Historical Society Annual Members Meeting & Election

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 – 7 PM We will have a short business meeting and then hold our annual election.

A nominating committee, consisting of Board members Laurie Kearney, and Vice President George Curtis as chair, and members Rachael Webber, Katherine Kalliel, and Rich Shay, have chosen the following slate:


President – George Curtis (2-year term ending in 2025)

Vice President – Cashman Kerr Prince (2-year term ending in 2025)

Treasurer – Bryan Burns (2-year term ending in 2025)

Scribe – Linda Rau (2-year term ending in 2025)

Members at large:

Karen DeNapoli  (3-year term ending in 2026)

Kim Ritchie   (3-year term ending in 2026)

Once our business has concluded, we will enjoy a talk presented by historian Lyle Nyberg on his book, “Summer Suffragists”.

Summer Suffragists –

A surprising number of nationally known suffragists spent summers in Scituate, MA, and worked in Boston, New York, and Washington fighting for the vote for women, culminating in the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920. Their stories will be explored in a talk by Lyle Nyberg.

Lyle is a historian and author or co-author of four books, including Summer Suffragists (2020). He has documented more than 50 historic buildings in the greater Boston area, including some that were important for the women’s suffrage movement. He has given a number of talks for historical societies. He is a member of the Scituate Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the New England Historical Association.

More information is at his website www.lylenyberg.com with a biography at https://www.lylenyberg.com/bio.

Past Events

Norwood High School Madrigals

Sunday, December 11th, 3pm

We are excited to renew this holiday tradition, as the Norwood High School Madrigals return to perform crowd-pleasing versions of familiar songs in the Great Hall of the Day House.

Day House Tours

Sunday, December 18th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Connect with local history through our diverse collections. Enjoy a guided tour while also seeing the holiday decorations on display.

Norwood History Discussions

Throughout 2022 we are holding book discussions focused on Norwood history, every few months on a Tuesday evening, 7:00 – 8:30. The March meeting will be held via zoom. Please email info@norwoodhistoricalsociety.org to indicate your interest in joining.

December 20 — W. Everett, Tales of Tiot

Monthly Book Group

Our monthly book group meets at the Day House at 7:00 pm on the First Tuesday of the month.

Join us at the Day House on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm to discuss November’s book: Allegiance; The Life and Times of William Eustis by Tamsen Evans George. We will learn more about the life of early American physician and statesman William Eustis, and the Boston he knew during the Revolutionary War and the following decades. Please see our full list of books for 2022-23 to plan ahead!

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 4th from 4 – 8 pm

We are delighted to welcome you to the Day House to mark the holiday season. This year’s decorations feature remarkable items from our collection of historic garments, including a Civil War uniform, a Victorian wedding gown, and a 1920s flapper dress.

Historical Society Fall Members’ Meeting

Wednesday, October 26th at 7 pm We look forward to welcoming you into the Day House. We will have a short business meeting and then enjoy a talk on George Bird: The Industrialist and his Legacy by board member Laurie Kearney. From his childhood in Cushing, Maine, to his involvement in South Dedham, and his lasting legacy in Norwood and Walpole, Bird’s story runs from an eighteenth-century paper mill to the asphalt shingle manufactory familiar to many of us today, and is a vital part of Norwood’s history.

Photography Exhibit: Boston and Cambridge Reworked

Join us to see images of our region’s changing cityscapes, photographed by Peter Fougère. Trained at the Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Peter Fougère is a photographer and carpenter who has documented the past few decades of urban transformation in glorious and artistic photographs. The Day House will host an opening reception on Saturday September 10th, 5:00-7:00, and will be open Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 through October 10th.

Indigenous Presence in the Neponset Valley

Saturday September 17th at 11 am
This in-person talk will be held outside, in the yard of the Day House. Thomas Green, Indigenous Educator/Artist & Tribal Council Member of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag will speak about indigenous presence around the Neponset River. All are welcome to this free event. Please bring your own folding chair or picnic blanket or be in touch with us about your specific needs. (Rain location: Day House interior)

Norwood Neighborhood Tours: Summer Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30

Tour of the Day House: Sunday, June 26th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Join us for this great opportunity to see the house’s beautiful interiors dating to the 1890s and diverse items in the society’s collection. We request a $5 donation for each person; tours are free for members of the Norwood Historical Society.

March 6th 1872-2022: 150th Anniversary Celebration

Online Reception at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 6th

Our event is modeled on the reception held at the Day House in 1872. We will be broadcasting from the Day House and hope you’ll join us via zoom to raise a glass! We look forward to reliving key moments of the community’s progress towards independence and share material of the era from the Society’s collections.

Please enjoy this recording of the March 6, 2022 event, courtesy of Norwood Community Media, as well as this collection of documents about the incorporation of Norwood and the original celebration of March 6, 1872. We are grateful for a grant from Mass Humanities that supported this event!

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