Special Note: The Westborough Center will remain closed to the public while the Westborough Public Library has Quick Browsing Hours. The Local History Librarian will be working limited hours in the library, but can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com or by leaving a message at 508-871-5284.
- Contribute Your First Day of School Photos to the Westborough Archive – The WPL’s Kids’ Department and the Westborough Center are teaming up to collect first day of school photos during the start of this unusual school year. Submit your child’s photo here and tell us about your experiences on this important day. You can view the submissions in the Westborough Digital Respository.
- Register to Vote (or Confirm Your Voter Registration) – Voting is a civic responsibility. The Westborough Center is partnering with the Westborough Town Clerk to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22 and to encourage all U.S. citizens to vote.
- Read the recent Westborough History Connections article: History and the Westborough Seal.
- Photographer-in-Residence Program Photographs – The photographs of the 2018-2019 Photographer-in-Residence, Brandin Tumeinski, are now available in the Digital Repository.
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Upcoming Westborough Center and History Programs
- “Women’s Rights after the 19th Amendment” – Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m., Zoom Event: click here to pre-register (required). Barbara Berenson, author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, 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.
- “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.
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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? Stop by or contact Anthony Vaver (Local History Librarian) at 508-871-5284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.