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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.
Tuesday
Jun062017

Good Times & Bad: The Baldwin Photos & 1930s Natick

George E. Baldwin was employed as a freelance photographer in the 1930s, specializing in snapping pictures of notable events, crimes, and accidents for the local police departments  and newspapers.

In the 1990s, Natick resident Anthony Tomasetti was at work cleaning out the attic of a house on Plain Street when he found a stash of undeveloped film.  Curious, he donated the film to the Natick Historical Society, which developed the images to find over 200 of Mr. Baldwin’s photos. The house on Plain Street had belonged to the Baldwin family in the 1930s.

Come see our newest special exhibit at the Morse Institute Library, on display in the historical exhibit case on the first floor until June of 2018. See the full collection of Baldwin photos here.

Thursday
Jun302016

The Education of Henry Wilson

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 through May 2017.

Thursday
Jun302016

Natick and the New England Character

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, 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.

Wednesday
Sep162015

Traveling Kiosk Display: "Explore, Imagine, Investigate, Discover"

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 Historical Society can tell using its special collections that are all about Natick history.