BOOK LAUNCH - Susan Bruno Thifault


Books can now be purchased on-line and shipped. $21.99 each plus $3.99 shipping.

Woburn High School has instilled the importance of education in generations of students for over 160 years. The school opened its doors in 1852 with thirty-four students in a leased room at the Knight Building on Main Street. Increasing enrollment and curriculum requirements necessitated the building of a larger school on Main Street in 1854 and again in 1906 at the Dow Farm property on Montvale Avenue. Woburn’s reputation as a leading leather manufacturer during the Civil War inspired the Tanner nickname, bull mascot and school motto: “Tanner Pride.” With the leadership of thirteen principals throughout its history, over thirty-two thousand students have graduated from this school. Today, more than half the faculty are returning alumni, and generations of Woburn families continue to send their children to this school. Join author Susan Thifault as she explores a history of pride and tradition at Woburn High School.


THE "GELLY" - 97 Years of Atlantic Gelatin

"Gelly" DVDs can now be ordered online with a credit card.

The Third Grade Trolley Tour

Here are some pictures from this years tour thanks to Ellen Hamilton Photography



Saturday, June 20th ~ Woburn Common

Woburn celebrates 375th anniversary of settlement

To see additional pictures click here: Ellen Hamilton Photography


Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 am to noon at the BURDETT MANSION, 7 MISHAWUM ROAD, WOBURN

There will be another open house on June 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  All are welcome to attend.  There will be light refreshments served.

Photo: Brian Ouellette

The exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI in 1914. The US joined the war in 1917 when over 1,400 men and women from Woburn served as part of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and on the homefront. On display are US, German, French, Italian and Canadian artifacts.


This is a great educational opportunity for young and old alike to learn about the Great War and the sacrifices of our Woburn men and women.


The exhibit will be available for viewing Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon through the end of June.




Monday, April 6th at 7:00 PM in the Flaherty Auditorium at Woburn Memorial High School

THE HARVARD KROKODILOES - The WMHS a cappella group also performed.

From Cambridge to Cape Town to Carnegie Hall, the Harvard Krokodiloes have delighted audiences worldwide with their unique blend of a cappella harmony and humor. Founded back in 1946 at the historic Hasty Pudding Club, the Krokodiloes are Harvard University’s oldest and finest a cappella singing group, now performing for audiences all over the Greater Boston area, the United States, and the world. Having derived their name from the ancient Greek word for crocodile, the group now consists of twelve tuxedo-clad male undergraduates, singing music from the Great American Songbook and beyond.
The Krokodiloes present a polished, professional product, fine tuned in the course of performing over 200 concerts every year. In addition to the more than 100 concerts that the group performs stateside during the school year, each summer for the past 33 years the Krokodiloes have embarked on a 10 week, 6 continent world tour. During that time the Krokodiloes have spread their musical goodwill to over 100 countries and performed for kings, presidents, princes, and ambassadors in all corners of the globe. The Kroks have also made Bermuda their Spring Break home for over 40 years, entertaining at the finest hotels and restaurants. In their almost 7 decade history, the Kroks have also recorded over 30 albums and performed in the finest concert halls across the world including the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House.

Monday, March 23rd - 7:00 pm in the Flaherty Auditorium at Woburn Memorial High School:

Silent Film Fest

Richard Hughes transported us back 100 years showing three vintage silent comedy films while providing live authentic piano accompaniment. A cartoon and Movie Tone news reel was also shown.  

Sponsored by: Robert Maguire.

Merry Minstrels

Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 pm at Spence Farm

The Merry Minstrels performed a St. Patricks Day program that was uplifitng and fun for all.

Beantown Swing Orchestra

Monday, December 15th, 2014

An Evening of Swing

Featuring the Beantown Swing Orchestra and

American Idol Finalist John Stevens


The Beantown Swing Orchestra performed vintage swing era classics as well as popular and original custom songs. The 21-piece orchestra featured the extraordinary vocal talent of John Stevens, an American Idol finalist and Frank Sinatra crooner and Cara Campinelli.    Please visit to listen to clips of their music.

