Living History and Encampment Schedule October 3-4, 2015

All attendees will receive encampment map listing events and locations. Activities held rain or shine. Parking information.


9 – 5 Camp Open to Public and Encampment Scavenger Hunt**

9:30 am Women’s Contributions to the War Effort*

10 am Cannon Demonstration & Firing

10:30 – 11:30 am Company Drill

11 am – 3 pm American Girl Addy Walker Scavenger Hunt**

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Sing along with Shades of Gray Camp Band*

12 – 4 pm First Baptist Church Tours

12:30 Harriet Beecher Stowe speaks at the Baptist Church

1 pm Cannon Demonstration & Firing

1 – 4 pm Tea at the First Baptist Church

2 pm Encampment Dedication & Governor’s Citation followed by singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by the FSU Choir*

3 pm Ladies’ Fashion Show*

4 pm Dress Parade and Troop Review with President Lincoln

4:30 pm Cannon Demonstration & Firing

7:30 – 10:30 pm Civil War Dance at Village Hall

Book Signing at the FHC Tent

1:30 – 2:30 Pat Lavin – My Dear Esty: Letters from Framingham’s Civil War Soldiers

2:30 – 3:30 Fred Wallace – Framingham’s Civil War Hero: The Life of General George H. Gordon

3:30 – 4:30 Tom Ellis – Framingham’s Civil War Service: A History Roster


9 – 3 Camp Open to public and Encampment Scavenger Hunt**

9:30 am Church Service at Edgell Grove Cemetery Chapel

10 am Gravesite Service for General George H. Gordon

11 am -3 pm American Girl Addy Walker Scavenger Hunt**

11:15 – 12:15 Company Drill

12:15 pm Cannon Demonstration & Firing

12:30 – 1:30 pm Sing along with Shades of Gray Camp Band*

1:30 pm Cannon Demonstration & Firing

2:15 pm Dress Parade and Troop Review with President Lincoln

3 pm Cannon Fire Closes the Encampment

Book Signing at FHC Tent

12:00 – 1:00 pm Tom Ellis – Framingham’s Civil War Service: A History Roster

1:00 – 2:00 pm Fred Wallace – Framingham’s Civil War Hero: The Life of General George H. Gordon

2:00 – 3:00 pm Pat Lavin – My Dear Esty: Letters from Framingham’s Civil War Soldiers

*Activities will take place at the main tent at the center of the Common

** Pick up scavenger hunt maps at FHC Tent on the Common

Food vendors, sutlers, Topographical Engineers, tinsmith, blacksmith, wool spinner, telegraph operator, Naval Landing party, President Abraham Lincoln, General Robert E. Lee, General George H. Gordon, Julia Ward Howe and more included in encampment.

FHC’s Dennison Exhibit Featured on Avery Dennison Blog

Dennison on Display at the Framingham History Center

The Dennison Manufacturing Company was an early innovator in brand communication, and a recent post on the Avery Dennison Blog examines the connections between that history and the modern-day Avery Dennision Corporation.

“There’s treasure in a suburb of Massachusetts. While it can’t be cashed in or counted, the artifacts of our company’s inception create a valuable experience for individuals passionate about Dennison. Launched in November 2014, the Dennison Manufacturing Company Exhibit at the Framingham History Center in Framingham, Massachusetts, chronicles the story of the past, with glimpses to RBIS’ present-day operations…”

Read the original article >>

Civil War Living History and Encampment Weekend

Living History Civil War Event

Saturday, October 3, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday, October 4, 9 am – 3 pm

Join Us For a Free Family-Friendly Weekend of Living History

  • Shake hands with President Lincoln
  • Take photos with Civil War heroes and heroines
  • Watch the cannon loading and feel the blast!

See the full schedule and parking information!

Take a trip back in time as our Common is transformed into a tableau of Union and Confederate soldiers’ tents, complete with famous dignitaries, cannon, a blacksmith’s forge, period vendors (sutlers), and a host of family activities including a special itinerary for American Girl doll Addy Walker. The Civil War Living History & Encampment on the Centre Common is free and open to the public. (Reenactors click here for information and registration.) Activities will be held rain or shine.

2015 Living History & Encampment PSA

In addition to a Civil War Dance, the Civil War Living History & Encampment will feature:


Civil War Dance at Historic Village Hall

Saturday, October 3rd, 7:30 – 10:30 PM

civil war ball


Join us for a wonderful evening of Civil War dances, with live music by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers with the Ad Hoc Waltz and Quadrille Band! No previous knowledge of the dances is required, as each dance will be taught during the evening. Dances are easy and fun to learn and meant for all ages.

Dance tickets are $20 per person through September 19, $25 person beginning September 20.

The Historic Village Hall, 2 Oak Street, Framingham, is a beautiful building built in 1834 and the ballroom is a perfect location for a Civil War dance. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Both modern attire and period costumes are welcome! Read more >>

MetroFest 2015

Saturday, September 26th

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex

475 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702


The Framingham History Center is attending the event as an exhibitor and we invite you to join us on this festive day! MetroFest is the MetroWest Visitors Bureau’s signature event showcasing the richness and diversity of the region’s music, arts, and culinary offerings, with a wide range of activities appealing to all ages. It truly is MetroBest!Read more >>

Reenactor Information

Living History Civil War Event

Click here for the  Reenactor Registration Form.

We held a Civil War Encampment three years ago and it was very well received by reenactors. We saw large, enthusiastic crowds. The 2015 Encampment will take place on the Framingham Centre Common. Use 2 Oak Street, Framingham, MA for your GPS.

On Saturday night from 7:30 – 10:30 PM, there will be a Civil War Dance featuring the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers with the Ad Hoc Waltz and Quadrille Band at the Historic Village Hall. Your registration includes your ticket to the dance and refreshments. The Village Hall is located on the south end of the Common. This is a beautiful building built in 1834 and is a perfect location for a Civil War dance. Ladies, plan to bring your best dresses and shoes as this dance will be inside, and the building offers a large changing room. Men, please be sure to bring soft-soled shoes for the dance.  Shoes or boots with hob nails, tacks or heel plates will not be allowed in the hall!” Read more >>

So Long for Now!

me and GordonBy Laura Stagliola, Museum Assistant

Many of you may not know it, but I began my experience with the Framingham History Center as a volunteer in 2011. I was a Sophomore at Framingham State University looking to dive into museum work, and little did I know I would still be involved 4 years later! However, I will be leaving for pastures new to take up a position with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth.

The decision to accept a new position was very difficult because I have truly enjoyed my time at the History Center being surrounded by such a wonderful group of people. Some of my favorite memories were taking part in the Dennison Manufacturing Co. exhibit Opening Night festivities, working with the Education Committee to revamp the Third Grade Program Docent book, and attending all the programs, events, and workshops where I had the chance to interact with members, donors, volunteers, and Framingham enthusiasts.

I would like to thank the FHC staff and volunteers for inviting me into their tight-knit family and teaching me the true value of preserving local history: connecting the community with the rich history that makes their home so special. I will carry these teachings with me throughout my museum career.