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Pot Luck & Football Party, January 14, 2017

on 1/3/2017

On Saturday evening the Holliston Historical Society will hold it's second annual Pot Luck and Football Party. The playoffs will be in full swing and our New England Patriots will be playing the Dolphins, the Steelers or the Texans, in Foxboro! So brush off the post holiday funk and go back into the kitchen to make an appetizer, an entree or a dessert. This event is open to members and their guests.  Please contact Sheila Adams at adamssjt1(at) to let us know what you are bringing.

The details are:

6 PM drinks and appetizers

7 PM Dinner

The footbal game will be on the TV for

Slavery in New England?

on 1/11/2017


What was life like for African-Americans who were enslaved in Colonial New England?  (There were also free African Americans who lived in the colonies.

In observance of Black History Month, Holliston Historical Society will offer a free, illustrated talk on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30: “Northern Slavery in the Pre-Revolutionary Period:  the Royall House and Slave Quarters Medford.”  The program will be presented in the meeting room of the Asa Whiting House at 547 Washington Street.The Royall House and Slave Quarters Museum’s Executive Director, Tom Lincoln,

A Revolution of Her Own: Deborah Samson Gannett - November 13 at 3:00 PM

on 10/25/2016

Join us on Sunday, November 13 at 3 PM to hear actress and historical interpreter, Judith Kalaora. In an hour-long program that is sure to captivate the audience, Ms. Kalaora will portray Deborah Samson Gannett (1762-1827), the first woman to enlist, fight in, and be honorably discharged from the American Military.

An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens.

Thank you for the Harvest Fair support!

on 9/27/2016

The Society would like to thank everyone who came out for our Harvest Fair on Sunday the 25th! We had a wonderful turn out and hope all the vendors and attendees had a great time. Special thanks to those business who, despite the winter kill and drought, generously donated apples so that we could make our famous (sold out!) apple pies:

Arcadian Farms, 200 Norfolk St, Holliston, MA 01746
Belkin Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St, Natick, MA 01760
Berlin Orchards, 310 Sawyerhill Rd., Berlin, MA 01503
Bolton Spring Farm, 149 Main St., Bolton, MA 01740
Dowse Orchards, 98 North Main St., Sherborn, MA

The Holliston Historical Society Library will be open on Sunday Feb. 5, 2017 from 2-4 pm.  Usually the library is open on the second Sunday of the month but due to a program at the Historical Society on Feb 12, the normal library hours have been changed for February.  The library is open on the 2nd Sunday of the month from September to June.  The library is also open by appointment by contacting the librarian at  The library is open to HHS members and non-members alike and is located on the second floor of the Historical Society house (Col.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Holliston in Bloom reception at the Historical Society on the 21st! It was so gratifying to see such a great audience for the food, the introductions, and the presentations. 

If you would like to see more of what the judges saw during their stay in Holliston an how the Historical Society was involved, be sure to read the articles in The Holliston Reporter: Day 1 and Day 2