The Natick Historical Society is seeking a part-time Director. For a full job description, please visit our News page.
The Natick Historical Society Museum is temporarily closed for restoration work and exhibit installation. You can visit our brand-new Museum in spring 2018!
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, as noted below.
Monday, March 19, 7 PM
Eliot Church, 45 Eliot Street, South Natick
Illustrated talk on the Englishman who championed and chronicled the Praying Indians of Natick.
The speaker, Thomas M. Paine, is a descendant of Daniel Gookin. Click for more info
Admission: Free for Natick Historical Society members and students; $5 for nonmembers
For more information on upcoming events, please visit our Events page.

School Programs

School Visits & Group Programs

Our Group Programs are free for the Natick Public School community! Other schools and community groups are asked to make a donation of $100 to the Natick Historical Society for groups of 10 or more. Checks can be made out to the “Natick Historical Society” and are due the day of your visit.

Early Lifeways:  Natick’s First Century

Explore Natick's beginnings as a Praying Indian village and compare American Indian and Colonial life-ways through primary sources and with hands-on learning.




2 hours


April to mid-June

Group size:

12 – 45 students


Program Objectives

  • Introduce use of primary sources
  • Compare and contrast American Indian and Colonial life-ways
  • Examine the unique blending of native American and Colonial culture in Natick
  • Experience local history


Program Outline

Part I -- In school preparation

The Historical Society provides a pre-visit pack for teachers to use in the classroom prior to the field trip. Students work together to produce a timeline of Natick’s first century using information sheets and visuals included in the pack to prepare for their visit. Additional optional activities and a vocabulary list are also included.

Part II -- Museum visit

a) Welcome and orientation

Surrounded by the Society’s collection students discuss how to use a Museum. In small groups they take what they have learned and demonstrate their skills by examining an artifact and taking on the role of a museum guide to interpret it for the other groups.

b) Weather permitting, students walk through the John Eliot Memorial District where they examine the landscape to discover what it can tell them about the early history of Natick. They use a compass and map to record the sites in the District that memorialize the early years of the Town.

c) The program concludes at the South Natick Burying Ground where students hunt among the gravestones for clues about the early Colonial settlers of Natick. They record their findings to take back to the classroom. 

Part III – Back in the classroom

The Natick Historical Society provides a post-visit pack that teachers can use to extend learning back in the classroom. Students use visuals and maps to draw a birds-eye view of South Natick in 1750 or today, and examine how some of the family names they discovered during their visit to the Society are remembered around the town. Finally, students are asked to look to the future and imagine what contributions they may make to Natick’s history.


We are flexible and can adapt this program to your time constraints and specific topics of interest.