Events

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.

November Public Program

Cemetery Mapping:  Identification of Hidden Burials
a Presentation of the Technique and Successes by Robert Perry, Certified Ground Penetrating Radar Specialist, TOPOGRAPHIX® LLC

Thursday, November 15, 2012
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Mr. Perry is a certified ground penetrating radar specialist.  His presentation will explain how the system works and give examples of his discoveries.  For example, using ground penetrating radar, Mr. Perry was able to identify burials in Sudbury's oldest cemetery that have been forgotten for centuries.  He located 967 grave sites, including 70 buried headstones.

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