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" On Writing A Memoir"

on 10/19/2014

On October 15th, the Programs committee hosted Mr. Thatcher Freund to speak with the audience on the importance of writing a memoir. He explained how a memoir differs from an autobiography in that it does not encompass an entire life with dates and facts. A memoir is a personalized recollection of events that are visualized and remembered through the eyes of the author. He encouraged us to delve into our past and relate as much detail as possible. This is what makes a memoir interesting.

Writing Your Life Story - the Art of Writing your Memoir

on 10/12/2014


Writing Your Life Story - the Art of Writing your Memoir will be presented by Thatcher Freund at 7:30 on Wednesday, October 15 at the Holliston Historical Society.

"Writing down the stories of our lives is one of the most important things we can do for those who follow us." - Thatcher Freund

Indeed, the Society archive collection has many memoirs written by residents of Holliston. The art of writing a memoir is a long-standing literary genre that tells more than a personal history - it also tells of the times in which we live.

Oktoberfest 2014 Friday Oct. 17th, 7 PM

on 10/11/2014


Guten Tag!

Join us for the 17th annual Holliston Historical Society Oktoberfest celebration. Our 1815 barn is the perfect venue for this festive occasion. Members of the Society volunteer with the set up, cooking, serving, decorations and clean up. Come and meet them as well as your Holliston neighbors and friends.

As is the tradition for this event the featured entertainment is the Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band. This lively band has performed all over the East Coast and Canada and will get you laughing, singing and dancing a polka before the evening is done.

In addition to large soft

Early summer saw the Society having its annual meeting with the election of officers for the 2014-2015 year.  After the business portion several honorees were awarded for their contribution to the Society.  Ginny and Don Bates were Member(s) of the Year and Rick and Joanne Brown received the President's Award.  Congratulations!

In June, the Annual Father's Day Car Show and Breakfast was held with over 200 cars participating and many guests and admirers voted on their favorite. The kitchen served up a hearty breakfast during the show.

Home Brew 2014 - Update

on 4/14/2014

We had good success with the root beer that we mixed and bottle during the class.  It turned fizzy after 2 weeks of carbonating in the cellar.  We bottled the wort on Friday April 11th, 3 weeks after we brewed it at the Asa Whting House.  Like the root beer, It will also need 2 weeks or so to carbonate.

Details of the wort follow:

Kit:  Coopers Real Ale (hopped malt concentrate)

Fermenting Date:  March 23, 2014
Fermenting Temp:  around 58 to 60 degrees (cellar temp)
Original gravity (specific gravity before we put the lid on the fermenter):  OG 1.030 (I

A Fruitcake by Any Other Name

on 12/23/2013

The earliest fruitcake was a version buried with the Egyptians to eat during the afterlife.  Romans also had a version made of barley, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and raisins.  During the Middle Ages, dried fruit became more widely available and were incorporated into the cakes.  Middle Age variations throughout Europe included Italian Panforte ("strong bread") and German stollen.  With the importation of cheap sugar from the colonies in the 16th century, the modern fruitcake was invented.  The modern fruitcake relies on sugar-preserved fuits.  Nuts were added during the 18th century.