“Sanborn House Keeps Getting Better”

We should all be proud of what the Winchester Historical Society and the greater Winchester community has accomplished here at the Sanborn House.  For an informal summary of what we’ve done over the past few years and to learn about some of our thoughts for the future, take a look at this article from last week’s Daily Times Chronicle.

For more information about how you can get involved with the Sanborn House and the Winchester Historical Society, please email director@winchesterhistoricalsociety.org.

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Birth of Winchester Hospital

The Birth of Winchester Hospital

The Trials and Triumphs of the Early Years

In honor of the hospital’s centennial, historian Ellen Knight, author of Winchester Hospital: Our First Century, will present an illustrated talk about the events and conditions leading up to that moment and the challenges the hospital and the community overcame to keep its hospital going in its early decades.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the program will also highlight the courageous women who founded the hospital and others (including the Winton Club and EnKa Society) who helped keep it going.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

 The Jenks Center
109 Skillings Road, Winchester

7 to 7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served

7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

8:30 to 9 p.m.
Centennial cake cutting & book signing

To register, please call
(866) WIN-HOSP

Co-sponsored by Winchester Hospital and
the Winchester Historical Society

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The History of Filene’s Basement

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Winchester Public Library

Friends of the Winchester Public Library are sponsoring a showing of the film “Voices from the Basement”, a documentary by Michael Bavaro about Boston’s beloved 100-year-old icon – the original Filene’s Basement. The film is a journey back to a time when the American Dream was accessible to everyone who walked through the doors of The Basement. The Brahmins of Beacon Hill stood in line with the waitresses from Durgin Park with equal access to the same high-quality, discounted merchandise for which The Basement is best known worldwide.

The film is a collection of stories told by the people who worked and shopped in there. Celebrities, politicians, employees, and loyal shoppers share their passion for this landmark institution that has been one of Boston’s most visited tourist attractions for generations.

The history of Filene’s Basement is captured through newsreels, archival footage, vintage photographs and audio recordings. The founders, Edward and Lincoln Filene, were two of the leading retail pioneers who helped shape many of the social and economic paradigms that have made America great, from employee health care to the formation of credit unions.

Throughout the course of production, the producers were witness to history as it transpired. With the closing of the downtown store in 2007, they were there to capture it all. Sadly, this monument of commerce remains a gaping hole in the ground and in the hearts of millions. The film explores this social and political tragedy.

The producers of the film will be there to discuss the film afterwards. This program is made possible by a grant from the John & Mary Murphy Educational Foundation and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please view the listing on our EVENTS page or call organizer Jann Sheehy at 781-729-6096.

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Featured Publication

Wright-Locke Farm: A History in Pictures
by Ellen Knight

Look into the history of the Wright-Locke farm in a new 16-page booklet titled Wright-Locke Farm: A History in Pictures. Read More.

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