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 curator and members.
Whether you have questions about your neighborhood, curiosity about something you see in town, are interested in the genealogy of Sudbury families
or you are pursuing academic research, please feel free to contact the Society.
Photo Contest Sponsored by the Sudbury Historical Society
The Society is sponsoring Picturing Sudbury: A Celebration of our Town A Photo Contest.
As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The Sudbury Historical Society wants to know what you think makes
Sudbury, Sudbury, through a new photo contest, “Picturing Sudbury: A Celebration of Our Town.” We want you to use a photograph
to complete the sentence, “Sudbury wouldn’t be Sudbury without…” Photographs may capture Sudbury’s buildings, landscapes, monuments, streetscapes, businesses, people, or any place or
activity that is quintessentially Sudbury.
The contest runs from September 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014. For information on how to enter your photographs in the contest,
see Photo Contest.
Check out a selection of submissions on Flickr.
March 2nd (Sunday) 2:00 PM Railroads in Sudbury
Join us for our continuing celebration of Sudbury's 375th Anniversary Celebration. Knowledgeable railroad enthusiasts Dick Williamson, Henry Keutmann and Bill Davies will tell of the two railroads that served Sudbury.
April 6th (Sunday) 3:00 PM Rev. Edmund Brown's Library: a Concert Drawn from a Puritan Minister's Musical Interests
As a part of Sudbury’s and Wayland’s 375th anniversary celebration, the Sudbury Historical Society presents a concert in honor of one
of the founders and the first minister of the Sudbury Plantation, the Reverend Edmund Brown. He was known for being a good-standing
Puritan minister and for being a wealthy citizen of the plantation, possessing the largest amount of property in the plantation.
Surprisingly, he was also an amateur musician, traveling to the colony with a bass viol and his library of 180 books – some of which were
certainly music books. The concert attempts to recreate the books of music that would have been in
the Rev. Brown’s library.
The concert will be performed on period-instruments by 4 members of the Boston-area viol consort “Long & Away” and soprano Sarah
Orlovsky. See our calendar for more information.
See our calendar for information about all our programs for the year.
Tour the Town's History
Take a tour of 35 historic sites in Sudbury without leaving your comfy chair. Or, hop in the car and stretch your legs with the three hour long driving and walking version of the tour.
Historic Sudbury Tour
Latest SHS Publication
Images of America: Sudbury.
New! The Sudbury Historical Society has selected some of the best images from its extensive photographic archives to
remember the past days and character of Sudbury. See Sudbury's history between 1850 and 1950 in these never before published
pictures of the town's people, places, sacred spaces, agriculture, recreation, military and celebrations. Details about the book.
Our Winter Newsletter
Our latest newsletter has been sent out. The contents include an update on our search for a new home (likely just next door!), a preview of upcoming events,
a decription of a hand drawn map signed by John Haynes in 1724, updates on our Photo Contest and more. You can read it here if you aren't on our mailing list or misplaced your copy.
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