Author Archives: Nancy Therrien

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Pretty Powerful: The History of Fashion – October 22 2- 4 pm

Place: Grafton Library Community Meeting Room

Co-Sponsors: Grafton Historical Society & Grafton Public Library

Most people have lots of historic fashion moments happening right in their own closets.  After all, fashion designers are always bringing styles back.  The Grafton Historical Society and Grafton Public Library are betting that some folks will enjoy wearing, talking about and learning more about retro fashion and what fashion tells us about the values of the people wearing it.  They are throwing a Retro Fashion in Your Closet event at 2:00-4:00 on Saturday Oct.  22 in the Community Room at the Grafton Public Library.  Participants are invited to raid their own closets to find some clothing that has retro elements.  Think high waisted jeans, frilly blouses, goth clothes, steampunk outfits, 1990s hip hop attire, gingham picnic shirts, etc.

Historian Dr. Charlotte Haller from Worcester State University will explain what style changes over the decades have said about the people wearing the clothing.  Dr. Haller will draw on her work as curator of the exhibit Pretty Powerful that was on display last year at the Worcester Historical Museum.  “One of the reasons why fashion designers may take inspiration from the past is that power that clothes have to define an era so compellingly.” Haller explains. 

“I’m really excited about the interactive nature of this fashion event,” Pam Hollander, Grafton Historic Society program planner, said.  “I love the idea that a mixture of younger and older people from the area will get together dressed up in clothing that references an earlier time period.”  Each of the style elements from earlier times can be associated with a certain aesthetic or even values and beliefs.”

The Grafton Historical Society Museum, at 71 Main Street, in South Grafton, has a collection of historic clothing that the public can come and take a look at during open museum hours.  There are garments worn by women and men, as well as some children’s clothing.  “Our clothing collection ranges from the early 1800’s through the mid 1900’s with some special attire like wedding gowns, cheerleading outfits, scouting uniforms,  very early bathing suits, along with one band uniform that is very patriotic” explains Nancy Therrien, President of the Grafton Historical Society.  “The average daily outfits reflected the moral culture of each time period.”

For more information about the event, contact Pam Hollander at pam.w.hollander@gmail.come or call the Historical Society at (508) 320-1173.

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Volunteers Wanted, June 18th

Join the members who have discovered how much fun volunteering can be. On Saturday, June 18th we will hold our 53rd Annual Antique & Arts Show.

  • Help collect entrance fee at gates
  • Assist with services at food table
  • Dress in costume and work at the Society table selling books or maps
  • Setup 7:30 am or psckup at 2:30 – 3:30 (Some heavy lifting required)
  • email graftonmahistory @gmail.com
  • text or call Nancy 508-320-1173

Your volunteer service will help our mission of keeping Grafton History alive and well.

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Annual Antiques & Arts Show – June 18 9am – 3pm

Join the Grafton Historical Society on Saturday, Junne 18th for the Annual Antique & Arts Show. Antique & Art vendors will line beautiful Grafton Common offering high quality Antiques and craft items for sale. Music and food will be available to add to the festive spirit. An admission of $5.00 goes to the society for maintenance and monthly programs.

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Sunday, April 3rd Book Signing

On Sunday, April 3rd at 2 PM, the Grafton Historical Society will host author Claire Gem as she presents “Electricity” a romance novel with a supernatural twist. When your inspiration comes from a creepy old building on the grounds of Grafton State Hospital the story is sure to keep you in suspense. You can pre-order books that will be selling for $12.00 by calling 508-839-0000 or by emailing graftonmahistoy@gmail.com. http://graftonhistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/image.png

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December 5th – Grafton Celebrate the Holidays!

