Programs & Events

Upcoming Events and Programs

The Birth of the Boston Subway: Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisher School (830 High Street, Westwood)

Doug Most will share the amazing story of the building of Boston’s MBTA system. At the time, Boston’s streets were congested with horse carts, people and other modes of transportation. Building underground tunnels for “electric” cars was a huge undertaking. Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families – Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York – each pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway and the great race was on.

Doug was born in Boston, grew up in New York and spent 10 years as a journalist. He taught Magazine Writing and Editing at Boston University and is currently the deputy managing editor at the Boston Globe.

This event is open to the public and handicap accessible. Parking is available in front of the Thurston Middle School. Refreshments will be served.

1800s School Days Program: Every May

Charlie Donahue will again oversee our School Program this May. As in the past, the Fisher School is transformed into a historic classroom with antique school desks and chairs plus a dunce cap and stool. We welcome every Westwood third grade class to an 1800s School Day. Students dress in period clothing and bring an old-fashioned lunch (no plastic wrap allowed!). During the day, they step back in time to read from McGuffey’s Third Reader, use individual slates to complete problems from Warren Colburn’s 1847 arithmetic book, write with quill pens and ink, participate in a spelling bee and play old-fashioned games.

This year, 24 volunteers will be assisting Charlie, including past and current school principals, school and town administrators.

For more about the 1800s School Days Program, click here.


October 9, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: Historic Cooking

Nancy Carlisle will be back to present a program on cooking — when the colonies were still young. Nancy is Senior Curator of Collections at Historic New England.

November 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.: Rufus Porter and His Murals

Sloane Awtrey, Research Intern for Decorative Arts, Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts will talk about Rufus Porter and the many wall murals he produced in New England (including Westwood).

December 9th: Holiday Party and Quarter Century Award

Come join us to celebrate the holidays and to meet the recipient of this year’s Quarter Century Award!