Upcoming Programs for 2021

“Peddling Your Wares; A Look at Itinerant Merchants” on Saturday, September 25th at 7 pm

In the 1800’s, thousands of salesmen brought goods from around the world to farm families. They also brought news, stories, and conversations to these families who had limited access to the outside world. Join period costumed presenter Tom Kelleher, from Old Sturbridge Village for an evening of tales and facts on these early entrepreneurs.

Held at The Swan Tavern Leicester History Museum, 1 Paxton Street, Leicester. Free and open to the public, handicapped accessible.

“An Evening with Peter Salem” on Friday, October 8th, at 7 pm.

Spend the evening with Leicester resident and hero of Bunker Hill, Peter Salem. Hear what 18th Century life was like for a black man in Massachusetts, his experiences in the Continental Army and his life after the fight for freedom.

Presented by Cambridge Historical Tours at the Swan Tavern Leicester Historical Museum, 1 Paxton Street, Leicester. Free and open to the public, handicapped accessible.

Trailblazers by Timing – Activists by Choice on Monday, October 18th at 7 pm.

Learn about the radical abolitionists and the other women who fought for multiple causes, thereby setting the stage for attaining the right to vote (19th Amendment). Using newspaper articles, speeches and letters, author Lynne McKenney Lydick has put together a program honoring those who worked so tirelessly to earn the vote and other rights for women.

Presented by Lyne McKenney Lydick at the Swan Tavern Leicester Historical Museum, 1 Paxton Street, Leicester. Free and open to the public, handicapped accessible.

“To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War” on Monday, November 8th at 7 pm.

Come and hear the popular and folk songs of world War One that were patriotic and inspiring, performed by Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle. Songs full of pathos, tragedy, loss, fear, hope, and surprisingly some were quite humorous. Listen to the music that tied men to their families and home, inspired them to take arms, and united the people in their beliefs.

Held at the Swan Tavern Leicester Historical Museum, 1 Paxton Street, Leicester. Free and open to the public, handicapped accessible.

All of these programs were made possible by a grant from the Leicester Arts Council, a local agency of the Mass Cultural Council.

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Swan Tavern March 28, 2020 Fundraiser

The Friends of the Swan Tavern decided to POSTPONE  the March 28 fundraiser due to the concern over the corona virus outbreak.  The event will be rescheduled.  The Friends wish to thank the many donors and volunteers who contributed over 80 items for the auction.

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2020 Program and Events

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Welcome

Hi and welcome to Leicester, Massachusetts and the Leicester Historical Society. We’d like to invite you to explore this site and leave comments with your suggestions for adding features you’d like to see here.

We would also like to invite you to attend any of our programs at the Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Avenue, Leicester. There is plenty of free parking, the building is handicapped accessible, and we serve very good refreshments at the end of the evenings.

Please look at our program listings by pressing the “Meetings” button above.

Thank you for stopping by. Please drop in again.

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Program Change!

On April 21st at 7 pm we will have a program on the Worcester Revolution and how Worcester and the other towns will be celebrating this event. Our speaker will be Jim Moran. As usual, we will meet at the Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Avenue, Leicester.

Our program on the Industrial Revolution, originally scheduled for April, will take place on May 18th at our Annual meeting and Brunch held at Spencer Country Inn, Route 9, Spencer. If you’re interested in joining us for brunch, there is a $16 per person charge and reservations are required. Please email your interest to diane_calvano@yahoo. com.

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NEW SOCIETY ITEMS ADDED TO OUR STORE

We added new magnet images.  We now have the Leicester Bandstand, Swan Tavern, Leicester welcome sign, Town Common, and Hot Dog Annies.  We still have Quaker Cemetery Gates, Leicester schools, churches and businesses and other images.  We updated our popular cookbook and notecards.  Check our reduced prices for many popular items.

