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Calendar of Events

The Society hosts a series of programs from fall through spring. Programs are free to Society members. A $5.00 donation from non-members would be appreciated.

All of our programs and activities for November through February are listed below

You can view many of our earlier programs on Sudbury TV — see our video library for a listing.

January 10, 2017 (Tuesday) 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Lotus Blossom Fundraiser

Lotus Blossom Restaurant At the Lotus Blossom Restaurant, 394 Boston Post Road Sudbury.

When you dine in, carry out, or order delivery, mention the Sudbury Historical Society when you pay your check and Lotus Blossom will donate 20% of the bill to the SHS. For a menu, visit

February 5, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00 - 4:00 PM
The Leveller by Jacqueline Dembar Greene

The Leveller by Jacqueline Dembar Greene At Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury.

When Jacqueline Dembar Greene discovered the legend of Westborough’s Tom Cook, the wily colonial figure haunted her until she gave him a voice. Was he a thief, or was he truly leveling off the fortunes of those who had more than they needed with those who never had enough? Metrowest’s own Robin Hood became the kernel for her middle-grade historical novel, The Leveller, set in 1789.

Greene will share how she drew on both rumor and history create the book. Some sources included the diaries of the Reverend Ebenezer Parkman of Westborough. Parkman was both a friend and colleague of Sudbury’s own Reverend Israel Loring and was even called upon to preach at Loring’s funeral in the winter of 1772.

Greene is a Wayland resident and an award-winning author of 38 books for young readers, including American Girl’s “Rebecca” historical series. Autographed books will be available following her presentation.

Praised by critics, Booklist wrote, “Greene does a remarkable job of weaving local legend, historical detail, humor and adventure together in this colorful tapestry…”

March 5, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Sudbury School Days - 1940s and 1950s by Jacqui Bausk

Class Photo taken outside the old High School (now the Flynn Building) At Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury.

Speaker Jacqui (MacLean) Bausk along with a panel of classmates, will talk with the audience about what it was like growing up in Sudbury during the “good old days”. Video clips from recent class reunions and old photographs will illustrate the talk. Please come and share your recollections.

March 20, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 PM
Faking News: This Just In ... Tools You Can Use to Fight Fake News by Katina Fontes

At the Ephraim Curtis Middle School Auditorium, Sudbury.

Come learn about fake news and how to navigate the post-truth world with the tools and methods of historians. SHS Trustee and Lesley University Doctoral Student Katina Fontes will give background on the growing trend of fake news in light of new media and introduce the audience to historical method as a tool for analyzing “news” and online sources.

Sponsored by the SHS and the Lincoln-Sudbury Parent Organization.

April 5, 2017 (Wednesday) 6:00 PM
As it Happened: Revere's Ride by Chris Tobin

Chris Tobin re-enacting Paul Revere's Ride At the Wayside Inn.

Join the SHS for an authentic colonial dinner at Longfellow's Wayside Inn. Reenactor Chris Tobin with the National Lancers will tell of Revere's perspective on his involvement in the midnight ride as explained in a letter from Revere to Jeremy Belknap. A reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem “Paul Revere's Ride” and a screening of the 2016 Midnight Ride video produced by the Lexington Historical Society will be included.

The cost of the special prix fixe dinner is $30. A cash bar reception will be held prior to the dinner. Reservations must be made by calling the Wayside Inn directly at 978-443-1776. If the event sells out fast, be sure to ask to be placed on the waiting list.

April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) 2:00 - 7:00 PM
Red Cross Blood Drive

At Town Hall, Lower Meeting Room, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury.

Be a part of an old Sudbury tradition by donating blood at Town Hall. Sponsored by the Sudbury Historical Society with the help of the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute. You can make an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-723-2767 or visit

April 28, 2017 (Friday) 7:00 PM
Paint the Parsonage

Paint the Parsonage At Brush and Easel, 339 Boston Post Rd.

