The Dennison Mfg. Company: 1844-1990

largest tag factory in the world (2)Location: Edgell Memorial Building – 3 Oak Street, Framingham

Parking: Please park on 3 Oak St. (street parking available) or in the Village Hall lot (2 Oak St.)
Hours: 1-4pm, Wednesday thru Saturday until December 31, 2015; Admission Free for FHC Members, $5 for Non-Members.

The story of “the Dennison” is very much the story of Framingham for nearly 100 years. From 1897 when it came to town until 1990 when it merged with Avery Corporation and operations were moved to California, Dennison was at the forefront of manufacturing, progressive management, technological innovation and marketing ingenuity. From creating the first American-made boxes to producing the ubiquitous tags and labels that organized the country, the Dennison name meant quality.

This exhibition features a timeline tracing nearly 150 years of manufacturing, product development, retail and industrial systems, marketing initiatives, and progressive management practices that ensured the welfare of Dennison employees.

Exhibits feature Dennison product “firsts” from jewelers boxes (1844) to jewelers’ tags (1851) to first American made crepe paper (1894) to Christmas stickers and gift tags (1901) that gave rise to the Christmas gift wrapping industry. Pre-Babylonian “tags” dating back to 4,000 B.C. and crepe paper art are among other eye stopping objects that you won’t want to miss.

A Dennison Roundtable – Part 2

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7PM

Edgell Memorial Library

3 Oak Street, Framingham

Free for FHC members, $5 for non-members

round robin march 1920

Because there was not nearly enough room to display all of the treasures found in the Dennison archives for our current exhibition, we are hosting another roundtable discussion. Since our first Dennison Roundtable, where Curator, Dana Ricciardi, and volunteers presented their favorite archival discoveries, we have had time to dig more deeply into this rich archive. Come and learn more from this talented team of researchers as they discuss never-before-seen items that were the result of further exploration.

Bella Costa Marathon Fundraiser

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6 – 9pm

Bella Costa Ristorante

147 Cochituate Road, Framingham, MA 01701


Join us for dinner and meet the runners! To help our two marathon runners reach their fundraising goals, the Framingham History Center has partnered with local restaurants that offer $15-20% of your meal cost to our cause. No coupon required. Make sure to tell your waiter/waitress that you are there for the Framingham History Center.

The Dennisons – A Family Ahead of their Time

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 2:00 P.M.

Historic Village Hall

2 Oak Street, Framingham

$5/FHC member, $10/non-member

Dennison family portait

Libby Franck will portray Kate Ware Smith – a Framingham wife, mother and social worker who became a part of the Dennison family when her son Edmund married Henry S. Dennison’s daughter Helen. Kate will provide a glimpse into this remarkable family of reformers from Henry with his progressive economic and social activities to the women who were highly educated and devoted to local and national reform agendas. Kate will recollect Helen and Edmund’s marriage on the Centre Common after fire destroyed the family home. She marvels at the medical research, healthcare, recreation and art programs run by socially conscious women at the Civic League founded by Henry and other local business leaders. Activities at the family home on Nobscot Mt. filled with horses, dogs, capers and a lot of music will come to life. Kate will also travel to Maine where the Dennisons renewed their energy at the family camp a source of great joy and sorrow.

The Dennisons Tickets

Samba West Marathon Fundraiser

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5 – 8pm

Samba West

1583 Worcester Rd., Framingham, MA 01701


Join us for dinner and meet the runners! To help our two marathon runners reach their fundraising goals, the Framingham History Center has partnered with local restaurants that offer 20% of your meal cost to our cause.

Please print the Samba West Flyer required for 20% donation of the cost of your meal to the Framingham History Center.