Upcoming Westborough Center Programs

  • Next Meeting of the Westborough History Working Group. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Westborough Public Library. Do you want to help the Westborough Center with its historical documents and records? Come to this meeting, where we will be adding dates to historical photographs that lack them. If you plan to attend, please e-mail Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian, at avaver@town.westborough.ma.us, so that we can adequately plan space for us to work.
  • New! The Early Development of Westborough through Church and State: A Walking Tour – Click on the link to this tour on your smart phone and use it to learn about the separation of church and state and how it affected Westborough, MA in this self-directed online walking tour of Westborough’s downtown. The tour starts at the Westborough Rotary and was created by Emily Bartee and Kayla Niece of Girl Scout Troop 30551 as a Silver Award project.
  • How Does History Connect Westborough and India? Read the Local History Librarian’s attempt to answer this question, starting with the Introduction to his new weekly blog series. You can also subscribe to the series by entering your e-mail in the “Subscribe to Westborough Center Blog Posts” box in the right panel of this website.

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Current Exhibit

Special Exhibit Book: “Westborough: Portraits of a Town” by Brandin Tumeinski, Photographer-in-Residence, 2018-2019. Now on display at the Westborough Center for History and Culture at the Westborough Public Library.

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Regular Programming and Services

  • Westborough Archive – explore and discover Westborough’s deep local history resources and collections, many of which are available online. Research guides to local history collections are also available.
  • Westborough History Connections – how does Westborough connect to regional, national, and international historical trends? Each year we will focus on a specific topic and design programs to help us figure out this question together. This year’s topic: how does history connect Westborough and India?
  • Architectural Walking Tours – learn about the houses and buildings in various Westborough neighborhoods.
  • Photographer-in-Residence Program – learn more about this program that is designed to document life and culture in Westborough.
  • The Ebenezer Parkman Project – Rev. Ebenezer Parkman was Westborough’s first minister, and throughout his life he kept a detailed diary, which is now considered to be one of the best resources for understanding daily life in colonial New England. This website brings together his diary and other writings.
  • Westborough History Blog – do you have a story, memory, or historical knowledge of Westborough that you want to share? You can publish it on this community blog.

The Westborough Center for History and Culture also offers research support for Westborough local history and genealogy, local history programs coordinated with the Westborough Public Schools, volunteer and internship opportunities, and a place to “experience history” (right now we have a collection of stereoscopes available for viewing).

Do you have an idea for a program or cultural event that will enhance the understanding of our community? Do you have a historical or cultural item related to Westborough that you would like us to digitize and add to our digital collections? Do you want to help us organize or scan a collection? Stop by or contact Anthony Vaver (Local History Librarian) at 508-366-3050 ext. 5284 or email avaver@town.westborough.ma.us.