Join the SHS to Paint The Parsonage at Brush and Easel, Inc., a new Paint Café at 339 Boston Post Road. Come and paint a representation of the c.1730 Loring Parsonage which was once Reverend Israel Loring's house. It will soon be the home of the Sudbury History Center operated by the Sudbury Historical Society.

$30 per person. All materials included. Reservations required. 20 spaces available. Register through Brush and Easel's event calendar at

A portion of the fee benefits the Sudbury Historical Society. More info.

May 6, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2017 House Tour: Modern Architecture: Mid-century Modern to the New Millennium

2017 House Tour Join us for our 3rd Annual House Tour — one of Sudbury's most popular annual events. This year we showcase Modern Architecture: Mid-Century to the New Millennium and Pink Flamingos!

Starts at The Grange Hall, 326, Concord Rd. Sudbury. Ticket sales and tour booklet pickup starts at 10:00 AM. Tour Stops open at 11:00 AM.

If you enjoy history, architecture, mid-century design, or pink flamingos, you do not want to miss this event. Proceeds support the Sudbury Historical Society's Sudbury History Center being built at the Loring Parsonage. Detailed flyer.

  • Learn about Sudbury's mid-century buildings and architects, neighborhood development, and how newer contemporary homes are inspired by the design principles of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Ticket includes informative tour booklet with map of 9 participating properties.
  • View an exhibit of mid-century style from home furnishings to textiles and jewelry, and including items from the SHS collection - 2nd floor of The Grange Hall.

Tickets are $25 for SHS members, $30 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at The Grange Hall or can be purchased in advance at Or you can mail a check made payable to the Sudbury Historical Society at 322 Concord Road, Sudbury MA 01776. Advance-purchased tickets will be held at The Grange Hall for pick-up May 6th.

If you are a local business, sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. See Sponsorship Flyer for details.

Now to May 5, 2017 (Friday)
Be Mod about History! Decorate a Pink Flamingo for the House Tour

2017 Pink Flamingo To support the SHS's Mid-Century Modern House Tour on Saturday, May 6, decorate one of our fabulous pink flamingos, place it on your lawn or at your business, and then bring it to the Sudbury Historical Society (Town Hall, 322 Concord Road). The decorated birds will flock the lawn at the Sudbury Grange Hall for viewing during the House Tour. Be sure to include a tag with your flamingo's name, your name, phone and/or email so that we can contact you if you've won a prize!

$10 donation per bird. Make it silly, serious, fanciful, or fabulous! We'll be tickled pink to see what you do!

Pick up a flamingo at the SHS during our open hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 - 4:30) now through May 5th! Email to reserve a bird in advance.

Download your Flamingo Care Instructions and Tag here.

The Pink Plastic Flamingo was designed by Don Featherstone, a sculptor working for Union Products in Leominster, MA. The plastic pink flamingo lawn ornaments were a surprise bestseller and came to represent the aspirational values and suburban landscape of the 1950s. Years later, the blushing birds are considered pink pop icons of Americana and are included in the Smithsonian's collections. They were proclaimed “an essential contribution to American folk art” by Governor Dukakis in 1987.

Now to May 15, 2017 (Monday)
The Flamingos Are Coming!

2017 Pink FlamingoWith the arrival of spring it's migration season and pink plastic flamingos will be landing across Sudbury in support of the Sudbury Historical Society's month-long celebration of our town's modern architectural history.

Beginning now until Monday, May 15th, you can order a surprise visit from a flock of flamingos to any house in Sudbury. The flock will mysteriously appear on the lawn of your choice, roost for 24 hours, and then fly away.

Why Pink Flamingos? May is National Historic Preservation Month. This year the SHS is focusing on Sudbury's more recent history for our 3rd annual house tour: Modern Architecture: Mid-century Modern to the New Millennium. This flamingo fundraiser puts a modern spin on fundraising and supports the future Sudbury History Center at Loring Parsonage.

