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HOURS 
Our Museum is closed for restoration work. We look forward to announcing our reopening soon.
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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SPECIAL DATE - SECOND TUESDAY
Tuesday, August 14, 1:00-2:00 PM

History Book Club
Everyone welcome to join discussion of Huck Out West by Robert Coover.
Coover is a postmodernist. We'll talk about his engaging story of what Huck Finn did after the end of Twain's 
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
At Natick Community-Senior Center.
Sponsored 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.

 

 

NEW!! Voice recordings of two original Natick Historical Society books

on CD in MP3 format.

 

 

Hear the complete text of Have You Ever Wondered?...Natick Explained and also The Stories We Tell: Natick Explored, including 34 original short stories about Natick’s history and the lives of folks in our town during the last 365 years.

Both books on one CD in standard MP3 format for the visually impaired, and for anyone who wants to listen to our stories instead of holding a book or tablet.

 

Among the stories are:

Natick — “The Home of Champions”

The Great Natick Fires

John Eliot, Apostle to the Indians

Sawin Family Genealogy

Historic Walnut Hill

The Morse Institute: Past and Present

The Center for Arts in Natick

From Turnpike to Ted Williams: The Making of Route 9

The Harwood Baseball Company

Natick in the Revolution

 

[Professionally recorded by the Perkins Library Recording Studio at the Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA.]

 

Price: $15.00 (shipping is free).

 

(The books can be ordered in soft cover format below on this page).

 

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THE STORIES WE TELL: NATICK EXPLORED

by members of the Natick Historical Society

$15.00 + $3.99 Shipping 

The lives of Rev. John Eliot and Augusta Cheney (Natick's famous suffragette), plus "Historic Walnut Hill" and 13 more unique stories about Natick past and present, all from the collections and archives in the Historical Society's museum.

 

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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED...?

NATICK EXPLAINED

by members of the Natick Historical Society

$15.00 + $3.99 Shipping 

Copies of our 2015 book are still available! It offers 18 concise and engaging stories (full-color illustrations) that connect Natick residents to the history all around us, including the Natick Post Office mural, TCAN, the Harwood Baseball Factory, the life of Sassamon, and 14 more highlights of Natick's long history.
  
   
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Vintage Postcards &
Notecards

  
5" x 7" postcards, $5.00 for 5 cards + $1.99 shipping

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" notecards with envelope, $2.00 each + $.99 shipping,

or package of 10 for $19.00 + $1.99 shipping

 

Postcards & Notecards

 

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Praying Town   DVD by Zadi Zokou Productions

Zadi Zokou Productions presents a story of three cultures--the Puritan Missionary, the Colonial government and the American Indians.  "A Puritan from England, John Eliot emigrated to America in 1631. Settled in Roxbury in present day Massachusetts, he preached to the Native People of Southern New England and formed several Praying Towns for his Native Converts.  Natick was the first.  John Eliot's missionary work was a success and more expansion could be expected. But disaster struck."  DVD/2012/Color/ 93min.    

 $20.00 plus $3.99 shipping and handling 

 

Praying Town

 

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Hometown Natick: 1945-2000 by James W. Morley 

  

Hometown Natick: 1945-2000 explores the dramatic growth and change in Natick since World War II. Morley looks at changes in population, industry, housing, political systems and community organizations to describe life of this MetroWest suburb.   Published 2011, 111 pages, paperback, illustrated.

 $10.00 + $3.99 shipping
 

 

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 OUT OF PRINT
  

   Images of Natick             by Anne K. Schaller and Janice A. Prescott  

Natick, "a place of hills," is where John Eliot established the first Praying Indian plantation in the year 1651. King Phillip's War and the horror of disease ravaged the Natick Indians, but the small town continued to develop. The 1700s saw the introduction of mills along the Charles River and taverns along the highways. The railroad was built in 1835, and in the 1860s it transported the boots and shoes made by the burgeoning immigrant population. Natick's other notable industry was the manufacture of the uniquely designed Harwood baseball.

Over 200 photographs have been culled from the Natick Historical Society archives and other private collections to illustrate more than 300 years of the town's history and its citizens.     

 

 

  OUT OF PRINT

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From Many Backgrounds: The Heritage of the Eliot Church of South Natick   
by James W. Morley

This engaging and sometimes surprising narrative tells the story of the Eliot Church since the first meeting house built by Praying Indians in 1651.

Over time, five congregations have formed on this same site, each with different beliefs and facing different issues. Morley gives attention to movements such as the “New Lights” and the Unitarians, and covers issues closer to home such as the divisive Needham Leg dispute. Morley’s thorough research and easy writing style make this book a pleasure to read. 

$20.00 + $3.99 shipping

 

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Natick Air     by Charlie Kane

Anecdotes of this "Home of Champions"

Originally written in 1959 by longtime Natick resident Charlie Kane, Natick Air is a light-hearted anecdotal and humorous remembrance of Natick in the first half of the 20th century. It recalls those individuals who contributed to its varied history. It names long-serving town officials, those who set sports records, men and women in business, and businesses which operated in Natick but have long since disappeared. It is a book about the people, their achievements, and their contributions to the fabric of local history.

Test your knowledge of Natick with interesting town trivia, share the stories of Natick's notable residents, and browse the advertisements of businesses past and present.  

$5.00 + $2.00 shipping.   OUT OF PRINT

 

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The Chronicle History Series


by Robert Worthington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Natick and Wellesley

             Airport

 

by Robert Worthington (42 pgs) $11 + $3.99 shipping

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Natick High School Football

 

by Robert Worthington (59 pgs) $14 + $3.99 shipping

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The Natick Trolley Spur

        Connection

 

by Robert Worthington (73 pgs) $15 + $3.99 shipping

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The Natick and Cochituate

        Street Railway

 

by Robert Worthington (110 pgs) $20 + $3.99 shipping

          

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The Natick Electric Street

             Railway

 

by Robert Worthington (122 pgs) $22 + $3.99 shipping

 

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The Natick Fire Department

 

by Robert Worthington (237 pgs) $35 + $3.99 shipping

 

 

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 Refrigerator Magnet 
Have your own "Entering Natick" highway sign on your fridge!
$2.00 + $.99 shipping (Magnet is 1 7/8" x 1 1/2")

 

 

 

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