Meetings

September 14, 2016 7:30PM- Unitarian Church

Trivia Night
The evening will be something a little different- we’re hosting a trivia night.  Littleton and Massachusetts trivia with questions from history and present day will get you thinking.  Don’t feel you have to be a history scholar- this is geared for everyone to participate.  But, it wouldn’t hurt to pay attention during the festivities this year.

November 17, 2016 7:30PM- Congregational Church

Recollections of Littleton  presented by David Whitcomb and Harvey Atkins

Stories of Littleton when it really was a small town.

September 15, 2016 7:30PM- Congregational Church

Central Massachusetts Houses prior to 1870  presented by Nicholas Langhart

Nicholas Langhart, former property manager at Historic New England, Boston, will illustrate features of the earliest houses of our area and the transition through the Colonial, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian styles.  Co-hosted with the Littleton Historical Commission.

May 19, 2016 7:30PM- Congregational Church

The Art of Littleton’s Cemeteries presented by Carolyn Mueller
You may think of a cemetery as strictly a utilitarian place where we bury our dead, or a peaceful park we visit during a funeral or on Memorial Day.  but, it could also be thought of as a museum of local folk art and customs that have evolved over time.  In this slide show, we’ll trace the evolution of gravestone “art” and our outlook on life and death from the Colonial period to present day using our burial grounds as a basis for examples of the symbolism, warnings, legacies, and, yes, art left for our survivors

 

Thursday September 10, 2015 7:30PM multi purpose room Shattuck Street

The Development of Long Lake, presented by David Whitcomb

Mr. Whitcomb tells us why Long Pond became Long Lake.  Until the early 20th century the kettle pond in our town known as Long Pond, circled by woods and cow pastures, was inaccessible to all but a few hardy fishermen.  By 1915, Town Road had been built and we had a beach for swimming.  In 1925 with developer Warren Smadbeck purchasing the waterfront properties of four large farms, our fishing pond was about to change profoundly.

March 20, 2014 7:30PM

Dan Boudillion

Thursday November 21, 2013   7:30PM 

WAR OF 1812 U.S. MARINES

Society member Matt McGrath returns as a Sargeant in the 1812 U.S. Marines.  In full costume, Mr. McGrath will talk about the soldiers and what they endured during the war.  As a volunteer at the U.S.S. Constitution museum, he can answer questions about the ship and its history.

 

Thursday September 19, 2013   7:30PM 

ROUNDERS TO BASEBALL presented by Anne Barrett
Precursors to baseball have been played for hundred of years, including a rousing game of stoolball at Plimouth Plantation that caused the governor to confiscate the game pieces.  It provided Civil War soldiers an outlet in training camps and prisons.  It bred gambling scandals, and rivalries so bitter that the NY Giants refused to play against Boston for the 1904World Series.  Trace the game’s social, historical and professional evolution from the 19th century “townball” to the formation of the major leagues.  Not just for baseball fans but for anyone who enjoys history!

 

 

Thursday November 17, 2011   7:30PM

Envisioning Nashoba village After King Philip’s War

Presented by Anne Ipsen

Who was Chief Tahattawan anyway?  how did Philip Metcomb’s rebellion shatter the vision of a peaceful village by Nagog Pond?  What happened to the Nashoba Indians after King Philip’s War and their exile to Deer Island?  Author Anne Ipsen will briefly introduce the history of Nashoba Village and then share the story of a fictional Indian family from her latest historical novel,  “At the Concord of the Rivers”.  This book and Anne’s other books will be for sale at the program.

Thursday May 29, 2011  7:30PM
Congregational Church

Roads of Littleton- presented by Carolyn Mueller

Come take a ride with us as we examine the evolution of Littleton roadways.  From the highways to the avenues, this illustrated presentation will trace the beginnings of the roads, their names, the controversies, and other interesting anecdotes leading up to the present 62+ miles of town roads we travel today.

Thursday March 17, 2011  7:30PM
Congregational Church

         Return to Scollay Square
        Slide show presentation by David Kruh

One of our best-remembered lectures was the presentation on Scollay Square.  David Kruh returns with a sequel to his history on one of Boston’s most famous-or infamous areas.
Based on his 2004 Images of America book, he will feature dozens of never-before-seen photos, postcards, and receipts including backstage photos at the Old Howard.  Performers, politicians, inventors and activists combined to make Scollay Square an exciting place.

Thursday September 16, 2010  7:30PM
Congregational Church

Barry M. Curcio, B.A.J.D.
Indians of the Northeast

This well-researched two-part presentation will cover the culture-dynamics of various New England area tribes, their interaction with Europeans, conflicts and ultimate outcomes.  Also covered will be how stereotypes start and are perpetuated, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and recent Federal Court cases affective Native Americans.

Part two will be held in October.

Thursday May 20, 2010   7:30PM
Congregational Church

Carolyn Mueller
Business & Industry in Littleton

        We may think of historical Littleton as an agricultural community but it was also a place where businesses of all kinds sprang up and thrived.  In this illustrated presentation, we will look at a variety of business that have existed over the years-some you may know well and others that aren’t quite so familiar.  From saw mills to pickles to bowling pin setters, we’ll take a tour through industrial Littleton.         

Thursday March 18,  2010
Littleton Congregational Church

Matt McGrath
Leathernecks: U.S.S. Constitution’s Marines

Do you know why the U.S. Marines are called Leathernecks?  What exactly is grog?  Historian and re-enactor Matt McGrath answered these questions and discussed the United States Marines aboard USS Constitution and their lessor known, but far flung service during the “forgotten” War of 1812.

Thursday November 19, 2009
Littleton Congregational Church

Daniel Boudillion of Littleton:
1720 Littleton: The Dudley Witchcraft Affair


The Town of Littleton was barely 6 years old when it was rocked in 1720 by accusations of Witchcraft. The young daughter of Joseph Blanchard, followed by her two younger sisters, exhibited outrageous afflictions and behaviors that they attributed to the machinations of a witch. Ultimately they accused Mrs. Abigail Dudley, the wife of Littleton’s first Town Clerk and Selectman, Samuel Dudley, as their diabolical tormentor.

In the almost 300 years that have since passed, fact has faded into fiction, and many peculiar tales have been woven around the so-called “White Witch of Littleton”– many as outrageous as the contortions of her accusers. And yet, in the words of the youthful Puritan minister, Rev. Ebenezer Turell in 1728 regarding the affair, “Many things that have been dubbed witchcraft, and called the works of the devil, [are] nothing more than the contrivance of the children of men.”

Told correctly for the first time since it happened, this is the story of the last recorded accusation of Witchcraft in Massachusetts.