Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

26 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

registration required

This workshop will take place at the Edgell Memorial Library 3 Oak Street, Framingham, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. It is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts.

What was it like to live in a town that had existed for years (if not a full century or more) before becoming part of a new nation in 1776? Designed for educators and local history enthusiasts, this workshop will explore some of the social, cultural, economic, and political concerns expressed by New England towns as the United States was attempting to form a new government in the 1780s and 1790s. We will discuss the truly participatory, well-informed conversations taking place in town halls and meeting places throughout the new colonies-turned-states. By turning an eye towards local politics and events we will rediscover the ways in which “ordinary people” contributed to America’s creation story. Continue reading

Doors to History Open House

Saturday, June 14th, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Old Academy

16 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA

Be sure to bring your kids by for scavenger hunts, photos, free coloring books, and your Doors to History passport for 12 historic sites in Greater Boston and we’ll provide the first stamppassport! This is a good chance to see our recent upgrades to the “Four Centuries of Framingham” exhibit at the Academy. The Edgell Memorial Library will not be open because it is currently under construction as we finish window restoration.

For those of you who are not familiar with this new group, Doors to History is a non-profit that connects the hidden stories and relationships between historic sites in Greater Boston. History does not ‘belong’ to a single town or city, it is intertwined through multiple locations and Doors to History is bringing those interesting connections to light.

Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 6pm

The Village Hall*

2 Oak Street, Framingham, MA

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Featured speaker: Robert Halpin, Framingham Town Manager

The Framingham History Center invites our members to our annual meeting. We need your vote on our new slate of officers and the annual budget. Following this, there will be a brief “year in review” comments by FHC Executive Director, Annie Murphy and Curator, Dana Dauterman Ricciardi. Our featured speaker, Robert Halpin will present his view of the “state of the Centre Common” and other historic properties in town. Wine and cheese will be served.
*The meeting will be in the Baker room which is handicapped accessible.

TAG SALE!!

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Edgell Memorial Library

3 Oak Street, Framingham 

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Join us rain or shine both inside and outside the Library, parking is available in front and behind the Historic Village Hall. The types of items that will be sold are Framingham books and collectibles, gently used household items, small furniture, antiques, linens, keys, and more!

Everything that has been donated to the Tag Sale and proceeds of the sale are in support of the Framingham History Center and our mission to preserve Framingham’s unique history.

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The 13th Annual House Tour

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Sunday, May 18th, 12:00-5:00 pm

We are thrilled to present an exciting theme for the Framingham History Center’s 13th annual House Tour – Arts and Culture

Join us for a tour of homes that inspire, reflect, and showcase the creativity of their owners who include painters, potters, inventors, sculptors, collectors, designers and craftsmen. Continue reading