5-CENTURY HOUSE TOUR
Saturday, September 21, 2013 10 AM - 3 PM
Meet at Wayland Town Center
Where have Waylanders lived in each of the five centuries since its
founding in 1638?
We’ll visit one house from each century, from the 17th to the 21st.
What a way to honor our 375th Anniversary! You’ll get to see the
similarities and differences in architecture over 5 centuries. How
many towns can claim that? Ticket prices are $25 prior to the event
and $30 the day of the event. This money goes to support the 375th
Anniversary celebrations. Information on how and where to get
tickets will be on our web site soon.
This program is sponsored jointly by The Wayland Historical
Society, Historic District Commission, and the Historical
Commission. Many volunteers are participating and more are still
The Grout-Heard House will be open from 10-3 as a way station.
Because of lack of sufficient parking at some of the houses, vans will
be going back and forth from the Town Center from 10-3. Don’t
Refreshments: Grout-Heard House
WAYLAND UNCOVERED: ARCHAEOLOGICAL
EVIDENCE OF OUR FIRST RESIDENTS?
Saturday, October 19, 2013 2 PM
Large Hearing Room
Wayland Town Building
Wayland’s own archaeologist, Tonya Largy, well known among
her New England colleagues, will bring her expertise to us. Native
Americans came into what is now Wayland sometime after the
glacier receded approximately 12,000 years ago. Since 1978, five
excavations of pre-contact sites have been carried out. These
excavations gathered more than thirty radiocarbon dates. The
oldest actual radiocarbon date on record is 6680+170 years ago.
However, artifacts recovered from these sites represent periods
going back to 8000 years ago. Some of these artifacts will be on
display and will be discussed in this lecture.
One pre-colonial site, excavated under a state permit from the
Massachusetts Historical Commission over a twenty-eight year
period, produced radiocarbon dates indicating that Native people
continued to live here for thousands of years until the arrival of
Europeans. Native American graves in the Old North Cemetery
are being studied to determine if they might date to the early
The Historical Commission and the Historical Society are proud to
co-sponsor this event
Refreshments: Jan Dunn
WAYLAND AND KING PHILIP’S WAR
Sunday, November 3, 2013 3 - 5 PM
Wayland Library Raytheon Room
As part of the town’s 375th anniversary celebration, author Michael
Tougias presents a program on the war between the Colonists and
Native Americans in 1675-76. One of the battles of this war took
place right here in Wayland! Tougias is the author of the acclaimed
Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip’s War), and coauthor
with Eric Schultz of King Philip’s War: The History and
Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.
The first part of the presentation will discuss the Indian way of life,
Colonial settlements, and the events leading up to the war. The
second part covers the battles and the strategy during this
cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest
conflict in our nation’s history. Book signing and questions follow.
Co-sponsored by the Wayland Public Library..
Refreshments: Minnette Harrington
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, December 8, 2013 2 - 5 PM
Grout-Heard House Museum
Launch your holiday season this year on Sunday afternoon, when the
Grout-Heard House Museum welcomes the whole town to its
Community Open House. Anette Lewis, Susan Coppock, Jane
Daley, and Emily Weintraub will lead a small army of Wayland
Garden Club members, transforming our old rooms with their
holiday decorations. Girl Scout and Brownie troops from all over
town will make ornaments for the tree in the Stone Room alcove,
coordinated by Elisa Scola. Sample Christmas cookies at the tea
table. Meet friends you haven’t seen all year.
Open House Co-chairs: Aida Gennis and Molly Adams.
LYDIA MARIA CHILD: DOMESTIC DIVA
Sunday, January 5, 2014 2:30 PM.
(Rain/snow date January 26)
Wayland Public Library
Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald, authors of America’s
Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking and
Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England, will
serve up a delicious feast of information and recipes featuring the
domestic side of Wayland’s foremost abolitionist and author,
Lydia Maria Child. Child, in addition to her incredible efforts on
behalf of reform, was the best-selling author of early nineteenthcentury
advice books, including The Frugal Housewife. Stavely
and Fitzgerald will regale you with their own experiences trying
to follow Child’s imprecise recipes and send you home with some
to tackle on your own. All in all, an appetizing way to start the
Refreshments: Jane Sciacca
WAYLAND IN THE CIVIL WAR
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Grout Heard House Museum
How did the Civil War impact Wayland? How were local
residents—soldiers and civilians—affected by this far-away
event? Our local expert on the Civil War, Curator Lois Davis,
will explore the many changes the war brought to our Town.
