Events

Rededication of the Soldiers' Monument

Monday, November 11, 2013
10:00 AM
Saltonstall Park
149 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

The Historical Society of Watertown invites the public and residents of Watertown to attend the rededication of the Soldiers' Monument, located in Saltonstall Plaza.  The Society organized a campaign that successfully raised funds to restore and conserve the Soldiers' Monurment, built in 1889.  Join us in our remembrance of those who served and those who died during the Civil War.

This program is free and open to the public.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Watertown Town Council Chamber.

 

November Public Program

A talk by Marilynne K. Roach, author of Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

Thursday, November 7, 2013
7:00 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Between February, 1692, and May, 1693, a series of prosecutions, trials and hangings of people accused of witchcraft in the Massachusetts colony traumatized the region and spoke of the dangers of mass hysteria.  By the end, beyond the twenty who were executed and the five who perished in prison, about 200 individuals had been accused, at least 70 had been "afflicted," and more than 30 had officially accused their fellow neighbors.  A total of 255 ordinary people had been inexorably drawn into the ruinous and murderous vortex, and this doesn't even include the ruling religious, judicial and governmental leaders.

Six Women of Salem is the first work to use the lives of a select number of representative women of varied origins and fates as a microcosm to illuminate the larger crisis:  Bridget Bishop, Mary English, Rebecca Nurse, Ann Putnam, Tituba and Mary Warren.

What was it like to be there and, if you were lucky, to live through it?  In a compelling combination of narrative and groundbreaking historical research, Salem Witch Trial scholar Marilynne K. Roach vividly brings the terrifying times to life, while skillfully illuminating the lives of the accused, the accusers and the afflicted.

Ms. Roach, a lifelong resident of Watertown, is an independent scholar and works as both a historian and illustrator.  She was one of the associate editors of the definitive Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt and is the author of the classic The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege.  She also serves as President of the Historical Society of Watertown.

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

Saturday, September 7, 2013
4:30 PM
Church of the Good Shepherd
Redeemer Fellowship Church
Watertown, MA 02472

About Boston Charter Day:  Each year, the Partnership of the Historic Bostons commemorates the naming of Boston, Dorchester and Watertown that occurred on September 7, 1630, and holds a series of events to teach the public about the early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Participating historic sites and churches include:
• Old South Meeting House, Boston
• King's Chapel, Boston
• First Church in Boston, Boston
• Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown
• Redeemer Fellowship Church, Watertown

On September 7th at 4:30 PM, bells will ring in Watertown at Church of the Good Shepherd and Redeemer Fellowship Church.

The Historical Society of Watertown is a member of the Partnership of the Historic Bostons and is grateful to all of the participants celebrating this event.

 

September Public Program

A Tour of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)

Thursday, September 5, 2013
6:30 PM
Armenian Library and Museum of America
65 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

You are invited to attend a tour of the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA), which was created to locate, collect, preserve and present the culture, history, art and contributions of the Armenian people during the past 3,000 years.  The Library holds a vast collection of titles, including rare books and historical and literary publications.  The Museum has amassed an expansive treasure trove of inscribed Armenian rugs and textiles, ceramics, metalware, Urartian objects, medieval illuminations, ancient and medieval Armenian coins, and various other creations by the Armenian people.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Peggy Anderson at 617-924-1563.

The Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Celebration of the Treaty of Watertown

Thursday, July 18, 2013
6:30 PM
Edmund Fowle House
28 Marshall Street
Watertown, MA 02472

This annual event marks the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens of Watertown on July 18, 1776.  The signing of the first treaty negotiated by the new nation with a foreign power, namely the St. John's (aka Maliseet) and Mi'kmaq Tribes of Nova Scotia, at the Fowle House on July 19, 1776, will also be celebrated.  Colonial and native reenactors will be on hand and the sacred drum will be playing to mark the occasion.

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Audrey Jones Childs at 617-926-2577.

Special Public Program

Richard Clark Presents a Solo Performance of Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet

Monday, May 13, 2013
7:00 PM
The Council Chamber
Watertown Town Hall
149 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Come and share some of the most memorable moments in dramatic literature.  Let your imaginatin sally forth with fabled kings as they "mount barb'd steeds to fright the souls of fearsome adversaries."  Eavesdrop on the intimate murmurings of Romeo, the obsessive passions of Anthony and Cleopatra and the demented musings of King Richard, as he broods over the love he will never have.  Twelve different characters, twenty-five monologues and soliloquies from his most famous plays.  Laugh with the fools, cry with the afflicted, dream with the poets.  Beware the possessed!  Don't miss a chance to experience the essence of the world's greatest wordsmith.

Presented jointly by the Historical Society of Watertown and The Shakespeare Reading Group of Watertown, thanks to a generous grant from the Watertown/Harvard Community Enrichment Fund.

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

 

Annual Members Meeting with Election of Officers and May Public Program

The Lexington Historical Society's Colonial Singers

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7:00 PM Annual Members Meeting
7:30 PM May Public Program
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Members of The Colonial Singers, who love history and music in equal measure, will perform.  Formed in January, 2010, the group of 15 people presents the music enjoyed in the American colonies during the late 1700s, particularly the songs created to promote either rebellion or loyalty to Britian.

Dressed in period attire, the group ranges through the wide variety of music of the day, including brisk marches, rowdy drinking songs, solemn hymns, tender love songs, fife-and-drum tunes and the "catches" or rounds that were a popular form of entertainment in centuries past.  During concerts, the group's director, Dian Taraz, explains the background of each song--who created it and why, where it was sung and the event or people it addressed.

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

March Public Program

Illustrations of Watertown:  The Paintings of Samuel Emrys Evans

Thursday, March 21, 2013
7:00 PM
The Apartments at Coolidge School Auditorium
319 Arlington Street
Watertown, MA 02472

In the 1970s, Watertown Savings Bank commissioned muralist Samuel Emrys Evans to create a series of paintings representing Watertown's history for the walls of the bank at 60 Main Street in Watertown Square.  Mr. Evans used the historic photograph archive of the Watertown Free Pubic Library and chose nine subjects.  Watertown Savings Bank recently renovated the bank lobby, displacing the 4' x 8' paintings.  Most of the Evans paintings have been donated to the Town of Watertown.  Two are located at the Coolidge School Apartments and will be available for viewing.  A booklet depicting and describing the nine paintings and their locations in town is being produced by Carole Katz and the Watertown Savings Bank with input from the Historical Society of Watertown.  The booklet will be available for sale at the event.

Join Historical Society Councilor Joyce Kelly, Historical Society President Marilynne Roach and Historical Commission Chairperson David Russo for a slideshow lecture of these magnificent paintings and the historic photographs that inspired them.  Free parking will be available behind the school.

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