Published on Nov 29, 2017
Published on Nov 22, 2017
FRAMINGHAM – A recent $9,830 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation to the Framingham History Center will bring the community’s past to life with history-focused education programs including support of a new Framingham History Center mobile app available to the general public including students at all levels.
The grant will be used to expand the Center’s core educational programming – supporting tours for 700 third graders, as well as Civil War programming for the entire 8th grade at the Cameron Middle School to enhance their new Civil War social studies unit.
New programming will also be created for local scouting troops, preschools, and other educational institutions, according to Annie Murphy, Executive Director of the Framingham History Center.
“Framingham has a rich history, and we are pleased to help bring that history alive for today’s students,” said Robert P. Lamprey, chair of the MutualOne Charitable Foundation, “We are happy to endorse and sponsor this novel educational approach to learning.”
The $9,830 grant to the Framingham History Center was among awards totaling $68,330 in the Foundation’s most recent round of funding.
Established in 1998 as the philanthropic arm of MutualOne Bank, the MutualOne Charitable Foundation has since donated over $3.8 million to charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that improve and enrich the quality of life in Framingham, Natick, and surrounding communities.
MutualOne Bank, which operates under an 1889 state charter, has full-service offices at 828 Concord Street and One Lincoln Street in Framingham and at 49 Main Street in Natick, a Commercial Loan Center at 160 Cochituate Road in Framingham, and a Residential Loan Center at 49 Main Street in Natick.
Celebrating MutualOne Charitable Foundation’s recent grant are (from left) Jean Hoskins, manager of MutualOne Bank’s Lincoln Street, Framingham office; Framingham History Center Executive Director Annie Murphy; Laura Stagliola, museum assistant & education coordinator at Framingham History Center; and Susan Acton, MutualOne Charitable Foundation board member.
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Published on Jul 3, 2017
THE FRAMINGHAM HISTORY CENTER RECENTLY HAD THEIR ANNUAL MEETING AT THE EDGELL MEMORIAL LIBRARY …ALWAYS A FULL HOUSE AT THIS EVENT… MEMBERS HEARD ABOUT THE INSPIRING WORK THE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST YEAR TO PRESERVE AND SHARE FRAMINGHAM’S HISTORY.
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham History Center held its annual meeting earlier this week and announced its volunteer of the year.
The award went to Ruthann Tomassini.
She has been a research volunteer since 2012. She and Town Historian Fred Wallace have answered countless inquiries and met with hundreds of members and patrons for research projects, according to the Center.
“Sometimes Ruthann does such a great job that she ends up doing a family’s genealogy – she will say to me “you know, one thing leads to another.” One of those projects lead to a sizable donation to the Framingham History Center in her honor,” said Framingham History Center Executive Director Annie Murphy.
Photo courtesy of the Framingham History Center
Daily News Staff
FRAMINGHAM – A small copper penny tucked inside the breast pocket of Lothrop White’s uniform saved his life in the fury of battle during the Civil War.
Aboard ship in the along the James River in Virginia, the 23-year-old Union sailor was hit in the chest with Confederate gunfire.
Fortunately for White – a Framingham native – the bullet ricocheted off the penny.
The penny is encased under glass in the Framingham History Center and is part of a permanent Civil War exhibit that will open Sunday afternoon. Laura Stagliola, museum assistant and education coordinator, said the exhibit puts a local face on one of the bloodiest wars in American history.
“We decided we should really keep it up because (the Framingham History Center) is a Civil War memorial building,” said Stagliola.
On display are several artifacts from Framingham residents, including Gen. George Henry Gordon, who fought in the war. Gordon, who grew up on Framingham’s Centre Common, commanded the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment during the war. A campaign chest featuring Gordon’s diary, officer’s sash, a Bible and other mementos, is featured along with the coat Gordon wore into battle.
Among the treasures is a bust of Framingham’s general sculpted by Daniel Chester French – carved the sculpture of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C..
Stories of the town’s other Civil War heroes, including William Thompson, Theodore Russell and Zabdiel Boylston Adams will be shared during Sunday’s opening. A tattered flag flown during battle is also part of the exhibit, said Stagliola.
“It’s a great piece to have,” she said.
Most of the artifacts belonged to the Framingham History Center, however, a Confederate ornament that sat on the desk of Confederate leader Jefferson Davis is on loan from the Massachusetts Historical Society and will be displayed until June. Gordon took the ornament after the Confederates surrendered and brought it back to Massachusetts.
“We’re going to be sad to see it go,” said Stagliola.
A new mobile application will also bring the Civil War to life. The History Center’s new app offers a Gen. Gordon self-guided walking tour that highlights historic spots along the Centre Common area and is narrated by a cast of Framingham residents.
“It’s really cool,” said Stagliola.
The grand opening will be Sunday at 2 p.m. The exhibit will be available for viewing from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
For more information visit www.framinghamhistory.org.