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2017-18 Events

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First Sundays Horrible History Videos - Join us for these family friendly videos produced by the BBC. Each one is a half hour, so families have time to
Wednesday 25 Oct, 7:00 p.m.

Westford Historical Society Annual Meeting and Election of Board of Directors; open to the public; WHS members may vote.

Westford Academy Theater Arts (WATA) students will be featured following a brief business meeting.

Sunday 29 Oct 1-4 p.m.

History in Stone
Reminders of Native American Life in Westford

This special event will feature several speakers and a 1-day display of a spectacular local Native American artifact collection. Visitors are welcome to come and go at any time during the afternoon. The story telling and hands-on history activities are appropriate for children as well as adults. Speakers will include Westford resident Cori Ryan, and Darlene Kascak from the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT and a member of the Schaghticoke Tribe.

Following a brief reception, Cori Ryan will present "The Mystery of the Grassy Pond Stone Circle," which is a site here in Westford. "Finding the Stone Circle took me on a journey that led back 8000 years," said Ryan. "It also connected me to people from different tribes, each who shared a unique perspective on the origin of the Stone Circle. I want to share this experience with others, encourage thought about the stones' connection to people of the past, connection to people in the present, and share what I have learned so that they can draw their own conclusions on the remaining mysteries of the Stone Circle."

The opening talk will be followed by a Q&A session, some storytelling, and a show and tell along with a family oriented talk on Native American life in the past.

Throughout the afternoon, a special exhibition will be on display upstairs in the Museum. The artifacts, dating as far back as 6000 years ago, were found here in Westford in the 1970s and are held in a private collection. This is the first time they will be on display publicly. The exhibition will also include information on other stone structures in Westford, offering theories about their history, and will encourage visitors to consider their thoughts on the structures.

This event was made possible by a grant from IBM.

The event runs from 1pm to 4 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday 7 Nov, 7 p.m.

Researching World War I

In April 1917 the United States entered World War I, which had been raging in Europe since August 1914. Many Americans have ancestors who fought in the Great War. In this talk Bob Oliphant will discuss sources available for researching both individual soldiers' records and the records of the military units in which they served. The talk will be illustrated with examples of these records, mostly pertaining to the 37th "Buckeye" Division.

Sun 19 Nov, 2 p.m.
Nabnasset Authors and Artists Event -


Sun, 10 Dec 2:30 p.m. On a warm Sunday in June of 2016, a middle-aged woman from Illinois arrived at the Westford Museum. This visitor claimed to be a descendant of Scottish Prince Henry Sinclair, purported to have journeyed across the Atlantic to Westford in 1399, where he carved the so-called Westford Knight to commemorate the death of a fallen comrade. She claimed further to be in possession of Sinclair family journals dating back to the mid-14th century, detailing this journey. Westford resident and author David S. Brody read through excerpts of the journals with breathless, though sometimes skeptical, amazement. Not only did the unauthenticated journals appear to confirm the 1399 Westford journey, they also provided shocking insight into why the Knights Templar (closely allied to the Sinclair family) were declared heretics and outlawed by the Church in 1307: The Templars, according to the journals, were secretly worshiping the ancient Goddess, rejecting the Judeo-Christian belief in a single male deity.

A few months later, during drought conditions, a local resident showed Mr. Brody a mysterious stone formation at the bottom of a dewatered pond, not far from the Westford Knight site. The formation resembled ancient Goddess worship sites in Europe and the Mediterranean.

This enigmatic stone formation, coupled with the revelations in the Sinclair journals, triggered the seventh novel in Mr. Brody's "Templars in America" series, entitled The Cult of Venus: Templars and the Ancient Goddess. Join us at the Westford Museum on Sunday, December 10, at 2:30 PM, as Mr. Brody discusses the journals, the stone formation and the research behind this book. Booksigning to follow.
Sunday 7 January 2017, 1-5 p.m.

 

St. Distaff's Day Celebration - Once again, spinners from throughout our local region will gather to spin some yarn and enjoy each others' company. Traditionally, the day was celebrated to mark the end of the holiday season and the return to work for all spinners. Spinners of all abilities are welcome to bring a wheel and enjoy the afternoon. The public is welcome to come visit and chat with spinners or just tour the museum. Admission is free.

 

Wed, 11 April 7 p.m. Nabnasset and Beyond - Geoff Hall will give a multimedia presentation at the Nabnasset Country Club

 

 

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