October meeting of the Historical Society

The Watergate hotel in Washington, DC. This is where it all began in June 1972  With a “third rate burglary.” It ended with the resignation of a President.

The Watergate hotel in Washington, DC. This is where it all began in June 1972 with a “third rate burglary.” It ended with the resignation of a President.



Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Hylander

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

at Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA

The October meeting of the Foxborough historical society will feature popular lecturer Dr. Gary Hylander telling the story of the so-called Watergate crisis, which threw the country into tumult back in 1974 with the resignation of a President. It started in June 1972, when five burglars were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C.The five suspects who were arrested by the police that night were carrying expensive cameras, sophisticated electronic equipment and a large amount of cash.  All five men gave false names to the police. When the suspects were arraigned the following morning, James McCord caught the attention of reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, and Judge Sirica, when he identified himself as a retired CIA officer and security coordinator for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). What followed was the gravest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War.

The meeting will be Tuesday evening October 22, at 7:30 pm, in the lower level meeting room of the Boyden Library. The public is welcome! (Please enter by the Baker Street entrance.)




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250 Years and Counting…

Please join town historian Jack Authelet, the Serenading Seniors and your friends and neighbors for this wonderful event!

Friday, June 7th at 7pm on the town Common

Celebrating the Sense of Community which led to erecting the Meeting House and becoming a town.

    Families living here in what would become Foxborough had pushed to the outer limits of their respective communities of Wrentham, Walpole, Stoughton and Stoughtonham (now Sharon). Theirs was a hardscrabble existence, very dependent upon the land, and they came to have much more in common as friends and neighbors than as residents of distant places.

    A sense of community grew out of their friendship, drawing them closer with each challenge, stronger with each need they were able to meet together and soon, there would be no doubt: they wanted to be one, not part of four.

    It was 250 years ago that their sense of community, which had become a bond, took tangible form. It was in 1763 that they had the strength, the sense of shared destiny and the courage to come together as people of faith, pooling their resources and sharing their strength to erect a Meeting House on what would become the Common and hiring a minister as a prerequisite to filing a petition with the Legislature. They would ask to be set aside as a town of their own.

    Their sense of community and their faith led to Foxborough being incorporated as a town and becoming a place of many faiths.

    That is cause for celebration, and on Friday evening, June 7, which is the start of Founders Day weekend, we will gather once again on the Common as they did in 1763 as a community of faith, celebrating the sense of community which first drew them together and that has sustained us, generation to generation, bringing us together again in 2013.