|The Millbury Historical Society
|P.O... Box 367
Mary Lou Mulhane
Mary Joan Boire
Board of Trustees
Janet Kenary Dumas
Mary Lou Mulhane
For information on memberships, museum tours, or to make
historical donations, contact
Frank Gagliardi at
|For information on the historical markers, future programs,
or this web site,
Sharon Anderson, Treasurer
|Volunteer to be a
During museum openings,
members are needed to
maintain a presence throughout
the Asa Waters' Mansion.
Please contact Frank Gagliardi,
The Millbury Historical Society Makes
Donation to the Metacomet Land Trust to
Save Mount Ararat
Special Thanks to Darling Ron (Stead)
for Ron Darling!
For our new Championship Pitcher Display of
Millbury resident Ron Darling, we wistfully yearned
for a copy of Sports Illustrated from August 25 1986.
What were the odds anyone we knew would have
Well, they don't know MHS Board member Jerilyn
Stead's husband Ron!
Third magazine out of the box in his attic!
It pays to be a pack-rat!
HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP
Recently, your Society presented the First Annual Grace M. Laflash Memorial
Scholarship to Julia Crosby at Assumption School in Millbury. Julia was the top
history student in the eighth grade graduating class.Grace was a Charter Member
of the Historical Society and its Secretary for nearly forty years. She was the
unquestioned expert on Millbury History.
Grace taught fifth-grade at Assumption for over twenty-five years, and she
instituted a Millbury History Class into the curriculum. Hundreds and hundreds of
students learned about this Town from Grace. Her classes often put on plays
and skits about events from Millbury’s early history and took part in every Town
When the bridge spanning the Blackstone River and the railroad tracks needed
replacing in 1983, Grace’s class researched the history and found that the
accepted name of “McGowan Bridge” was incorrect. Instead, it was originally
named the “Gowing Bridge” in honor of a prominent businessman in Town. At
the grand opening ceremony, Grace and her students were given the honor of
cutting the ribbon for the new “Gowing Bridge.”
Grace passed away in 2015, and her family asked that donations be made in her
name to the Millbury Historical Society. The Board of Trustees of the Society
voted to use the funds to establish a scholarship in her name at Assumption
School and President Frank Gagliardi made the presentation at Awards Night in