For more than 100 years, we have been dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of our town of Northborough, Massachusetts.

building Around here we like our history. At the Northborough Historical Society we like history so much that not only have we been preserving Northborough’s history for more than one hundred years, but we have also been learning it, enjoying it, teaching it, and making it! When the Society was founded in 1906, Reverend Josiah C. Kent stated that "The facts of Northborough history should be collected and thus preserved from oblivion," and that is what we have been doing ever since.

Our museum and archives are open to the public, and we continue to offer free monthly programs that highlight local, regional and national history

The Town of Northborough will celebrate its 250th Anniversary in 2016. The Historical Society will soon begin planning events to mark this special occasion, and we would like you to be a part of our efforts.

We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Northborough Historical Society and help us preserve and celebrate our town and its history. Find MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION HERE.

Check out the wonderful map of Northborough's History: A Map Depiction created by Dan Fishbein, a Boy Scout in Troop 101, Northborough.


Northborough History Hikes - Prepared by the Northborough Historical Society and Northborough Trails Committee for the Town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, 2016


2015-2016 Programs

Hunt for History - May 14 and 15

On May 14 and 15, the Historical Society will sponsor a Hunt for History. Participants will be given a map and a description of 10 historic places to locate near the center of town. Results will be recorded and returned to the Historical Society for scoring. Hunt packets will be available from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and and must be returned by 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15. An Ice Cream Social will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, which is open to all. Results of the Hunt for History will be tallied and a prize awarded at 4:00 p.m. during the Ice Cream Social.

Monthly Programs

Friday, May 20, 2016 “Living in Northborough” as recorded in the Northborough Historical Society Archives and remembered by several members of the Northborough Historical Society Members.
Details here.


fashion showSPECIAL EVENT:
May 22, 2016: 1:00 PM —
“Our Founding Fashions” a fashion show of men’s and women’s period clothing. Featured will be originals from the museum’s collection as well as reproduction styles made by the society’s 250th Anniversary Sewing Circle. The models will portray past town residents who may have worn such styles during their lifetimes, beginning in 1766. The museum will be open for touring following the show. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10.


Snapshot in Time:
Northborough at 250 Years:

NHS is sponsoring a photograph contest as part of the town’s 250th anniversary celebration. The purpose of the contest is to document life in Northborough during 2015-16 for future generations. Photographs submitted will be judged in early October 2016 and displayed at the Historical Society building. Prizes will be offered. Here is the Entry Form
Northborough's 250th Anniversary Events.

Northborough Through Time, event the "then and now" book by the Northborough Historical Society and curator Ellen Racine is available at Shattucks Pharmacy, LaLaJava, the Northborough Library and the Northborough Town Clerk’s office or by calling 508.393.2343 or emailing Info@NorthboroughHistoricalSociety.org.

made possible through a Grant from Mass Humanities. See what is available in our archive on this abbreviated index on local businesses and people from 1876 to 1903, and how this large company functioned by reviewing orders, sales, bills, products, and more.
NHS Historian Robert Ellis explores
A Northborough Common
"Save the White Cliffs" on Facebook.

Check out the Northborough Historical
YouTube Channel!

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