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A Page From North Quabbin History: The Full Moon Coffeehouse
07-01-2024 2:28 PM

By Carla CharterThe Full Moon Coffeehouse, located in Wendell Town Hall, has been a staple in Wendell and the surrounding North Quabbin towns for 38 years, and along the way has become the longest-running coffeehouse in New England.“The coffeehouse is...

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Bronze plaque will commemorate Orange’s Memorial Hall, torn down in 1996
06-10-2024 4:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Three local women are awaiting the arrival of a bronze plaque to be embedded onto the face of a new memorial stone installed to commemorate the former Memorial Hall building that stood for 104 years before being demolished in 1996.Pam Rand,...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Finding the school stones
06-07-2024 2:00 PM

By Carla Charter“It is important to remember the beginnings of our educational system,” said Barbara Hanno, vice president of the Petersham Historical Society. In that spirit, Hanno is creating a booklet documenting the 13 markers of the town’s...


Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state
05-24-2024 4:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL – If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker – and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Ladies Benevolent Society celebrates 200 years
05-20-2024 2:03 PM

By Carla CharterThe Ladies Benevolent Society of Royalston, the second-oldest benevolent society in the state, will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year.Society President Beth Gospodarek said that according to “The History of the First...


A Page From North Quabbin History: The story behind the New Salem Museum
05-14-2024 2:41 PM

By Carla CharterLaura Barletta and her husband Vincent’s connection to New Salem began with Vincent’s grandmother Helen Truman, who attended school at New Salem Academy. After the school closed in 1969, the building, which originally housed the home...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Women of Royalston display
04-23-2024 3:31 PM

By Carla CharterThe Royalston Historical Society will hold its grand reopening on May 19 with a “Women’s Lives of Royalston” exhibit, which will share the stories of Royalston women’s lives throughout history from their own perspectives, according to...


A Page from North Quabbin History: The story of the Millers River
04-21-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterThe Millers River meanders through both Athol and Orange, carrying with it not only the beauty on its surface, but a long history stretching back to when the river was first formed 25,000 years ago. Local historian Chris Coyle will be...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Quabbin Reservoir photo archives
04-14-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterWhen the work on the Quabbin Reservoir began, photographers began documenting the project – from real estate, to cemeteries, to the construction of the reservoir itself. Their photos, snapshots in time, can be seen at Digital...


Historical society presents history of Nichewaug
04-14-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The Petersham Historical Society presents Kimberly Toney – member of the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc and the inaugural coordinating curator of Native American and Indigenous studies at Brown University – as guest speaker at the society’s...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Historical society returns early documents to Wendell
04-03-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterWendell town records – including over 30 pages of loose documents dating from 1816 to the 1840s and a 500-page volume of town clerk notes dating from 1953-1969 – were recently returned to the town by the Wendell Historical Society on...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Stovepipe politics in Wendell
03-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterIn the 1930s, Wendell ushered in events which later became known as the town’s “Stovepipe Politics Era.” This time period involved a 1931 race for selectman between challenger Ozro D. Baker and long- term Selectman Charles Ballou, a...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Founding of the Fisher Museum
02-28-2024 3:58 PM

By Carla CharterAt Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Mystery mechanism identified
02-19-2024 3:49 PM

By Carla CharterThe mystery mechanism highlighted in the Dec. 28 “A Page From North Quabbin History” has been identified as a 10-inch salesman’s model of a fulling machine.“A salesman often had miniature models of what they had to promote. A real...


Village School’s Black History Month program celebrates differences
02-18-2024 6:00 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, stating at the time that the annual recognition gave Americans “the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in...


A Page from North Quabbin History: A history of quilts
02-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterThe New England Quilt Museum in Lowell has many different quilts, ranging from the 1800s to contemporary creations. Among those is a 78 x 71 coverlet made by Rebecca C. Ayers Mack Heywood of Winchendon.This coverlet was created by Mack...


A Page from North Quabbin History: The Shenandoah
01-30-2024 5:01 PM

By Carla CharterIt was not a bird, a plane or a UFO that Orange residents spied in the skies on Nov. 20, 1923.Instead, the Orange Enterprise and Journal on Nov. 23, 1923, reported that the U.S. Navy dirigible, the Shenandoah, which was out on a 13-and...


A Page from North Quabbin History: The Battle for Bear Mountain
01-08-2024 3:42 PM

By Carla CharterWhen the Wendell Historical Society opens to the public, among the items on display will be a bear costume. The outfit signifies one small part of a much larger story of how community resistance saved Bear Mountain in Wendell.The story...


Ware author gives talk on ‘The Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley’ at State House
12-07-2023 3:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — With hopes of providing important context for proposed legislation, a Ware author and historian was the featured speaker at the State Library Author Talks Series on Wednesday to discuss her book about three of the people who were forced to...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Wendell Historical Society offers online museum
11-29-2023 7:13 PM

By Carla CharterWhile work continues at the new Wendell Historical Society in Wendell Depot, those interested in the history of Wendell and the surrounding towns can view items from the society’s archives in its new digital museum.“We are giving the...


Oriental House building demolished, no plans yet for site
11-27-2023 6:45 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – The dilapidated structure known as the White Drum, which has housed numerous restaurants at 46 West Orange Road over the past nearly 90 years is no more, having been demolished earlier this month.The storied building was torn down by Don...

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