Author Archives: Nancy Therrien


Lion’s Club visits Society – Wed. Oct 23rd, 7 pm.

Update: The Grafton Historical Society hosted the Grafton Lion’s Club members for a brief business meeting with refreshments and a tour of the museum. Everything went well and visitors learned about town history.



Finding William Lewis, Sunday, November 17th

If you could go back in time to March 1836 would life be much simpler? Join the Grafton Historical Society at the Grafton Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton on Sunday, November 17th at 2 pm for “Finding William Lewis” The diaries Mr. Lewis penned between March 1836, when he was 17 years old, and December of 1895, thirteen months before his death reveal his life as a tanner, currier, and farmer. Bruce Craven and Christie Higginbottom, employees of Old Sturbridge Village, will share the interesting stories using William’s own journals and over 200 account books and farm records. They will tell the tale of a young man born in Vermont on February 14, 1819, moving through New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut who took on numerous jobs along the way. By the 1850’s he was traveling throughout towns surrounding Barre, MA peddling books and Yankee Notions. In their Power point presentation we also meet his wife Abby who lived in North Grafton, MA. Thanks to William’s devoted friends, Mr. & Mrs. James N. Patterson along with their descendants these detailed documents have been preserved. Their research project is ongoing and they hope to publish William’s story. This event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served.



September 15th Book Signing for “Electricity”- Canceled

Due to an unfortunate accident where author Claire Gem has broken her arm the book signing will be rescheduled at a later date.


The History of Pies, 2 pm Sunday, October 13, 2019 Capacity for this event has been reached!

Come and sample a piece of pie with us.

This event has reached full capacity. On Sunday, October 13th at 2 pm, Mr. Robert Cox, author of “New England Pie: History Under a Crust” will be at the Grafton Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton, MA. If its fall in New England perhaps its time for pie? He will share with the audience his unique look at New England through its baked goods. This free event will include taste testing of actual pies following the presentation. Coffee and water will also be available. Mr. Cox is the head of Special Collections and University Archives at W.E.B. Dubois Library, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Cox’s interest is in the history of the early national period and the 19th century. The Grafton Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c3) all volunteer organization. For more information about this show, or to reserve a spot please call 508- 839-0000 or email Reservations are suggested.


Women in the World of Frederick Douglass

“Rising Towards Unity … when not all voices were equal” presents Women in the World of Frederick Douglass on Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Grafton Community Barn in North Grafton.

Most people know about Frederick Douglass, the former slave, abolitionist, and freedom-fighter whose autobiography remains a monument in nineteenth-century American literature. But, what about the women behind the man who made his life and legacy possible?

Leigh Fought, author of the award-winning Women in the World of Frederick Douglass and professor of history a Le Moyne College, will tell the story of the important women who created and supported Frederick Douglass, including his mother and grandmother, slave-mistresses, two wives, and the many activist women who kept the movement for human right alive.

This is part of a series of events that seeks to raise awareness of the influential role our history of slavery continues to play in the United States as we struggle to achieve a more equal, just, and peaceful society.

Rising Toward Unity will culminate with the Friday, July 5th “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” on the meaning of the fourth of July to a slave.

The Grafton Historical Society, Grafton Public Library, and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton are proud to present these fantastic programs.  For more information visit