Gravestone Services at Shirley Historical Society, Saturday, March 9, 2016

Gravestone Services of New England cleans, conserves, and repairs historic gravestones and monuments throughout New England and beyond. They have preserved nearly 20,000 gravestones and monuments, including eight historic stones in Shirley. On Saturday March 9th, at 2:00 pm, Kai Nalenz will speak at the Shirley Historical Society Museum and will explain just how and why they do what they do.

Gravestone Services of New England is a member of the Association of Gravestone Studies, Preservation Massachusetts, and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. They are OSHA certified, Jahn restoration certified, and fully insured. If you are responsible for or interested in the proper care of a cemetery, you would benefit from attending this free program.

Contact the Shirley Historical Society (182 Center Road in Shirley) at 978-425-9328 or with any questions.

Townsend Historical Society presents Fall Open House, Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Townsend Historical Society announces a Fall Open House and Minutemen Encampment on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Location will be at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St. (Rte. 119), Townsend Harbor, MA. Please park at the Harbor Church or Cooperage.

  • House Tours: Featuring Rufus Porter murals
  • Craft Demos: Candles, Quill writing, and more.
  • Hearth Cooking: Using our Federal era fireplace and beehive oven.
  • Musket Firing: Learn about period weapons and the drilling procedure.
  • Free Admission! General public welcome.

Boston Tea Party: The Role of Tea in the American Revolution

Why did colonists disguise themselves as Mohawk Indians in 1773, board three ships in Boston Harbor, and destroy over 92,000 pounds of tea? Join us as Danielle Beaudette of The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline, NH, discusses tea and the role it played in the American Revolution.

  • When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, Massachusetts
  • Cost: Free, but please register online at (Eventbrite)

Hosted by the Prudence Wright Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). Questions? Contact Patty Gale at

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pepperell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Free Genealogy Workshop: by the Massachusetts Daughters of the American Revolution

  • Saturday, March 24, 2018
  • 10:15am – 1:30pm
  • Lawrence Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA 01463
  • 10:15am Presentation: What is the DAR? Learn about this service organization whose patriot ancestors made possible our American independence.
  • 10:30-1:30 Individual 20-minute appointments with genealogists

Sign up for an appointment on Eventbrite. Bring in any useful data about your family such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, Bible records, land probate, will records, census records or obituaries.

Register via: eventbrite (link below)

The Rev. Joseph Emerson, Jr.: Pepperell’s Patriotic Preacher

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, historian Ron Karr will give a presentation at the Prudence Wright Chapter House of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 4 Main Street, Pepperell, MA, at 2:00 p.m., on Pepperell’s forgotten Revolutionary hero, fervent Patriot, and first minister, Joseph Emerson (1721-1775). Ron has been a member of both the Pepperell Historical Commission for nearly 30 years and is an officer in the Pepperell Historical Society. He has a doctorate in History from Boston University and is a retired reference librarian from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Free admission, all are welcome!