Winter/Spring 2016 Programs
Letters from Europe: My Father in WWII
Monday, May 2
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
26 North Street, Medfield
This is a timeless story of a marriage and family separated by the tumult of war, yet very much connected by the enduring love and devotion expressed through a husband’s letters to his wife. From numerous state-side training sites to family billets in England, through a D-Day + 28 landing on Utah Beach to his Paris office regimen while serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Burton William Gregg regularly wrote or typed multi-page letters to his states-side wife, Jinny. In these 486 letters we witness a powerful story: Burt’s longing for his wife and family, his reactions to being a soldier, and his constant search for meaning, purpose, and direction amidst the anguish of war. Seventy-one years later, Rob Gregg of Medfield, their oldest son, reflects on the importance and value of these letters as both an historical and personal account of his parents’ and his own early life as framed by World War II. You won’t want to miss this very special presentation.
Members-Only Outing Set for May 21st
This year’s spring outing will be to the Framingham History Center on the common off Edgell Road, just north of Route 9 in Framingham Center. Starting at 1 pm, there will be a guided tour of the three buildings; it will probably take a little over an hour. (It’s open only 1-4 in the afternoon on Saturdays.)
The Medfield Historical Society will pick up the tab for our members; if you’re not already a member, you can join and pay at the door and get in free.
As you’d expect in a town settled in 1650 with a population of 68,000, it’s a much larger society and museum than ours, with a full-time executive director, Annie Murphy, and a paid staff. The biggest exhibit is on Dennison (1896 – 1990), once the town’s largest employer. Now headquartered in California, Avery-Dennison is a $6 billion, 26,000-employee manufacturer of pressure-sensitive labels and other paper and office products.
The Framingham Dennison facility on Howard Street at Dennison Crossing provided employment for about 3,000 people at its peak, many of whom came from Medfield to make the little tags. Many employees have said it was like an extended family; the reunions are well-attended. The building has now been converted into residences and small businesses.
Crispus Attucks was a slave who lived in Framingham and is included in the exhibit. Crispus Attucks (c.1723—March 5, 1770) was the first casualty of the Boston massacre, in Boston, Massachusetts, and is widely considered to be the first American casualty in the American Revolutionary War.
And there’s a lot more! See you Saturday, May 21, at 1 pm in Framingham!
MEMOs Discover Medfield History Day
MEMO’s 2016 Discover Medfield History Day trolley tour is scheduled to take place on Saturday June 18th. Richard DeSorgher will be your host for this fun and factual ride thru Medfield. The theme this year is “Historic Homes”. The hour long tours will begin at the Lowell Mason House at 9am. Six tours will be scheduled for 9am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm. Tickets will be on sale at Needham Bank – they are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12 and seniors.
Medfield Historical Society 125th Anniversary Celebrations
In celebration of our 125th anniversary we will have several history-related events through the year. The first set of events will be the same day as MEMO’s Discover Medfield History Day on June 18th. Tentatively, there will be four historic sites – the Peak House, the Dwight-Derby House, the Kingsbury Mill and the Lowell Mason House – open for tours.
Your history adventure does not have to begin or end with the trolley tour. Spend the day of celebrating Medfield’s history! All venues are expected to be open at 10:00 am and close at 3:00 pm and are free to the public.