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Historical Society LogoJoin the Woburn Historical Society's Annual Meeting for their Annual Election of officers and Directors followed by a short slide show celebrating some of the Society's most memorable events of the past year.  Author and former president of both the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Massachusetts, William M. Bulger, will then speak about his new book, James Michael Curley: A Short Biography with Personal Reminiscences.  Bulger was inspired to enter politics by Curley, who was a lightning rod for controversy throughout his political career, spanning from 1897 to 1955.

Woburn Historical SocietyGreat Disasters from Woburn's Past
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Did you know that in 1925, a tornado ripped through Woburn, forever altering the City's landscape?

Please join the Woburn Historical Society on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium as John McElhiney revisits this and other disasters from Woburn's past. The program kicks off Woburn Reads 2010, where residents across the city will read Stephen Puleo's "Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919" and participate in a number of city-wide events.

Woburn Historical SocietyDo you remember the building of Route 128? Can you believe it opened almost 60 years ago?

“What was once ‘the road to nowhere’ quickly became a major commercial nexus for eastern Massachusetts and a critical link in the region's highway network. The visionary highway project permanently altered the character of the two dozen towns through which it passes.”1

Woburn Historical SocietyA Plasma Film on Count Rumford: Scholar, Soldier, Spy, Statesman and Scientist

DID YOU KNOW that “Count Rumford,” born Benjamin Thompson, was considered one of the leading scientific figures of his day (late 1700s/early 1800s), but that he was on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War? Or that his house, built in 1714, still stands in North Woburn, and that it contains many of the papers and artifacts from Thompson’s remarkable and diverse career?

Woburn Historical SocietyDID YOU KNOW that while the Pumping Station at Horn Pond (built in 1872) was originally designed to pump water directly from the pond into a reservoir, it didn’t actually pump any pond water for over 35 years? Or that the first Halloween Parade included lots of trick or treaters, in their costumes, who were allowed to march in the parade?

Find out interesting facts on the early years and beginnings of a number of different Woburn institutions and organizations at “Origins”, to be held in association with the Burbeen Free Lecture Series, on Monday, October 19, 2009.

Historical SocietyThe Woburn Historical Society Presents:

“4th Annual Cemetery Tour”

at Olde Woodbrook Cemetery

100 Salem Street, Woburn, MA

DID YOU KNOW that Woodbrook Cemetery was so beautiful when it opened in 1845 that a number of people had the remains of their loved ones dug up and moved from elsewhere in the town to Woodbrook? Or that the word “Woodbrook” has a common meaning and special relationship with the word “Woburn?”

Come out and learn the history behind historic and interesting places throughout the City of Woburn, including the Baldwin Mansion, the Middlesex Canal, old burial grounds, grand homes of the tannery owners, historic monuments and much, much more on Sunday June 28th from 12:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Tours start and end in front of The Woburn Public Library located at 45 Pleasant Street in Woburn, MA.  Three tours departing at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and are available to members only through June 7th. Beginning June 8th, any remaining tickets will be for sale to non-members at our June 8th program, via a mailing or by using an order form at website www.woburnhistoricalsociety.com.