PROGRAMS

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For more than a century, the Westborough Historical Society has been a center of educational, cultural and social activity for the community.  Today, the Society continues to offer classroom presentations and school bus tours of Westborough for children, as well as a series of monthly programs for adults, most of them free and open to the public.

WESTBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2018  SPRING CALENDAR

Sunday, January 7,  2-4pm —   Open House and Guided Tours of Westborough artifacts from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries with Historical Society docents.  At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.

Monday, January 29, 7 pm — Do You Know What Hell Is? Religious Revivals in Early 19th Century New England.  Join the revival! This fire and brimstone program looks at the religious revival that swept America in the early 1800s. It begins with the reenactment of a 1835 New England revival service by 1830s preacher Jedediah Burchard, played by Tom Kelleher of Old Sturbridge Village.  In camp grounds and meeting houses, this “Second Awakening” was a rebirth of religious fervor that changed New England churches forever.  Location: The Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.

Sunday,  February 4,  2-4pm    Open House and Guided Tours of Westborough artifacts from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries with Historical Society docents.  At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.

Monday, February 26, 7 pm — Civic Club Lecture on American History “Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me”: Jewish American Responses to Anti Semitism in the 1920’s.   A slice of history presented by John McClymer, History Professor at Assumption College.  Location:  Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 East Main Street.

Sunday,  March 4,  2-4pm    Open House and Guided Tours of Westborough artifacts from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries with Historical Society docents.  At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.

Monday, March 26,  7pm —  The Lyman School for Boys…A Vintage Film.   When Lyman School replaced the former Westborough Reform School in 1884, delinquent boys aged twelve to seventeen were sentenced to this facility on Route 9 to be rehabilitated, educated, and trained in useful jobs.  This vintage film, presenting daily life and the school’s overall mission, is narrated by Reverend Frederick “Bob” Brown, former Lyman School chaplain and administrator from 1959 until the school’s closing in 1971.  Location: Westborough High School Auditorium, 90 West Main Street.

Sunday,  April 8, 2-4pm —   Open House and Guided Tours of Westborough artifacts from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries with Historical Society docents.  At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.

Monday, April 30, 7:30pm —  A Revolution of Her Own: Deborah Sampson 1760–1827.  Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. Without the ability to vote nor own property, Deborah knew her options were limited; breaking the rules was necessary to accomplish a greater goal. Deborah, a self-educated woman, was strong and possessed the physical capabilities of her male counterparts. On May 23, 1782, wearing male attire, Deborah bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias “Robert Shurtlieff.” Judith Kalaova of History at Play presents Sampson’s courage, spirit and patriotism in a stirring performance. Cosponsored by The Willows.  Location: The Willows at Westborough, 1 Lyman Street.

Sunday,  May 6, 2-4pm —   Open House and Guided Tours of Westborough artifacts from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries with Historical Society docents.  At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.


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