Marlborough, Massachusetts and The Marlborough Historical Society
Marlborough, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town in 1660. Histories of Marlborough are here.
About the Marlborough Historical Society
The Marlborough Historical Society, founded in 1964, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and celebration in Marlborough. (The Society's by-laws and officers are here.)
Free monthly programs are held in and around Marlborough, including at the Peter Rice Homestead and Museum, which also houses Marlborough's historical archives. The Homestead and Museum is a great place to bring student groups and out of town visitors. Send a message at least ten days in advance to arrange a tour.
377 Elm Street Mailing address: Box 513
Marlborough, MA 01752 Marlborough, MA 01752-0513
Phone: 508-485-4763 -- We recommend e-mail for the quickest response.
Research and research assistance is done by volunteers. Rather than pricing by the hour or photo, we simply ask for donations. The Society is an all-volunteer, member-supported organization. It's the only organization responsible for maintaining a growing archive of Marlborough history. The Society receives no support of any kind from the city, state, or Federal government.
Donations can be made by check payable to "The Marlborough Historical Society" and presented in-person or mailed to The Marlborough Historical Society, 377 Elm Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.
The Society's archivist, Dick Cochrane, is at the Homestead most Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please contact Dick in advance to confirm.
If you are interested in volunteering to help respond to research requests and to catalog the collection, please contact Dick.
The Peter Rice Homestead is also open by appointment for tours.
New at the Marlborough Historical Society and online
- Volunteers needed for the 2015 Festival of Trees
- Designers and decorators needed for the 2015 Festival of Trees
- Details on the 2015 Festival of Trees, including discount coupon
- The Old Homesteads of Marlborough: Then and Now posted
- Winners of trees and wreaths at the 2014 Festival of Trees
- 2014 Festival of Trees decoration winners
- 300+ photos from the 2014 Festival of Trees
- Download your 2014 Festival of Trees discount coupon
- Marlborough High senior Jillian Goellner receives the Society's 2014 History Scholar Award
- For more information about the History Scholar awards: http://historicmarlborough.org/Scholarship.html
- Festival of Trees winners posted
- Festival of Trees wrapped up Sunday night with the raffle (pictures)
- Festival of Trees pictures: Saturday, including every tree and wreath
- Festival of Trees pictures: Thursday night set up and opening night Friday night
- Festival of Trees program booklet online
- 2014 student history scholar program announced
- Discount coupon for Festival of Trees available
- Gingerbread house competition rules and entry form
- Dates for the 2013 Festival of Trees announced
- Welcome new board members Karen Widener and Debbie Foley
- Genealogy journals available for research
- Stephen G. Rice new lifetime member
- King Philip's War part II available
- Marlborough Sports History slides
- Monthly genealogy workshop announced
- Slides from "King Philip's War: The Praying Indians of Marlborough and the Summer of 1675" presentation online
- Thanks to Brian Coppola Landscaping for donation of services again this year
- Seventy-seven photos of Spring Hill Cemetery
Upcoming Historical Society Programs and Events
Questions about signing up? More information is here.
Thanks to John Buczek for use of the historic image at the top of this page.