20th Century Pop-Up Exhibit & BenefitSaturday October 20
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Stop by to view a pop-up exhibit of early 20th century items from the SHS’s collections and contribute through a Collections Adoption silent auction to Phase III of our "Campaign to Make History."

Join us for an evening of music, drinks and a taste of what's to come at the Sudbury History Center! Bring a friend or two to spread the word about the SHS’s popular collections!

A week prior to this benefit, we will open the online portion of our Phase III fundraising effort. SHS collections "adoption" and Sudbury History Center naming opportunities will be available in connection with donations. More information is available on our new blog, SHS Conversations. This fundraising will continue during and after the 20th Century Pop-Up Exhibit. We have a $20,000 goal to kick off Phase III, so please consider becoming a part of the Sudbury History Center story!

Tickets are $25 a person and can be ordered in advance RSVP here.

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Repair CaféSaturday October 20
9:00 AM - Noon

Broken items may get a second chance! Bring in mendable items such as lamps, gardening tools, jewelry, eyeglasses, small appliances, computers and other electronics, sewing machines, bikes, toys, outdoor power equipment, and our volunteers will attempt to repair your items. Knife and gardening tool sharpening available. There is no charge for repairs, you just pay for any needed parts. Enjoy a free drink and a snack, have fun, and work with a volunteer who will repair your broken possession.

Learn more at www.repaircafe.org.

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Let the Landscape Speak Tuesday October 23
7:00 PM

A Talk on the Importance and Meaning of the Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Landscape. The hills and valleys of New England are dotted with living prayers of stone (Ceremonial Stone Landscapes) created by the indigenous peoples of this region. These stone structures were built to create and restore harmony between human beings and Mother Earth. The prayers that they embody continue to live as long as the stones are kept intact.

The Town of Sudbury, in conjunction with its sponsors Protect Sudbury and the Sudbury Historical Society, will host a panel of experts led by Bettina Washington to educate the Sudbury community on the presence and meaning of sacred ceremonial landscapes in our community, the important place in history that the Town of Sudbury holds for the Indigenous peoples of the Northeast region, and to share insights from the preliminary walkthrough along the proposed Eversource project path as well as research that has been conducted on known indigenous ceremonial sites in Sudbury.

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Civics is Back

Civics is back! SHS Pilots "Our Town" - A Civics Enrichment Program for 8th graders.

Our Town will take 8th grade participants through the ins and outs of town governance, including the process of researching, drafting, and submitting a warrant article and marketing and voting on its adoption in a mock town meeting. Guest speakers from the League of Women Voters, current and former town employees and elected officials, and other guests with expertise relevant to the selected article topic, will discuss their experiences with participants and facilitators will share relevant documents and objects from the SHS collection for primary source use.

The program, slated to begin in mid-October, will take place at least twice a month on a day and time to be determined by participants. Applications are available on the SHS's web site, or at Sign Up Link, and are due to the SHS by Tuesday, October 2nd. The program fee is $100 per student for the full academic year (need-based scholarships are available). Contact Katina Fontes at president@sudbury01776.org for more information.

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Construction of the Sudbury History Center is Underway!

The Loring Parsonage circa 1890The Loring Parsonage circa 1890Etching by J. S. Conant, from Alfred S. Hudson, History of Sudbury, 1889

The Sudbury Historical Society is in the midst of its most ambitious project to date, creating the Sudbury History Center & Museum at the circa 1730 Loring Parsonage in the Town Center.

Stabilization of the existing building is now complete (you may have noticed the some of the building's post and beam frame exposed while it was being stabilized). Next we'll be reconstructing the interior of the building and expanding the ell on the east side of the building. After that we can move in!

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Mount Wadsworth Cemetery

The Wadsworth Monument in Wadsworth CemeteryThe Wadsworth Monument in Wadsworth CemeterySudbury Historical Society image

SHS summer intern Gillian Vesely has produced a video tour of Wadsworth Cemetery on Concord Road with narration by Elin Niederman. The cemetery is home to the Wadsworth Monument, monuments to the Sudbury residents who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the burial sites of over a thousand Sudburians.

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Our Fall Newsletter

Read about the start of Phase II of our repurposing the Loring Parsonage as our History Center. And learn about our new Civics program for 8th graders, read about John Maynard, catch up on the latest additions to our collections and meet some of our volunteers.

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