WELCOME TO THE NORTH BROOKFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE

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SPRING 2021

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HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Open Sundays 10:00 am ~ 1:00 pm

and by appointment (email avery468@aol.com)

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The Museum collection chronicles the history of North Brookfield and contains hundreds of photos and artifacts.

The Society has a unique sale selection of historical prints, maps, books, prints by local artists and the new acclaimed DVD, Ward Hollow: A Video History of North Brookfield by Tyler Nickerson

The Museum is located at 197 Main St. in the lower level of the historic Walker Block next to the Town House

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AMERICAN ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY

JUNE 2021 VIRTUAL PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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AAS public programs spotlight the work not only of historians but also of creative and performing artists and writers who have performed research at the Society.

For more information or to register for programs, please click the following link:

https://www.americanantiquarian.org/programs-events

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~~ TOWN HOUSE UPDATE ~~

Spring 2019

   

Special thanks to the Friends of the Town House, Selectman John Tripp, and all who have donated time, talent, and treasure to the Town House painting effort.  And thanks to the NB Decorating Committee and NBFD for decking out the Town House and center of town so beautifully.

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FRANCIS AMASA WALKER

(born, North Brookfield, July 2, 1840)

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Click on the link below to read an account of the Civil War experience of North Brookfield native, Francis Walker, son of Amasa Walker.  Written by another NB native, Jason Gauthier, this account traces the story of the man who would go on to become the Superintendent of the U. S. Census.

FRANCIS WALKER CAPTURED

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TOWN HOUSE BLOCK PARTY

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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A grand time was had by all!

Click here for more photos.

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~ ANNOUNCING ~

The Family History Project

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  The Historical Society/Museum is continuing its project to collect family histories as they relate to North Brookfield.  We are looking for biographies, essays, etc. (not entire published works), one or two interesting photos per individual family member, newspaper clippings, and family stories that shed light on the history of North Brookfield on a personal level.  These items will be organized in binders and shelved in the Museum.  If would have anything you would like to share with us, we’d love to add it to our collection.

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The Historical Society has a limited number of copies of

THE BROOKFIELDS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM BULLARD

BULLARD BOOK

Local historian and photographer Dennis LeBeau presents a heartwarming tale of life in the Brookfields at the turn of the last century.  The photographs in this collection are those of North Brookfield’s William Bullard, an itinerand photographer of the 1890’s and early 1900’s.  The story of Bill Bullard’s life and photographic legacy are dramatically revealed in this fascinating glimpse of the past.  After the photographer’s untimely and tragic demise, the rich photographic archives of Bill Bullard were carefully preserved by his brother, Charlie Bullard, and three generations of the neighboring Gaudette family.  Dennis LeBeau individually reprinted each image in this collection from its original glass plate negative.  Mr. LeBeau’s researched and well-informed captions accompany the photographs in Bullard’s collection, creating a comprehensive historic portrait of both the Brookfields and the Bullard family.

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GEORGE M. COHAN WAS HERE!  North Brookfield’s Town House

by Marilynn Borst

 

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Author Marilynn Borst’s book includes 85 photos and over 100 remembered stories both written and oral. 

Please click below for more information.

GEORGE M. COHAN WAS HERE!

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“WARD HOLLOW”

a documentary film tracing the history of North Brookfield

by Tyler Nickerson of Rad-X Pictures

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DVD’s are available for $10 each

at the Haston Library, 161 North Main St.

and the Town Offices, 215 North Main St.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FRIENDS OF THE TOWN HOUSE!

As a result of the efforts of the Friends of the Town House, Preservation Massachusetts has included the Town House on its 2012 list of Most Endangered Historic Resources

Preservation Massachusetts recognized the efforts of the Friends of the North Brookfield Town House

at a reception on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Tuckerman Hall in Worcester.

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OLIVER WARD

The pioneer of North Brookfield’s Shoe Industry, 1810
(Spunky Hollow Factory and Homestead)
Click below to read about the October 24th Oliver Ward program and virtual museum presented by Jim Buzzell and Linda Grace.

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DID YOU KNOW….

did you know

Click below for a most interesting update to the Bicentennial Brochure.

The H.H. Brown Story

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MASHANTUCKET RESEARCH CENTER AND MUSEUM

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110 Pequot Trail
P.O. Box 3180
Mashantucket, CT 06338-3180
(800) 411-9671

http://www.pequotmuseum.org/default.aspx

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*** NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE ***

1885 ATLAS OF THE BROOKFIELDS

Click here for more information and access

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ACQUISITIONS

Including records of marriages performed 1798 – 1858 by Rev. Thomas Snell, D. D.

Click here to view a full list of the Museum’s new acquisitions. 

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 DRIVING AND WALKING TOURS 

Click below to view maps and photos of driving and walking tours of North Brookfield.  Enjoy!

DRIVING TOUR PACKAGE – Updated December 2012

WALKING TOUR PACKAGE

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