Programs & Events

Upcoming events and programs at the Fisher School

  • January 10, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm:  

Westwood Historical Society is proud to present Gary Hylander who will present a historical lecture on JFK and the Cuban missile crisis.  Gary Hylander is a Professor of History at Framingham State University and specializes as a Presidential Historian.  The program will start at 7:30 pm and conclude at 8:30pm at the Fisher School located at 830 High Street in Westwood.   Light refreshments will be served after the program.

  • February 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
In The Time Before Now . . .       
 19th Century West Dedham Becomes Westwood

 

The Westwood Historical Society is pleased that long time resident Ralph Buonopane will speak about Westwood’s early history on Tuesday, February 14th at 7:30 PM.   Ralph was formerly Westwood’s Historic Commission Chairman for many years, working to preserve Westwood’s historic buildings.  

Although Westwood began as a part of Dedham in 1636, the town was incorporated as a political entity on April 2, 1897. As the earlier colonial settlement at Boston grew, the need for a sustainable supply of local goods and produce became imperative. From 1639 to 1897, as a part of Dedham, the land and the people from the west of Dedham were distinctly located to meet some of these needs.  Who were the people from the area known at various times as Contentment, Clapboardtrees Parish, Third Parish, Third Precinct, Cutham , and West Dedham?  Why was the land west of Dedham suitable? What did the people do to develop a town that became Westwood?

 

This interesting lecture will be held at 7:30 PM at the Fisher School, 830 High Street, Westwood, on February 14th.   Refreshments will be served following the program.   We look forward to your joining us.

 1800s School Days Program

Every May— Once again thirteen third grade classes, one class at a time, step back during May for an 1800s day at the Fisher School. “Scholars” arrive in period clothes and bring an old fashioned lunch, read from McGuffey’s Reader, do arithmetic from West Dedham resident Warren Colburn’s 1847 Intellectual Arithmetic, write with quill pen and ink, participate in a spelling bee, play old fashioned games at recess and visit the old Westwood Cemetery. A dunce chair is ready lest a student misbehaves.  This is the ninth year of the popular program which compliments the third grade history curriculum.