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Stone Walls from Here to Calif. and Back 8 times!

on 1/19/2013

I recently attended a talk on stone walls by Kevin Gardner of New Hampshire, author of "The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls."  Did you know that our recent ancestors (mostly during the post Civil War) built enough stone walls to make the trip to California eight times -- this is approximately 250,000 miles of walls.  Why so many stone walls?  Because of the glaciers, a lot of stone was deposited in New England.

Website honoring Leonard T. Ryerson of 133 Eagle Squadron

on 5/28/2012

Did you know Len Ryerson?

Leonard T. Ryerson was a resident of Holliston whose love of flying lead him to join the RAF Eagle Squadrons before America was involved in WWII. He is honored not only with a Veterans Memorial at the corner of Washington Street and Johnson Drive, but by a website, http://lenryerson.blogspot.com/ created by his grand-niece, Susan Heavner.

Company B of the 16th Massachusetts Regiment saw about 50 Holliston men sign up
when the call came in April, 1861. Many more signed up in the years after 1861 as the
war dragged on.

The names of the men who died are inscribed on the monument at town hall. The money
was raised for the memorial by the women of Holliston, who funded many projects in town.

The men were anywhere from teenaged to early 50s, and most are listed as mechanics,
being factory workers rather than farmers. According to Arlene Abbott: "the photo above is
of my great grandfather, James Henry Livingston Keegan, who was part

Braggville: Portrait of a Community's Past

on 8/23/2011

Ken Lefebvre,Jr.,  an alumnus of the Holliston High School Class of 2009, recently wrote a fascinating series of articles about Braggville for the Holliston Reporter. Ken used the Society's library for some of his research and for the photos that accompany both parts of the article. He singled out librarian Hester Chesmore for special thanks for her help.

Read Braggville: Portrait of a Community's Past: Part 1 and Part 2

HHS Videos on YouTube

on 2/27/2011

The Holliston Historical Society hits the small screen!  Cut and paste the links below to visit us on YouTube.

Society Overview with Joanne Hulbert -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UApEgbDVQv0

What is that?  The Icebox - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8VZYbfFyww&feature=related

Events and Programs with Judy Grosjean - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UMUVXBOLrs

 

Joanne Hulbert

 

   

Judy Grosjean


  

Annual Society Events

on 2/27/2011

Throughout the year, the Society hosts many programs of an historical and educational nature.  Some events are annual traditions.  The Society is proud and pleased to offer these annual events.

February - the Train Show - see a display of model trains on a layout as big as the barn!         

March - Doll Tea Party - Dolly (and chaperones) are invited to join Miss Annie Fiske for afternoon Tea

April - Taste of Holliston - come sample the fantastic offerings from local area restaurants

May - 18th Century Days Education Week  - Holliston public schools and the Society team up to give third

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