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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

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Coronavirus stories wanted:

The Grafton Historical Society wants to hear from you about your experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. The Society is collecting stories of what it is like living through the pandemic and images of how life has changed. The Society plans to create an archive and needs contributions from Grafton residents.

What is your life like right now? What experiences are you having? What are you seeing that is different? Please send your stories, personal accounts, and photos to: graftonmahistory@gmail.com  If you have questions, please call or text 508-320-1173. The Society’s website is graftonhistoricalsociety.org.

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Sorry we are Canceling the Annual Antiques & Arts Fair

Scenic pathway at Carson’s Picnic Grove, now the site of Grafton Flea Market
296 Upton Street, Route 140, Grafton, Massachusetts

Due to the pandemic outbreak of Covid-19 the June 20th, 53rd Annual Antique & Arts Fair will be canceled. It turned out to be very short notice for advertising this event. Our dealers already have other events in the fall so we will try again next June.

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Sorry – Canceled – Sunday, March 29th – 2 PM -“I Now Pronounce You – Lucy Stone”

Due to the spread of the Corona virus this event had to be canceled. We will notify everyone when it is rescheduled. LWV – Shrewsbury – Grafton along with the Grafton Historical Society – Brings You – “I Now Pronounce You – Lucy Stone” on Sunday, March 29th at 2 PM. The fiery performance by Judith Kalaora has received accolades from journalists, actors, and journalists alike and was featured on the WGBH Forum, a series of lectures and performances selected by WGBH to be streamed online. Now in honor of the 2020 centennial celebration for Women’s Suffrage, Lucy Stone travels to Grafton, MA, to the Great Hall at One Grafton Common, to tell he incredible story. The 60 minute presentation is suitable for any ages. Followed by a Q&A session. This event if free. For more information call 508-839-0000 or email questions to graftonmahistory@gmail.com. “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.” www.massculturalcouncil.org/.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30 pm – Suffrage Balladeer


Suffrage Balladeer Performance at Historical Society


On Tuesday, March 10th the Grafton Historical Society will join with the Friends of Grafton Public Library to bring you a very interesting music program at 7:30pm at the Grafton Historical Society, 71 Main Street, South Grafton. Steve Adams, Suffrage Balladeer, will entertain the group with original songs created to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. This 45 minute program is entitled, “A Fine Agitation: Scenes from the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage.”  The songs and engaging narrative will provide context for events and individuals such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, along with Frederick Douglas, who fought for women’s right to vote. This free event is part of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library’s Community Read.  Light refreshments will be served.  There is parking and seating for 25 – 30 guests. Please register for Community Read events online at: http://www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/G/GRAFTON/ekp.cfm or call the Library 508-839-4649. For more information: call 508-839-0000 or 508-839-4649 or email graftonmahistory@gmail.com or info@graftonlibrary.org
Join us and have some fun!