ABOUT US

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What We Do

We work to meet the following objectives in several ways.

Some of them are:

 

  • Solicit and collect historical property, both real and
    personal

  • Manage the Millbury History Museum

  • Provide tours of historical landmarks

  • Coordinate town-wide celebrations to honor
    historical events. Hold lectures.


What We Are

The Millbury Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated:

  • to promote research and learning of the history of Millbury, Massachusetts;

  • to acquire, protect and preserve property, both real and personal, having historical significance,

  • to establish a museum to preserve and display
    historical documents, relics, and objects, and

  • to promote the celebration of patriotic and historical anniversaries and events.

Membership

Why not consider becoming a member and help us preserve the history of our town?

As a member you will receive an open invitation to all of our events, and your dues will be used to continue the preservation of Millbury's history.

At $10 for an individual membership and $25 for a family, it is one of the best deals in town!

The annual membership runs from June to June.
Memberships make wonderful gifts!

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Grass Hill School

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The Grass Hill School was built in 1861 and operated through 1968.


At one time, there were eight grades taught there: 1-4 downstairs and 5-8 upstairs.


Of course, there were few students in West Millbury, so each grade only took up one or two rows.


The Millbury Historical Society has a long-termed lease with the town for its use of the school.

To the Generous Supporters of the Grass Hill School Restoration Project:


This is a progress update on the ongoing restoration of the historic schoolhouse. With your help, this renovation has been moving along very smoothly.

We are currently in Phase Three. The first two phases accomplished some major exterior pieces. During the third phase, the exterior was completed, and work has begun inside.

This restoration project would not be nearly as far as it is without the tremendous support of the Millbury Savings Bank. As we were putting together a plan to raise funds, The Board of Trustees of the Millbury Savings Bank, with the outreach of President Rob Morton, stepped up and made an offer we couldn’t refuse.

They offered to match dollar for dollar, every donation up to $5,000 a year for five years. This has proved to be a major portion of our efforts. In this first year, the bank has donated $5,000 as we collected $24,085 in donations. We received valuable guidance from Rob, along with help from the very talented Lynne Feiz. It really is amazing how the assistance of the bank brought this project to a whole new level! We can’t thank them enough.

With the support of State Senator Michael Moore and State Representative Paul Frost, a grant was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $25,000. These funds were used to complete the siding on the north and west sides of the building.

With a generous discount for our clapboards from C & S Lumber, Warren Lampher, our talented restoration carpenter, brought life to windows, doors and remaining sides of the schoolhouse. He refurbished the windows and doors on those sides to the proper period look.

With the assistance of the Millbury DPW, old debris was removed from the grounds, and the overgrowth was cleared, an insurmountable task that needed to be done.

The next step brought us inside. The building was insulated by American Building Systems Inc., which will help keep the rooms at a comfortable level and conserve heating oil and electricity. The attic space and exterior walls were brought up to today’s standards. Warren Lampher also assisted with this work by creating paths for the insulation in the walls.

Due to the generosity of Ken’s Oil in Millbury, the atmosphere in the school will be comfortable.  Ken has virtually donated the new heating and air conditioning system along with volunteering his labor to install it. This step is valued at well over $25,000 and is truly appreciated by everyone involved.  

A major concern for us is the protection of the visitors and the safety of the building. To this end, electrician Larry Morris has donated his time in rewiring the entire school. He has begun by replacing every wire in the building, which will make for a safer structure. In an effort to stay within the period of the school, all fixtures that are visible will be of the proper style. A new main electric panel will provide the proper circuit protection to prevent potential hazards. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate Larry’s work.

Through this entire project, Warren Lampher has gone above and beyond our expectations. Warren has done some amazing quality work at the schoolhouse but has also assisted with every step taken in the project. He has done much research to keep us on track for the proper historical nature of it all. He has the proper connections to find the appropriate talent to make this a first-class restoration.

The Millbury Historical Society Board of Trustees and President Frank Gagliardi have been providing tremendous support and guidance in this effort. The Grass Hill School Subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Mary Lou Mulhane, has devoted countless hours to create this project that is coming to fruition. Mary Lou continues the work with which she has been involved in the first two phases of reconstruction.  With these efforts, the Grass Hill School will be a truly magnificent historical treasure for our town.

As we continue with this phase of restoration, we look forward to meeting more milestones. We will install an ADA compliant ramp to make sure the building is accessible to all. The walls inside will be plastered with a period look. The interior will be painted and decorated to be fresh and to bring back the look of historic times.

We are always looking for help to complete this phase. If you have a particular talent or trade and could help us out, let us know.

Look for further updates at www.MillburyHistory.org or follow us on https://www. facebook.com/GrassHillSchool/.

For any questions or to help, contact us at GrassHillSchool@gmail.com.

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