For more than 100 years, we have been dedicated to the study and preservation
of the history of our town of Northborough, Massachusetts.
Around here we like our history. At the Northborough Historical Society we like history so much that not only have we been
preserving Northborough’s history for more than one hundred years, but we have also been learning it, enjoying it, teaching it,
and making it! When the Society was founded in 1906, Reverend Josiah C. Kent stated that "The facts of Northborough history should be
collected and thus preserved from oblivion," and that is what we have been doing ever since.
Our museum and archives are open to the public, and we continue to offer free monthly programs that highlight local,
regional and national history.
We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Northborough Historical Society and help
us preserve and celebrate our town and its history. Find MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION HERE.
Check out the wonderful map of
Northborough's History: A Map Depiction created by Dan Fishbein, a Boy Scout in Troop 101, Northborough.
Our Historic Houses: For a more comprehensive index of historic houses and links to Facebook postings on these houses, click/tap here or go to "Articles" in the above Menu, and click/tap on "Houses Featured on Facebook".
The "then and now" book Northborough Through Time
by the Northborough Historical Society and curator Ellen Racine is available at
the Northborough Library and the
Clerk’s office or
by calling 508.393.2343 or emailing.
Visit the "Save the White Cliffs" pages on
for the latest news and a large collection of photos.
Check out the Northborough Historical Society
News and Events
Reminder: Membership payments are due every September. More info is available here and the renewal form can be found here
24 March 2023, 7:00 p.m. Program:
Northborough’s Nineteenth Century Lyceum
Kathleen Howland will outline the early days of adult education at the town’s Lyceum
during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Masks will be required.
The meeting will be held on 24 March at 7:00 p.m. at the Society building, 52 Main Street, Northborough. The event is free and open to the public.
Further program details here.
As of 26-Nov-21 it is possible to make online donations to the society.
To see how click here.
Contact the NHS if you are interested in volunteering. Details of the various committee positions can be found
Northborough History Hikes -
Prepared by the Northborough Historical Society and
Northborough Trails Committee for the Town’s 250th Anniversary Celebration, 2016
Aid for the Josiah Proctor Button and Comb Industry Records
made possible through a Grant from
See what is available in our archive on this abbreviated index on local businesses and people from 1876 to 1903,
and how this large company functioned by reviewing orders, sales, bills, products, and more.
Former NHS Historian Robert Ellis explores
A Northborough Common