The 13th Annual House Tour and Patrons Party

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The 13th annual Framingham History Center 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

The Four Winds… Concrete Pearmain House

Concrete Country Residence: 1909

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Historic Village Hall*

2 Oak Street, Framingham

Featured speaker: Phil Dubuque, Photographer

Many locals knew this house as “Igor’s Mansion” – a deserted and some say haunted concrete home situated on the back of Nobscot Mountain off of Wayside Inn Rd. Photographer, Phil Dubuque, became entranced with the house and was able to photograph the building from top to bottom before its demolition. His research lead him to the fascinating story of Alice Pearmain who designed the house at the turn of the 20th century. Continue reading

“A Most Rash but Magnificent Charge” Book Launch

fred's book cover (2)

Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street, Framingham

Town Historian and Framingham History Center volunteer, Fred Wallace, will present a sequel to his first work on General George H. Gordon that uncovers a critical piece of the General’s Civil War story. Antietam was the one battle that Gordon did not write about and Wallace felt compelled to learn more about his role in the bloodiest day of the war. Continue reading

Focus on the Collection

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Sunday, January 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Edgell Memorial Library

3 Oak Street, Framingham 

Come see gems from the Framingham History Center collection as you’ve never seen them before. What will you discover when you see these precious objects through the eyes of a professional museum photographer? Mark Maiden spent the last several months working with FHC Curator, Dana Dauterman Ricciardi, and photographing special items from our collection chosen for their history and their aesthetic qualities. See how lighting, perspective and a close-up look bring these historic pieces to life. Hear why these pieces warranted this attention.

Members/students free. Non-members $5.00

Photo:  Netsuke from FHC’s Smith collection photographed by Mark Maiden, Mark F.J. Maiden Photography

Highways, Shopping and the Suburban Shift

cars at jordan marsh
Sunday, November 17, 2013, 2:00 pm
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street

What does Framingham’s current landscape have to do with Boston traffic, downtown department stores, and regional highway development in the 1920s, 30s and 1940s?  A lot! Join Dr. Amy Finstein, architectural and urban historian at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, for a look at how concerns over metro-Boston’s traffic congestion and economic vitality ultimately encouraged the exponential growth of western suburbs including Framingham in the 1950s and 1960s.  We’ll discuss favorite Boston retailers including Filene’s and Jordan Marsh, local roads including the MassPike, and construction of the idyllic suburban neighborhoods that so many of us now call home.  Suggested donation – $5/person.