Thank you for participating in this year’s programs — all made possible by the Westwood Public Library (who coordinated and managed the Zoom process!). We won’t have any more programs until the fall. However, there IS an opportunity for you to make a nomination for our annual Quarter Century Award.
Quarter Century Award. We are looking for your suggestions for a person or couple who have made contributions to the Westwood community for 25 years or more. We encourage nominations in ANY field (e.g., education, arts, civic or social service, religion) and give additional weight to volunteer/unpaid service to our Town over the years. To make a nomination, please send a letter to the Historical Society describing your nominee(s) and their contributions to Westwood. Letters can be mailed to: Westwood Historical Society, P.O. Box 2575, Westwood, MA 02090 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org) and should be received by May 31, 2021.
If you have any questions about the Society, want to donate (dollars or a historical item) or have ideas for future programs, send us an e-mail (email@example.com).
Also, a very special and heartfelt thanks to the Dedham Savings Community Foundation for its grant to us this fall — as it allowed us to do much needed updating of the Fisher School. Our “home” is a historical building in its own right, but also where we typically host our events. Specifically, we were able to prime and paint the building windows, entrance ramp and railings plus refurbish our stone wall because of this grant.We have also just received two grants from the Mass Cultural Council: One for $200 to support our 13 Days in October/Cuban Missile Crisis this past fall and one for $250 to support our 1620: The First Year program this winter. We appreciate this funding from the Mass Cultural Council.
Welcome to the Westwood Historical Society
The Westwood Historical Society, Inc. was established in 1965 by a small group of founders becoming an active organization serving the community. The Society is a charitable, educational institution, organized under Chapter 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, completely supported through membership and private donations. The mission of the Society is to preserve Westwood’s unique history, educate the community about it, and promote an understanding of its impact on the future. The Society collects, maintains, and preserves documents and artifacts related to the town; serves as a resource for research; and advocates for historical preservation. It supports the study of history by conducting school programs and by educating the community through public programs and exhibits.
The restored 1845 Greek Revival style Fisher School (830 High Street, Westwood, Massachusetts) is the headquarters of the Society and used for meetings, exhibits, and other historical and cultural activities. The lower level houses the Society’s treasured collection of items pertaining to Westwood’s history where they are available for research and carefully preserved for future generations. Public programs are typically held at the Fisher School as well. See the Programs and Events page for more information.