Category Archives: Meetings

April 25th – History of Emerson Hospital

For our April 25th meeting the Maynard Historical Society will present the history of Emerson Hospital, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  Our guest speaker is Kenton Blagbrough.

The hospital was founded in 1911 when Charles Emerson (a nephew of Ralph Waldo Emerson) donated $20,000 and a site along the Sudbury River in Concord for a 14-bed cottage hospital. Formerly known as Deaconess Hospital, in 1924 the hospital was deeded to the community and renamed in honor of Charles Emerson. Today Emerson Hospital is a 179-bed acute care medical center providing advanced medical services to over 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.

Kenton Blagbrough is an employee and volunteer at Emerson Hospital. He holds masters degrees in History and Information Studies. He recently researched a property history which is included on the National Register for Historic Places, and the two hundred year status of an old New Hampshire road used in a civil proceeding.

Mr. Blagbrough, under the direction of the Medical Library and Office of Development, is researching the history of Emerson Hospital to prepare a written account for the hospital’s centennial in November 2011.

The Maynard Historical Society meets in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall, 195 Main Street.  The meeting starts at 7pm and are open to the public.  A social hour with Light refreshments follows the meeting.   There is no charge for the meeting.


Meeting Reminder – March 28th

The Maynard Historical Society will be meeting on Monday, March 28th at 7pm in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall (195 Main Street).

March is our annual meeting which means we will have a slightly longer than normal business meeting with some short reports and election of the trustees.  (15-20 minutes tops)

After the business meeting we will screen a video which deals with how a mill town in Vermont dealt with the Civil War.  There are a number of parallels to Maynard in the program and we thought it would be an interesting program for our members.

Next month: We are pleased to host a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of Emerson Hospital.  More details on this will be posted soon.

Meeting Reminder – Feb 28th

A quick reminder and invitation to all to join us at our February meeting in Monday the 28th starting at 7pm in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall (195 Main Street).

We will have a short business meeting to update folks on the activities in the Society which will be followed by a program.

This month we are screening a video of some of the earliest motion pictures every made in Massachusetts.

As always the public is invited and is free of charge.  Light refreshments and a social hour will follow the program.

January 2010 Meeting

Happy New Year.   Our first meeting of 2011 is scheduled for Monday, January 24th at 7pm in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall (195 Main Street).

Our program this month will be about banking in Maynard.   Patty Chambers from Middlesex Savings Bank and a representative from Digital Federal Credit Union will review the history of their respective institutions: one that has roots going back over 100 years and the other born from the employees of Digital Equipment Corporation, which was based in Maynard.

As always our programs are open to the public and we welcome anyone who wants to learn more about Maynard’s history.   After the program we will have light refreshments and a chance to socialize with your neighbors.  Please join us.

November meeting

I’m currently preparing for tonight’s Maynard Historical Society meeting (7pm, Town Hall). Tonight’s program is a new version of the popular Maynard Picture Puzzle we debuted a couple of years ago. How well do *you* know Maynard landmarks?   Come and take the test!

October Meeting Cancelled!

Our monthly meeting, schedule for October 25th, has been cancelled.   Much to our chagrin Maynard’s Special Town Meeting was schedule for the same evening.   We considered delaying one day, but the speaker (me) has another meeting on Tuesday and I can’t be in two places at the same time.

So our next meeting will be November 22nd and we’ll feature the new Maynard Picture Puzzle program.  It’ll be a fun way to kick off the Thanksgiving week.

Please let your friends and neighbors know about our cancelled meeting.

September Meeting: Chautauqua Comes to Maynard

Teddy Roosevelt called Circuit Chautauqua “the most American thing in America.” This traveling program of live entertainment, education, art and culture came to small towns across the United States during the early 20th century. Today Circuit Chautauqua has all but disappeared. During this illustrated talk, learn why and how this movement of self- and civic-improvement came to Maynard in 1917. And discover who participated–from Maynard citizens to the entertainment and educational stars of the period.

Our September program is presented by Diann Strausberg.   We will be meeting on Monday, September 27 in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall (195 Main Street).  The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

September is our membership renewal month.  It’s also a great month to join if you are not already a member.

Please support preserving Maynard’s history by supporting the Maynard Historical Society with your membership and/or contribution.

June Meeting: Exploring Your Family History

We meet on the 4th Monday of the month, and in June that’s the 28th.  7pm in the lower level of Town Hall.

Our program will be a bit of a hybrid.  We’ll be showing a video of a program by Jack MacKeen on researching family history.    After this 30-minute video presentation, Dave Griffin and Leonard Palmer will demonstrate current computer tools and websites that you can use to research and document your family history on both PCs and Macs.

Please stay afterwards for friendly chit-chat and (perhaps*) light refreshments.

*Nobody signed up to provide snacks in June, so I’m deciding how nice I’m going to be…

Special Society Meeting on April 26th – Russian Icons

On Monday, April 26 at 7:00pm, at the Holy Annunciation Church, 11 Prospect St, Maynard, the Maynard Historical Society will sponsor a lecture by the Russian Icon Museum of Clinton. We will learn about the history and art of Russian icons and their images, symbols, and forms. We will then tour the parish of Holy Annunciation Church, built in 1916.

Light refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. The meeting is open to the public and is handicapped accessible. A suggested donation of $5 by non-church members is appreciated. For further information contact Peggy Brown: 978-897-1664 or email

For more information on the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, please visit their web site:

If you don’t know what a Russian Icon is or want to learn more about them, Wikipedia has a short introduction: