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  1. The Goshen Historical Society was created in 1978. We present educational programs and other activities that deal primarily with the history of Goshen. We usually meet in the John James Memorial Town Hall, 42 Main Street (Route 9), Goshen. Our programs are typically held once a month from late spring to early autumn. http://www.goshen-ma.us/home/organizations/goshen-historical-society Kristen Estelle, President Goshen Historical Society GoshenHistoricalSociety@gmail.com (413) 268-7120 126 Berkshire Trail West, Goshen MA 01032-9600 View full record
  2. Welcome to the Pelham Historical Society WEB Site. The Pelham Historical Society is a diverse group of people all interest in learning and preserving the history of Pelham and the surrounding regions. We do this by maintaining archives of Pelham’s histories, displaying artifacts in our museum, and presenting a series of programs and walks through out the year. This year we have programs about Pelham’s history from millions of years ago to today. Thank you. The mission of the Pelham Historical Society is to foster appreciation of Pelham's unique history through informative programs of interest to people of all ages, to collect and preserve artifacts related to the history of Pelham and to sustain the Pelham Historical Society Museum so that the story of Pelham will be told to the public through educational displays, comprehensive exhibits and special events. http://www.pelhamhs.org/ Pelham Historical Society Bruce Klotz - President archives@pelhamhs.org View full record
  3. Purpose of the Society To obtain and preserve historical data and articles pertaining to the town of Monson, MA. To encourage and develop the pursuit and expression of such interests in all suitable ways. http://monsonhistoricalsociety.org/ One Green St., Suite One Monson, MA 01057 413-267-4292 E-mail: info@monsonhistoricalsociety.org View full record
  4. Welcome to the Cuttyhunk Historical Society and Museum of the Elizabeth Islands. Here, on the southern-most island in a chain of 13 separating Buzzards Bay from the Vineyard Sound, we preserve, celebrate, and share the history and culture of Cuttyhunk and the islands that make up the Town of Gosnold. First visited in 1602 by Bartholomew Gosnold, and settled as a township in 1641, Cuttyhunk has a long history as a fishing mecca, wartime defense outpost and summer destination. Open seasonally, the museum offers annually changing exhibits, a children’s learning area, research library, educational programming for both children and adults and a gift shop. Come visit the museum and uncover our history, learn about island life, ask a question or share a memory. We look forward to welcoming you. http://www.cuttyhunkhistoricalsociety.org/ The mission of the Cuttyhunk Historical Society is to preserve the traditions, records and history of the Elizabeth Islands for the benefit of present and future generations. Launched in 1978 and incorporated in 1982, the Society owns and operates the Museum of the Elizabeth Islands on Cuttyhunk. We are also responsible for the preservation of Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse on Naushon Island. The Cuttyhunk Historical Society is a non-profit 501©(3) organization and depends on donations, gifts, and grants to fund its many activities. Memberships are a vital source of funding for us, as are annual gifts. They create a dependable base of support that allows us to plan for future programs, events, and projects. Each gift goes directly to the activities that preserve the history and heritage of the Elizabeth Islands. Cuttyhunk Historical Society Museum of the Elizabeth Islands P.O. Box 181 23 Tower Hill Road Cuttyhunk, MA 02713 View full record
  5. The Chester Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of Chester’s heritage and historical buildings. The society maintains numerous resources for local history or genealogical research, as well as a large collection of items from Chester’s industrial past. http://www.chestermass.com/ Meetings are held at the Old Jail on Route 20 the first Saturday of the month, from 9am to 11am - all are welcome! Email us if you would like to make an appointment to use the resources of the society or if you have any questions/comments about Historic Chester Massachusetts. Chester Historical Society 15 Middlefield Street | Chester, MA 01011 View full record
  6. The Sheffield Historical Society was organized in 1972 by a group of local residents who sought to preserve the story of the oldest town in Berkshire County. It is a volunteer driven, nonprofit corporation, actively involved in local historical research that also offers a variety of educational programs for every age group. The Society’s goal is to stimulate interest in local history and to interpret the town’s past. It collects and preserves records and materials relevant to the town, which includes the hamlets of Sheffield and Ashley Falls, exhibits them and makes them available for exhibits, research, and educational program. The mission of the Sheffield Historical Society is to promote a wider understanding of the people and events that preceded us in this area, and to preserve and transmit that heritage to current and future generations http://sheffieldhistory.weebly.com/ Dan Raymond House Museum / Mark Dewey Research Center / Old Stone Store 137-161 Main Street P.O. Box 747 Sheffield, MA 01257 View full record
