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
2017 FALL CALENDAR
PLEASE JOIN US FOR SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL WALKS CELEBRATING THE 300th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR TOWN! For a complete listing of all 2017 Architectural Walks, click HERE.
Sunday, September 10, 1 pm – Westborough 300th Anniversary Grande Parade. The whole family will enjoy this wonderful parade along Westborough’s Main Street. More than 130 units consisting of Veteran’s spotlights, floats, marching units, local organizations, businesses, community groups, civic organizations, antique vehicles, and municipal vehicles will all be represented. The nearly 400 member award-winning UMASS Marching Band will be the spectacular conclusion of the parade!
Sunday, September 24, 2-4 pm – Westborough’s Railroads and Tour of Train Depot. Learn about the role of the train in our town’s history and tour the redesigned train depot, which now serves as the offices of Waterman Design Associates. Led by Randy Waterman and Leslie M. Leslie. Location: Waterman Design Associates, 31 East Main Street.
Sunday, October 1, 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.
Saturday, October 7, 6pm-11pm — 300th Anniversary Gala. For the twenty-one and over crowd, it’s a blast to the past with a roaring twenties theme. Dress with 1920’s Gatsby flair or in your finery and come dance to swing music. Tickets are on sale at the 1717 Shoppe and Town Hall. Cocktails start at 6pm. For further details, visit www.westborough300.com. Location: Bay State Commons–Park View, 400 Union Street, Suite 101A.
Saturday, October 14, 10am-4:30pm– 1774 Westborough Militia Training Day
The Westborough Rotary Club and the Westborough Historical Society present a re-creation of the Westborough militia’s 1774 decision to march to Worcester to seize the county courts from British control.
Reenactors portraying the Westborough militia perform exercises from the Manual of Arms. There are musket firing demonstrations throughout the day, a colonial market day with a variety of colonial trades and crafts, and Westborough’s Rev. Ebenezer Parkman will cajole and inform the crowds. Reenactors portraying citizens of Westborough will make items for barter or sale to the militiamen.
Special Features: • Re-enactment of militia companies, artisans, and crafts-people. • “Walk of History” – a display of Westborough’s participation in the seizing of the Worcester County court by regional militia men in the fall of 1774. • Food Trucks and beverages, with a beer and hard cider tent. •Artifacts, children’s games, literature, and documents focused on 18th-century Westborough. Location: Veterans’ Freedom Park, 169A West Main Street.
Saturday, October 28, 1pm– Memorial Cemetery Tour: Death Heads and Angels Explore Westborough’s oldest graveyard, Memorial Cemetery, also known as the “Grave Plain.” Come learn about our community’s first settlers and early Puritan gravestone symbols. For all ages – families welcome — refreshments will be served. Duration: 1-2 hours. Led by Leslie M. Leslie. Location: Memorial Cemetery in front of Town Hall, West Main Street.
Sunday, November 5, 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, December 11, 7-8:30pm– Night at the Museum. Tour Sibley House’s 18th, 19th, and 20th Century Museum Rooms exploring how Westborough has changed over time. Learn about the Lake Chauncy Amusement Park, the cotton gin, and Westborough’s Robin Hood. At the Sibley House, 13 Parkman Street.
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