Podcast Series

Historical Collection Podcast

During 2008-2009 we produced a series of podcasts (internet “radio/tv”) featuring items from the Historical Society collection and our process of cataloging and conserving Maynard’s historical treasures.

You don’t need an iPod to listen to a podcast! You can listen to them on your computer or portable music device (MP3 player). Don’t want to keep checking here? You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

What are podcasts?

A podcast simply refers to a file that is produced on a regular basis that can be listened to or watched using an appropriate media player.  Some podcasts are audio-only, some are a combination of audio and pictures, and some are essentially very short television shows.

Don’t I need an iPod to listen to a podcast?

No.  You can listen or watch podcasts using your computer.  A number of other media devices can also play podcasts such as game consoles, Apple TV, Microsoft’s Zune player, and many others.   However, we don’t have the time and resources to make sure our podcasts work on all computers and players.  We’ll try our best to make it accessible to the majority of you.

Do I need to download special software to listen or watch a podcast?

Perhaps, but perhaps not.  Most new computers come with the software you need already installed.  The best thing to do is try clicking on one of our podcasts and see what happens.   If it works, great!  If not, check back here for possible options.

We recently added software so our audio-only podcasts are playable right inside the blog.  Just click on the arrow and it should start playing for you.   Try it:


Do I need a fast connection to listen to podcasts?

No, but it doesn’t hurt.  Audio podcasts are relatively compact, but video podcasts can get quite large.

Can I subscribe to your podcasts with iTunes?

Yes!  We are registered with Apple’s iTunes so you can have podcasts automatically sent to your computer, iPod, or AppleTV.  You can search for “Maynard” in iTunes or just click here to subscribe in iTunes.

If there are other services that you would like to us register with, just let us know and we’ll give it a try.

What software do I need to listen on my computer?

We produce our podcasts using Apple Garageband.  So if you have Apple’s Quicktime or iTunes installed on your Macintosh or PC you should be good to go (most Mac’s come with both).

Windows Media Player may be able to play the podcasts as well – but perhaps with some restrictions.   We’ll update this space as we learn more.

News and stories from the Maynard Historical Society in Maynard, Massachusetts