Henry Wilson is perhaps the most famous Natickite in our town’s history. Rising from humble origins Wilson eventually became a Senator, a General and eventually the Vice President. In a new exhibit at the Morse Institute Library, the Natick Historical Society looks to explore Wilson’s personal history, especially his education and how that shaped the kind of person he would become. Largely self-taught, Wilson was a voracious reader, a master of public speaking and an experienced writer. To learn more about his education and accomplishments, be sure to come by The Education of Henry Wilson, in the Morse Room. On display now until November 2016.
Natick was founded on an idea, and one based on the character of its people. In 1651, Puritan missionary John Eliot and American Indian leader Waban created a community that was governed by Christian principles. Their stamp is still seen on the landscape and in how Natick is still known today as the primary “Praying Indian” town in Massachusetts. Over the centuries since, writers, thinkers and activists associated with Natick changed the course of American history; and in turn these luminaries and their works shaped how New England and its people were viewed by the wider world.
Look for the traveling kiosk display as you go about your errands around Natick. Alternating between the Morse Institute Library, Natick Town Hall, and the Community-Senior Center, it is a great introduction to the rich stories the NHS can tell through its special collections that are all about Natick.