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Thanks for visiting our page! Through a wonderful collaboration with the Westwood Public Library, we are continuing to offer programs via Zoom!

February 9, 2021, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: The 100th Anniversary of the “Spanish Flu”
Anthony M. Sammarco, a noted author and historian, will talk about the Boston of 1918 and the disease that decimated the world population at that time. He’ll also relate that “flu” to today’s Covid-19 epidemic.

March 9, 2021, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: A Legacy of Colonialism via Literature
from Those in Exile
Nancy Milner Kelly, PhD in French Literature, will focus on today’s increasingly diverse world and how the pain of writers displaced from their respective homelands manifests itself in their writing. Recently retired from teaching at Tufts University, she has a broad focus  on this subject.

Please see our Programs and Events page for more information, including sign-up details.

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).

Also, a very special thanks to the Dedham Savings Community Foundation for its recent grant to us — 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.Dedham_Logo_Horizontal_New Proportion_Color

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.