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A grim Wellesley memorial: Reverend burned at the stake

Babson College founder Roger Babson honored one of his ancestors, the martyr Rev. John Rogers, with this memorial on the college campus across from the Coleman Map Building. Rev. Rogers was burned at the stake on this date, Feb. 4, back in 1555 for what else, religious reasons. A bust in his memory has also […]

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Wellesley to observe Martin Luther King Jr. day

Wellesley town offices, libraries and schools, and the RDF are closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. You can start your day at the World of Wellesley’s MLK Annual Community Breakfast Celebration, which takes place at Wellesley College’s Alumnae Hall at 8:30-10am. Keynote address will be by Dr. Yves […]

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Kids invited to peek at 1880s Wellesley girl’s diary this Wednesday

The Wellesley Historical Society’s free drop-in Winter Wednesdays program continues this Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Wellesley Community Center at 219 Washington St., from 1-3pm. No pre-registration required. The program description: Write with Carrie Denton: Read diary entries of a Wellesley girl in the 1880s and learn what life was like for children growing up […]

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Caffe Nero to open at historical Wellesley Hills railroad station

Here’s some welcome news regarding the recently vacated Wellesley Hills railroad station building: The Swellesley Report has learned that European coffeehouse Caffe Nero will be opening there as soon as this spring and it plans to do so with respect for the historically significant building. Wellesley residents expressed concern for what might become of the building when […]

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New York Public Library doesn’t neglect Wellesley in releasing 180K historic digital images into public domain

When we heard that the New York Public Library had released 180,000 high resolution digital images into the public domain our first thought was: Any Wellesley pics in there? Sure enough, there are, mainly of Wellesley College, with a smattering of good old Hunnewell stuff. They even shared some shaky GIFS (moving images). GIF of […]

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Wellesley Historical Society’s Winter Wednesdays programs for kids return Jan. 6

Wellesley Historical Society‘s Winter Wednesdays programs for kids are back starting on Jan. 6. Winter Wednesdays is a series of children’s programs that each feature a different historical topic. During Winter Wednesdays, children investigate and learn about history through fun, hands-on activities and games. The program is conducted by the Wellesley Historical Society in partnership with […]

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November Wellesley History Mystery

From Wellesley Historical Society:   Upham Elementary School opened its doors to students on January 2, 1957. The school was dedicated in June 1957 and named in memory of the late Ernest F. Upham. Mr. Upham served as the head of the History Department at Wellesley High School and died on February 9, 1957, the […]

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Wellesley Historical Society shares stories behind cemetery, homes

                            The Wellesley Historical Society has had a busy fall sharing knowledge about various parts of town. The latest activity took place on Halloween at the Village Church cemetery, where Society Executive Director Erica Dumont led a family-friendly program in which she […]

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