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We will again be hosting our spring programs via Zoom, thanks to a wonderful collaboration with the Westwood Public Library.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
AAA: Its History, Benefits and Resources 
Mary Maguire (Director of Public and Government Affairs and Media Spokesperson for AAA Northeast) and John Paul (AAA’s “Car Doctor”) will talk about how AAA has changed over the years, offering new resources and travel opportunities. Bring your car and travel questions, whether “historical” or otherwise!
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Evacuation Day: The Story of the Knox Expedition and the British Evacuation of Boston, John Horrigan
John Horrigan will talk about Henry Knox moving 59 cannons 300 miles from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston by sled, oxen and wagons so that the artillery was mounted atop Dorchester Heights by early March. And, then, on March 17, 1776, the British decided to abandon their hold on Boston and left the city.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
The Quabbin Reservoir and its History, John Horrigan
John Horrigan will present a chronology of the development of Boston’s water system, beginning with the discovery of the Great Spring on the Shawmut Peninsula. The construction of dams and pipelines that connected several ponds and lakes from Western Massachusetts then ensured that the growing population of metropolitan Boston had access to fresh water.

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To Register: Please visit the library website to register for these programs: https://westwoodlibrary.libcal.com/calendar. Find the program, then click on “Begin Registration” to sign up. You will receive an e-mail the day before the event with the Zoom information you need to join us. (If you’d rather register by phone, just call
781-320-1045.)

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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: westwoodhistorical@comcast.net.

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.