The Bedford Town Calendar

On Being the Town of Bedford’s Archivist

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Bedford Town Archivist Ashley Large will describe her job, including managing extensive archival record groups, implementing digital preservation protocols, researching reference requests, chairing the Town’s Archives and Records Management Advisory Committee, and coordinating records management for all Town offices. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 2 PM for a social period and refreshments 2:15 PM – Brief Society announcements followed by the Guest Speaker

Free

Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Two exciting topics will be presented at the Bedford Historical Society’s Oct. 29th meeting in The Great Hall of Old Town Hall, 16 South Road, Bedford. Alan Earls, co-author of “Boston Made: From Revolution to Robotics, Innovations that Changed the World,” will discuss some of the 50 world-changing inventions described in his book that reveal how Boston became and remains a global center for innovation. In addition, the Society will honor the five Bedford High School students who received awards at the 2023 Massachusetts History Day competition last spring. Doors open at 2 PM for a social period and refreshments

Free

A Cast of Ninteenth Century Historical Characters

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

This is the Bedford Historical Society's Annual meeting and May program event. Popular Bedford resident and charming Town Historian Sharon McDonald will be the Society’s Annual Meeting guest speaker, talking once again about another set of ancient and interesting Bedford residents, as she has done in past lecture seasons. This time, her Cast of (Nineteenth Century Historical) Characters will include abolitionist and suffragist Lucinda Hosmer, anti-vaccination doctor Emmanuel Pfeiffer, and notorious Benjamin Simonds, who left Bedford with the law on his heels. Where: Bedford Old Town Hall, 3rd Floor, located at 15 South Road, Bedford  

free, open to the public

“Cast of (Nineteenth Century Historical) Characters,” Annual Meeting, and Election of Directors

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Popular Bedford resident and charming Town Historian Sharon McDonald will be the Society’s Annual Meeting guest speaker, talking once again about another set of ancient and interesting Bedford residents, as she had done in past lecture seasons. This time, her Cast of (Nineteenth Century Historical) Characters will include abolitionist and suffragist Lucinda Hosmer, anti-vaccination doctor Emmanuel Pfeiffer, and notorious Benjamin Simonds, who left Bedford with the law on his heels.  This talk will follow the Society’s Annual Meeting and election of Directors. The event is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the

Free

Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Molasses Flood

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Noted historian and author Anthony Sammarco will trace the influence of molasses in the “Triangle Trade,” the 18th-century world economy involving rum, slaves, and sugar cane, and its important connection to Massachusetts.  Sammarco, who has written 70 books, will be remembered for his crowd-pleasing presentation a couple of years ago: “The Baker Chocolate Company.” Doors open at 2 PM for a social period and refreshments 2:15 PM – Announcements followed by the Guest Speaker The event is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is

Free

Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Horology, the science of timekeeping, is the fascination of Robert Frishman, who will conduct an Antiques Roadshow-style informal appraisal of attendees’ clocks and watches at the end of his lecture Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England. He will weave into his talk information about the grandfather clock on loan to the Society (in a corner of The Great Room), and other antique timepieces in the Society’s collections. The event is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass

Free

The History of New England’s Stone Walls

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

University of Connecticut geologist and author Robert Thorson will join the Bedford Historical Society and its co-sponsor, the Bedford Garden Club, and the public in the video streaming presentation on The History of New England’s Stone Walls. He will examine several images of these special Northeast treasurers and show what local “wall-watchers” might see that “bird-watchers” might not. The event is free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Free

Bedford Historical Society Program: “The Haunted History of New England”

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

History teacher, author, and lecturer Christopher Daley, a frequent guest speaker at the Bedford Historical Society, returns with his talk, The Haunted History of New England. In this presentation, Daley melds historical fact together with legend and myth to produce an interesting, fascinating, and sometimes shocking new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed them. The topics addressed in the lecture will be Mercy Brown, “The Vampire” of Exeter, Rhode Island, the cursed Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts, the horrors of the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River Massachusetts, a haunted forest in the wilds

Free

Bedford Historical Society Program – “Tales of Old Billerica Road” and Bedford High School history students honored

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

Two exciting topics will be presented at the Bedford Historical Society’s Sept. 25th meeting in The Great Hall of Old Town Hall, 16 South Road, Bedford. Past Society President Don Corey will describe the interesting people and sites on an ancient Native American trail in his talk, Tales of Old Billerica Road.  He will describe the changes that led the Llewsac Lodge to become Carleton-Willard Village.  In addition, the Society will honor four Bedford High School seniors who won first place at the 2022 National History Day Massachusetts State Competition last April. The event, which is free and open to

Free

Bedford Historical Society – General Membership Annual Meeting

Old Town Hall Great Room 16 South Road ~ Third Floor, Bedford

The Bedford Historical Society is holding its Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 22nd at 2:00 PM at the Old Town Hall in the Great Room located on the 3rd floor. The Annual Meeting will include the election of Officers and Directors by members. Following the meeting, the society will present the program "The Society's Collections Years Ago in the Former Museum" narrated by Mary Hafer.

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