Reenactor Info & Registration

Living History Civil War Event

Click here – Framingham History Center Reenactor Registration Form

Join us for this Civil War Living History & Encampment Weekend. We held a Civil War Encampment three years ago and it was very well received by reenactors. We saw large, enthusiastic crowds. The Encampment will take place on the Framingham Centre Common. Use 2 Oak Street, Framingham, MA for your GPS.

Yes, there will be a Civil War Dance, featuring the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers with the Ad Hoc Waltz and Quadrille Band. The dance will be held at Historic Village Hall, on Saturday night from 7:30 – 10:30 PM. Village Hall is located on the south end of the Common. This is a beautiful building built in 1834 and is a perfect location for a Civil War dance. Ladies, plan to bring your best dresses and shoes as this dance will be inside, and the building offers a large changing room.

Set up is Friday, October 2, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Camps are open Saturday, October 3rd from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday,October 4th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We will provide wood, potable water, and portable toilets, including handicapped portable toilets for ladies with hoop skirts.

Registration is $10, payable to the Framingham History Center (FHC). FHC is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization. Your registration includes your ticket to the dance and refreshments. Send in your registration today! Framingham History Center Reenactor Registration Form

If you have any questions, please send me a note at I too am a reenactor and a member of the Northeast Topographical Engineers.


I hope to see you there!

Jennifer Toth

Programming Coordinator

Framingham History Center

PO Box 2032

Framingham, MA 01703


MetroFest 2015

Saturday, September 26th

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex

475 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702                                                                             metrofest

The Framingham History Center is attending the event as an exhibitor and we invite you to join us on this festive day! MetroFest is the MetroWest Visitors Bureau’s signature event showcasing the richness and diversity of the region’s music, arts, and culinary offerings, with a wide range of activities appealing to all ages. It truly is MetroBest! Continue reading

So Long for Now!

me and GordonBy Laura Stagliola, Museum Assistant

Many of you may not know it, but I began my experience with the Framingham History Center as a volunteer in 2011. I was a Sophomore at Framingham State University looking to dive into museum work, and little did I know I would still be involved 4 years later! However, I will be leaving for pastures new to take up a position with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth.

The decision to accept a new position was very difficult because I have truly enjoyed my time at the History Center being surrounded by such a wonderful group of people. Some of my favorite memories were taking part in the Dennison Manufacturing Co. exhibit Opening Night festivities, working with the Education Committee to revamp the Third Grade Program Docent book, and attending all the programs, events, and workshops where I had the chance to interact with members, donors, volunteers, and Framingham enthusiasts.

I would like to thank the FHC staff and volunteers for inviting me into their tight-knit family and teaching me the true value of preserving local history: connecting the community with the rich history that makes their home so special. I will carry these teachings with me throughout my museum career.

Tom Desilets Memorial Intern 2015

KellyBy Kelly Coates, Tom Desilets Memorial Intern 2015

I am Kelly Coates a senior at Framingham State University majoring in the Art History with a minor in Museum Studies, and this summer it has been my great pleasure to work as an intern for the Framingham History Center. When I started this internship I had no idea what was in store for me working in the Dennison Mfg. Co. archives.  Such a massive collection of documents and items was a bit daunting to say the least, however as I worked alongside staff and volunteers the task seemed shrink and become more manageable. At first the thought of working on a major company’s archive didn’t seem particularly glamorous to an Art History Major but I was completely wrong.

Not only has the history of this wonderful and influential company been interesting to explore but the art of Dennison has astounded me. From the company’s birth in 1844 through the 1970s there is art of all kinds and its graphic development has proven to be a particularly interesting subject for me. Everyday I find joy in discovering new designs that reflected the decade in which it was made and art movements that were especially influential.  Although Dennison had a reputation of being only a manufacturing company it was far more than that, and the artwork that the company produced is just a small example of its many facets.

Framingham: Fond memories for Cushing Hospital

By Danielle Ameden/Daily News Staff

  • Posted Jul. 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    FRAMINGHAM – Quentin Sewell remembers the American Red Cross trains rolling into town during World War II, carrying wounded soldiers bound for Cushing Hospital.As a high school student hanging out downtown, he’d see servicemen on the mend, going to movie theaters using wheelchairs and canes. Sewell, who graduated with Framingham High School’s Class of 1945, would go to Cushing with his church youth group to visit them and be a part of the war effort.“We really felt the war because we saw these guys there that came back badly wounded,” said Sewell, 87, an Ashland resident and retired Framingham history teacher. Sewell and about a dozen other people with fond memories of Cushing Hospital gathered to share stories and memorabilia during a Framingham History Center roundable Thursday night at Edgell Memorial Library.From Sewell, who remembers Cushing being a dominant part of Framingham in the days of the war, to Gary W. Payton of Hopedale, a former employee who said he locked the doors before the hospital’s demolition in 1994, the group was glad to reminisce about an important institution in the town’s history.Town Historian Fred Wallace, who penned a new book called “Pushing for Cushing in War and Peace,” said the hospital was a significant employer during its time and many residents answered the call to volunteer there.“I think it was one of the bright chapters in the history of the town, with the way the whole town rose up to support it,” he said.Wallace said the hospital, named for World War I Army surgeon and neurosurgery pioneer Dr. Harvey Cushing, treated nearly 14,000 WWII soldiers shipped back to the U.S. with injuries ranging from burns to bullet wounds to blindness. It specialty, he said, was neurosurgery on the brain, spinal canal and peripheral nervous system.Opened in January 1944 as a U.S. Army hospital, Cushing became a V.A. hospital after the war and closed in 1953, Wallace said. The state acquired it a year later, and opened it as a geriatric hospital in 1957. Decades later, the state’s grand plan to renovate the facility in the late ‘80s fell apart when the economy tanked, and the hospital closed in 1991, he said.Today, the original, still-standing chapel on Dudley Road harkens back to the hospital’s heyday and residents use the grounds of what’s now called Cushing Memorial Park.“There are moms with children,” Wallace said. “There are people walking dogs, there are joggers, there are bikers. It really gets a tremendous amount of use.”While the park is a jewel for Framingham, “at the same time, that really wonderful hospital is gone,” Wallace said.

    Payton gifted Wallace with a restricted copy of the hospital’s completion report from 1943, including blueprints and project specifications.“Unbelievable,” Wallace said as he leafed through the book.Payton used the word “caring” to describe the hospital, where he worked for 24 years. He said his father, Arthur, worked at Cushing, as did his mother, and then he started in 1970, working his way up from dishwasher to principal storekeeper, in charge of the inventory.After the hospital closed in 1991, he remained and a few other workers stayed on until 1994.“I still have the key to the front door,” he said.Wallace’s book is for sale on and through Framingham History Center.

Pint Size Yoga Moves – Framingham Patch

The Framingham History Center kicked off its Summertime on the Common: Free Thursday Family Programs yesterday.

The Framingham History Center kicked off its Summertime on the Common: Free Thursday Family Programs with Yoga for Kids yesterday, July 16.

Children, ages 3-6, with their caregivers participated in a free 45-minute yoga class at Edgell Memorial Library.

Cummings Photography of Framingham covered the event for Framingham Patch. Click on the thumbnail to view more than 30 photos.

General Gordon Tour – Access Framingham

Published on Jun 30, 2015

This video is about The Framingham History Center sponsoring a General Gordon Walking Tour of buildings around the common that were important in the life of Framingham’s Civil War General. You can watch AFTV, in Framingham, on Comcast channel 9, RCN ch3 or Verizon ch43. For the full program check out…. For more information check out our website at