Volunteer Opportunity! GRF Project

General Resource File (GRF) Digitization Project

The General Resource File is a collection of research materials of all Framingham topics A-Z. The goal of this project is to make this wealth of information accessible to all researchers through digitization.

Under the direction of the FHC Curator, the volunteer will scan topical folders, read materials and build a searchable index. This is the perfect project for the budding researcher and/or a passionate Framingham resident.  The ideal volunteer hours are Wednesdays between 10:00am – 3:00pm. 

Volunteer requirements include close attention to detail, familiarity with a scanner, knowledge of Microsoft Office, and the ability to climb stairs as this collection is located on the second floor of the Old Academy Building. 

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact FHC Museum Assistant Laura Stagliola at laura@framinghamhistory.org

Framingham History Center App

In the Footsteps of a Civil War Hero: General Gordon’s Framingham

A self-guided audio tour of the historic Centre Common

Although it was far removed from the heat of battle, Framingham’s Centre Common carries echoes of the Civil War to this day. Download the Framingham History Center app and get to know General George H. Gordon, a Civil War hero and commander of the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment. Raised in Framingham, Gordon’s life here revolved around the Centre Common, from his early days at the Framingham Academy, to his retirement in the family homestead on the Sudbury River.

The inaugural program on the brand new Framingham History Center app is a self-guided walking tour of the Centre Common as General Gordon saw it. See the houses Gordon called home, the church where he worshiped, even visit his grave at Edgell Grove. Other sites include Framingham’s living Civil War memorial, the Edgell Memorial Library, and the home of congressman Charles R. Train, Gordon’s childhood friend and eventual aide-de-camp. Professional audio couples with original images from the Framingham History Center’s collection to give you a truly exciting and immersive way to explore a side of the Common you’ve never seen before.

Also available on the app, especially for children and families, are 3 activities to coincide with the architecture of the Edgell Memorial Library and the Civil War Exhibit. Be a Building Inspector! and take a closer look at the details of the Civil War memorial built in 1872. Inside the building, go on a Civil War Treasure Hunt and take a Civil War Photo Challenge. 

The Framingham History Center App is available for free on iPhone and Android devices.  Please visit your iPhone App Store or Google Play to download the  app. 


This app is made possible by: 

2017 Preservation Achievement Awards – Framingham Historical Commission

May 25th at 7:00PM
Edgell Grove Chapel
Edgell Grove Cemetery, 53 Grove Street

In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, the public is invited to attend this award ceremony hosted by the Framingham Historical Commission. Four structures and one monument will be recognized for preservation efforts. A total of eight awards to organizations and individuals will be awarded. Read more >>

What Shall We Do with Our Daughters? A Lecture on Mary Ashton Rice Livermore

Image: (left) Mary Livermore, (top right) cartoon of the dramatic corseted waist, (bottom right) corsets on display at the Framingham History Center

Image: (left) Mary Livermore, (top right) cartoon of the dramatic corseted waist, (bottom right) corsets on display at the Framingham History Center

March 19th at 2:00 PM
Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak St, Framingham

Presented by Joan Grassey-Spinazola

Mary Livermore was one of the most fascinating women of the 19th century and yet she is practically unknown today. As a suffragist, abolitionist, and co-director of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in Chicago during the Civil War, she travelled across the country giving thousands of inspirational speeches and raising serious money for her various causes.Read more >>

Tea & Talk Series – Dating Vintage Clothing

tea series collage
February 16th @ 2:00 p.m.
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St, Framingham

With an understanding of simple visual cues, anyone can identify different eras of fashion. For       instance, did you know that sleeve shapes will tell you the difference between a dress from the 1830s and the 1850s? Learn how to date historic garments like a fashion expert from FHC Curator, Stacen Goldman. 

Tickets are sold out for this program as of February 1st. Thank you for your interest!

Tea & Talk Series – 19th & 20th Centuries Makeup Trends

tea series collage

April 6th @ 2:00 p.m.
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak St, Framingham

Just like clothing, attitudes toward and availability of makeup changed as women’s place in society changed. Lisa Massimiano from Skin Smart Salon in Ashland will review popular makeup trends from the late 19th century to the 1940’s. Lisa encourages you to come dressed in your favorite vintage clothing but it isn’t required.

Members $5; Non-members $10. Space is limited; Reservations required.