Join us for our next meeting as Paolo DiGregorio presents King Philip’s War

As the population grew in Massachusetts, trouble with the Indians increased in the 17th century. The Indians never understood the arrangements that the Puritans made with them as they felt deprived of their best land and hunting grounds. In 1675, Metacomet, Chief of the Wampanoags, who was the youngest son of Massasoit and his warriors rose up against the colonists. This bloody war occurred mainly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island resulting in 600 English colonials and 3000 Native Americans killed.
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. in the Community Meeting Room of the Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough, guest speaker Paolo Di Gregorio, historian, archaeologist, and popular lecturer with a passion for telling stories of our past, will take us back to this time period of our American history. Join us!

Join the Foxborough Historical Commission for a wonderful day of celebration!

Join the Foxborough Historical Commission, Society and your friends & neighbors on Saturday, September 22nd for a day long celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Memorial Hall!

Festivities will begin at 9am with Civil War reenactors demonstrating camp life activities on the Common, exhibits in Memorial Hall and at 1pm an official ceremony with remarks by Senator Paul Feeney, Representative Jay Barrows and our the keynote speaker, Jack Authelet

Capping off the day of fun and living history, the movie Glory will be shown at the Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center at 5pm. Glory, the 1989 film starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman, is sponsored by the Historical Commission and is free to all. We hope to see you there as we celebrate this town treasure!

Local Film Archivist and Television Producer/Director Paul R. Beck is our November speaker!

Local Film Archivist and Television Producer/Director Paul R. Beck will present “The Art and Science of converting Home Movie Films to high quality Video Presentations.”

Paul Beck serves as the President of Foxboro Cable Access as well as serving as the archivist and curator of many professional and home movies of various New England Railroads, specifically, The New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association.

Beck will share his experiences and “Scientific” techniques perfected over the years for the conservation and re-editing of personal home movies as well and restoring damaged professional films, for video and DVD distribution.

He will also briefly demonstrate the special projection and editing equipment needed for these activities. A short demonstration reel of “Before & After” the careful restoration damaged or mis-colored film will be shown.

For the “Artistic” portion of the presentation, Beck will screen “To The End Of The Line,” a 35 minute 8mm color film shot in 1946 in the Naugatuck regions of Connecticut, which has been carefully re-created with a narrative and music/sound effects to augment the well-done film storyline of what was originally intended as a silent home movie.

Other short examples of the creative re-working of silent film will be shown.

A Question and Answer period will follow the presentation.

Please join us on November 28th at 7pm in the Boyden Library Community Room!


Old Mills & Water Power…Tom Kelleher joins us this month!

The Foxborough Historical Society is pleased to welcome Tom Kelleher as our October speaker!

Mr. Kelleher, who will present Old Mills and Water Power, is currently Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Masachusetts, where he has worn many hats both literally and figuratively for over 30 years. He is currently president of the International
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, and has taught and demonstrated at museums and historical societies around the country. Tom holds a
Master’s in history from the University of Connecticut and writes often for a variety of magazines and journals, including Early American Life.

Please join us Tuesday, October 24th at 7:30 in the Boyden Library Community Room.








Shrouded In Obscurity…

Please join us for our last meeting of the year!

After spending 29 years with the Boston Police Department working his way up the ranks from sergeant to lieutenant detective and eventually superintendent, John F. Gallagher is excited to join us to talk about his true crime books. His most recent book titled “A Monument to Her Grief: The Sturtevant Murders of Halifax, Massachusetts,” is a tragic incident that has become local lore, the book recounts the brutal triple murder of three elderly people at their rural farmhouse in 1874. Gallagher used his many years of investigative experience to research the holdings of the Halifax Historical Society and Museum, contemporaneous news accounts, court and prison records, archival manuscripts, case law and other documentary evidence to offer the first in-depth look at the murders that forever changed this small town just twenty miles from Foxborough.

The goal of his books is not only to contribute to the preservation of local history, albeit dark, but also to honor the memory of the victims of these long forgotten murders.

