Fall 2016 Programs
Celebrating 125 Years of the Medfield Historical Society
Monday, November 7
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
26 North Street, Medfield
Former society president and town historian Richard DeSorgher will celebrate the 125th of the founding of the Medfield Historical Society in 1891. All in town are invited to come to hear about those responsible for its beginning, to see photos and images of the major events and undertakings by the Society over the past 125 years, and to take part in its birthday party, complete with a town-size anniversary cake.
The Society was founded in 1891 with William Tilden, appropriately, as its first president. Excellent record keeping by Society secretaries over the years have unveiled a treasure of materials on past Society programs and policies.
Through readings, photos, and a PowerPoint presentation you will be transported back to the Medfield of 1891. That year, Town Meeting, by a vote of 17 to 5, gave the Historical Society a room in Town Hall, free of charge. The Society now had a home! It would later move to the public library and then to its current location in the former Medfield Co-operative Bank at 6 Pleasant Street. Residents whose ancestors went back to the very founding of the town itself began to donate family heirlooms and town-related artifacts to begin the Society’s collection. Those donations have continued up to the present day. The program will also have on display, for all to see, some of the most valuable and interesting artifacts collected by the Society over the past 125 years.
One of the most important efforts by the Society that will be presented was saving the Peak House from demolition by neglect and taking over the historic home, restoring it to its former Colonial look and preserving for all time, what is today Medfield’s most famous landmark.
All are invited to the party!
Peak House Pantry Sale
The annual Peak House Pantry Sale, a town tradition for over 40 years, will be held at the Peak House on Saturday, November 18, from 10am – 2pm. Stop by early to pick up home-baked pies, breads and cookies as well as a wedge of sharp Vermont cheese cut by cheese-cutter extraordinaire, Curator Mike Stamer. Browse the white elephant sale for treasures and novelties and take a tour of the house while you’re there. All proceeds support the ongoing maintenance of the Peak House.