WELCOME! TO THE NORTH BROOKFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEBSITE

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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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MASS HUMANITIES UPCOMING 2016 PROGRAMS

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Click below for information on the Spring 2016 events.

http://masshumanities.org/events/

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THANKS FOR AN EXCELLENT PROGRAM!

The Civil War Letters of George W. Harwood–Part 2

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was presented by Jan and Dave Drake

sponsored by the North Brookfield Historical Society

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm in the Reading Room

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HISTORICAL MUSEUM

~  SPRING and SUMMER 2016 HOURS ~

Saturdays 10:00 am ~ Noon

beginning April 30th  

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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
(Free North Brookfield Town House Post Card just for stopping in )

The Museum is located in the lower level of the historic Walker Block next to the Town House

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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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RUSS BUZZELL UNVEILS NEW WORK

“WHEELER’S SURPRISE”

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The New Braintree Town Hall hosted a large and enthusiastic audience on Saturday, August 7, 2014 for a talk by artist Russ Buzzell and the unveiling of his latest work, “Wheeler’s Surprise”.  The event was sponsored by the New Braintree Historical Society.

Click here for details.

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~ ANNOUNCING ~

The Family History Project

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  The Historical Society/Museum is embarking on a new 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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NEW ACQUISITION

The Historical Society has a limited number of copies of

THE BROOKFIELDS FROM THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM BULLARD

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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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BATES OBSERVATORY

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North Brookfield Historical Society and North Brookfield Water Department

Recommendations to the Board of Selectmen

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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….

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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

Kevin McBride, Director, and Ashley Bossonnette, Research Assistant, visited North Brookfield on Monday, October 1st.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss “all things 17th century, Colonial and Native American including King Phillip’s War (1675-1677).

Click below for details.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Laurie Drazek Articles – October 2012 – PDF

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*** NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE ***

1885 ATLAS OF THE BROOKFIELDS

Click here for more information and access

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NEW 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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 NEW–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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