Special Event:  Book Sale, Historical Banner Walks, Discounted Memberships

Faire on the Square 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saltonstall Park
149 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Visit the Historical Society of Watertown table at Faire on the Square to peruse new book offerings, including Watertown Records Volume 5-6, Watertown Records Volume 8, selected Watertown High School yearbooks and Coolidge/Crawford family histories.  Copies of Crossroads on the Charles and discounted copies of Watertown Echoes - A Look Back at Life in a Massachusetts Town and Images of America - Watertown will also be available for purchase.

Free walking tours highlighting Watertown's new historical lamp pole banners will depart from the Civil War Soldiers' Monument located in Saltonstall Park at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  The banners depict eleven prominent men and women who made historic contributions in Watertown and beyond and were made possible through the generosity of the Watertown Savings Bank.

Historical Society memberships will be discounted by 50% during Faire on the Square.  There is no better time to join!


September Public Program

Harriet Hosmer - Watertown Sculptor
A lecture by Father Joseph Curran

Sponsored by:
The Watertown Free Public Library
The Historical Society of Watertown

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
7:00 PM
Local History Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Join Father Joseph Curran in the library's beautifully-restored Local History Room for a lecture on the art and colorful life of Watertown sculptor Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908). Reverend Curran, former pastor of the Sacred Heart Church in Watertown's East End and the foremost authority on Hosmer, will trace her rise from obscurity to the courts of Europe and the most distinguished circles in her native America.  Following the presentation, Father Curran will lead attendees on a tour of the Watertown Free Public Library's unparalleled holdings of the sculptor's work.

Ms. Hosmer is widely considered to be the most distinguished female American sculptor of the 19th century.  Her work is on view in museums throughout the country, including the Saint Louis Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Joyce at 781-899-7239.


Special Event:  Ringing of the Bells

Boston Charter Day

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
4:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
Redeemer Fellowship Church
Watertown, MA 02472

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons' celebration of Charter Day each year begins with a joyous ringing of church bells in the three towns that received their present names on September 7, 1630:  Boston, Dorchester and Watertown.  Church of the Good Shepherd and Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown will ring their bells on Wednesday, September 7, at 4:30 PM (16:30 in 24-hour notation), the same time that bells will ring in Boston and Dorchester to commemorate the occasion.

Charter Day 2016's theme is Passionate Puritans: Marriage, Love and Sex in 17th Century Massachusetts.  Find out if Puritans were as fun-hating and dour as we're lead to believe they were.  Long-standing myths about the Puritans will be debunked.  Boston Charter Day events run through October 26.  All events are free, but registration may be required.