Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Westborough Historical Society offered the lecture.
A snapshot of 19th century landscape art was presented at the Westborough Public Library on Monday night. Guests learned about the "Hudson River School" artists during a slideshow lecture by Sheila Simollardes of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. The Westborough Historical Society offered the lecture, which was sponsored by the Westborough Civic Club.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Westborough once had as many as nine, during the late 19th century.
When Santa’s sleigh arrives in Westborough overnight, it will fly over the sleigh atop Westborough Town Hall. The weather vane symbolizes Westborough’s thriving sleigh making industry of the late 19th century. As many as nine sleigh makers operated here at one point, Westborough Historical Society member Kris Allen says. The industry’s height here was from the 1870s to about 1885, she says. “There was as many as about 4,500 sleighs produced annually in Westborough. And they were the ‘one horse open sleigh’ that is talked about in the song. They were lighter. That's why they could go faster.” “Carpenters and wheelwrights, in the wintertime, that’s what they would be doing.” Brothers William and Frank Sibley were among the most successful …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The Westborough Historical Society's open house Sunday was the first of two programs there on consecutive days.
A sleigh-maker's home welcomed guests Sunday as Westborough residents began feeling the holiday spirit. The Westborough Historical Society held an open house at its home, the William Sibley House on Parkman Street. Sleigh-maker William H. Sibley built the home in 1844 "for his bride, Jane Caroline Gibson," according to a historical society pamphlet. Today, the home will host Marlborough resident John Gately discussing “Collecting Works of Historical Americana, Including Books and Ephemera," at 7 p.m. Admission is free to this historical society program.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
There is a reason you will find lines at ice cream stands in Westborough today.
Each morning, Westborough Patch presents “5 Things You Need to Know,” a collection of announcements, events, reminders and odd little ditties to help you organize your day. What will you be doing today? 1. Today is the last day of school for the Westborough Public Schools. Woohoo! Who's going for ice cream? 2. The Westborough Historical Society is holding a yard sale on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. The organization is accepting donations of jewelry, small furniture, linens, collectibles and other items. For information or to arrange a pickup, contact President Cary Mulrain at 508-366-0975. Donations are tax deductible. 3. The Board of Selectmen meet at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. The agenda topics include sewer extensions for Fox …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Protect a turtle by hiding your trash.
Each morning, Westborough Patch presents “5 Things You Need to Know,” a collection of announcements, events, reminders and odd little ditties to help you organize your day. What will you be doing today? 1. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife in Westborough offers tips for protecting turtles this season. Keep turtle and turtle egg predators from taking up residence by refraining from putting out birdseed, pet food or other foods for wildlife. Keep garbage in animal-proof containers and placing trash out the morning of pick-up. Block off spaces under porches, decks, and sheds to prevent these areas from being used by skunks, opossums, and raccoons, it said in a press statement. 2. A new Marquette University College of Engineering …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Popular town historian Glenn Parker will speak at the Westborough Public Library.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Popular Westborough historian, one-time Westborough Police Chief and Westborough Patch blogger Glenn Parker will present a A Visual History of the Lyman School for Boys on at the Westborough Public Library on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m. This public program will expand upon Parker’s popular blog A Look at Lyman School for Boys from the Turnpike 1885-1972. Presented by the Westborough Historical Society, Parker’s presentation will include vintage photographs of the school’s extensive buildings and grounds on Powder Hill and how various buildings have been used over a 90-year history. The program will take place in the library meeting room. It is free and open to the public. Information courtesy of the Westborough Historical Society. Follow …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Aren't you happy the taxes are done?
Each morning, Westborough Patch presents “5 Things You Need to Know,” a collection of announcements, events, reminders and odd little ditties to help you organize your day. What will you be doing today? 1. Happy Tax Filing Day. State and federal income taxes are due today in Massachusetts. If you have questions about filing state income tax, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s customer service is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at 800-392-6089. There is also filing information at www.mass.gov/dor. 2. The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of 8 Technology Drive. Walk-ins welcome. 3. Don’t worry; be happy. Today is National Stress Awareness Day. 4. An Alcoholics Anonymous …
Monday, March 5, 2012
There are roughly 100 miles of stone walls in Westborough alone.
Westborough’s “got the right stuff to have stone walls,” according to archaeological geologist Robert M. Thorson of the University of Connecticut at Storrs. “Theoretically, I could say that without visiting this place,” he told a crowd of roughly 50 at the Westborough Public Library Monday evening, Feb. 27. Thorson, an author of several books on stone walls and co-founder of the Stone Wall Initiative, came to town to present in the Westborough Historical Society Program “The History of Stone Walls in New England.” The lecture was sponsored by a grant from the Westborough Civic Club. During the presentation, Thorson discussed an image of Westborough's stone walls, which was created by Don Burn of the Westborough Community Land Trust. Burn…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
We have almost 100 miles of them in town!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Information courtesy of the Westborough Historical Society. Westborough is home to over 500,000 feet – nearly 100 miles – of stone walls. Have you ever wondered about them – where they come from and who built them? On Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., archaeological geologist Robert Thorson of the University of Connecticut will share his passion for these rocky works of art at the Westborough Public Library. An entertaining speaker and self-described “stump evangelist for conservation,” Thorson is the author of several books on stone walls and cofounder of the Stone Wall Initiative, which supports the appreciation and preservation of historic walls. His presentation will feature photographs of New England’s most interesting stone walls. …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Ice from New England was once sold to the West Indies.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Information courtesy of Kris Allen and the Westborough Historical Society. On Monday, Jan. 30, Ken Ethier will describe the precise, and often dangerous, process of procuring ice in the 19th and early 20th centuries in his talk The Challenges of Ice Harvesting. The program will be held at 7 p.m. at the Westborough Historical Society’s Sibley House, 13 Parkman St. Ethier will display antique ice harvesting tools and describe the cultivation of the ice field, harvest scoring and cutting, and transport. Ice is taken for granted in homes now that refrigeration prevents our meat from spoiling, our milk from souring and our ice cream from melting. Keeping food cold in hot weather had been a major challenge until Frederic Tudor of …