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The Sudbury Historical Society is dedicated to bringing the rich history of the Sudbury Plantation into the lives and activities of the people of Sudbury. We collect, preserve and and communicate the history of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1956, and incorporating the earlier Goodman Society, the Society maintains its offices and collections on the second floor of Sudbury Town Hall. A non-profit organization, the society depends on donations of time, money and artifacts from its members and the citizens of Sudbury.

The Society has for sale a full range of books on the history of Sudbury, reproductions of Sudbury related artwork, and a variety of children's items. See our store for details.

Many questions about Sudbury's history can be answered by our historian and members. Whether you have questions about your neighborhood, curiosity about something you see in town, are interested in the genealogy of Sudbury families

Next Events


Hosmer House Open House: Florence Hosmer Through the Decades — 1880-1978
December 2 & 9, 2017 (Saturdays), December 3 & 10, 2017 (Sundays) 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

At the Hosmer House, 299 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury.

The SHS will be decorating the Dining Room inspired by the decades Florence Hosmer lived and worked as an artist.

Drop-in Tours of the Loring Parsonage
December 3, (Sunday) 12:00 - 2:00 PM

At the Loring Parsonage, 288 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury.

The SHS is offering an opportunity to see behind-the-scenes at this circa 1730 historic site. Hear what the Sudbury Historical Society is planning for the new museum, visitor’s center and archive and let us know as well what you’d like to see at the History Center. Dress warmly.

SHS Day at the Sudbury Art Association’s Holiday Market
December 13, (Wednesday) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

At Sudbury Town Center, 29 Hudson Road, Sudbury.

Local artists will be displaying and selling their artwork through December 24th for all of your gift giving needs. A percentage of sales on December 13th will be donated to the Sudbury Historical Society when the SHS is mentioned at check-out.

Annual Carol Sing & Party with Santa and Mrs. Claus
December 17, 2017 (Sunday), 3:00 - 5:00 PM

On the steps of Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury.

Join the Sudbury Historical Society on Sunday, December 17th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm the Annual Carol Sing and Holiday Party with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the steps of Sudbury Town Hall (Rt. 27/Concord Road). The Carol Sing has become a beloved Sudbury tradition for all ages. Song books will be provided and period dress is welcome.

Santa Claus will join carolers in singing some favorites and then lead everyone for the party inside Town Hall where Mrs. Claus will be recording each child's Christmas wishes. Refreshments will be served.

Again this year, while waiting to talk with Santa, children can visit the Kindermarkt (Children's market) where volunteers will help them shop and wrap up special gifts for their loved ones. Gifts are priced at $2. For the grown-ups the SHS will also have for sale its most popular gift-giving items such as note cards, maps magnets, and books on Sudbury history. New items include special teas blended especially for the Historical Society by the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company.

Admission is free but we ask that you please bring a new, unwrapped toy to give to the U.S. Reserve Marines for their Toys for Tots drive. The SHS is collecting toys at the Town Hall now through the 17th.

For more information, call 978-443-3747, e-mail Director@sudbury01776.org or find the SHS on Facebook. In the event of inclement weather an announcement will be made on the SHS Facebook page and web site.

See our calendar for information about all our programs for the year.

Talking Tour of Sudbury Town Center

Take an audio tour of historic Sudbury Center and hear about the history of the town and its town center. You can take the tour from the comfort of your home or equipped with a mobile phone or tablet you can walk around Town Center and hear Sudburians past and present describe the Town Center.

Start the tour here: Talking Town Center Tour.

The tour is designed for all ages – tech-savvy children will especially enjoy navigating the map. Paper copies of the maps to facilitate the tour are also available in the white mailbox located at the back of Loring Parsonage near the Town Clerk’s accessible entrance ramp.

New Video About the Mount Wadsworth Cemetery

SHS summer intern Gillian Vesely has produced a video tour of Wadsworth Cemetery on Concord Road with narration by Elin Niederman. The cemetery is home to the Wadsworth Monument, monuments to the Sudbury residents who served in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and the burial sites of over a thousand Sudburians.

See the video here: Mount Wadsworth Cemetery.

Construction of Our Sudbury History Center & Museum is Underway!

The Sudbury Historical Society is in the midst of its most ambitious project to date, creating the Sudbury History Center & Museum at the circa 1730 Loring Parsonage in the Town Center.

Restoration and stabilization of the existing building is underway and should be complete this summer. This will be followed by reconstruction and expansion of the ell on the east side of the building. Please see Sudbury History Center for details.

Our Summer Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is out in a new format. Read it to learn about our repurposing of the Loring Parsonage as the new Sudbury History Center.  Read our Newsletter