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Meet our New Director
We are pleased to welcome Rachael Robinson as our newest Executive Director! Her previous work as a Curatorial and Museum Reference Associate of the Hart Nautical Collection at the MIT Museum will bring a uniqueness to the role of Director that we need as we transition into the Sudbury History Center. She has had a wide array of leadership roles in every category that we saw as a need for our new Director in our changing organization. She has experience with programming, collections management, photography digitization and engagement with town entities and donors.
Rachael has been involved for many years as a member of the Littleton Historical Commission, as well as assisting the Littleton Historical Society on various exhibit design projects before joining the SHS in late February. Please join us in welcoming Rachael to our organization!
The Festival of Wreaths a Big Success
The Festival of Wreaths at the Loring Parsonage took place December 4 -8, 2019. It was a fun and spirited open house and reception that allowed the Society to show the public the newly completed Loring Parsonage downstairs galleries before they become transformed into the Sudbury History Center.
With over 30 wreaths and holiday arrangements hand-crafted by local businesses and community members, our volunteers turned the Parsonage into something very special. Each item was bid on and purchased with funds donated to the newly emerging history center.
We wish to thank the following people and organizations for their support by creating their own unique wreath design:
Wayside Inn Foundation, A Blade of Grass, Bullfinch’s Restaurant, Duck Soup, Funston Antiques, Wayside Country Store, Mahoney’s Garden Center, Sudbury Garden Club, Thursday Garden Club, Sudbury Valley Trustees, Wounded Warriors, Save-A-Dog, Roche Bros. Supermarket, Russo’s, Sudbury Savoyards, Sudbury Extended Day, Weeks Family, Bearly Read Books, Heather Garden Design, Lisa Forsberg-Bark & Blossoms, Russell’s Garden Center, Boston Design Guide, Stonegate Gardens, Diana Cebra, Nancy Eckersley, Cavicchio Greenhouses, L-S Autism Awareness Club, Beth Grey-Nix and Isabelle Zee.
Sudbury Historical Society Receives Grant from Foundation for MetroWest
The Sudbury Historical Society has received a $10,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest. The grant is for audio/visual equipment and development of audio/visual programming that will be used as part of the displays and exhibits in the soon-to-be-opened Sudbury History Center. The Historical Society has many recordings and videos of programs previously presented at society meetings, a number of which are in VHS format. These programs need to be edited and digitized so they can be viewed within the History Center as well as online. Additionally, the Society plants to continue developing audio/visual presentations of other aspects of the history of Sudbury and the surrounding area.
This is the second time the Foundation for MetroWest has made a generous grant to the Historical Society. In 2017, the Society received a grant toward the restoration and repurposing of the Loring Parsonage into the Sudbury History Center. The Society is gratified by the Foundation’s strong support over the years.
The Sudbury Historical Society is a private 501(c)3 organization, and it relies on private donations from its membership, the Sudbury community, and institutional donors such as the Foundation for Metrowest. The Society looks forward to opening the Sudbury History Center at the Loring Parsonage in Town Center in the Spring of 2020.
Sudbury Historical Society: 2019 Freedom’s Way Partnership Grant Recipient
Designed to provide strategic investments in the cultural, natural and historical resources that enhance the sense of place within the forty-five communities of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, the Freedom's Way Partnership Grant Program serves as a catalyst for creative programs and projects that increase awareness and understanding of the region's heritage by engaging residents and visitors through experiences and promoting stewardship. 2019 is the first year of this grant program and is serving as a pilot for the future.
“After careful consideration by seven independent reviewers, Freedom's Way is pleased to announce the award of nine partnership grants and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on these important projects.", said Executive Director Patrice Todisco. "Their diversity reflects the rich heritage of the region and the impressive work of our many partners to protect, preserve and enhance the cultural, natural and historical resources that make it special."
To complement the opening of the new Sudbury History Center, funds will be used to support a semi-permanent exhibition integrating the history of Sudbury within the context of the overarching themes that shaped the nation. The exhibit will use creative display and interactive devices to reach audiences of all ages.
Since 2015, the Sudbury Historical Society has been planning and fundraising for the almost $1.7 million-dollar renovation and expansion of the historic c. 1730 Loring Parsonage to transform it into the Sudbury History Center, complete with museum galleries, visitors’ center and archive of more than 5,000 accessioned items, including the Harry Rice Collection of Native American Artifacts.