Upcoming Westborough Center and History Programs

  • 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.
  • Mom’s WWII Letters + Scanning Opportunity, Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Corinne Smith talks about her discovery of letters written by 16 servicemen between 1944-1945 and her goal to find and return them to their children. Do you have World War II letters (or any other war correspondence) in your family that you are willing to share and add to the Westborough Archive at the Westborough Public Library? If so, Local History Librarian, Anthony Vaver, will be on hand starting at 6:30 p.m. to scan the letters and return them to you after the talk (or make other arrangements if you have a large number of them).
  • Westborough Secrets Exposed, Monday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m., Fire Station Meeting Room. Historian and former Fire Captain Phil Kittredge will present vintage photographs of Westborough spanning 1850 to 1950. A highlight will be the first-time showing of the original crime scene photos of the infamous 1919 “Baby Doll murders” on South Street. The public is welcome, free of charge. Sponsored by the Westborough Historical Society.

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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 from tour guides R. Christopher Noonan and Luanne Crosby. (Next tour: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at the Library steps: Free!)
  • 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.