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Past Program Videos

The Society's programs on Sudbury history are recorded. A selection of our programs are now available for viewing online courtesy of SudburyTV.

Click on an image below to play one of our video programs.

 
 

Sudbury Plantation Un-covered: Archaeological Evidence of the First Residents

Celebrate Archaeology Month with Tonya Largy, Wayland resident and archaeological consultant specializing in the analysis of plant and animal remains from archaeological sites.

 
 

The Men who Marched to Concord, April 19, 1775

Presented by Dan Meenan and George Quintal. Each man had his own history and his own family and George will introduce us to these individual men who marched to fight in Concord and the route they took to get there.

 
 

War Memorials of Sudbury

Rachel Goodrich presents an overview of Sudbury’s Monuments and Memorials including interesting facts discovered while researching them and an update on the Sudbury Monument Restoration Project.

 
 

Rev. Edmund Brown's Library: a Concert Drawn from a Puritan Minister's Musical Interests

A concert in honor of one of the founders and the first minister of the Sudbury Plantation, the Reverend Edmund Brown. Brown, a good-standing Puritan minister and wealthy citizen of the plantation (possessing the largest amount of property in the plantation) was also an amateur musician, traveling to the colony with a bass viol and his library of 180 books. Since any records of exactly what books he had no longer exist, the concert attempts to recreate the books of music that would have been in the Rev. Brown’s library. The selections were based on the most popular pieces for viols and church music in 16th-17th century England, featuring pieces by Byrd, Gibbons, Kirbye, and more.

The concert is performed on period-instruments by 4 members of the Boston-area viol consort “Long & Away” and soprano Sarah Orlovsky.

 
 

Railroads in Sudbury

Knowledgeable railroad enthusiasts Dick Williamson, Henry Keutmann and Bill Davies will tell of the two railroads that served Sudbury.

 
 

The King Philip War in Sudbury

Town Historian Lee Swanson brings to life what happened in Sudbury in April 1676. Lee discloses new facts about the battle that almost forced the settlers into the ocean. King Philip's ambushes were brilliantly deployed by starving warriors. The largest, longest battle was here in greater Sudbury.

 
 

Puritans Make a Village

Join us for our kick off of Sudbury's 375th Anniversary Celebration. Hal Cutler will use his extensive knowledge of the Goodnow family and Sumner Chilton Powell's Pulitzer Prize winning book Puritan Village - The Formation of a New England Town to provide a look at the beginning of Sudbury.

 
 

Genealogy 101

A 2 hour introductory genealogy seminar taught by experts Elin Neiterman and Rachel Goodrich, that will provide beginners with the foundational skills and tools to begin researching their family tree including tips for getting started, important genealogical resources and keys to organizing information. Ms. Goodrich has a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University.

 
 

Rev. Israel Loring of Sudbury (1682-1772)

Jane Graham talks about Rev. Israel Loring who served the town for 66 years and left extensive journals.

 
 

Vision of Our Future

Join us for an Ice Cream Social with all the fixings as we thank our members and volunteers. We'll present a Vision of Our Future.

 
 

Melodeon Reed Organ

A Sudbury Historical Society Treasure Talk about the Melodeon Reed Organ, narrated by musicologist Stephen Loikith.

 
 

Hattie Goodnow's Life and Legacy

Hattie Goodnow's Life and Legacy told by Ernie Beer. The story of a Sudbury spinster School Teacher who taught herself photography & chronicled life in Sudbury and elsewhere from the 1890's to the 1940's.

 
 

Camera of Hattie Goodnow

A Sudbury Historical Society Treasure Talk about Hattie Goodnow's camera.

 
 

The History of the (Recreated) Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute, in Fact & Fiction

The History of the (Recreated) Sudbury Companies of Militia & Minute, in Fact & Fiction presented by Dr. Anthony Howes (with tongue firmly planted in cheek) and a cast of thousands.

 
 

Isaac Edrehi The “Spanish Jew”

A remarkable new look at Isaac Edrehi, the “Spanish Jew”, one of the characters in Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn. Presented by Joyce Michel, with the help of Richard Gnatowski.

 
 

History Matters!

William Hosley, celebrated historian and scholar presents a Picture Show & Talk about the need to rekindle awe, aspiration and civic attachment. In other words, let's rebuild Sudbury Community spirit!

