Education Week - 18th Century Days
Each year since 1972, the Society has hosted Education Week, also known as 18th Century Days, for Holliston's third graders. More than three hundred children spend a day in the spring at the Asa Whiting House. Society members and HEPTSA volunteers teach them traditional crafts and skills such as open hearth cooking, candle-making, ironwork, cross-stitch, and stenciling.
Parent volunteers make a commitment to present one workshop topic to four groups of children during the course of a morning or afternoon. During Orientation Night, which is held one or two weeks prior to that year’s 18th Century Days, volunteers receive instruction on the topic they will teach as well as tips on presenting the material. In addition, for those who want to “dress the part” (it is not required but a lot of fun!), hints on dressing 18th-century style will be shown. The Society has a collection of reproduction clothing that volunteers may wear for their scheduled day.
Prior to attending Orientation, we ask volunteers to print out the background information on their topic and bring this to Orientation Night so they can take notes and be trained to present the information during the week. See 18th C. Details for Background Information.
If you would like to volunteer (or if you have volunteered and now find you have a conflict) please contact the Education Chair.
Annual Antique and Craft Fair
Our annual Antiques and Craft Fair takes place on the grounds of the Asa Whiting House and features handmade New England crafts, antiques dealers, a silent auction table, food for sale in the barn, special activities for children and more. Our silent auction table features donations of goods and services by many area businesses.
Members of the Society in period costume conduct tours of the Asa Whiting House where items from the Society's collections are on display. You may also visit the Society's library.
Our annual lecture series brings historians from the surrounding area to Holliston to speak on a wide range of topics from Holliston in the Civil War and Civil War medicine, to the history of women in Holliston, to baseball in Holliston, and historic ironwork and wallpapers.