These photos are from Millbury's 150th Anniversary Parade held in June
THUS this snow "contraption" is fifty-nine years old now!
These and many other photos are currently displayed in the lobby at our Town Hall is
an exhibit of more of that parade and the other festivities that accompanied the
Rich Hamilton's Traveling Postcard Show!
Mark your calendars for Thursday June 9th at 7:00!
The Millbury Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and program.
Ever wondered what Millbury looked like years ago?
Maybe you grew up in town and would enjoy seeing some of the views of Millbury that don’t exist anymore.
We will show a movie of Rich Hamilton’s postcards of the past .
His collection has grown and now there are One-hundred and twenty-five pictures going back into the 1800’s. There are old mills, churches, and older views of Millbury Center, to name a few. Many of the buildings no longer exist.
There are even several postcards when President Taft visited his Aunt Delia in Millbury in 1910. There is something for everyone.
The show is free and will be streamed live on local cable and also through Zoom. The show will go on virtually and if conditions allow, you will be allowed to attend the program in person at the Asa Waters Mansion.
After the show there will be a time for questions and comments.
Millbury Historical Society Presents Program about World War II's LCI 713, Millbury's Ship
Our Exciting Annual Meeting: June 9th!
Be proud, little town of Millbury, because 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 naval landing craft: the LCI (L) 173!
Recently, The Millbury Historical Society presented a program about this this long-forgotten, patriotic feat and how it was accomplished by our town! Learn where the idea arose, how the funds were raised, when the ship was commissioned, and where it is TODAY!
Watch the video below to access the program. It begins with an eight-minute introduction to the LCI-713 itself.
LCI-713 Commissioning: September 19, 1944
LCI-713 in Portland, Oregon TODAY
The Millbury Historical Society would like to acknowledge and thank all who turned out for our Veterans' Day program about Millbury's very own World War II vessel: The LCI-713!
The event was exceptionally well-attended, and the citizens of Millbury donated generously to the welfare of the landing craft for the second time in its existence!
In particular the Society would like to thank all the Veterans who stopped in; The Charles F. Minney Post for hosting the program (Bob & Barbara Roy: great job!). Kevin Krassopoulos, Public Access Director, thank you for filming the entire event, and Maureen Sullivan Editor of The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle did a wonderful job with the advanced Publicity.
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MILLBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP
The fifth Annual Grace M. Laflash/Millbury Historical Society Scholarship was recently awarded to Evelyn Savoie, an eighth-grade student at Assumption School in Millbury.
Evelyn was the Valedictorian of her class, as well as the top history student. She was active in the Assumption School community, participating in Student Council, cross country, and basketball. She plays club soccer for the FC Stars Soccer Club.
Evelyn is the daughter of Aaron and Tracy Savoie of Northbridge and is attending Worcester Academy this fall.
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 historical celebration.
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 the Church.
Grace M. Laflash