Scattered Showers

Our Town Historian Joanne Hulbert introduces us to “Old Hendrick” a Nipmuc Owasomaug family member who in the early 1800’s left “Wenakeening” because rain rarely fell in this area.
Even with the recent rains, Holliston remains in Severe Drought conditions.

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John Mason Batchelder – Keen Observer of a Proper Holliston

The recording of local history during the 19th and early 20th century advanced significantly with the rise of newspapers that preserved – especially for the benefit of future historians – the everyday, seemingly mundane local news as well as “ancient” history.
Holliston is looking forward to 2024, when the town will celebrate 300 years since its incorporation. . . We want to hear from people who have lived in Holliston all their lives (the so-called Townies), and we also want to hear from people who moved here last week.

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Holliston History – Abner Morse Begins the Record

History is made every day. Most of it doesn’t land in the archives; nevertheless, history is constantly happening – even here in Holliston. Now that Holliston is approaching the 300th anniversary – our tricentennial – in 2024, looking at our history takes on a new sense of urgency to record what Holliston looks like today.

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Happy Holidays – In Holliston

Holiston Reporter

Today, our calendars are filled with many holidays and even Chase’s Calendar of Events assigns something to commemorate every day of the year. By the way, January 2022, according to Chase, is “officially” Be Kind to Food Servers Month, Oatmeal Month, Rising Star Month – worldwide – and Book Blitz Month, all worthy to be celebrated. But it wasn’t always like that.

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Holliston’s Women Fight for Suffrage – A History

Holiston Reporter

Election Day is often on November 4, and this year, the Holliston Historical society presented a program that celebrated the suffrage movement in Holliston. Alas, in March 2020, we were rehearsing the program and were just about to present it to the public when so many activities were cancelled and postponed. But on November 4, 2021, we bravely returned in person to celebrate – a little belatedly – the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the United States.

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Take Us Back to The Ball Game – At Goodwill Park – 1939

Holiston Reporter

At the recent Holliston Historical Society Harvest Fair, many people saw the photographs on the walls in the main meeting room of the house. The baseball photos featured teams from the 1890s right up to recent years. One photograph came in for extra scrutiny. The 1939 Merchants team portrays 13 men plus a bat boy tucked in the first row.

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