Join us Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Boyden Library in Foxborough, to hear John recount about all three murders. All are welcome!

The Impossible Dream Team:

The inside story of how the 1967 team built the foundation of Red Sox Nation.


The 1967 Boston Red Sox were 100-1 underdogs to win the American League Pennant. And yet the Impossible Dream team defied all odds and clinched the AL Pennant on the last day of the 1967 season. Not only did they confound the experts but they had a knack of coming from behind and achieving victory at games-end. In addition to the “Impossible Dream team,” they were known as “The cardiac kids.” Herb Crehan has interviewed 21 members of this team plus manager Dick Williams and coach Bobby Doer. As a long-time feature-writer for the Red Sox he has had unprecedented access to these iconic players. He loves to tell the inside story of how the 1967 Red Sox built the foundation of Red Sox Nation!

Herb Crehan, a recognized authority on Boston baseball history and the publisher of, is in his 22nd season as a contributing writer for the Boston Red Sox. Crehan speaks extensively on Boston baseball history, including appearances at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, WBZ radio, NPR’s “All Things Considered,”, and numerous Society of Baseball Research (SABR) meetings.

Join us Tuesday, April 25th at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of the Boyden Library in Foxborough, to hear Herb relive some of his great Red Sox baseball stories. All are welcome!

The “Artifactual Scholar” joins the FHS this Tuesday!

In the early days in our country, people traveled on horseback. Roads built between major settlements as Boston and New York became known as Post Roads. The Boston Post Road was one of the first major highways in the United States. There were many taverns where travelers could stop for the evening to eat, drink and rest overnight. As better roads were constructed, two and four wheeled chaises and stagecoaches appeared. Some of the finest stagecoaches were built in Concord, New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Community Meeting Room of the Boyden Library, the Foxborough Historical Society welcomes Paolo Di Gregorio. Paolo is an historian, archaeologist, and popular lecturer with a passion for telling stories
of our past. Mr. Di Gregorio has presented lectures throughout Eastern Massachusetts on a number of topics in American, Western, and World History. So come and spend some
time with us to learn about the early roads of New England. The Foxborough Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public. Join us!

Real Men Don’t Rehearse…with Justin Locke of the Boston Pops!


The Foxborough Historical Society is pleased to announce Justin Locke as our November speaker. Justin spent 18 seasons playing bass in the Boston Pops before becoming an author, playwright and speaker. In his presentations, Justin shares an honest first-hand look at the inner workings of major orchestras, and the remarkable people who play in and conduct them.

Justin is the author of several programs for family audiences that have been done all over the world, in such notable venues as the Theatro Municipal of Rio de Jeneiro and Berlin Konzerthaus. He has been an author @ google; he has co-hosted the Jordan Rich show on CBS Radio and he has been featured on Chronicle HD. His books include “Real men Don’t Rehearse” and “Principles of Applied Stupidity”.

He will have some of his books available after the lecture.

Be prepared for some laugh-out-loud behind-the-scenes tales of musical disasters, as well as some intriguing insight into the often magical world of people who make music for a living, Join us, Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m. at the Boyden Library Community Room, 10 Bird Street. Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public.

There are no meetings scheduled for the Foxborough Historical Society in December, January and February of 2017. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.




Gary Hylander presents Hail to the Chief: Bay State Presidents at our October Meeting!


The Foxborough Historical Society is pleased to announce Dr. Gary Hylander will be our speaker at our October meeting. In the spirit of election season, Dr. Hylander will be presenting Hail to the Chief: Bay State Presidents.

Please join us as we discuss the personalities, politics and elections of four Massachusetts born presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy and George H. Bush. As part of our conversation, we will evaluate the legacy of each president and their ranking among presidential historians.

Gary L. Hylander, PhD, is presently an adjunct professor of history and education at Framingham State University and a program supervisor of student teachers at Boston University.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25th at 7:30pm in the Community Room at the Boyden Library and is open to the public.

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