The Westborough Public Library will celebrate the publication of Westborough State Hospital with a lecture by the author, Katherine Anderson, on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.
Join award-winning author and
asylum historian Katherine Anderson for a discussion of her newest Images of America book on the history of
the Westborough State Hospital. Katherine has been photographing and
researching the hospital for nearly a decade and will present a collection of
images, artifacts, and little known facts about Westborough State. As a bonus,
meet Mimi Baird, author of He Wanted the
Moon about her father’s story of his time as a patient at Westborough.
The Westborough State
Hospital, formerly known as the Westborough Insane Hospital, was the second
homeopathic hospital for the insane in the United States. Its unique treatment methods
were at the forefront of mental health care until it closed its doors as one of
the last Massachusetts state hospitals in 2010. Solomon Carter Fuller, a
pioneering African American pathologist, studied physical changes in the brain
due to Alzheimer’s at the hospital, which was also the only New England state
hospital with a dedicated unit for deaf and hard of hearing patients.
Katherine Anderson is a
veteran special education teacher and has been researching and writing about
asylums and mental health care for more than a decade.
Westborough has a strong photographic history. Many
photographers maintained studios in Westborough over the years, which is partly
why the documentation of Westborough’s history is so rich and deep. In
celebration and recognition of this history, the Westborough Public Library
through the Westborough Center for History and Culture will annually designate
someone to serve as a Photographer-in-Residence to capture the life and culture
of Westborough over the course of one year. The overall goal is to continue
adding to Westborough’s photographic legacy, showcase how various photographers
approach capturing Westborough’s life and culture differently, and in the
process document changes in the town over time.
The position of Photographer-in-Residence includes a $1,000 stipend, and the term runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. Anyone interested in serving in this position should submit a statement of vision for the year-long project and a sample portfolio of no more than twenty (20) photographs by Friday, June 14, 2019. The statement of vision and sample portfolio can be dropped off at the Westborough Public Library’s circulation desk in print and/or in digital form on a thumb drive. This year’s winner will be announced by Friday, June 28, 2019.
Positions are open to all ages from high school
Positions last for a one-year term, from July 1
to June 30.
The Photographer-in-Residence will receive a
stipend of $1,000 for the year, half of which will be awarded at the beginning
of the term and half at the end.
The Photographer-in-Residence is required to
submit twenty-five photographs every three months for a total of 100
photographs taken throughout the year. Each photograph should capture
Westborough’s life and culture in some way, and information about each photograph
(title, date, description, identification of people and events in the
photographs, etc.) must be included. Photographs can be submitted in digital
and/or printed form.
Anyone interested in applying for the position
must submit a statement of vision for the year-long project and a sample
portfolio of no more than twenty (20) photographs in print or in digital form
on a thumb drive. A committee will decide who will be awarded the position.
Terms can be renewed, but preference will be
given to qualified photographers who have not yet served in the position.
Applicants do not need to be Westborough
residents, but they need to be willing to engage enough with the Westborough
community to produce results.
All photographs submitted as part of the
year-long project become the property of the Westborough Public Library.
Contact Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian, at email@example.com with any questions.
Learn about the history, worldwide appeal, and rules of cricket from members of the Westborough Cricket Club on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. (with a rain date of May 18) at Hennessy Field on 1 Upton Road.
The event will begin with an overview of cricket and the skills needed to play it. Members of the audience will then be asked to play in a game, while others are encouraged to stay and watch the action. Food trucks will also be on hand to provide refreshment. Anyone interested in playing in a cricket game can pre-register at http://westbororec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30096.
Rev. Ebenezer Parkman (1703-1782) was the first minister of Westborough, and his extensive diary and church records, along with other family papers, correspondence, and records of the town, provide the most complete picture of life in an eighteenth-century rural New England town. Now, for the first time, access to many of Parkman’s writings, including his diary and church records, are freely available to scholars and the public through the Westborough Public Library on a new website, “The Ebenezer Parkman Project” (http://www.EbenezerParkman.org).
Learn about the significance of this unprecedented project from the creators of the website. The program will feature Prof. Ross W. Beales, Jr., who will talk about Parkman, his life, and his writings; Dr. James F. Cooper, Director of New England’s Hidden Histories, who will place Parkman’s writings in the context of other Congregational ministers in New England; and Dr. Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian at the Westborough Public Library, who will describe the project’s development and demonstrate the website’s features. Note that this program takes place at the Mill Pond School auditorium.
Monday, April 29, 7:00 pm, Library Meeting Room – The Boston Tea Party: Connecting Westborough and India (with Tea!)
Tea expert Danielle Beaudette will discuss the discovery of tea, the East India Company, and the role of tea in the events leading up to the American Revolution. AND she will have three different kinds of tea to taste! (Part of Westborough History Connections series of programs.)
Saturday, May 11 (rain date: May 18), Time 10:00 a.m., Hennessy Field, 8 Upton Road, Westborough – An Introduction to the Game of Cricket
Learn about the history, worldwide appeal, and rules of cricket from members of the Westborough Cricket Club. You will even get the chance to play in a game! (Part of Westborough History Connections series of programs.) Note that this program takes place at Hennessy Field.