• Upcoming Programs

    Winter/Spring 2015 Programs

    Members-Only Museum of World War II Tour

    Saturday, May 16
    10 am
    Museum of World War II
    8 Mercer Road, Natick
    $15 per person

    Museum of WWII

    Photo courtesy Museum of World War II.

    This year’s member-only event is a visit to the World War II Museum in Natick and, very appropriately, it takes place on Armed Forces Day.

    Visiting the museum is a unique experience. In addition to housing the most comprehensive collection of original World War II artifacts anywhere in the world, the exhibition — nearly 7,000 pieces — integrates the human, political and military stories. It is an intense experience made more so by the fact most artifacts are not behind or under glass. Most can be touched.

    The cost of admission is regularly $25 per person, but the Society has negotiated a special rate of just $15 per person.

    The Museum requires a Release and Waiver and that you bring the printed and signed Release and Waiver when you arrive. The waiver form must be printed in advance and filled out before entering the museum. If you have any difficulty printing the form, please email us.

    Want to attend, but not a member? Join now! Or, you can join at the door. But why wait?

    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.