Author’s Reading & Children’s Craft: Goodbye Little DudeSunday September 30
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Image Courtesy of Curran PressImage Courtesy of of Curran Press

Join the SHS and Curran Press for an author’s reading of the children’s book Goodbye Little Dude, by Rebecca Trotsky and Marie Smyth. A paint craft sponsored by Brush & Easel will follow each reading. Goodbye Little Dude was written in memory of Jonathan Smyth, who lived in Sudbury and attended Haynes Elementary School. Hear this beautiful story about a very special local boy, his rescued turtle, Little Dude, and a community coming together to create this book for Jonathan. To reserve tickets for a book reading session, the additional turtle craft, or to simply purchase a signed hardcover book package, visit

Proceeds from this fundraiser will support pediatric cancer research and the Sudbury Historical Society. $40 per family (includes one signed book package), $10 per child for the paint craft, and $25 to purchase the book package itself. Additional books can be purchased the day of the event.

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Shop & Share the Love at The Paper StoreSunday September 30
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

When you check out September 30th at the Paper Store, mention the Sudbury History Center and they will donate 10% of the sale to the Sudbury Historical Society!

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Civics is Back

Civics is back! SHS Pilots "Our Town" - A Civics Enrichment Program for 8th graders.

Our Town will take 8th grade participants through the ins and outs of town governance, including the process of researching, drafting, and submitting a warrant article and marketing and voting on its adoption in a mock town meeting. Guest speakers from the League of Women Voters, current and former town employees and elected officials, and other guests with expertise relevant to the selected article topic, will discuss their experiences with participants and facilitators will share relevant documents and objects from the SHS collection for primary source use.

The program, slated to begin in mid-October, will take place at least twice a month on a day and time to be determined by participants. Applications are available on the SHS's web site, or at Sign Up Link, and are due to the SHS by Tuesday, October 2nd. The program fee is $100 per student for the full academic year (need-based scholarships are available). Contact Katina Fontes at for more information.

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Construction of the Sudbury History Center is Underway!

The Loring Parsonage circa 1890The Loring Parsonage circa 1890Etching by J. S. Conant, from Alfred S. Hudson, History of Sudbury, 1889

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.

Stabilization of the existing building is now complete (you may have noticed the some of the building's post and beam frame exposed while it was being stabilized). Next we'll be reconstructing the interior of the building and expanding the ell on the east side of the building. After that we can move in!

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Mount Wadsworth Cemetery

The Wadsworth Monument in Wadsworth CemeteryThe Wadsworth Monument in Wadsworth CemeterySudbury Historical Society image

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.

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Our Winter Newsletter

Read it to learn about our collections policy and how we're preparing to move to the new Sudbury History Center in the Loring Parsonage.

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