Special Note: The Westborough Center is now open to the public during the normal hours of the Westborough Public Library. The Local History Librarian is generally available M, W, Th from 9am to 1pm, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-871-5284 (appointments are encouraged).
- Major Exhibit: Changing Pictures of Childhood: A Comparative History of Child Welfare in Westborough– This exhibit examines how different ideas about childhood and children’s needs informed the practices of child welfare at two points in Westborough’s history, pauper apprenticeship in the early American period and the Lyman School for Boys in the early twentieth century. The exhibit starts in the first floor main room of the library and continues in the Westborough Center. A version of the exhibit is also available online.
- Now Available Online: On the Beaten Path: Westborough, Massachusetts – Kristina Nilson Allen’s standard history of Westborough is now available online for free through the Internet Archive. Check it out!
- Westborough Local History Pastimes – Read the latest newsletter from the Westborough Center.
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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? Periodically, we will focus on a specific topic and design programs to help us figure out this question together. Past topics include: “How does history connect Westborough and India?” and “The Fight for Women’s Suffrage in Westborough.”
- 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 email@example.com.