Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
|The Millbury Historical Society
Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
|P.O. Box 367
|Masons Donate Charter Replica (signed by Paul Revere) to The Millbury Historical
|To My Dearest
The Civil War Letters of George and Emily Ward
On Thursday, June 13, 2019 the Annual Meeting of the Millbury Historical
Society took place. The program was very well attended and refreshments
Here is more about the program: when the Civil War broke out in 1861,
George Ward was asked to raise the 15th Massachusetts Regiment.
In August 1861, he left his wife, Emily, and their two small children to go to
war. They wrote to each other frequently.
In all,116 letters survive in the collection of the Worcester Historical Museum.
They detail the pain of prolonged separation, the challenges of single
parenting and the horrors of the battle front.
Lynne McKenney Lydick and Thomas R. Lydick shared the personal and
poignant letters of this
|The real Emily Mayo Ward and her husband George Hull
Courtesy of the Worcester Historical
|Some photos from our
Scavenger Hunt which was
held in Downtown Millbury on
Saturday, September 28th!
Long Island! Playing
a game in Millbury!
|The St. Johns
|The Butlers with Their Own
|The Girl Scouts
Millbury's Million-dollar World War II
Landing Craft! Who Knew?
Be proud, little town of Millbury!
In August of 1944, your seven-thousand residents
(one-thousand of whom were in the armed forces)
raised over one million dollars in the Fifth War Bond
Drive of the war! Enough to sponsor its very own
Landing Craft: the LCI (L) 173!
This summer of 2020, your Millbury Historical Society
will exhibit a display about this little known feat, and
then hold a program in September upon the 76th
Anniversary of the craft's commissioning.
Stay tuned and be sure to attend both!
|September 18, 1944: the commissioning of Millbury's LCI (L)
713 attended by a proud Millbury contingent.
|The LCI (L) 713 today in Portland, Oregon
GREAT NEWS for
The Millbury Historical
The Millbury Historical Society has won a
Partnership Grant through the Blackstone
River Valley National Heritage Corridor!
The BRVNHC offered grants this spring to
area nonprofits to help provide equipment
and services for remote activity during
these socially distant times when it's
difficult to run programs and impossible to
open things like our museum.
This grant will allow the Millbury Historical
Society to provide video content later this
summer, possible remote programs in the
fall via Zoom, and expand the footprint of
celebrating Millbury's history beyond the
walls of Asa Waters Mansion and the
Grass Hill School. Stay tuned for more
If you would like to learn more or get
involved, please contact Jeff Raymond at
The Millbury Historical Society sincerely
thanks the Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor for providing
the funds necessary to get this endeavor
off the ground.
MILLBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Fourth Annual Grace M. Laflash/Millbury
Historical Society scholarship was recently
presented to William Savoie, an eighth-grade
student at Assumption School in Millbury.
The scholarship was established in honor of
Grace M. Laflash, a charter member of the
Historical Society and a former teacher at
Assumption. It is awarded annually to the top
history student at the School.
William is the son of Aaron and Tracy Savoie
of Northbridge, and will be attending
Marianapolis Preparatory School in the fall.