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.

April 11, 7:00 PMJohn Quincy Adams, Reluctant Abolitionist

Come join us at the Sudbury Historical Society for an exciting in-person event! Jeffery A. Denman's new book John Quincy Adams, Reluctant Abolitionist informed by Adams’s revealing and often tormented musings from his vast diary, is a sweeping narrative that offers a unique and gripping account of John Quincy Adams’s battle with slavery while exploring the many fault lines in American society that led to the Civil War.

Join the author for a presentation about the book, a Q&A session, and a book signing.

Details and Registration

May 11, 9:00 AM - 12:45 PMFaded Memory: Women and People of Color in the American Revolution and Beyond

In many New England towns, memorials commemorating the American Revolutionary War are a familiar sight. Throughout the conflict, inhabitants from various communities across what would become the United States joined in the struggle, impacting everyone involved. However, the memorials, markers, and documents often highlight the contributions of a specific group: white male soldiers. This program offers participants the chance to delve into this selective representation by embarking on a self-guided exploration of the Sudbury Revolutionary War Cemetery, uncovering the often-overlooked narratives of women and Patriots of Color through presentations, and engaging in facilitated small-group discussions. By examining the consequences of selective documentation and memorialization on collective memory and historical narratives, this program aims to broaden perspectives and deepen understanding.

Sudbury Revolutionary Cemetery Self-guided Tour.

Presentations by Drs. Katina Fontes and Benjamin Remillard.

Break-out Discussion Groups.

This program is FREE and open to the public.

Details and Registration

SHS Newsletter
Year in Review 2023

SHS Newsletter Year in Review 2023

Catch up on what we've accomplished in 2023. We had programs, fundraisers, and new exhibits. And our collections went online!

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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.

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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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.

2023 Year in Review Newsletter