Through her talk, we will meet a number of Wayland residents—
both soldiers and civilians—and learn how they navigated these
tumultuous times. An exhibit of Civil War artifacts and dresses
of that era is planned.
Refreshments: Mary Mendler.
THEN AND NOW: FARMING IN THE SUDBURY RIVER VALLEY
WITH BRIAN DONAHUE, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY AND
TIMOTHY HENDERSON,MAINSTONE FARM
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Grout Heard House Museum
Since farming has been the main occupation in Wayland for most of
our history, we are fortunate to have Professor Brian Donahue share
a bit of his extensive knowledge of farming. Many are familiar with
Donahue’s work in promoting the growing of produce on local land.
Driving along Old Connecticut Path by Mainstone Farm reminds us
of what old Wayland must have been like; open fields, over-arching
trees, cows grazing, men toiling in the fields and woodland from
1713 on. Its long history from the Cuttings to William Powell
Perkins to the Hamlens is continuing in the capable hands of Tim
Henderson as manager, planner, and hard worker. We hope to be
able to visit Mainstone Farm where Henderson will show us some of
what goes on in the operation of the farm today
Refreshments: Marjorie Peterson
LIBERTY AND MUSIC FOR ALL
Friday, March 14, 2014
First Parish Church
In the 18th century, an immigrant group from Germany, the
Moravians, known for their rich musical life, sought refuge from
persecution in the New World and settled eventually in Pennsylvania
and North Carolina. With them, they brought thousands of works
from their own composers including those of Antes and Peter as well
as selections by Haydn, Mozart and the Bach family. It should be
noted that a long time member of the WHS, John Antes, is
descended from the composer of the same name.
Joining the Musicians of the Old Post Road to explore the art
music of the American Moravian settlements will be the vocal
duo of Kristen Watson and Katherine Mueller known as the
Sirenes. Since this is the 25th anniversary season of the Post
Road Musicians, we are pleased to celebrate with them for the
24th consecutive year as hosts together with First Parish Church.
The admission charge for attendees is usually $30 but for WHS
members, the reduced rate is $20 per person. Come and
experience these outstanding performances in the 1815 First
Refreshments: Dick Hoyt and Lynn Poisson
EDMUND BROWN’S LIBRARY: A CONCERT
OF A PURITAN MINISTER’S MUSICAL COLLECTION
Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:30 PM
First Parish of Sudbury
327 Concord Rd., Sudbury
The Sudbury 375th Anniversary Committee and the Sudbury
Historical Society are sponsoring this special event, and we want
to share this information with you.
Stephen Loikith has researched, designed, and will emcee the
concert, with musicians using instruments that are reproductions
of period pieces. Edmund Brown was our first minister (born
1606, died 1678). His estate library included a viola da gamba.
Admission is $20.
HISTORY IN OUR BACKYARD:
FINDING DACHAU DOCUMENTS IN
WAYLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Grout-Heard House Museum
It is not often that we come so close to historic events by staying
in our own town. At the end of WWII, Lt. Col. Martin Joyce was
the American-appointed commanding officer of Dachau
Concentration Camp a few days after its liberation. Somehow,
Joyce’s personal records collection ended up in the old Wayland
High School history book room, including his personal letters, an
85-page scrapbook, military files, and Dachau documents. A
photo album presented to Col. Joyce by Yugoslavian survivors
credited Joyce and the Americans with saving the lives of some
Kevin Delaney, head of the WHS social studies department, has
led the students in his U. S. history classes as they researched and
digitized the collection and reconstructed the events and anguish
of this period for presentation to a wider audience. This is an
opportunity to hear Kevin describe what the students have
discovered from this treasure trove.
Refreshments: Kate Jenney
ANNUAL MEETING AND ROUTES AND BRANCHES:
WHAT’S IN A WAYLAND STREET NAME?
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 7:30 PM
Grout-Heard House Museum
Note: This is an updated repeat of a talk given by Dick Hoyt
on Jan. 14, 2007, specifically requested
From Old Connecticut Path to Lewis Path, the roads and
streets of Wayland all have a story behind their names. How
did some of them get their names and who was responsible for
naming them? A few background stories will be shared about
the “routes and branches” we travel every day. Familiar places
can take on a whole new meaning!
Refreshments: Dottie Lee