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The Harvard Historical Society Invites You to Discover Your Town


Apple Tree Grafting Workshops at The Harvard Historical Society
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00PM and Saturday, March 28, 1:00PM

This program is a follow-up to the inspiring presentation on apple history by author and fruit explorer John Bunker, hosted by the Westford, Littleton and Groton Historical Societies last October. The Harvard Historical Society invites you to learn basic techniques of grafting apple trees from local horticulturist, Denis Wagner. Denis grew apples commercially for 18 years and has grown over 120 varieties and offered many workshops on apple tasting, fruit growing, pruning and grafting.

The program is free to attend and you can bring your own knife and apple scion wood or purchase a grafting knife and apple rootstocks for grafting onto. We will start with slides and demonstration and there will be plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Scion wood is collected over the winter months and stored in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator until time for grafting in April. Grafting can be used to start new trees, add variety to existing trees or change the variety of an entire tree. Apple rootstocks can impart dwarfing characteristics to the rest of the tree. ranging from a 6-8’ dwarf, to a 10-14’ semi dwarf, or a 35’ full size tree.

Call or send an email to make a reservation. We will need to know if you plan to purchase a grafting knife ($15.00) or rootstocks ($4.00 each). We can also supply you with instructions for collecting or procuring your own scion wood for grafting.

Email Denis Wagner at denwag@mac.com or call 617-512-9243.

The Harvard Historical Society is located at 215 Still River Road in Harvard, MA. Wet spring weather may limit parking on the premises so be prepared to park on the street.









Growing Up In Harvard, The Diary of Ellery Eaton Royal, 1906-1912
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00PM

Ellery Royal, the son of Dr. Herbert and Alma (Eaton) Royal, was born in Harvard on July 14, 1894 and attended the Harvard public school system, graduating from Bromfield in 1912. His diary covers his life in Harvard from age twelve to eighteen and offers a peek into the life of a teenager in rural Harvard at the start of the 20th century.

Eaton Photo

National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges Annual Meeting
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:00PM at The Harvard Historical Society

Please join us at the annual meeting of The Covered Bridge Society followed by a discussion about the new book by authors Terry Miller and Ron Knapp, America's Covered Bridges: Practical Crossings-Nostalgic Icons. Terry Miller began visiting covered bridges with his father, Max Miller, in 1953 and has since visited bridges throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and China. Ron Knapp is a historical-cultural geographer at State University of New York at New Paltz, where he taught from 1968 to 2001. The presentation will begin at 1:00PM and will be followed by s short business meeting. The meeting is open to the public. We look forward to seeing you. book


Freedom's Way Hidden Treasures
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11AM-3PM

Open House with tours featuring family friendly presentations for children and adults alike. This event is part of Freedom Way’s inaugural Hidden Treasures program.  

Freedom’s Way Heritage Area has invited the 45 towns and cities within its bounds to participate in “Hidden Treasures Weekend,” an exciting two-day regional celebration on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Towns and community organizations are developing free, fun, and creative activities that will enable residents of the region to explore the nature, culture, and history of the 994 square miles of the Freedom's Way area. Each community will select a single “hidden treasure” that tells an exciting or unexpected story from its history and share its story with the public. “Treasures” will be objects and documents held in local collections, public monuments, buildings, and landscapes.

The Harvard Historical Society will feature its own museum as Harvard’s “Treasure”. The museum, located at 215 Still River Road will be open from 11 to 3 for tours that will feature interactive, family friendly presentations of its collections, including presentations of our children’s collections, historic musical instruments, 19th century housework and more.


Fiske Warren and The One Tax Estate
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:30PM

Come learn about one man’s extraordinary life and his lasting impact on Harvard. Special Presentation by Dianne Newton.

Pioneers of Harvard House Tour
Saturday, October 24, 2015

The 2015 Historical Society House Tour celebrates some of the oldest homes in town, whose residents were influential "pioneers". Each house represents the era in which it was built and also the changes various homeowners made through the years. Visitors will learn of the rich history of each house and will also meet one of the home's most prominent inhabitants. These pioneers will relate highlights of their lives and talk about Harvard in the "good ole days." Tickets will go on sale in June.

















Musical Program
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Like last year’s Playing with History, this event will feature a blend of history and music. Stay tuned for more details…

The Harvard Historical Society Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7PM


Harvard Historical Society
PO Box 542
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451

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