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58 Eliot Street, Natick, Massachusetts 01760



Organized in 1870 at the very birth of the museum movement in America, the Natick Historical Society has become the central storehouse of Natick’s history. Our mission is to build a sense of community by inspiring an interest in Natick’s rich and varied history from its unique origins as a Praying Indian Plantation to the present day.


2009 Annual Appeal

Natick has always been a special place. Our town is a microcosm of American history, conflicts and cooperation between native peoples and European settlers, the transition from farms to factories and the issues it raised such as immigration, suffrage and abolition and, more recently, the birth of the mall as a driving suburban force.
We have great stories to tell about sports heroes starting with the 1891 firemen who earned us the nickname "Home of Champions". Natick has inspired inventors and inventions: from mechanization of shoe making to innovations at The Mathworks and COGNEX. Natick is home to world-class authors, artists and performers: like children's book author Barbara McGrath, quilting artist Jeanne Williams, and cook book guru Tod Dimmick.

The Historical Society is dedicated to collecting and telling these stories. We tell these stories through our exhibits in the Museum, our monthly events, and our publications, but we need to expand our reach. Accordingly, we developed a local history program designed for 3rd graders. Last year, we hosted field trips with Brown Elementary and three private schools. At Natick Days, one mother told me that her daughter had so much fun, she couldn't stop talking about it 3 months later! The new Superintendent of Schools has given his backing, so that more of Natick's elementary schools are planning to visit this spring. Clearly, our programs are having an impact.

The community has responded strongly. New volunteers have joined the work force. Society membership has increased by nearly fifty percent. And the Board, seeing much more to be done and anxious to continue on a path of sustainable growth, has begun devising a Strategic Plan for the longer term.

We hope you will agree with us that this work is essential. To finance it, we believe in solid, conservative management. For projects we apply for foundation grants; five are now in the works. For working funds we have traditionally relied principally on dues, but with our expanded vision, dues are not enough. The Annual Fund has become essential. I hope therefore, if you share our commitment, that you will contribute as generously as you can.

With gratitude and warm wishes,
Adams K. Shipman, Jr.

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Upcoming Events

Genealogical Research: How to Research a Civil War Ancestor in Massachusetts
Sunday, Februry 8, 2009 — 2:00 P.M.

Henrietta Cooks! An Interview with Henrietta Nesbitt, FDR's Notoriously Bad Cook?
Sunday, March 8, 2009 — 2:00 P.M.

Home of Champions: Football at Natick High School
Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 2:00 P. M.

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Volunteers Needed!

Here’s your chance to tell Natick’s stories and to share your love of history!
Educators: The Society is delighted to be hosting several more elementary schools for tours this spring. Help us deliver our hands-on, interactive history program and enrich the education of our third graders. Limited time commitment; training provided.

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