 
 

Book Launch of Sudbury in Arcadia's Images of America

Watch our book launch of Sudbury in Arcadia's Images of America series. After 56 years (finally) the Society published our own picture book of historical photographs. The images are shown on screen with a detailed commentary. Copies of the book are available in our store (and they make perfect gifts).

 
 

The Real Wayside Inn

Brian Plumb presents his new picture book of the Wayside Inn, and tells the stories behind the pictures. An active member of the Fife & Drum, he fell in love with our old Inn, and then he did something about it — he wrote A History of Longfellow's Wayside Inn.

 
 

Discover Historic Sudbury Center

Discover Historic Sudbury Center with our walking tour for the family. Five Historic Buildings are open. Tour Guides accompany each group. Presenters are at twelve sites and a cast of characters are within the buildings. Includes a performing organist and surprises! Presented in conjunction with the League of Women Voters and the Sudbury Historical Commission.

 
 

The Nelson Fairbank Diaries, 1870 to 1880

The Nelson Fairbank Diaries, 1870 to 1880 as told by Ernie Beer and Sally Barrett. Enjoy this entertaining window into the daily life of a skilled mason.

 
 

The Jacob Bigelow, Jr. Story

Follow the story of the son of a Sudbury preacher to fame and fortune. Jacob also helped found Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

 
 

The South Sudbury Naborhood

The South Sudbury Naborhood (King Philip Historic District) as told by Gretchen Schuler, eminent house historian.

 
 

The Camp Sewataro Story

The Camp Sewataro Story as told by Bill Dowie and the Taylor Family. Hear about a Summer Day Camp, in the middle of Sudbury that has quietly served the public for 50+ years.

 
 

Signature Quilts & the Stories They Tell

Signature Quilts & the Stories They Tell as told by Pamela Weeks — author and curator of the New England Quilt Museum.

 
 

Appraisal Day: Antiques and Collectibles

Stuart Slavid of Skinner’s Auction Gallery fame and “Antiques Roadshow” TV show will value your items for this fun event! Only $10 an item. You can just come and watch or you can have your item appraised. Only 50 items will be appraised. Please note that coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments are excluded.

 
 

Book Launch for “From your loving son” Civil War Correspondence and Diaries of Private George F. Moore and His Family

Join us for the launch of our new book “From your loving son” Civil War Correspondence and Diaries of Private George F. Moore and His Family. Based on our unique collection of letters from the front, our book includes rare answering letters from the family. Edited by Mary Ellen Hoover, Elin Williams Neiterman, and E. Dianne James, a dramatic reading of a selection of the letters will be featured. For details on the book see here.

 
 

Walking Tour of Historic Sudbury Center

Meet an Indian, Mrs. Loring, Rev. Loring, and the Pound Keeper, and hear words from the grave. This is a 90 minute tour with an introduction by Lee Swanson.

 
 

Ancestor Day with the Noyes Family

Celebrate the Noyes Family, one of Sudbury’s founding families, presented by Amy Bowker Noyes. Paul Weis (who played the part of founder Peter Noyes in the 1989 play “Town Meeting Tonight”) participates with some songs from that play. Recent Noyes family gifts to the Society are displayed, including documented quilts from this historic family.

 
 

History of the Ti-SALES Neighborhood

Learn about the history of the Ti-SALES neighborhood, including the railroad station, Young's store, Stiles Coal, etc. Lee Swanson, Bert Tighe and members of the SHS share their pictures and memories of the changes through the years.

 
 

Town Meeting Tonight

Paula Adelson joins us 22 years later as we revisit the late Dr. Bill Adelson's play, which was the high point of our town's 350th Celebration in 1989. Come for a taste of this Broadway caliber original music and lyrics (mostly by Ken Getz and Steve Espinola who are present) with a remarkable cast.

 
 

Ice — The Old Fashioned Way

Richard Gnatowski (the miller at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill) will show displays and a newly made film that teaches us how to cut ice (from a millpond!) for your wooden ice box.

 
 

Memoirs of Betty Farmer

Sudbury Historical Society, Inc. presents the Memoirs of Betty Farmer interviewed by Josephine Kieswetter

 
 

The Sudbury Savoyards

The Sudbury Savoyards remember their fifty years of bringing Gilbert & Sullivan performances to the area. Come join us for a joyous event of live entertainment, stories, videos and displays. Humming along to well-loved tunes will be encouraged!

