WESTMINSTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Westminster Historical Society has several thousand items in its collections ranging from
documents, maps, letters, diaries, deeds, postcards, books and photos to furniture, clothing,
textiles, household items, and farm tools.
We save these artifacts and archives so that we can tell the story of the people who have lived
in our town long after they are gone. Whether they were farmers, business owners,
housewives, factory workers, or persons in the military, we want to be able to tell their story.
We’re interested in the experiences of children through the years, the schools they attended,
the factories their fathers worked in, the homes where families lived, and the organizations
where they played.
We collect reminiscences of lots of ordinary people in Westminster, and also information
about extraordinary people – those Westminster persons who made unique marks on history,
such as General Nelson Miles, Admiral Frank Fenno, and, in more modern times, Elizabeth
Carr, the first “test tube baby” born in America.
Our collections span the time from the earliest settlement of Westminster in 1737 to the
present, and we are vigilant in looking for items that tell the story of Westminster people
today. For example, we believe that in the future the story of the very popular Wachusett
Brewery will be as significant and interesting as the story of the many furniture factories in
Westminster which years ago employed hundreds of people in town.
Volunteers are busy cataloging our collections and placing information about them into a
computerized database. Our goal is for people to have access to as much information as
possible about Westminster’s history wherever it might be located in our town.. Therefore
our objective is to catalog everything that is available to the public and enter the information in
a comprehensive database, which will also include Westminster-related objects and archives
that are located in public places in town, such as the Town Hall and Library. As the
information is entered on the database, it can also be researched on-line.
It is a time-consuming project, and although it started in 1999, it is not yet completed.
Meanwhile, please be sure to contact the Society to find out about other archives and artifacts
that are in our collections but not yet entered into the computerized database.
Click here to view the Society’s Collections Management Policy.
Collections Management Policy