Black History Month Feature: From Slavery to Freedom: A Slave Narrative of Aunt Sally Williams Recorded by Edna Dean Proctor

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street

Storyteller Libby Franck will portray Edna Dean Proctor as an abolitionist and journalist who published Aunt Sally Williams’ story just 5 years after Uncle Tom’s Cabin was released.  Born in New Hampshire and buried in Framingham, Edna Dean Proctor spent many years in Brooklyn, NY at the home of Henry Bowen, publisher of The Independent. When Aunt Sally showed up at the offices of the paper in January 1857, Edna was asked to record her story.Read more >>


Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984) Book Launch

Thursday, March 8th
7:00 P.M.
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak St.

Join us for a presentation and discussion of FHC member Elizabeth Fideler’s latest book titled Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist.  Margaret Welch grew up on Beacon Hill and as a child spent summers in the Pearmain House on Wayside Inn Road in Framingham.  Read more >>


Water, Water Everywhere: 100 Years of Framingham Water Works

Saturday, February 3, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street

Framingham was blessed from its beginning with a bountiful supply of fresh water – two major rivers, the Sudbury, and Stony Brook, several ponds, and beneath the ground one of the largest aquifers in the entire state of Massachusetts.  As a result nearly every major water works program in the state has gone through Framingham. At the same time, the town found itself with a serious water shortage at the end of the nineteenth century, just as its population was rising dramatically. Read more >>


Views of Framingham’s Past: People, Places, & Things

View of Framingham Centre, 1808 by Daniel Bell

Exhibit hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
November 17th through March 13th
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street

Come learn about the stories behind selected artwork from the Framingham History Center’s collections. This temporary exhibition is peppered with old favorites, rarely-seen gems, and maybe even a few surprises.  
Free for FHC Members, $5.00 for non-members.