All proceeds from the holiday concert will support Woburn Historical Society’s Partners in Education Program for Woburn Students, specifically the upcoming 2015 Third Grade Trolley Tour.

November 17, 2014

Howard Johnson's

Anthony Sammarco

Author Anthony Sammarco  spoke about the history of Howard Johnson’s, the orange-roofed ice cream restaurant that began as one store in Quincy, MA during the Great Depression and grew to a nationwide empire that delighted generations of families with 28 famous ice cream flavors.

October 20th, 2014

"OLD IRONSIDES" - Our National Treasure

We  premiered a film depicting USS Constitution's role and Woburn's participation in the War of 1812.  The film featured an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the ship arranged by Woburn resident, Petty Officer Mark Comeiro who recently completed a four- year assignment aboard USS Constitution and retired from the US Navy.

The film was created by the award winning team of Kathy Lucero, Bob Maguire and Brian Ouellette. 

Woburn Historical Society Hosts WGA Art Exhibit

The Woburn Historical Society is pleased to host the Woburn Guild of Artists (WGA) art exhibit currently on display at the Society’s office located at 7 Mishawum Road, Woburn.  The exhibit is open for public viewing on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, until October 29th. 

The exhibit features original works of art including oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, drawings, and photography presented by the talented members of the WGA.

Please come view the beautiful art pieces displayed in one of Woburn’s grand historic homes known locally as the Burdett Mansion.

For information about upcoming and previous Woburn Historical Society programs and exhibits, please visit

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm



Monday, June 16th in the Flaherty Auditorium at Woburn Memorial High School was the premiere of "Striking a Blow for Freedom — Woburn Patriots," a film that depicts the rich and patriotic history of Woburn’s founding fathers and the traditions that carried through to Woburn’s patriots who fought for freedom in the Revolutionary War. The film was created by the award-winning team of Kathy Lucero, Bob Maguire and Brian Ouellette.


Monday, May 19, 2014


Bob Martin

Sue Ellen Holland presented a PowerPoint program illustrating her father, Bob Martin's memoir.  The announcement of the attack on Pearl Harbor would have a direct and personal impact on him.  In his book, Bob gives his first-hand account of what he witnessed, felt, lost and gained from his 18th birthday and enlistment with the United States Marine Corps to the point at which the US dropped the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  The presentation also included recollections of Woburn and several of its soldiers during WWII and its aftermath.

Marines in Okinawa


John S. True Home 1885

 The exhibit features over 200 pictures of homes from the mid-17th century through the late 19th century, showing Woburn’s diverse historic homes from all parts of the city and the beautiful architecture of the day. Included in the exhibit is Woburn’s oldest house, the Loammi Baldwin Mansion, a Federal style house built in 1661. Many homes are still standing today as shown in their corresponding “today” pictures, and many homes have been torn down.


 For further information, please visit the society’s website or call 781-933-5002.


Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Hosted in collaboration with the Friends of the Woburn Public LibraryAnthony Amore, director of security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and author of Stealing Rembrandts, recounted notorious art thefts from around the world, including the infamous 1990 heist where a pair of thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Gardner Museum and stole thirteen priceless works of art.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Encore presentation of the film: “From the Wilderness Came Courage, Faith and Community: The History of Churches in Woburn.”

First Baptist Church 1883

The Woburn Historical Society in partnership with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church presented an encore viewing of the Society’s film, “From the Wilderness Came Courage, Faith and Community: The History of Churches in Woburn.”

The 90-minute film, originally shown at the Woburn Memorial High School this past May, looks at the early history and founding of 18 Woburn churches and their religious and social contributions to the Woburn community.  Presented by the award winning team of Kathy Lucero and Bob Maguire and produced by Brian Ouellette of Plasma Films, the film includes significant contributions from church pastors and members.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013



 The excitement of hometown football was alive and well during Woburn Historical Society’s program titled, “Wednesday Night Lights - Flashback to Tanner Football Highlights,” on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post, 194 Lexington Street, Woburn. 