  7. The mission of the Westport Historical Society is to engage the public in the exploration of the town’s rich history and culture, to inspire a spirit of discovery through educational programs and encourage active participation in the preservation and interpretation of our past. The Society collects and shares this history. Its goal is to foster the imaginative process of connecting to the past, making it relevant to our present and vital to the future of our community. http://wpthistory.org/ Westport Historical Society 25 Drift Rd. (Head of Westport) P. O. Box N188 Westport, MA 02790-0700 Phone: 508-636-6011 Visit: The Bell School, 25 Drift Rd. June through October Wednesday Thursday, Friday 10 AM – 2 PM or by appointment. November through May: We maintain office hours during the winter months. If you wish to view our exhibition or have research inquiries, please call 508-636-6011 to make an appointment. The Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road. Open June – October on the second and fourth Saturday of each month View full record
  8. The story of our community, Roslindale, necessarily begins with the arrival of the first settlers in the area. Rather than settling in what is now Boston, some of the early settlers journeyed across the narrow piece of land known as Boston Neck, and made their homes there. What was then the town of Roxbury, settled on September 28, 1630, only three weeks after the official date of the settlement of Boston; it was about two miles wide and eight miles long, running from Boston to Dedham. The region abounded in rocks, and thus became known as Roxbury, originally spelled “Rocksbury.” The western part of Roxbury was known as Jamaica End or West Roxbury, and our community of Roslindale was part of this area. It was not until the establishment of a post office on March 15, 1870, that this community became known as Roslindale. http://www.roslindalehistoricalsociety.org/ All meetings held at the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA at 7:30 pm. View full record
  9. The Rowe Historical Society owns and operates the Kemp-McCarthy Museum located at 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, Massachusetts. It opened on June 30, 1963. The museum has an extensive collection of local artifacts and antiques. Highlights of the collection include antique quilts, 19th century dolls, period costumes, china and glassware, sleighs, furniture, photographs, cookware, tools, farm implements, and an original 19th century hearse. Exhibits are updated regularly. The Kemp-McCarthy Museum also has many valuable photos of townspeople and local sites, as well as literature from the Davis Mine and the Yankee Atomic Electric Company. http://www.rowehistoricalsociety.org/ On November 30, 1957, eighteen town residents gathered at the Rowe Town Library to form the Rowe Historical Society. A Publicity Committee was organized to tell the public about the new society and to invite interested people to attend the next meeting. A Bylaw Committee was created to define the objectives of the society. At the second meeting of the society on January 11, 1958, Bylaw Committee Chairman Wendell W. Bjork described the purposes of the society: To collect and preserve historical records and data of persons, places and events in and associated with Rowe, Massachusetts To collect, preserve and maintain an historical library and museum of historical relics and articles of historical interest To awaken and maintain public interest in all matters relating to the history of the Town of Rowe To acquire by purchase or otherwise, or lease or rent, real and personal property not in excess of the amount permitted by law as may be necessary or convenient as incidental to the purposes of the corporation, and to sell and dispose of the same View full record
  10. Ashfield is one of Massachusetts' Hill Towns, a number of small communities nestled in the rolling hills between the Connecticut River and the Berkshire Mountains. Despite its rural location, Ashfield has been at the center of many of the currents of American history since its incorporation in 1765, including the pietist movement of the late eighteenth century (the first Shaker meeting house was built here in 1789) to the abolition movement (the Free Soil party triumphed here in the 1850's), to the prohibition movement (the town eliminated the open bar at town meeting in 1848). http://www.ashfieldhistorical.org/ Mailing address Ashfield Historical Society 457 Main St. PO Box 277 Ashfield, MA 01330 Telephone: (413) 628-0001. View full record
