Our Exciting Annual Meeting of June 9th: so enthralling that folks didn't want it to end!
BACK TO NORMAL!
Our Museum is Open for Business Again!
Rich Hamilton's Traveling Postcard Show!
Rich Hamilton's Traveling Postcard Show is now available to view online!
For those of you who missed the Annual Meeting of The Millbury Historical Society on June 9th (or perhaps wish to see it AGAIN), just click on the link below to enjoy the show!
*Be sure to view it on full-screen.
*The entire evening's program is 1 hour nineteen minutes. There is the business part, Rich's movie, and the questions & answers (and reminiscing)!
However, if you just want a certain section, this is how it is divided:
Business meeting: 1-20 on the counter.
Rich's Movie: 20-40 on the counter.
Questions and reminiscing: 40-the end.
Here's the link:
The Millbury Historical Society held its Annual Meeting and program on June 9th.
If you've ever wondered what Millbury looked like years ago, your questions were answered with Rich Hamilton's movie of his evocative, vintage postcards.
Those who grew up in town enjoyed seeing some of the views of Millbury that don’t exist anymore.
Rich's collection has grown since his first show eight years ago, and now there are one-hundred and twenty-five pictures going back into the 1800’s. There were postcards of old mills, churches, and past views of Millbury Center, to name a few. Many of the buildings no longer exist.
There were even several postcards from when President Taft visited his Aunt Delia in Millbury in 1910. The capacity crowd had their memories primed by Rich's presentation, and they began to reminisce and joke about many events and characters of their past- some going back to the forties and fifties!
Refreshments were served after the show and the good feelings and mirth continued.
Been a LONG time, BUT our Millbury Historical Society Museum is open again!
Be sure to visit us in the Asa Waters Mansion on Thursday, July 14th any time between 9-11 AM.
Besides our extensive collection of Millbury-themed photos, we have tons of sports memorabilia and military artifacts.
We are featuring a display of a model of Millbury's LCI-713 painstakingly crafted by Doug Bowker, the grandson of Harold Bowker.
In 1944, Harold Bowker led the drive to raise enough money in War Bonds so that Millbury could sponsor this ship.
Please stop in to see it and say hello to Frank.
Time to get back to normal! Admission is free!
The Museum openings of The Millbury Historical Society for July are as follow:
Saturday, July 16 from 9:30- Noon
Thursday, July 21 from 9-11 AM
Thursday, July 28 from 6-8 PM
These photos below are from Millbury's 150th Anniversary Parade held in June
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
Millbury Historical Society Presents Program about World War II's LCI 713, Millbury's Ship
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