• Upcoming Programs

    Winter/Spring 2015 Programs

    Antique Weapons Experts To Speak

    Monday, April 6
    7:30 pm
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
    26 North Street, Medfield

    Stuart Mowbray and Joe Pouleo

    Stuart Mowbray, editor, left, and Joe Pouleo, technical editor, right.

    Is our Medfield musket America’s oldest?

    The historical society has, locked in its vault in the former Medfield Cooperative Bank, a significant collection of old swords, rifles, pistols, etc.

    We have tried without success to find out about their history, value and care. A few months ago we got lucky. A random phone call from Adams Shipman of Natick led to a two-hour meeting and an extensive write-up in Man at Arms magazine. The article is entitled, “The Medfield Musket – could this be the oldest intact military longarm used in America?”

    Stuart Mowbray, editor, and Joe Pouleo, technical editor, internationally-known experts in antique guns and swords, with John Turner’s musket, will present their surprising and fascinating findings about our collection April 6 at 7:30 pm at the Society’s meeting at the old meetinghouse, First Parish Unitarian Universalist.

    Fall 2015 Programs

    Postponed Due to Snow and Frigid Temperatures — Ken Gloss of Brattle Book Shop to Speak


    Proprietor Ken Gloss.

    7:30 pm
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church

    Bring your antiquarian books for an appraisal!

     Ken Gloss owns the Brattle Book Shop, one of the country’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookshops. It was established in 1825 not in Cambridge, but on the long-gone Brattle Street in Boston’s present Government Center. It’s now at 9 West Street in Downtown Crossing, and it’s open 9 – 5:30 Monday through Saturday; 617-542-0210.

    Ken is a nationally-recognized authority on old books, and he’s often appeared on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. He’ll be talking about the business and pleasure of old books and some of his exciting finds. He’ll examine and evaluate old books audience members bring to the program.


    The Brattle Book Shop Circa 1950.

    The Brattle Book Shop has three floors and a large open lot to the right of the shop are filled each day with a quarter of a million books from classics and hard-to-find titles to yesterday’s bestsellers.

    Among the most sought-after categories are books about the presidents — Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, and above all Kennedy. Other favorites are the numerous Boston and New England authors and poets such as Longfellow, Emerson, Frost and yes, Stephen King! King’s first edition books keep going up in value.