  11. The Plainfield Historical Society believes that an understanding and appreciation of our town’s historical heritage and the people involved in that history are essential in sustaining a unique and meaningful identity as a community. In keeping with our 1961 charter, our mission is to assemble and preserve historical records, objects and antiquities identified with the town and its residents and to maintain them for the benefit of the townspeople, the general public and posterity. To further the understanding of our unique heritage we encourage and assist in the exploration and appreciation of sites, structures and landscapes of historical significance in Plainfield. – May 2013 http://plainfieldmahistory.org/ President Judy Williams - judithbryanwilliams@verizon.net Lori Austin - laustin178@gmail.com View full record
  12. As worded in our mission statement, our purpose is “to inspire and promote community interest in and appreciation for the history of Worthington, Massachusetts. We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town." By the 1940 the Worthington Historical Society was active with members including folks from the Stevens family of Williamsburg Road. Evidently, one of the Stevens’ was a judge in Hampshire County, MA. While recent annual meetings have been held at the headquarters building, built in 1998, the July 1954 annual meeting was held in the living room of Clarence A.G. Pease, an executive with the General Motors Corporation (GMC) who was living in the present (2012) home of Ed and Sue Lewis. Mr. Pease did not like the ‘bright work’ featured on late 1940′s and ’50′s automobiles. He had gray Chevrolets with no chrome (‘bright work’) crafted for him. http://www.worthingtonhistoricalsociety.org/wordpress/?page_id=4 We are a 501(3)©, tax-exempt organization. All memberships and donations are fully tax-deductible. We appreciate your support. Individual memberships are $15, family memberships are $30, and of course we welcome extra donations in any amount. View full record
  13. The mission of the Easton Historical Society is to preserve, promote and interpret the unique industrial, social, cultural, architectural and environmental history of the Town. In 1694, the first settler, Clement Briggs established his home near the Easton Green. In 1711, the Taunton North Purchase area became Norton, and in 1713, the twenty-six families settled in Easton and hired Elder William Pratt as their first minister. There was no legal parish in Easton until 1722 when the East Precinct of Norton was recognized. In 1725, the area was incorporated as the Town of Easton; it was so named because it was formerly called the "East End" of the Taunton North Purchase and was shortened by pronunciation to Easton. http://www.eastonhistoricalsociety.org/ 80 Mechanic St. North Easton, MA 02356 508-238-7774 View full record
  14. The Berkshire Historical Society preserves and shares the memories of our communities. Photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and oral histories all illustrate the amazing histories of this region. And for over forty years, the Historical Society has also preserved Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. We are honored to share this National Historic Landmark with the world. The Berkshire Historical Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County. The Berkshire Historical Society’s artifact collection represents over 200 years of history. Berkshire-made furniture, portraits, clothing, and other items both ordinary and extraordinary are available for exhibit and research. The Society maintains a small exhibit at the Pittsfield Post Office, 212 Fenn Street. Stop by to see the latest! http://berkshirehistory.org/ The offices of the Berkshire Historical Society are open Monday-Friday from 10 am. to 2 pm. Offices are closed state and federal holidays. The Margaret H. Hall Library and Archives are open year-round by appointment with the Curator. View full record
  15. The Dorchester Historical Society celebrates four centuries of Dorchester life through its collections and programs. Dorchester was first settled by immigrants from the West Country of England in 1630. Their ship, the Mary and John, left Plymouth on March 20th and arrived off Nantasket in late May or early June. These hardy families made their way north along the shore in search of a suitable place to live and made their homes in Dorchester-the first settlement in the area, preceding even Boston. Ever since, new immigrants have found their way to Dorchester to become part of its history whether they have come from other parts of Boston or from foreign countries. The Dorchester Historical Society honors everyone's story. http://www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org/ The Dorchester Historical Society has a large library of books, manuscripts, photographs, maps and drawings. However the Society has no staff to supervise the use of the library, so research inquiries must be submitted to the Society whose volunteers will attempt to find an answer. Dedicated volunteers are working at cataloging the collection, and they welcome new people to help. But you can check out the categories at the left of the screen to explore online and other resources for research into Dorchester history. View full record
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