This summer’s Tom Desilets Memorial Intern

James King and Nancy Prince (2)

Volunteer Nancy Prince and Intern James King

By Maureen Moran
June 26, 2014

When he speaks of his experience in learning to transform the setting and rearrange the 18th Century portion of the permanent exhibit at the Old Academy, his eyes flash and James can scarcely contain his pride and his enthusiasm.  Clearly, James King, this summer’s  Tom Desilets Memorial Internship recipient, is in awe of  each step of the museum exhibition process. James displayed his penchant for working with local history as an intern at the FHC last spring.  Entering his senior year at Framingham State University, James hails originally from Peabody where he credits his AP History teacher, Mr. Smith, as the one who inspired in him a love of history.  As James puts it: “He changed my whole perception of history… his methods required me to think, to analyze… to love discovering the rootsof current facts, ideas and why things are so connected.”

James’ enthusiasm is unmistakable as he enumerates the importance of careful white-glove handling of each artifact; the proper way to hold and  lift and place each artifact, each farmer’s tool,  the woman’s loom, the hand-carved chairs and the oxen’s yoke.. His concern that each item be carefully spaced and displayed in ways to engage the youngest third grader and the most seasoned museum patron is especially engaging. James is quick to express gratitude to those who guided him in this unique learning experience, particularly FHC Curator, Dana Ricciardi.

Currently, supported by the tutelage of Annie Murphy and volunteer Nancy Prince, James is involved in the formidable task of examining, analyzing, and archiving, the vast Dennison Collection. According to James, he loves ”…being right in the thick of it, learning to select what is most representative of the company’s history.”  It certainly appears that the FHC has once again hired a remarkable young scholar for its Desilets Internship –chosen wisely and very well indeed.

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