BRAINTREE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

31 Tenney Road, Braintree MA  02184.
We are open with research support Thursday mornings from 9:30-Noon. 

Save the Date!  Saturday, June 22 at 1PM:  Tracy Sierra will be here doing a reading, Q&A, and book signing of her book, Night Watching.  Refreshments and free tours of the Thayer House begin at Noon and go through 3PM that day!



New Exhibit at our 31 Tenney Road Building

Beginning on June 6, 2024 the General Sylvanus Thayer Exhibit will be open. The exhibit displays items and information from the exceptional life of Sylvanus Thayer (often known as "The Father of West Point"). The exhibit will be open every Thursday from 9:30 AM until noontime. The exhibit will also be open at least one Saturday per month , beginning in a few weeks. Please check this website for updates regarding the specific Saturdays when the exhibit will be open.


Annual Meeting

The Braintree Historical Society Annual Meeting was held on May 16,2024 at Braintree Town Hall at 6:30 PM with 3 new directors elected and 1 director reappointed. Mayor Joyce attended and addressed the membership. John Donovan gave a talk on Braintree's paths and roads 1600 to present which was extremely well received by over 50 people in attendance. Below is from John's presentation:5 Corners in the 1950s:

The Society had a meeting at the Thayer Public Library on March 20, 2024 featuring a talk on the relationship between Abigail and John Adams by our Historian, John Dennehy. The talk was extremely well received by the audience of over 50 people. Here are 2 pictures:


Please click here to download our most recent Newsletter:March 2024 Newsletter.pdf

On December 16, 2023 the Society had a 250th anniversary event for the Boston Tea Party at the Barn and Resource Center. There was a talk by president Steve Leonard on how Braintree-born John Hancock was connected to the Tea Party. Photos are posted below:



Heritage Day October 7, 2023 was a great event despite the rain! Scroll further down the page to see the slide show.

Below are some of the reenactors at Heritage Day 2023:


As we start the new year in 2024, we are in critical need of funds to help with repairs to our elevators, alarm systems and heat pump for the Resource Center. We will apply to the Mass. Cultural Council for funding but need to raise matching funds. Donations can be made by check to the society at 31 Tenney Road, Braintree MA 02184.

We are also looking for corporate sponsors to help us reach our Annual Appeal goal. Remember, we are an all-volunteer organization and 100% of dues and donations are used for operating and capital expenses.

Thayer House tours will be available again starting in April 20,2024 from noon to 3:00PM




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Heritage Day 2023 musket firing (above)


The Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Library and Resource Center are Open!

Please stop by during our open hours

Thursday: 9:30AM - Noon

Check Our Facebook for any Updates to Open Hours or Closings

Current Exhibition is under development

Sylvanus Thayer House Video Tours

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More photos of Heritage Day 2023 are scrolling below!

What's New at the Library and Resource Center?

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OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION

Braintree High School Social Studies Department Partnership

Braintree Public Schools Programs

CATS Academy Partnership

Thayer Academy Intern Program

BCYC Partnership

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Programs

Read more about our involvement in education programs HERE

Over the last few months, BHS launched a new Volunteer Initiative. In our two very successful Volunteer Orientation sessions, a full house of Volunteers brought new energy, ideas, and enthusiasm about the incredible history and legacy of the Braintree Historical Society. Our goal for this Initiative is to increase our volunteers to 100 over the course of the coming year. Won't you join us?

Volunteer  

Gilbert L Bean Museum & Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center

Open Thursday 9:30 AM - Noon


Other Days & Times By Appointment


Tours of The Thayer Birthplace

Tours of the Thayer House are available on one Saturday each month during the summer of 2024 from noon to 3:00 PM

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