• Upcoming Programs

    Fall 2015 Programs

    Ken Gloss of Brattle Book Shop to Speak

    Monday, October 5
    7:30 pm
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
    26 North Street, Medfield

    Proprietor Ken Gloss.

    Proprietor Ken Gloss.

    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.



    History Lost by Town Historian Richard DeSorgher

    Monday, November 2
    7:30 pm
    First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
    26 North Street, Medfield


    Demolition of the Historic “Newport-like” Curtis Mansion at 50 North Street. Suburban Press photo by Laila Kain.

    Medfield’s stock of historic houses is one of the factors that makes Medfield, Medfield. It is a factor when people decide to move here, it is a part of the historic heritage that gives Medfield its historical uniqueness and it is a factor that helps to preserve and maintain the property values we have in Medfield, no matter where in town your house is located. The town has been fortunate so far that many in town owning such historic homes appreciate the value their historic house has to their neighborhood and to the town and they have done a beautiful job in maintaining and preserving the historic characteristics of their house. But that has not always been true nor may it be true in the future. Much of the town is not protected; it is not yet in an historic district, as is West Main Street, for example. Recent demolition of two historic houses has taken place and future demolitions, replaced by high density condominiums or 40B apartment buildings and another unique historic fabric of the town vanishes.

    On Monday evening, November 2, Town Historian Richard DeSorgher will present a one-hour multi-media screening showing “History Lost.” In it he looks at the historic homes Medfield once had and that were demolished. We have lost much but we still have much to be saved. From the town’s character point of view and from a financial point of view, we must work harder to protect these historic homes.  The November meeting will show what we have lost, what has been saved and why many more homes are in danger of destruction.