Middlesex Turnpike

The Winchester Historical Society invites you to

 THE MIDDLESEX TURNPIKE: Partner or Competitor to the Canal?

A talk by Tom Raphael

Wednesday, November 14th at the
Sanborn House

Refreshments at 7 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Many of us learned in history class about the wooden plank road built in 1785 through the Cumberland Gap in Virginia. Few of us were taught that a flurry of turnpike building followed in the thirteen colonies, all built by private companies. All told, 118 turnpikes were completed in Massachusetts, most of which are still serving us in some way. The talk will cover the difficulties of travel, the contentious construction, and widespread use of the Middlesex Turnpike.

Take a virtual journey over the complete route as it was built. See how it looked until the advent of the automobile in early 1900 and how it looks and serves today. You will learn that it was originally planned to go through the “flats” and bisect Winchester.

Free and open to the public

Hot Time in the Old House Tonight!

It’s Going to Be a Hot Time in the Old House Tonight!

The Sanborn House Fall Fundraiser

Help us Heat It Up!

Saturday, October 27, 2012
7-10 pm

Eat, Drink and Socialize

Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails
Catered by Bistro 5 Restaurant, Medford

The Winchester Historical Society invites you to its annual fundraiser at the Sanborn House.  This event is always well attended; the first of the season at the stately home of various families, once a nunnery, and now the home of Winchester Historical Society.  The evening promises to be an opportunity to greet old and new friends, enjoy music and good food, and get caught up on plans for the coming year, both with the Society, and the Town of Winchester.

It will be a chance to view the façade, and meet new friends.
Proceeds from this event will go toward a new heating/ cooling system.

Ticket prices start at $75/ person; contact Executive Director Rebekah Beaulieu at 781-721-0135 for more information

Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester, MA

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When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs and Money during the Age of Sail

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs
                            and Money during the Age of Sail

Eric Jay Dolan

Tuesday, October 2
7:00 p.m.
Winchester Public Library

Jay Dolin, the author of the Boston Globe’s 2007 Best Book of the Year: Leviathan, and his 2010 Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America, returns with the story of America’s first voyages to the Middle Kingdom, where Americans and Chinese looked at each other with wonder, alarm and calculation.

When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail,” published September 10, 2012, begins at the end of the American Revolution, when America’s relationship with England was in ruins, and the country looked to the Far East for economic trade.  On July 22, 1784, the Empress of China sailed into the Pearl River in China.  Thousands of American and British vessels began sailing on the Pearl to trade for silk, tea, tea service sets and, the most profitable commodity, opium.

Dolin introduces us to some important American names—including Robert Morris, John Ledyard, John Jacob Astor, Robert Forbes, Harriet Low—and he relates the adventures of the first Chinese to come to America, who became almost carnival attractions

Dolin’s discussion of his book examines some  of the seeds of poppies, trade, greed, grandeur and an international partnership that remains uneasy and perilous.

This program is sponsored by the Winchester Historical Society, Friends of the Winchester Public Library and the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation.  Questions:  (781)729-6096

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