Upcoming Events

Historical Society Programs for 2022-2023

Our programs are free and open to the public, please feel free to attend.
Unless otherwise noted, our programs start promptly at 2pm and generally run about 1 hour.
If the program is a remote Zoom program, an appropriate Zoom link will be offered below.
For  in-person programs at the Society, these COVID guidelines will be strictly followed.

As of September 2022:

  • We ask that all participants be vaccinated. For the sake of all our members and our community, please be honest about this.
  • If you are experiencing any of the standard COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and take care of yourself!
  • Seating will be reduced from the usual 45-50 seats to roughly 30 seats to allow for more spacing.
  • When weather permits, we will keep doors open for better fresh air circulation.
  • Refreshments will be available following the program!

If public health conditions worsen, we will ask everyone (except the speaker) to wear a mask while inside Ocean House or possibly convert in-person programs to remote, Zoom programs.  We will try to make this decision at least a week or two in advance of any given program.  Any change of plans or schedule will be made via email and the Society’s website, so please make sure to check before coming to the Society.


Sunday, Sep 18, 2022, 2pm

John Galluzzo, Author and Historian

The Story of Stellwagen Bank

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, is a shallow, underwater plateau formed by a complex glacial deposit between 25,000 and 12,000 yrs ago (Image is attached below).  Located 25 miles east of Boston and just 5 miles from either Provincetown or Gloucester, the Bank has been a well-known fishing and whaling ground since the 17th century.  It is also the site of many sunken merchant and fishing vessels, lost at sea due to storms or accidents, and these wrecks are now being explored by maritime archaeologists to uncover their stories. Please join us to listen to John Galluzzo recount the history of the Stellwagen Bank and the stories surrounding some of the most notable shipwrecks.


Sunday, Oct 16, 2022, 2pm

Stephen R. Wilk –

Lost Wonderland: The Brief and Brilliant Life of Boston’s Million Dollar Amusement Park

Lost Wonderland Link


Sunday, Nov 20, 2022, 2pm

Sheryl Faye Presents

Clara BartonCivil War Nurse and Red Cross Founder

Sheryl Faye / Clara Barton Link



Sunday, Jan 15, 2023, 2pm

Anthony M. Sammarco –

Boston’s Back Bay Through Time

In his new book Anthony M. Sammarco outlines the Back Bay of Boston, a neighborhood of the city that is not just the quintessential Victorian neighborhood of the 19th century, but one that was infilled and planned as the premier residential and institutional development.

Begun in the late 1850s when the marshlands west of the Boston Public Garden were infilled through the ingenuity of John Souther, the Back Bay was to become a massive project that took over three decades to complete. With fill brought by gondola cars from Needham, Massachusetts six days a week, twenty-four hours a day, every 45 minutes, the fill had an average depth of 20 feet and the expanse of the Back Bay to be filled was roughly 460 acres. A monumental task, it was said that so successful was the venture that by 1885, only a small area was left to be infilled near the Back Bay Fens.

In this photographic history of the Back Bay of Boston Anthony M. Sammarco, with the contemporary photographs of Peter B. Kingman, has created a fascinating book that chronicles the neighborhood from the late nineteenth century through to today. Walking along Arlington, Boylston, Newbury Streets, Commonwealth, Huntington and Massachusetts Avenues and stopping at Park Square and Copley Square, this visually fascinating book offers a fascinating glimpse of the Back Bay of Boston Through Time.

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023, 2pm

Bob Frishman –

Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England 

With more than 100 digital images, this lecture offers a history of mechanical clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century.  Given Ashland’s connection to electric clocks, Bob has agreed to include some of the early history of battery and plug-in clocks before the emergence of Telechron synchronous clocks.

The program will also include a “Roadshow”-style appraisal session for anyone who brings a mechanical clock or watch.  Sorry, but no clocks with batteries or power cords will be appraised!


Bob Frishman, founder of Bell-Time Clocks in 1992, has repaired more than 7000 clocks and has sold 1700 vintage timepieces.  He writes and lectures about the history, culture, and technology of horology – the science of timekeeping.

Some of Bob’s Professional Associations and Activities –

   Silver Star Fellow, National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors

   Liveryman, Worshipful Company of Clockmakers (London)

   Member, Antiquarian Horological Society (London)

   Life Member, Willard House & Clock Museum

   Exhibit Curator, Horological Society of New York


Sunday, Mar 19, 2023, 2pm

Linda Hixon presents:

Creating Community: The Women of the Hopedale Sewing Circle

Although you couldn’t tell by the name of their group, the women (& men) of the Hopedale Sewing Circle were radical thinkers ahead of their time. Starting in 1848, and continuing for over 100 years, they advocated for abolition, pacifism, and for a fairer deal for women, including dress reform, equal rights and equal pay, women’s rights in divorce and child custody, and choice of last name. Linda Hixon tells how she has helped uncover a fascinating story of regular people trying to make their community a better place.

Linda Hixon has degrees in History, English Literature, and Communication Arts, and certificates in Paralegal studies.  Click Hopedale Women for more information. 

Please join us, all are welcome!  Ashland Historical Society, 2 Myrtle St., Ashland, MA. 
If there is any question of a weather-related postponement, we will send out an email on Sunday and make an announcement on our website at  https://www.ashlandhistsociety.com/.

Sunday, Apr 16, 2023, 2pm

Christie Higginbottom, Garden Consultant and Research Historian –

The Family Nurse: Home Medical Care in the Early Nineteenth Century


This is a program illustrating the role played by home-grown, wild-gathered, and purchased herbal remedies in the treatment of common health problems in Early American households. Christie will describe plant varieties and preparation methods including infusions, decoctions, ointments, poultices, fomentations, and tinctures.


Christie worked many years as a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. She coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the re-created kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. Higginbottom also supervised the Village’s Herb Garden collection, a garden exhibiting over 300 varieties of historic herbs.

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.