Historical Society of Watertown

The Historical Society of Watertown was founded in 1888 by three prominent citizens: Dr. Alfred Hosmer, Rev. Edward A. Rand, and Solon F. Whitney, the town's first librarian. The mission of the HSW is to restore & preserve the Edmund Fowle House and to maintain it as a living archive for future generations. The goals of the Society are education, preservation, and restoration, with the house as headquarters for its functions and activities.

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Location: Watertown, Massachusetts, United States

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

November Public Meeting – a Slideshow Lecture entitled

“Watertown: Then and Now”

7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Watertown Free Public Library
Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

If you enjoy the "Then & Now" photo series in the Watertown TAB, or just want to know more about it, test your skill at the third "Watertown Then & Now" slide show and quiz at the November meeting of the Historical Society of Watertown.

See familiar scenes as they used to be. How well do you know your town?

The presentation will be given by David Russo, Recording Secretary of the Historical Society of Watertown/Chairperson of the Watertown Historical Commission and Marilynne K. Roach, President of the Historical Society of Watertown/Board Member of the Historical Commission

We will also be pulling the winning ticket for the raffle of the Fowle House dollhouse.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more information call Joyce at 781-899-7239

Friday, October 15, 2010

Part 2

I've vented and now time to move on................

Here's some upcoming programs sponsored by the HSW-

Join us Tuesday October 26, 2010 for an Evening of Fine Food and Informative Fun

6 PM Talktails 7 PM Dinner

$30 PrixFixe includes hot appetizers, your choice between 3 entrees and also served with homemade dessert and coffee

7:30 PM Historic Program during Dinner Followed by a Trivia Contest

RSVP @ The Talk Restaurant

116 Main St. Watertown 617-600-3417 - 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the

Historical Society of Watertown


and the next program is................

Halloween Lantern Lit Graveyard Tour   Common Street Cemetery

Dare you join your guides to explore by lantern light the graves of many prominent Watertown’s ancestors buried at the  Common Street Cemetery
Join us at the Edmund Fowle House
28 Marshall Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Saturday, October 30, 2010
6:30 PM—9:00 PM
7:00 PM Tour Begins
Gather back at the House for light refreshments and socializing
$5.00 per person (payable at the door)

Tel. 617-923-6067     http://www.historicwatertown.org/

and lastly........

Monthly Council Meeting
at the Edmund Fowle House

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 @ 6:30 PM-----

Public is welcomed.... for more info call 617-923-6067

Thursday, October 07, 2010

So... What's New???

I keep asking that same question to certain members of the Historical Society's Board of Directors, and guess what?
I still don't receive the information I ask for. I would like to know what programs are coming up, where they will be and when they'll be. I've asked for pdf or word doc flyers so I can put that info on my website- http://www.historicwatertown.org/ but I have so far rec'd... nothing. What gives?
I hear you are building your own website... why? is it because you don't want to pay for the domains I bought five years ago? or the website itself? Five months ago I wrote to you and requested a reasonable offer to take over the website and the two other domains that linked to the HSW ( http://www.historicalsocietyofwatertown.org/ & http://www.edmundfowlehouse.org/ ).
But No...... you hemmed and hawed for months, never even made an offer and then ignored my requests for information.
Is $300.00 too much for all the work, extra storage, applications, and software upgrades that the website has to offer? The site has been visited by over 13,000 people since April 6, 2007, hundreds have submitted requests for answers to their historical questions and many have gone on to become members of "OUR" organization. Oh yeah, I'm a little upset, because as president (2004/09) of the then HSW, I tried to change the way the community thought of the society, which was a sleepy organization with a bunch of old fuddy duddies running it like a private club.
You don't even know how to conduct an election of officers....... video courtesy of WCAC, our local cable station.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Website for sale

along with these domains....

send contact info to: info@HistoricWatertown.org

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Watertown's Arsenal Mall prepares for historic exhibit

Photo courtesy of Bob Erickson
This undated postcard shows the way the Watertown Arsenal used to look.

By Jeremy C. Fox
Wicked Local Watertown
Posted Aug 29, 2010 @ 03:41 PM
Last update Aug 29, 2010 @ 11:30 PM
The Arsenal Mall will soon be offering a dose of history along with its shopping experience, as it opens its “Watertown Arsenal Through the Years” exhibit.

The project, a collaboration between the mall, the Historical Society of Watertown and the Arsenal Center for the Arts, will incorporate historic photographs and artifacts from the arsenal, displayed in a series of glass cases throughout the mall.

The objects and photos have been compiled from the Historical Society, the Watertown Public Library, the National Archives, the Library of Congress and other sources.

Lauren Higginson, marketing director for the Arsenal Mall, said the exhibit will trace the changes that the arsenal area has seen over its long history.

“It’s going to be a then-and-now type of exhibit where you’ll be able to see images and information from the Civil War era, when it was originally built, through today,” Higginson said.

The exhibit will officially open with a walking tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11. The tour will begin at the mall, continue through the Harvard Vanguard and Arsenal on the Charles areas and conclude at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.

Thursday, February 25, 2010



Plan the details of your event in one weekend!
Meet with Boston’s top industry professionals; caterers, florists,
photographers, bakeries, entertainment, transportation and more.
Sample delicious treats, check out the strolling fashion show and enter
to win some amazing prizes!

date: Saturday, March 6th & Sunday, March 7th
different vendors are showcased each day
time: 1pm to 4pm
place: Commander’s Mansion
440 Talcott Ave Watertown, MA
$5.00 per person – ticket is good all weekend
617.926.7755 / info@commandersmansion.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Party

Meet us on Halloween
If on a Broomstick you can’t fly
Some other way of traveling try.
But come you must .......

To the Edmund Fowle House
28 Marshall Street, Watertown, MA 02472

October 31, 2009 7:00 PM—10:00 PM

Admission: $5 per person
BYOB and an appetizer or snack to share

Tour to the Old Cemetery To meet Edmund Fowle

Costumes optional but if you wear one
Win a prize for the best costume
Bring a carved or decorated pumpkin to win a prize for the best pumpkin
(No flame candles, flameless candles are OK)
Games, fortune telling, share a ghost story, fun for all!
For more information call 617-926-2577