Leicester Historical Society Sweatshirts  $5.00

Leicester Historical Society Golf Shirts $5.00

Images of America Leicester (book)  $10.00

Member Cookbooks Vol. 1 & 2  $4.00 each

Leicester Inn (Cat’s Meow)  $10.00

Leicester Magnets (historical views of schools, churches, houses, mills, businesses, railroads, diner, etc.) $2.00

House tour (booklet) $1.00

Notecards $4.00

 

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LEICESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS FOR 2013-2014

The programs are held at the Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Ave., Leicester, MA.

Monday, September  16TH at 7 p.m.

BEN FRANKLIN MILE MARKERS

Have you noticed those stone markers along Route 9?  Come hear a story of these markers and meet a man who has seen and photographed all of them from New York to Boston.  Presented by Bob Briere of Sturbridge Historical Society. 

Saturday, September 21st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

THE HARVEST FAIR ON THE LEICESTER COMMON

Visit our booth and see new exhibits, new magnets and new cook booklets. 

Monday, October 21st at 7 p.m.

CELEBRATE THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEICESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Little known stories of Leicester’s past and the history of the Fire and Police Departments told by Don Lennerton, Leicester’s own master historian. 

Sunday, November 17 at 1 p.m.

THE MYSTERIOUS MARY ROBERTS RINEHART

Come hear Sari Bitticks of Auburn tell the fascinating story of this incredible woman, author and statesperson.  She was one of the most famous women of her time, but little recognized today. 

Saturday, December 7th at 6 p.m.

THE 17TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING AND CAROLING

On the Leicester Common at 6 p.m. and then into the lower hall of the First Congregational Church for an old-fashioned family evening of caroling and refreshments. 

Sunday, February 16th at 1 p.m.

1789 : MRS. RACHEL WALKER, PAUL REVERE’S MOTHER-IN-LAW

Mrs. Walker, innkeeper, shares her opinions on the King’s taxes, the coffee party riot, Paul Revere’s ride and more.  Rachel Walker is portrayed by Kate Carney. 

Monday, March 17th at 7 p.m.

FINDING WILLIAM LEWIS

The extraordinary story of one man’s life in the 1800’s unfolds though his journals, account books and farm records.  He lived all over New England, even in Leicester.  Hear the story of how Christie Higginbottom and Bruce Craven discovered this treasure, and are piecing together the details of life back then.  Both Christie and Bruce are researchers and interpreters at Old Sturbridge Village. 

Monday, April 21st at 7 p.m.

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IN LEICESTER

Our own Kurt Parliament tells us the story of the changing of our town from agricultural to industrial.  Kurt is a farmer interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village. 

Please contact Diane Calvano for additional information on these programs.

508-335-9706 or dianecalvano@yahoo.com

 

 

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April Meeting

Titanic–the ship and her people

An illustrated program telling about all things Titanic by Lester Paquin. Program free and open to all. Refreshments to follow.

Leicester Senior Center 40 Winslow Avenue., Leicester, MA

April 22, 2013

7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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March 18 2013 meeting

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March 18,  2013“50 Years on the Railroad”: an interview with a man who worked    on the railroad for 50 years, from steam engines to diesels. Presented by Auburn’s renowned storyteller, Ken Ethier.

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Programs for Spring 2013

The following programs will be held in the Leicester Senior Center, 40 Winslow Ave. at 7 p.m.  The center is handicapped accessible  with plenty of parking.  Refreshments follow each program.

February 18, 2013 Lydia Maria Child  presented by Victoria Belisle. Mrs. Child was a noted author of both advice literature, as in “The Frugal  Housewife”, and fiction, as in“Over the River and Through the Woods.” Come meet this unusual woman from Massachusetts history. This program is supported by a grant from the Leicester ArtsCouncil, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

March 18,  2013“50 Years on the Railroad”: an interview with a man who worked    on the railroad for 50 years, from steam engines to diesels. Presented by Auburn’s renowned storyteller, Ken Ethier.

 April 22,  2013 Titanic : the ship and her passengers as told by Lester Paquin. Come meet the people who sailed on this historic voyage and find out their stories. A fascinating look at an event we all thought we knew everything about!

 May 2013 Annual Meeting & Banquet celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Leicester Historical Society         Details to be announced

 

 

 

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