Mrs. Gordon’s Soft Gingerbread

Let’s travel back to Framingham Centre Common in 1835. With 10 days til Christmas, what yummy smells would be wafting from Mrs. Gordon’s boarding house on Central Street? The distinctive smell of gingerbread being made.

soft gingerbreadFrom the handwritten recipe book of Mrs. Gordon (General George H. Gordon’s mother):

Soft Gingerbread [ p. 1]

Six teacups of flour 3 of molasses 1 of cream 1 of butter
a spoonful of pea lash* and ginger to suit the taste

*probably pearl ash, a kind of fixed alkaline salt, prepared in various parts of Europe, and also in America, by melting and extracting the salts from the ashes of burnt vegetables.


Framingham Historical Commission Announces Historic Preservation Achievement Awards Program

FraminghamsealHistoric buildings and objects are a valued part of our town’s heritage. Associated with each of these is a story that tells us about our past, the people and events that made Framingham what it is today – a thriving, diverse place with a rich heritage. The historic preservation awards will give recognition to individuals and organizations that have made recent major contributions in this field.

The public is invited to participate in this program. The Commission welcomes your help in identifying persons, buildings and objects worthy of recognition. Anyone wishing to do so may obtain a nomination form here electronically (see below) or at the Community and Economic Development Office, Room B2, in the Memorial Building (lower level), or by e-mail: cmm@framinghamma.gov .

Historic Preservation Achievement Awards Program

Suggestions will be accepted up to February 8, 2016. Members of the Historical Commission will review all suggestions, make the final determination of recipients. There will be an awards ceremony in April. Specifics for the ceremony will be announced at a later date.


Framingham Holiday Gift Ideas

Dennison, Pushing, Gordon

Holiday gifting can be tough, but we can get you started. In the past year, the Framingham History Center has published two new books and added several new items to our Museum Shop. From books to beer glasses to pins for your favorite Suffragette, there is a gift for everyone with a Framingham connection.

Stop in the Edgell Memorial Library at 3 Oak Street Monday through Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to pick up your gifts now through December 23rd or visit our online Museum Shop.


“WELCOME to Dennison Manufacturing Co.”  $30.00

The Dennison Mfg. Company comes to life with over 250 illustrations and a very approachable evolution of the company’s five founding products – boxes, tags, labels, crepe paper and sealing wax. Published by the Framingham History Center, 2015, 122pp.

“Pushing for Cushing in War and Peace”  $15.95

Framingham’s Town Historian, Fred Wallace, presents his latest work, Pushing for Cushing In War and Peace. A History of Cushing Hospital: 1943-1991, Framingham, Massachusetts. Published by Damianos Publishing, 2015, 87pp.

“A Most Rash but Magnificent Charge: The Story of General George H. Gordon and his Brigade at the Battle of Antietam”  $15.00

 Fred Wallace contributes a sequel to his first work on General George H. Gordon that uncovers a critical piece of the General’s Civil War story. Published by Damianos Publishing, 2014, 68pp.


The Dennisons – A Family Ahead of Their Time

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2:00 P.M.

Edgell Memorial Library

3 Oak Street, Framingham

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

If you weren’t able to come to this program last March, you won’t want to miss Libby Franck as she portrays 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. Read more >>