Author Archives: Nancy Therrien


Morning Coffee and Discussion Group – Sunday, September 24th 10AM – 12PM.

Join us next Sunday for an interesting discussion over coffee and doughnuts. We are excited to get this monthly program up and running. Week one will focus on World War I. We will share stories we have about Grafton residents Roger Warren and Joseph Sampson and encourage you to learn if any family members served that you can share stories about. Reservations are welcome at 508/839/0000. Can’t join in person but would like to participate? We could look into setting up zoom. Please email to request that service.


54th Annual Antique & Arts Show: Saturday, June 17, 2023 9 am – 3 pm

The best vendors know about the successful show held on beautiful Grafton Common, Route 140, Grafton, MA each June and are lining up to show their products for your shopping pleasure. The gates open at 9 am and the show runs until 3 pm, rain or shine. As in the past we will have Antique Appraisals by Thomas Tomaszeck at $5.00 each. There will be plenty of Grafton related items to bring home found at the society’s table. Our admission fee of $5.00 goes directly to support the 501(c)3 non-profit organization for yearly expenses and interesting monthly programs. Food, music and demonstrations will be available. Our popular Silent Auction table will have some great baskets for you to bid on.


Little Bank Day, Sunday, May 21st 1 – 4 pm

It is with great pride that we are hosting Little Bank Day on Sunday, May 21st from 1 – 4 pm at Mill Villages Park, 61 Main Street, South Grafton.

We are able to present this special occasion as a way to honor the generous donation from the builder’s son/grandson for upkeep of the exterior paint and skirt boards. The inside is a work in progress and will be able to give you a sneak peek at what it once was, A functioning bank for the people of South Grafton. The beautiful Iron grate that once served as a separation screen from the bank tellers, will be placed in a spot of importance close to its original location but not directly in the same spot. The story of the builders is fascinating, come find out for ourself.

A few mannequins will be placed for visual effect and we encourage you to have your photo taken with Elvis! He will be in the building.

Children’s activities such as story time, a story walk and hula hoop contest will be taking place. A assortment of items considered non-electric will be on display. Vintage cars should be on site as well but due to the weather that could make it prohibitive.


“The History of Baseball” Saturday, February 18th 2 PM

On Saturday, February 18th the Grafton Historical Society will host historian Joe Kuras presenting “The History of Baseball” at 2 PM in the Community Room at the Grafton Public Library. At one point there was a baseball field out behind this current library. As the Red Socks head back to MA, we can’t forget the contribution our town of Grafton made to “America’s Favorite Pastime”! Joe will amaze you with a power point presentation covering the story of a community whose love for this sport is still strong. Light refreshments will be served at this free presentation. A snow date of Saturday, February 25th has been set aside if needed.


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 or call the Historical Society at (508) 320-1173.

This program was funded in part by the Grafton Cultural Council, a local agency that is part of the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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
  • text or call Nancy 508-320-1173

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


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.


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


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!


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