Minimum donation for a flocking of flamingos is $50. To order a flocking of flamingos Download, Fill Out, and Mail This Form. You may pay for your flocking here.

May 20, 2017 (Saturday) 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Mod about History: Cocktails and Cars

2017 Cocktails and CarsAt Herb Chambers BMW of Sudbury 128 Boston Post Road, Route 20, Sudbury

Celebrate Sudbury in the mid-century. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Bid on special items in a silent auction and learn about plans for the Sudbury History Center while surrounded by luxury vehicles at Herb Chambers BMW’s contemporary showroom.

$75 per person, cash bar. Vintage attire encouraged.

1955 BMW IsettaPlease RSVP by Friday May 12th. RSVP online at Or RSVP using this form: Cocktails RSVP.

Sponsorships are available, see Sponsorship RSVP.

The silent auction includes time in Italy, time on the Cape, time with the Red Sox, time with Vintage Cars, and much more. See here for the list of items that will be up for auction. And you don't have to be present to bid and win. Fill out a proxy bid form to leave a bid with us Proxy Bid Form.

May 19 and 20, 2017 (Friday and Saturday) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Greene Acre Hosta Sales Benefit

At 36 Elaine Rd., Sudbury.

Featuring a wide variety of daylilies and hostas in all price ranges. All plants are New England hardy and propagated in Greene Acre nursery. Daylily photos and lists with planting details will be available. Mention the Sudbury Historical Society to designate 50% of your purchase for the Loring Parsonage repurposing project for the Sudbury History Center. Payment by cash or check only (credit cards cannot be accepted).

June 3, 2017 (Saturday) 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM
Tour of Goodnow Farms Chocolate

At 80 Goodnow Road, Sudbury. Carpooling encouraged, Park in driveway, not on Goodnow Road.

Join Goodnow Farms Chocolate owners Tom and Monica Rogan for a tour of their chocolate making operation in Sudbury. Enjoy hearing about how craft chocolate is made. Best of all, try a tasting of their products!

Advance purchase of tickets is required. Each tour is limited to 15 people. Tickets can be purchased online at (search on Goodnow Farms Chocolate or use this link). Or, you can drop off or mail a check payable to the Sudbury Historical Society, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury MA, 01776.

Note that this is not a nut-free facility. Visitors will need to wear a hair net in the kitchen and must be able to navigate stairs.

June 11, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Trench Art: Art Forged in Fire, Blood and Destruction to Honor the Courage, Duty and Sacrifice of Those Who Would Possess It by Peter R. Harvell

At Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury.

Speaker Peter R. Harvell, Retired Lieutenant Colonel USA, will show an exhibit and give a talk that will include artifacts made from debris found on the battlefield. Harvell's collection spans artifacts from the Civil War through to today's conflict and includes cannon shell casings, shrapnel and discarded personal equipment such as bayonets, knives and helmets. It includes a clock made of a large shell casing from the famous “Anio Annie”, a German cannon taken from a battleship and put onto a railroad car to shoot at the Allied Forces on the Anzio Invasion beachead. Other items include Civil War letters and a rare first-hand account written by Sudbury resident Donald Pierce, an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) frogman who swam ashore in Japan at the end of World War II.

If you have trench art and are curious to find out what is made from, bring it to the program.

Prior to the talk the SHS will conduct its Annual Meeting and election of officers. SHS president Stewart Hoover will provide an update on the status of the Sudbury History Center project at the Loring Parsonage.

June 29, 2017 (Thursday), 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Declaring Independence, Then & Now: Bringing to Life a “National Scripture”

At Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury.

In 1776, the Massachusetts Assembly ordered the town ministers to read the declaration sent by the Continental Congress and record the fact in their town records. Mary Fuhrer will narrate the events surrounding the readings and Revolutionary War re-enactors—Larry Leonard, Betsey Cutler, Hal Cutler, Allan Van Wert, and Alan Billingsley Rohwer—will read excerpts from the records of several Massachusetts’ towns and parts of the Declaration, as well as discuss the mindset of several towns’ leaders and how the Declaration’s ideas affect how American government operates today. Maud Ayson and Mary Fuhrer will introduce the event and Mary Fuhrer will moderate a Q&A.

