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Tue:    3:00-7:00 PM
Wed: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Sat:   10:00 AM-1:00 PM
and by appointment
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Sunday, June 25  1:00 PM
OLDTOWN WALKING TOUR
in the Eliot Historic District, South Natick
Guided tour of historic homes/buildings at Rt. 16 and Union/Pleasant streets
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Sunday, July 9  5:00-8:00 PM
READING FREDERICK DOUGLASS TOGETHER
at Community-Senior Center
Sponsored by Natick Historical Society, Bacon Free Library, and the Eliot Church.
Bring your own picnic dinner
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Tuesday, July 18  1:00 PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
"DARK TIDE: THE GREAT BOSTON MOLASSES FLOOD OF 1919" by STEPHEN PULEO
All are welcome at Community-Senior Center,
117 E. Central Street
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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.

(image by Rick Detwiller)

This is an artist's rendition of the American Indian settlement at South Natick in 1651, showing the palisades and Meeting House at center surrounded by their 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 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), all part of Natick history. 

Rev. 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 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 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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