Special Event:  Exhibit Opening Reception

The Art of Franklin Jones

Sunday, June 30, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Edmund Fowle House
28 Marshall Street
Watertown, MA 02472

On view in the Fowle House's North Parlor will be a new exhibit highlighting the life and career of artist, illustrator, photographer, teacher and author Franklin Reed Jones (1921-2007).  A graduate of Watertown High School, Jones was taught and mentored by art teacher Harold Moody in the public school system during the Great Depression.  Jones began his professional career fresh out of high school while working in the Van Keuren factory by drawing a series of political cartoons, "As Jones Sees It," for the Watertown Sun newspaper.  He persevered with continuous learning to make a career as an artist and instructor, rising from an admirer of Norman Rockwell's work to Rockwell colleague.

Works on display from the HSW collection and provided by the Jones family include an original painting and an original linoleum print, as well as printed examples of his sketches, illustrations and additional paintings.

During the reception, HSW Vice President Audrey Jones Childs will demonstrate 18th century painting using period appropriate watercolor paints and brushes.

Light refreshments will be served.

See our Exhibits page for info on additional times when the exhibit will be available for viewing.

This exhibit is free and open to the public.


Special Event

Bring Old Family Photos Home

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Watertown Senior Center
31 Marshall Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Proofs of family portraits of Watertown residents taken by Oxford Studios of Cambridge during the 1940s and 50s were donated recently to The Historical Society of Watertown.  The HSW has made an effort to return the proofs to the appropriate families at no charge, but many have gone unclaimed.  The Watertown Senior Center is partnering with the HSW to make these proofs available for viewing, along with lists of the proofs by surname and by street address.  Maybe you will recognize family, friends or neighbors and can assist in getting these photos to the people who will appreciate them the most.  Enlarged, framed prints of the photos would make very memorable gifts!  Light refreshments will be served.

This program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration by calling 617-972-6490 is required.
For more information, call Joyce 781-899-7239.


Special Public Program

John Weiss: Watertown's Flame of Fire
A slideshow lecture by Rev. Mark W. Harris

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

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7:00 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Called a “flame of fire” for his dramatic and prophetic style, the Rev. John Weiss was a controversial figure in 19th century Watertown.  As a young minister, he was an outspoken advocate for the abolition of slavery and resigned from Watertown’s First Parish Church because of his views.  After a ministry in New Bedford, Weiss returned to Watertown and developed new religious philosophy of scientific naturalism.  His beliefs caused a firestorm of religious and political radicalism.  Always a supporter of Watertown’s schools and library,  Weiss was the first chairman of Watertown Free Public Library's Board of Trustees.

In celebration of WFPL's 150th anniversary, Rev. Mark Harris will give a special talk on the legacy of John Weiss.  Rev. Harris is retiring as minister at First Parish after 23 years.  An author and historian of Unitarian Universalism, he has also served as Director of Information for the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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