Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Woburn Historical Society is pleased to announce the WGA Artists Exhibit and Open House on Saturday, September 20th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Burdett Mansion, 7 Mishawum Road, Woburn.  The exhibit will feature original works of art including oil and watercolor paintings, pastels, drawings, and photography presented by the talented members of the Woburn Guild of Artists.  Please come view the beautiful art pieces displayed in one of Woburn’s grand historic homes. Light refreshments will be served. 

The art exhibit will continue to be open for viewing until October 18th during the Historical Society’s regular office hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

NEXT PROGRAM

October 20th, 2014

USS Constitution film featuring Mark Comeiro.

More details to follow.

Howard Johnson's

November 17, 2014

Anthony Sammarco

Anthony Sammarco will be our guest speaker on the topic of "Howard Johnson's"

 

More details to follow.

LAST PROGRAM:

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

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

"THESE OLD HOUSES" EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE

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 WoburnHistoricalSociety.com or call 781-933-5002.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

MERRY MINSTRELS

Over 60 people helped us observe St. Patrick's Day with musical group, Merry Minstrels, with a performance celebrating the music and culture of the Emerald Isle.   

WOBURN READS

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

"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.

Bill Callahan hosting "Wednesday Night Lights"

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

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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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. 

 

 

Moby Dick Hunt at Pleasure Island

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2012

"IN THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY; WOBURN IN THE CIVIL WAR"

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

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

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

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.

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!

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 PREVIEW:

Woburn: A Farming Community from Brian Ouellette on Vimeo.

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.

  

 

Click Here to see a clip of Tony in the film. 

 

 

Click Here to see Tony with a personal trainer.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

History of Choate Hospital

This program detailed the history of the Choate Hospital and the many doctors and nurses who worked there.  DVDs are available for purchase.  Click here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Guest Speaker: Howie Carr

Columnist and radio personality Howie Carr spoke to a near capacity audience about his new book Hitman: The Untold Story of Johnny Martorano: Whitey Bulger's Enforcer and the Most Feared Gangster in the Underworld. He was be on-hand after the talk to take questions and sign books.

 



Last Program ~ February 13, 2012

MIDDLESEX CANAL - Woburn's First Interstate: Then and Now

Presented by The Burbeen Free Lecture Series

Innitou photo

November 28th, 2011

BEANTOWN SWING ORCHESTRA

Beantown Swing Orchestra

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10th

WOBURN: FROM FAMILY BUSINESSES TO THE INDUSTRIAL AGE.

Bill Cummings with Kathy Lucero

We explored the evolution of Woburn's business community from the small family owned shops along Main Street to today's large business campuses along Routes 93 and 95.  The PowerPoint presentation included past businesses such as A&P, Atlantic Gelatin, Tanners Bank, and many more, followed by an interview with Bill Cummings, founder of Cummings Properties and New Horizons.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH ~ TROLLEY TOUR

We embarked on a tour of some of Woburn’s impressive points of interest. The two-hour tour took passengers for a ride along the inside of Woburn Parkway bordering Horn Pond and made four stops, including:

 

» a guided tour of the renovated Old Pumping Station at Horn Pond led by Jay Corey;

 

» a narrated tour of the new Goodyear School by inventor, Charles Goodyear.

 

» a drive through Calvary Cemetery where you’ll meet costumed re-enactors at gravesites of Civil War soldiers and other prominent Woburn citizens; and

 

» a guided tour of a special exhibit of some of the Woburn Public Library’s impressive Civil War museum collection.

Monday, June 13, 2011 ~ "PLAY BALL!"

In June we did a Powerpoint presentation as we rounded the bases of America's favorite pastime...and Woburn's...baseball!  Beginning in the playing fields of their childhood and maturing to the fields of leadership, Woburn's children caught the spirit of baseball as it became ingrained in the life and culture of our city through early high school teams, city leagues, PONY league, American Legion league, and the start of Little League in 1952.  Program included a filmed interview with George Berardi, Massachusetts Director of Little League. 

 

Monday, May 9, 2011 ~ Woburn: A Farming Community

In May we once again covered the ever popular topic of Woburn farms with a Plasma Films production of "Woburn: A Farming Community".  This brand new look at the farming industry in Woburn included new interviews, new pictures and farms that were not covered in the 2007 PowerPoint presentation.  Written by Bob Maguire and Kathy Lucero, the film, produced by Brian Ouellette drew a large crowd.

Tilden Farm c1910

April 11, 2011 ~ Guest Appearance by

Micky Ward (The Fighter)

Photos by:

Gerry Kehoe - Innitou Photo and

Ellen Hamilton Photography