June Meeting – Treasures and Puzzles

The Maynard Historical Society invites you to our summer program on June 27th in the lower level of Town Hall at 7pm for a special program we’re calling “Treasures and Puzzles”.

Our crack team of collection volunteers have assembled a wide array of documents, photographs and artifacts that are sure to bring a smile of a memory of days gone by or have you wondering if you recognize a family face in a 3rd grader in an old class photograph.

Some of the “puzzles” we don’t know the answers to and, if we’re lucky, we hope to tap the wisdom and experience of our audience to identify some of them.

Our meetings are held in the lower level of Maynard Town Hall, 195 Main Street.  Parking is available in the rear of the building (as is the entrance to the lower level).  Light refreshments may be served (nobody volunteered).  Our meeting is free of charge and open to the public.

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.


Historical society at local mini-festival

Clock Tower Place, The Enchanted Gift Basket, Global Goods and other vendors in held a mini festival in the mill and we were happy to participate and meet visitors and many people who were new to town.

We handed out some extra copies of Maynard Memories and even sold a couple of books! It was a great way to start the spring season.

There’s a magic show happening as I write this with 50 kids if all ages are gathered to watch.

Little family events like this are one of the great things about our little town.

Thanks to everyone who made it possible.


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.

Our online collection passes a major milestone

This soul-crushing winter has had one bright spot: we have been making phenomenal progress on the society’s online catalog (collection.maynardhistory.org).   We recently passed 500 publicly viewable items and we have another 800 other items in the database that we are working on behind the scenes — with more being added every week.

We estimate there are between 5000 and 6000 items in our collection so we’re pleased to pass the 10% mark (and humbled when we think of the other 90%).

Soon the the good weather will return and progress will slow down (unless we get some more of you to help us out) but at least we are making the best of staying indoors this winter!

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.

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