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Below is the schedule of Upcoming Events at the Ocean House that, unless otherwise noted, are open (& free) to the public and start at 2PM on the following Sundays. Additional programs are planned for society members, so please refer to your newsletter for details. We look forward to seeing you there!



Upcoming Historical Society Events

August 13th, 2016

Dragonfly Festival

We will have guided tours of Ocean House exhibits from 3pm to 6pm

September 17th, 2016

9am - 4pm

Ashland Day

Come visit us at the Historical Society's Tent!

October 16th, 2016

Jade Luiz, Boston University, Presents

“A House Recommended: The Archaeology of Daily Life in a 19th-century Boston Brothel”

To help us celebrate October as Massachusetts Archaeology Month, Jade Luiz will give a talk on her work involving a 19th-century Boston Brothel.  How do archaeologists know what they know about the past?  From health and hygiene to dining and entertainment, archaeologists use a combination of historical documents and data from artifacts to weave a story about everyday life in a 19th-century Brothel in Boston’s North End.  Jade is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology, Boston University, where she has been working to re-create 19th daily life from artifacts uncovered by the Big Dig.  Come see how history is brought to light. 

November 20th, 2016

Kirk Nelson, Director, New Bedford Museum of Glass, Presents

Early New England Glassmaking

Kirk Nelson, Director and President of the New Bedford Museum of Glass (, will present a History of Early New England Glass Making, featuring glass factories in Sandwich, New Bedford, East Cambridge and South Boston as well as bottle and window makers in New Hampshire and Vermont.  Mr. Nelson has an extensive background as a museum curator and has had a long time interest in glass, including working as a glass cutter.  Come join us!

December 2016

Annual Dinner for Historical Society Volunteers

Date, Time and Venue to be Announced

January 15th, 2017

Dina Vargo, Author, Presents

Wild Women of Boston: Mettle and Moxie in the Hub

February 19th, 2017

Richard Gutman, Author and Historian, Presents

The Worcester Lunch Car Company and the American Diner

March 19th, 2017

Alan R Earls, Author and Historian, Presents

Route 128 and the Birth of the Age of High Tech

April 9th, 2017
(Ashland and Hopkinton Society Members Only)

Joel Sparks, Ashland Historical Society, Presents

Cemeteries, Universities and Shoes:

Stories Connecting Ashland, Holliston and Hopkinton With Early Centers of Higher Education

May 2017

Annual End of the Year Business Meeting and Potluck

for Society Members

Date and Time to be Announced

            All Events are subject to date changes and/or cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen events.

Changes and cancellations will be posted on this site and emailed to Society members.