Hosted by Longfellow's Wayside Inn and the Sudbury Historical Society. With the support of the American Antiquarian Society, The Massachusetts Society of Cincinnatti, Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the National Park Service.

See Freeedom's Way for more information and additional performances.


Past Programs

November 6, 2016 300 Years on Concord Road: A History of the Osborn Familyvideo of presentationdetails ...

October 23, 2016 History Walk at Pantry Brook Farmdetails ...

October 2, 2016 History of Wolbach Farmvideo of presentationdetails ...

June 5, 2016 History of Wolbach Farmvideo of presentationdetails ...

June 1, 2016 The History of Power Line Battlesvideo of presentationdetails ...

May 21, 2016 2016 Home & Hearth Tourdetails ...

March 6, 2016 The League of Women Voters: Helping to Shape Sudbury’s History for 60 Years video of presentationdetails ...

April 6, 2016 Ezekiel How: Innkeeper, Soldier, Citizen video of presentationdetails ...

February 7, 2016 A Little Bit of Sweden, A History of Svensk Kaffestuga video of presentationdetails ...

November 1, 2015 Early Maps of Sudbury: Who Made them and Why video of presentationdetails ...

October 24, 2015 Walking Tour of Wadsworth Cemetery details ...

June 7, 2015 Where They Were and How They Grew video of presentationdetails ...

May 16, 2015 Home and Hearth Tour details ...

April 12, 2015 Sudbury’s Road to the Revolutionary War (1765-1775) video of presentationdetails ...

March 1, 2015 The Untold Story of Henry Ford’s Underground Cooling Plant video of presentationdetails ...

February 1, 2015 Wheeling, Dealing, A Dump and Sudbury’s Future video of presentationdetails ...

November 9, 2014 Remember. Reflect. Explain details ...

October 24, 2014 Musicians of the Old Post Road Concert details ...

October 5, 2014 Sudbury Plantation Un-covered: Archaeological Evidence of the First Residents video of presentationdetails ...

June 8, 2014 The Men who Marched to Concord, April 19, 1775 video of presentationdetails ...

May 4, 2014 War Memorials of Sudbury video of presentationdetails ...

April 6, 2014 Rev. Edmund Brown's Library: a Concert Drawn from a Puritan Minister's Musical Interests video of presentationdetails ...

March 2, 2014 Railroads in Sudbury video of presentationdetails ...

February 2, 2014 The King Philip War in Sudbury video of presentationdetails ...

January 12th, 2014 Puritans Make a Village video of presentationdetails ...

Join us for our kick off of Sudbury's 375th Anniversary Celebration. Hal Cutler will use his extensive knowledge of the Goodnow family and Sumner Chilton Powell's Pulitzer Prize winning book Puritan Village - The Formation of a New England Town to provide a look at the beginning of Sudbury.

December 15th, 2013 Christmas from Olde New England Musicians of the Old Post Roaddetails ...

November 19th, 2013 Genealogy 101 video of presentationdetails ...

November 10th, 2013 The Fabric of Life in Sudburydetails ...

October 19th, 2013 Rev. Israel Loring of Sudbury (1682-1772) video of presentationdetails ...

September 21st, 2013 Five Century House Tour in Waylanddetails ...

June 9th, 2013 Ice Cream Social and Annual Meeting video of presentationdetails ...

May 5th, 2013 Hattie Goodnow's Life and Legacy video of presentationdetails ...

April 7th, 2013 The History of the (Recreated) Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute video of presentationdetails ...

March 3rd, 2013 Isaac Edrehi — The “Spanish Jew”video of presentationdetails ...

February 3rd, 2013 History Matters! video of presentationdetails ...

Even More Past Programs...

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