- Westborough Local History Pastimes, a new series of posts to help you pass the time during the coronavirus quarantine.
- Westborough in the 1950’s Project – Help the Westborough History Working Group and Westborough TV tell the story of Westborough in the 1950’s.
- Westborough Town Meeting Records from 1717 to 1930 are now digitized and available online. The records offer a wealth of information about our town and include a hand-written copy of the Declaration of Independence that all MA town clerks were required to add to their town records.
- 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.
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Upcoming Westborough Center and History Programs
- “The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in Westborough: An Online Exhibit” – Read the new Westborough History Connections online exhibit that marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and explores how the issue was debated in Westborough.
- “Women’s Rights after the 19th Amendment” – Thursday, May 14, 7:00 p.m., Library Meeting Room. Barbara Berenson will discuss how women fared politically and legally once they finally won access to the ballot. She will begin with the controversies surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment when it was first proposed in the 1920’s and will review key successes and setbacks for women’s rights through the present.
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Special Exhibit: “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 Working Group – Are you interested in Westborough and its history, working with historical records, or helping the Westborough Public Library take care of our town’s history? Then click on the link and join our group.
- 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 email@example.com.