdays 10:00-2:00
Saturdays 10:00-1:00
and by appointment
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Tuesday, Sept. 20  1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"The Witches" by Stacy Schiff
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Wednesday, Oct. 12  10:00-11:00 AM
NATICK DURING THE REVOLUTION
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
Talk by NHS President Marg Balcolm and
NHS CUrator Ben Federlin for stories of the lives
of both the brave people who served in the
Revolution and the partiots who kept
the fires burning at Home
Documents and articafts will be on display
Free
Call 508-647-6540 to Register
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Tuesday Oct. 18  1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"The Muralist" by BA Shapiro
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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
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Tuesday, Nov. 15th 1:00PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
AT SENIOR-COMM. CENTER
"All the President's Men" by Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodard

 


 

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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