SAVE THE DATE: A Dennison Employee Reunion

Dennison_logo_w-smokestackA Dennison Employee Reunion and a special viewing of: The Dennison Manufacturing Company 1844-1990: An Exhibition of Leadership and Innovation, presented by the Framingham History Center.

Join us and many other former Dennison employees and family members of those who are no longer with us for a special reunion hosted by the Framingham History Center (FHC). Over a year ago, Avery Dennison shipped back a tractor trailer full of archives to building #8 in downtown Framingham and the FHC staff and volunteers have been sorting through them ever since. They have created an exhibition to celebrate the return of this history to Framingham and all of our parts in making it! You may see pictures of yourselves, your colleagues, the machinery you ran or produced, as well as the early history of the company.
The Reunion —  Th Village Hall – Framingham Centre Common (2 Oak St), free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar (featuring John Harvard’s “Tagtown Lager” and signature drink).

The Exhibition* — The Edgell Memorial Library – $5 suggested donation to the FHC for their efforts to preserve “The Dennison” history and make it accessible to the community.

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For an early look at the exhibition, opening night is November 14th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for members only. A special FHC member rate is $18.97 (the year Dennison moved to Framingham from Roxbury) is available now. Visit to sign up!

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

Friday, Sept. 26 to Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street, Framingham, MA
registration required

1013396_10151696976989872_1591998888_nThis workshop will take place at the Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street, Framingham, Massachusetts, in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society. It is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts.

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.

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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


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.


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

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

Voices from the Old Burying Ground

October 25th, 2014, 4:00 pm

Meet on Main Street

old burying ground

Do you dare to be led amongst the tombstones, summoning the ghosts of Framingham’s past to tell their legendary tales? You just may hear from the heroic Peter Salem, the quick-thinking Jonathan Maynard, midnight rider Abel Benson, the wealthy Buckminsters, the tragic Mrs. Twitchell, and other specters who may or may not appear.  This program is in collaboration with Plymouth Church.  Content is most suitable for persons age 8+. Wear appropriate footwear to accommodate hilly terrain.

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