Sunday. December 5th the Grafton Historical Society will welcome guests for the townwide celebration known as Grafton Celebrates the Holidays. From 12 – 1:30 children 5 – 7 can be registered for Storytime, crafts and a light snack. From 2 – 4 the museum will be open for a Holiday Tea including gluten free and regular pastries. Stop by, there is always something new at the museum!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021 – 2PM – Judith Kalaora – I Now Pronounce You “Lucy Stone”

The LWV Grafton & Shrewsbury and The Grafton Historical Society are joining together to bring you an amazing free performance of “I Now Pronounce You : Lucy Stone”, by award winning playwright and living historian, Judith Kalaora. Suitable for all ages, “History at Play’s compelling story-telling is a window into the motivations that drove celebrated American women to push boundaries that changed the course of our society.” writes Josh Lederman, NBC Political Correspondent. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the MASS Cultural Council, a state agency.

Masks will be required for entrance at One Grafton Common – Apple Tree Arts Hall. The program begins at 2 PM, Sunday, November 7, 2021. For more information please call 508-839-0000 or email graftonmahistory@gmail.com. http://graftonhistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Lucy-Stone-Flyer.pdf

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Sunday, October 24, 2021 – 2PM – Artist Charlotte Eckler Event – Print Making

Inspired by 19th century Retail Advertisements, Grafton artist Charlotte Ecker will teach Print Making on Paper at the South Grafton Community House, October 24th at 2 PM. Registration is required by calling 508-839-0000 or emailing graftonmahistory@gmail.com. A ten dollar fee covers materials provided by artist.http://graftonhistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Retail-Advertisement-Poster.pdf

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Sunday, September 26 – Remembering The Battle of the Bulge

Join in this special event to remember and honor our heroes. On Sunday, September 26th, 2 pm at the South Grafton Community House 24-27 Main Street, South Grafton the stories told by our guest speaker, Christian de Marken will remind you what bravery looks like. See the American flag sewn by his Belgium mother in her darkened bedroom awaiting it’s reveal once the American’s were victorious. Hear the story of his American father’s capture. Christian will complete the story with his own military service stories as a translator for USA forces in France.

What is your families military history? You are welcome to share those stories as well.

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September 11th & 12 – Art in Bloom: The Paintings of Bernard Corey in floral Design

The Paintings of Bernard Corey in Floral Design

With a deep love of nature and a devotion to plein air painting, Bernard Corey, an impressionist artist from Grafton, has rendered the seas of Rockport and the bucolic farms of New England in a sensitive and tranquil style.

Ten of his paintings have been selected to be exhibited in the Grafton Historical Society Museum, 71 Main Street in South Grafton, beginning on September 11. The paintings are on loan from the collection of the Corey family.

On September 11, the GHS Museum will host Art in Bloom. Corey’s ten paintings on exhibit will be interpreted in floral arrangements by members of the Grafton Garden Club: Helen Blazis, Fran Branhall, Theresa Dindinger, Ava Fantasia, Evelyn Guillette, Carolyn Jakubiak, Chrystal Paul, Jessica Reese, Elizabeth Weeks, and Rita Zeffert.

A Gala Preview with wine and hors d’oeuvres is planned for members of the Grafton Historical Society and the Grafton Garden Club on September 11, 2021, from 7 -9 pm. The wine is generously provided by Five Star Liquors of No. Grafton. Support is also provided by Savers Bank. A $5 donation is suggested. For reservations, please contact 508-839-0000 or graftonmahistory@gmail.com .

Art in Bloom is open to the public on Sunday, September 12, from 1 – 4.

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History Repeats the 1918 Pandemic

Dr. Frank H. Clapp & Staff, Grafton, MA 1918

As we look back at the 1918 Influenza it seems like we are reliving that historical pandemic in today’s world. It came without warning much as it did for today’s cities and rural areas, but in 1918 it also affected the military spread throughout the world. This story, written by society member Elizabeth Weeks was posted in the Grafton News as a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of that impact full event. The similarities are striking. http://graftonhistoricalsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/1918-flu-outbreak-pdf.pdf

Joseph Sampson