 
 

The Mary Rowlandson Story

The Mary Rowlandson Story portrayed by actress Katie Green. In 1676, during King Philip's War, Mary Rowlandson was captured in Lancaster. She was a prisoner for eleven weeks in which time she traveled over 200 miles while serving King Philip and his family. After her release, she published a diary in which the Sudbury Fight is mentioned many times. This special program is funded by the Sudbury Cultural Council.

 
 

Wayside Inn Boys School (1928-1947)

The story of the Wayside Inn Boys School (1928-1947), as told through the eyes and experience of Carmino (Moose) Longhi, one of the school's graduates (class of 1942). He was given a chance to succeed in life by Henry Ford, and he took it!

 
 

The Black Hole in the Map of Sudbury

Lee Swanson, Karen Riggert and others prepare us for the opening of the new Visitor Center at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with a presentation on the history of the ARNWR land using photos, video maps and first person accounts of the pre WW II use of the land as well as the WW II use of the land. Learn about those mysterious bunkers!

 
 

Ancestor Day - The Fairbanks Family

Celebrate one of Sudbury's early families, the Fairbanks Family, presented by the director of the Fairbanks House in Dedham.

 
 

The Cavicchio Family Story

Paul Cavicchio recounts the Cavicchio Family Story. Hear from the grandson of the man who stood up to Henry Ford!

 
 

The Francis Koppeis Story: Innkeeper Extraordinaire

Ann Koppeis Bowles tells the story of her father, Innkeeper Extraordinaire from 1959 to 1989, who brought Life, Love and Hospitality to the Wayside Inn.

 
 

Farm Life in South Sudbury

Early 20th Century Views of life as it was, via the Ames and Smith family picture albums. Over 250 acres on the Framingham line on Landham Road and Woodside Road is shown "as it was" with stories told by Ernie Beer.

 
 

Best Kept Secret in Our Town!

Sudbury's The Concord Review, famous all over the world is not known here! Since 1987, it has published 835 history research papers written by High School Students from 36 countries. Three students have gone on to win Rhodes Scholarships. Meet the founder Will Fitzhugh and hear his story.

 
 

SHS Art Show

For one day only, the Sudbury Historical Society's Art Collection will displayed with the help of Fred Scott (former owner of the Scott Gallery). Sudbury artists including E. Helene Sherman, Florence Hosmer, Gertrude Rice, Jane Brown, Thelma McAlpine Ernst and rare examples of unknown Sudbury artsits will be on display.

 
 

Ancestor Day - The Rice Family

Celebrating Sudbury's founding families, this year hear about the Rice Family as told by George and Michael Rice of the Edmund Rice (1638) Association.

 
 

Raymond's where you bot the hat Department Store

The story of "Raymond's" where you bot the hat Department Store, the Raymonds of Raymond Road Sudbury and Frank I. Dorr of Framingham. Presented with help from the Framingham Historical Society.

 
 

A Pox On You

The History of the Small Pox Contagion in Sudbury with Dr. Anthony Howes and a cast of the forgotten. The Pest House and the Small Pox Cemetery at Mt Nobscot (recently put under permanent conservation restrictions by the Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts and the citizens of Sudbury) are also included.

 
 

Magical Mystery Tour of Historic Sudbury

Take a Virtual Tour of Historic Sudbury, without getting out of your seat. Visit sites which you may have heard of, but never managed to get to. No mosquito spray necessary! No hip waders or rubber boots! Just sit back and enjoy Terry Keeney and Anthony Howes' guided tour.

 
 

The George F. Moore Civil War Diaries and Letters

The Society purchased (by public subscription in 2000) the two way correspondence of Sudbury Civil War soldier George Moore and his family. The letters were transcribed by Mary Ellen Hoover and the late Virginia Maenpaa and more recently, George's diaries and a Moore family diary have also been transcribed. This combined material reads like a great movie script, so listen and go back in time.

 
 

Sudbury Remembers Babe Ruth

Sudbury Remembers Sudbury's Babe Ruth, with the owner of the Babe Ruth House, Dennis Gavin and his son Lee who may well have broken the Curse of the Bambino. With all new stories, and facts, and artifacts. Plus pictures you have never seen before. Meet the Big Bambino here!


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