Spanning an era of gridiron, the program featured original coaches’ film from three games: 1949 Woburn vs. Winchester; 1954 Woburn vs. Wakefield; and, Woburn’s 1975 Super Bowl team vs. Winchester.

Bill Callahan hosting "Wednesday Night Lights"

NOVEMBER 23, 2013


The Irish Tenor loved Woburn so much, he came back to the Woburn Memorial High School auditorium!  Ronan Tynan mesmerized the capacity crowd once again with thunderous renditions of Danny Boy, Over the Rainbow and God Bless America. His humorous musings and banter with talented piano player and singer Bill Lewis, who has been with him for fourteen years, amused the audience.  Both musicians stayed and met with fans to sign autographs of their CDs and books.

October 6th, 2013

A Walking Tour of the FIRST BURIAL GROUND

Ellen Hamilton Photography

The rain and mist didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the participants of Woburn Historical Society’s recent program, A Walking Tour of The First Burial Ground. Over 125 people attended the guided cemetery tour that highlighted the personal stories of the founding families who settled this wilderness and forged a town and church through much sacrifice and courage. Seven re-enactors from Gardner’s Regiment of the Charlestown Militia lent their talents portraying the men and women who paved the way toward the early establishment of what is now known as Woburn. Established in 1642, the historic First Burial Ground is one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The cemetery was closed in 1794 when the Second Burial Ground on Montvale Avenue was established.


The history of this ancient outdoor museum was researched and prepared by local historians Kathy Lucero and Bob Maguire. Kathy also served as tour guide for the each of the three afternoon tours. The re-enactors included Tom Coots as Colonel Loammi Baldwin, Walt Howe as Captain Edward Johnson, Jim Major as Major James Converse, Jr., Clare Hurley as Susanna Richardson Goodwife Brooks, Maureen Vallis as Mary Carter Poole, Chris Hurley as Hezekiah Wyman, and Joe Brown as Lt. Samuel Thompson.

Gettysburg trip - September 19th to 21st, 2013

Wednesday July 3rd, 2013

Re-dedication of USS Maine Cowl on Woburn common. 100th anniversary (1913-2013) from Brian Ouellette on Vimeo.

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Guest Speaker:

KEVIN CULLEN - Boston Globe reporter, Author of "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice."

Courtesy Boston Globe

Kevin Cullen has been a Globe reporter for 17 years. He has worked as the newspaper's law enforcement reporter, legal affairs correspondent, has been a reporter-at-large, and wrote a column about city life for two years. He also has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for more than 15 years.   

   Cullen was part of the Spotlight Team that in 1988 first exposed the relationship between the Boston FBI and notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger. 

   In 1997 Cullen moved to Ireland to open the Globe's Dublin bureau and was the only staff reporter for an American newspaper to cover the Irish peace process full-time in the year leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. In 1998 he was appointed the Globe's London bureau chief and European correspondent, and spent much of the next three years in the Balkans, covering the war in the former Yugoslavia. 

Since returning from London last summer, Cullen has covered the fallout from the Sept. 11 attacks and the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church. He won the Livingston Award for local reporting for a portrait of a Boston hoodlum and the Overseas Press Club of America's citation of excellence in interpretive reporting for his coverage of Northern Ireland.

   Cullen was born in Boston, grew up in Malden and attended Trinity College in Dublin before graduating summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been named a Nieman Fellow and is currently spending year of study at Harvard University, concentrating on international human rights law.

Cullen lives in Hingham with his wife, Martha, and their two sons, Patrick and Brendan.

Monday, May 13th, 2013

"From the Wilderness Came Courage, Faith and Community: The History of Churches in Woburn"

Swedish Evangelical Church, Montvale Ave., 1945

The Woburn Historical Society premiered their lastest film titled “From the Wilderness Came Courage, Faith and Community: The History of Churches in Woburn,” The film looked at the early history and founding of 18 Woburn churches and their religious and social contributions to the Woburn community.   A presentation by the award winning team of Kathy Lucero and Bob Maguire and produced by Brian Ouellette of Plasma Films, the film included significant contributions from church pastors and members.  A copy of the film can be pre-ordered by clicking on the link below. You can print out the order form and send to PO box listed.  The film will ship next week.  

