Upcoming Westborough Center Programs
- Minerals of Massachusetts, Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Author and collector Peter Cristofono will talk about the many minerals that can be found in Massachusetts and the best places to find them.
- Introduction to Indian Classical Music, Its Overlaps and Differences with Western Music, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. Learn and engage in a 90-minute interactive workshop on Indian classical music. This program is part of the Westborough History Connections series on Westborough and India under the British Empire.
- British Influences on Westborough’s Architecture Walking Tour, Sunday, October 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. at the Library steps. Join R. Christopher Noonan and Luanne Crosby as they talk (and sing!) about the interplay and influences of the British Empire’s architectural traditions on Westborough’s buildings, neighborhoods, and even cemetery design. This program is part of the Westborough History Connections series on Westborough and India under the British Empire.
- 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).
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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 – every year, the Westborough Center designates someone to serve as a “resident” photographer to document life and culture in Westborough. Are you interested in applying?
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.