Past Exhibitions


Dennison_logo_w-smokestackThe 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. It was open to the public from November 2014 through June 2016 from 1 to 4PM Wednesday-Saturday at the Edgell Memorial Library. 


SHOPPERS’ WORLD… 1951-1994

Opening night for this exhibition was February 15, 2013 to showcase the SHOPPERS’ WORLD sign lit up as it had once been on Route 9. The exhibit was open to the public February 16 through December 31, 2013, from 1 to 4PM Wednesday- Saturday at the Edgell Memorial Library.


Inspired by the overwhelming enthusiasm of our members and visitors who loved our Shoppers World roundtable, this exhibition featured images, merchandise, and memorabilia that took visitors back to this “kinder, gentler shopping center.”

The country’s first mall east of the Rockies included the iconic Jordan Marsh dome anchoring 44 original stores with an interior courtyard that served as a cultural stage and community gathering spot for more than 40 years.

Promoters of this new mall were right out of “Mad Men” coming up with ingenious ways to bring shoppers from all over New England to this cutting edge retail mecca – or as one planner called it “an opportunity for a re-creation of community spirit.”


An Exhibition of Floyd Walser’s Art

The Framingham History Center presented an exhibition of Floyd Walser’s art at the Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak Street, in Framingham.  The exhibit was open during the first two weeks in April, Wednesday through Saturday, April 2-5 and April 9-12, 2008, from noon to 4PM.

The watercolor paintings depicting Framingham scenes, portraits, and photographs are a gift of Hazel and the late Carlo Belloli, and Richard Rotelli. They illustrate the life of a remarkable man who overcame severe disabilities due to polio and painted with only the use of his right arm. For more information watch the video below, or call 508.872.3780.

If you enjoyed these paintings, you may want to purchase one of the limited edition prints the Framinghman History Center is making available in the online Museum shop by going directly to the prints by clicking here.

Structure and Design

Architectural RichesThis exhibition celebrated Framingham’s architectural riches. Structure and Design: Three Centuries of Framingham Architecture was presented to the public from April 26 through August 16, 2003.


AbbondazaThe Museum celebrated the lives and the contributions of Framingham Italian-Americans in an exhibition and program highlighting the theme of “Abbondanza! The Richness of Italian-American Life in Framingham.” The exhibition ran from March 27 through August 28, 2004.

The exhibition featured personal histories, from the immigrants’ departure from Italy through their lives in Framingham, and the lives of their descendants, captured in personal belongings including passports, naturalization papers, photographs, needlework, dolls, tools and cooking implements.


Muster FieldOn the eve of new developments at the former State Musterfield, an exhibit was designed to commemorate this historic site. Two panels, a diorama and brochures for visitors illustrated the history of the training and assembly area for the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, in use since the first encampment in 1873.

The Musterfield exhibit will become a permanent part of the Framingham time line in the Old Academy building

World War II

World War IIWere they heroes – or ordinary Framingham citizens called upon to do extraordinary things? Toward Victory: Winning World War II From Home will raise this question through an exhibition and a series of programs organized by the Framingham Historical Society and Museum and sponsored by Banknorth. The exhibition ran from April 2 through September 24, 2005.