We are thrilled the doors of the new Sudbury History Center and Museum are now open to the public.

Operating hours are: Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 1-4pm and closed on holidays.

Social distancing in the galleries is encouraged when visiting the museum and gift shop.

If you have any questions on booking your tour please contact Rachael Robinson at 978-443-3747 or by email at director@sudbury01776.org. We look forward to seeing you in person soon!

Open NowSudbury's Changing Landscape

The new exhibit Sudbury‘s Changing Landscape will enthrall the visitor with stunning interactive displays, and beautiful graphic displays that exemplify how Sudbury has come to be the beautiful town that it is today. From ice covered landscapes, indigenous tribal lifeways, to new farming settlements, this first phase of our two part exhibit, Sudbury’s Changing Landscape Glaciers-1780 paints a picture of an ever changing environment.

March 7, 7:00 PMThe Ammo Dump: A Taking of Heritage

Come join us at the Sudbury Historical Society for an exciting in-person event! The Ammo Dump, A Taking of Heritage is and insightful book about the history of eminent domain of families in Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Hudson. Join the authors for a presentation about the book, a Q&A session, and a book signing.

The book explores the who, how, and why of the close-knit families in Maynard, Stow, Sudbury, and Hudson, Massachusetts, who lost their farms, their livelihoods when the Federal Government took their land in 1942 for the construction of an ammunition dump. Upended, they not only had to find new places to live and to work - if they could - they had to deal with the loss of all they had built. Their heritage was taken.

The land's history will be detailed from the earliest days of settlement to what happened during and after World War I. A silver lining is a new, promising future of the land with the creation of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. By the end, you'll have delved deep into an area simply called by many as The Ammo Dump.

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Voices of Sudbury Podcast

Listen to our new podcasts, and join us as a guest on a future episode!

The podcast focuses on conversations between friends, family, and new acquaintances all sharing about their time in Sudbury. We feature a wide variety of participants, who have interesting and meaningful stories to share about life in the town we all love. A lifelong resident reflects on how the town has changed, and a LS senior will share their feelings about leaving their hometown for College next year. Former residents reflects on why they still hold Sudbury close in their memory.

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Our Collections are now Online!

We are pleased to announce that because of the hard work of Francesco Buccella and the generosity of the Sudbury Foundation that we are able to share with the world our collections digitally!

Find the link to our online collections on the Research tab or click here. Happy researching!their memory.

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Pop-Up ExhibitFrom The Archives

Now on display at the Sudbury History Center and Museum is the Sudbury Boston Post Cane! In 1909, Edwin Atkins Grozier—then owner of the Boston Post newspaper—established the Boston Post Cane prize to honor the oldest inhabitant in towns across Massachusetts. Identical canes made of ebony with fourteen-carat gold handles, each inscribed with town names, were commissioned by Grozier. In that year, Sudbury received its edition of the cane and William Phelps Jones (1820-1911) became its first recipient.

Visit our Baggott Gallery at the Loring Parsonage to see the cane in-person and to learn more about its history! Illustrated through material from the Sudbury Historical Society collections, recipients of the cane from its earliest years through present-day are highlighted. Notable prize winners included the artist, Florence Hosmer (1880-1978), as well as centenarians such as Tolla Paulsen (1885-1990) and Dorothy Piper (1902-2007). The display continues to honor these exceptional individuals from the Town of Sudbury.

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Become A SHS Member

Starting in 2022, the SHS introduced six membership categories, each featuring special benefits at a bargain price!

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New membership benefits include: discounts in the 01776 Gift Shop, free admission to paid events, personal materials digitization, private museum tours, free research assistance and more.

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