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Billed as Boston's answer to Disneyland, Pleasure Island opened on June 22, 1959.  William Hawkes, president of Childlife Magazine, and executives at Cabot, Cabot and Forbes collaborated with Marco Engineering of Los Angeles to build what was called the "Disneyland of the East."  Pleasure Island rose from the wetlands off of Route 128 into an 80-acre theme park.  Through photographs, Pleasure Island recalls memories of boat rides to Pirate Cove, searching for the great white whale, driving a Jenny car, getting dizzy in the Slanty Shanty, and taking a ride on Old Smoky.  At Pleasure Island, children and children at heart entered into a world that traditional amusement parks could not provide, where character actors continually put on a show and the entire park was the stage. 


Robert McLaughlin is a Wakefield resident with an interest in local history.  He has been researching Pleasure Island since 2000 and is cofounder of the Friends of Pleasure Island, which was established to collect images, film, oral history, and artifacts relating to the park.  He has selected images from private collections and the Friends of Pleasure Island's archives to tell the story of Wakefield's own Disneyland of the East.  The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country.  Using archival photographs, each title represents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today.  Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all. 



Moby Dick Hunt at Pleasure Island



Plasma Films production entitled: "IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY; WOBURN IN THE CIVIL WAR" showed lives of Woburn soldiers and the battles they were in; Gettysburg, Weldon Railroad, Petersburg, etc.  This production was made in collaboration with the Trustees and contributions of the Woburn Public Library, with additional historic contributions by Leon Basile.


The DVD will be available for sale for $25 and will include a supplement containing many pictures of Woburn Civil War soldiers.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012 8:30 AM TO 4:00 PM.


Plimoth Plantation

The Woburn Historical Society's first field trip was a bus tour to Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II on Saturday, November 10th, 2012.  This trip was partially subsidized by the Society and was offered to paid members only! 

Mayflower II



A capacity crowd of 700 were on hand to enjoy this amazing performance.


A special thank you to John and Kathy Flaherty for their generous donation making this program possible.



Dr. Tynan was available post performance for a "meet and greet" where his CDs and books were on sale for purchase and fro autographs. 






The Woburn Historical Society is pleased to announce the Woburn Football Exhibit at the Burdett Mansion,
7 Mishawum Road, Woburn, home of the historical society.


Designed by local artist and board director, Michelle Ferullo, the football exhibit features football artifacts, memorabilia
and photos from
Woburn’s high school and semi-pro football teams up to the 1975 Super Bowl team. The exhibit will continue to be open to the public during October and November on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 

The Woburn Historical Society is dedicated to the
preservation and promotion of Woburn’s rich history through various programs and events and is funded by donations from generous members and individuals in the community. The Woburn Historical Society can be reached at 781-933-5002.



 This hour and a half tour honored Woburn's Civil War soldiers whose name you will find etched into the new war memorial to be dedicated on Sunday November 11th, 2012 on the Woburn Common. 


The guided tour included:

  • a stop at the Soldier's Circle where over 58 Civil War soldiers are interred;
  • stops where costumed re-enactors will share stories of brave soldiers and their families, including the story of George Dalton and his wife portrayed by Clare and Christopher Hurley and;
  • the tale of Woburn's youngest to serve in the Civil just 12 years old.


The tour was free to the public and sponsored by Bill Sullivan of Edward Jones Financial Services and John and Kathy Flaherty.

Woburn Historical Society's Farm Film wins two Telly Awards!

Photo by Ellen Hamilton

We are happy to announce that our 2011 film on the farming industry in Woburn titled Woburn: A Farming Community has been awarded two Telly Awards!  Click on the picture above for more information


Woburn: A Farming Community from Brian Ouellette on Vimeo.