Sudbury Historical Society, Inc.Sudbury Historical Society, Inc.
Second Floor Town Hall   322 Concord Road   Sudbury   Middlesex County   Massachusetts 01776

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.


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 www.eventbrite.com. 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 director@sudbury01776.org 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 www.eventbrite.com. 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 Eventbrite.com (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.

July 4, 2017 (Tuesday), Noon - 3:00 PM
4th of July Picnic at the Parsonage

On the lawn at the Loring Parsonage, Sudbury Town Center, 288 Old Sudbury Road.

While waiting for the Sudbury Parade bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to 4th of July Picnic at the Parsonage!

Enjoy popsicles and lawn games. Visit our water station and lemonade Stand to benefit the Sudbury History Center Project.

Take a guided tour of the Parsonage under reconstruction and see history in the making!

KidStory in the Town Center: A Summer Drop-in Program for Kids
July 21, 2017 (Friday), Noon - 1:30 PM: Fables and Folktales
July 28, 2017 (Friday), Noon - 1:30 PM: Native American Culture
August 4, 2017 (Friday), Noon - 1:30 PM: Colonial Tea Time
August 11, 2017 (Friday), Noon - 1:30 PM: Mod About Art

On the backyard of the Loring Parsonage (indoors if inclement weather), Sudbury Town Center, 288 Old Sudbury Road.

Looking for a fun summer activity for your kids? The Sudbury Historical Society is sponsoring a series of four lunchtime history programs for kids this summer. Activities include a story, the opportunity to view items from the SHS collection, and a craft they can take home!

Participants should bring a brown bag lunch. Suggested for children ages 4 and up. Caregivers are asked to say with children.

Programs are FREE with pregistration ($5 the day of the program). To preregister or inquire, please contact us at 978-443-3747 or info@sudbury01776.org. Pre-registration will also available at Eventbrite.

Past Programs

April 5, 2017 As it Happened: Revere's Ride by Chris Tobin details ...

March 5, 2017 Sudbury School Days - 1940s and 1950s by Jacqui Bauskvideo of presentationdetails ...

February 5, 2017 The Leveller by Jacqueline Dembar Greenevideo of presentationdetails ...

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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