Woburn Wines still available at Colonial Package Stores. Sales benefit the society.
WINE IS $14.99 PER BOTTLE
March 7th, 2016 ~ Guest Speaker, Emerson "Tad" Baker - Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium.
A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience.
More Details to Follow
April 18, 2016 ~ US NAVY BAND Concert
Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium - 7:00 pm
The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble
repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years.
Collaboration with celebrities has become a hallmark for the Concert Band. The band was featured with Arthur Godfrey of NBC radio fame in 1927. Gene Kelly was guest star for the first episode of "The Navy Hour" radio program in 1945, which the band produced for an astounding 23 years. More recently, the band featured guest artists Tony Curtis and Gregory Peck. In 2002, the band was filmed performing "America the Beautiful;" the performance was broadcast by the NFL prior to each game during opening week.
In addition to national concert tours and an extensive local concert season, the Concert Band has been featured internationally at military tattoos and festivals in Oslo, Stockholm and Quebec City. In 1996, the band was honored to participate in the 300th Anniversary of the Russian Fleet in St. Petersburg and in The Baltic International Festival of the Fleets in Kaliningrad, Russia.
Recognized as one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, the Concert Band is in constant demand by the nation's foremost musical education organizations, such as the American Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic.
May 23, 2016 ~ Tom Tudor - Guest Speaker
Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium - 7:00 pm
Tom Tudor has been a distinguished speaker for twenty-five years, presenting a
moving and informative narration of our nation's most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Tudor, speaking to hundreds of organizations and institutions nationwide, is an
authority on the history of 'Arlington' and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is visited by over four million people annually. His comprehensive and compelling power-point
presentation is one you don't want to miss.
Mr. Tudor served as a sentinel, then relief commander, at Arlington's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from February 1969 to Memorial Day of 1970. He is the President of the Society of the Honor Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is a Member of the Board.
Mr. Tudor has been a business entrepreneur for over three decades; is a five term Rotary International Club President; is currently a Board Member of the Pikes Peak Area Rotary Endowment, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, and is the proud father of two daughters.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 2015
Monday, September 21st at 7:00 pm, Woburn Memorial High School auditorium: GEORGE BAKER AS PRESIDENT JOHN ADAMS
Since 2008, George Baker has portrayed the character of President John Adams in a
one-man show throughout the country at national conventions and venues like Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Kansas, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Missouri, and was featured as John Adams on National Public Radio’s weekend program, Studio 360. He has spoken twice to overflow crowds of more than 400 people at the Rancho Mirage Public Library in California.
John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1735 and practiced law in Boston where he represented and won the acquittal of the British soldiers charged with murder in the Boston Massacre of March 1770. In 1774 he was chosen to be one of the five delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia where in 1776 he was its most strenuous advocate for American independence from Great Britain. Later he served as ambassador from the Continental Congress to Paris, Holland and London and was Vice President in the administration of President George Washington. In 1796, he was elected President of the United States.
Dressed in the clothes Adams wore as President 1797-1801, George as John Adams talks about life with his wife Abigail and his views of history and society in a humorous and inspiring performance entitled “Meet John Adams – A Lively and Revolutionary Conversation with America’s Second President”..
A graduate of Columbia College ’69 and Columbia Law School ’73, George practices law in Connecticut when not on the road as John Adams.
Saturday, June 20th ~ Woburn Common
Woburn celebrates 375th anniversary of settlement
To see additional pictures click here: Ellen Hamilton Photography
Pictures from the 3rd grade trolley tour:
Ellen Hamilton Photography
WORLD WAR I EXHIBIT
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 pm at Spence Farm
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 www.beantownswing.com 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
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 www.WoburnHistoricalSociety.com.
Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
STRIKING A BLOW FOR FREEDOM - WOBURN PATRIOTS
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
RAG ROCK TO OKINAWA
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.
"THESE OLD HOUSES" EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE
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 WoburnHistoricalSociety.com or call 781-933-5002.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Hosted in collaboration with the Friends of the Woburn Public Library, Anthony 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.”
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
"WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
FLASHBACK TO TANNER FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHTS
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.
NOVEMBER 23, 2013
AN EVENING WITH IRISH TENOR RONAN TYNAN
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
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
Monday, June 17th, 2013
KEVIN CULLEN - Boston Globe reporter, Author of "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice."
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"
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.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2013
"A VISIT TO PLEASURE ISLAND"
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.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2012
"IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY; WOBURN IN THE CIVIL WAR"
A 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.
A BUS TOUR TO PLIMOTH PLANTATION AND THE MAYFLOWER II
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012
AN EVENING WITH IRISH TENOR RONAN TYNAN!
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.
ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER ~ FOOTBALL EXHIBIT
Woburn Historical Society is pleased to announce the Woburn Football Exhibit at the Burdett Mansion,
7 Mishawum Road, Woburn, home of the historical society.
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.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD
"TROLLEY TOUR OF WOODBROOK CEMETERY; Our Civil War Veterans"
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 War...at 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!
WOBURN: A FARMING COMMUNITY PREVIEW:
Monday, June 25, 2012
VOICES FROM THE BASEMENT
Sue Ellen Holland hosted a PowerPoint presentation about the old stores that used to line Main Street and beyond in Woburn. After that, we showed the documentary short by Michael Bavaro entitled: Voices from the Basement.
Voices from the Basement is a new documentary film about Boston’s beloved 100-year-old icon – the original Filene’s Basement. The film is a journey back to a time when the American Dream was accessible to everyone who walked through the doors of The Basement. The Brahmins of Beacon Hill stood in line with the waitresses from Durgin Park with equal access to the same high-quality, discounted merchandise for which Filene’s Basement is best known.
In the film, celebrities, politicians, employees, and loyal shoppers passionately share their stories about this landmark institution that has been one of Boston’s most visited tourist attractions for generations.
Dr. Susan Edbril embarked on capturing these stories more than 10 years ago to honor her grandmother and the women who worked in The Basement. In 2005, Edbril met filmmaker Michael Bavaro, and they shortly began film production.
The history of Filene’s Basement is captured through newsreels, archival footage, vintage photographs and audio recordings. The founders, Edward and Lincoln Filene, were two of the leading retail pioneers who helped shape many of the social and economic paradigms that have made America great. From employee health care to the formation of credit unions, the Filene brothers were 20th Century visionaries.
Throughout the course of production, the producers were witness to history as it transpired. With the closing of the downtown store in 2007, they were there to capture it all.
Notables interviewed include; Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Governor Michael Dukakis, Congressman Barney Frank, CBS news legend Mike Wallace, Academy-Award Winning Actress Estelle Parsons, Boston journalists Peter Mehegan and Susan Wornick.
Sunday, May 20th, 2012
Veterans' Movie Night!
In honor of Memorial Day we had an encore showing of two highly acclaimed films that showcased Woburn's boys in two separate wars. "Woburn Over There - WWI" and "Chronicles of War - Vietnam" featuring Tony Santilli.
The WWI film features the heartfelt writing style of the late John D. McElhiney as he also narrates and brings the experiences of the soldiers to life.
In Chronicles of War - Vietnam, Tony Santilli recounts his experiences in the controversal war of the late 60's. His leadership and strength eventually lead to some personal sacrifices suffered in the heat of battle, but through his struggles and perseverence he has turned a tragedy into a surprisingly uplifting ending.