Historical Society

In keeping with its mission to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the Town of Westminster, The Westminster Historical Society contributes significantly to the cultural vitality of our community.  It also serves as a bridge from the past to the future by offering and hosting innovative presentations, exhibitions, lectures and special events throughout the year, including tours, open houses, classes, and town-wide community events.

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2017-2018 Program Calendar Events

We're still putting together this years program events but wanted to share what is currently on the books.
So keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Saturday, December 2nd 9am-2pm, Looking for vintage holiday decorations and holiday entertaining pieces?  Find that special item for your next holiday party, we've got lots of bargain prices!  Also Finnish items on sale.  Don't forget to stop in our gift shop for that person who loves Westminster.  After your shopping is done, enjoy a cup of hot coffee or cider and cookies by the fireplace.

Tuesday, January 9th 7pm, The Westminster Cracker Factory:  Alfred Wyman began baking crackers in the basement of his home at 3 Academy Hill Road in 1828.  It changed through several owners until it became the longest operating cracker bakery in the United States.  Keith Dunn will tell us the history of this iconic Westminster building and its continuing business in Vermont.

Saturday, March 3rd 10am-12pm:  Come watch the making of maple syrup at the home of Adam & Sheri Bean, 10 Harrington Road.  The Sugar Shack is amazing!  Enjoy some freshly made maple syrup on vanilla ice cream.  Yummy!

Tuesday, March 13th 7pm:  License Plates-Things You Never Knew:  Do you have old license plates in your garage?  Alan Young has been collecting license plates for a long while and will tell us lots about them.

Tuesday, April 10th 7pm:  Tour of a Train Display.  Whether you're a train enthusiast or not, you'll enjoy a visit to a local ran Club where we can see miniatures of trains in a village.  Because of limited space, only WHS members can attend.  Preregistration is required.

Saturday, May 5th 9am-1pm Plant Swap and Sale:  Come and swap your plants for another gardener's extras.  Purchase raspberry bushes, rhubarb, and other perennials to start or add to your garden.  Learn something new about your plants!

Tuesday, June 12th 7pm Juhannus:  Celebrate this Finnish holiday at the Farmers Camp on Leominster Street.  Program will feature a movie on George Bergroth of Fitchburg by Judith Lindstedt. Bring your Bergroth photos for display if you have them.  Enjoy Finn foods and see the research being gathered for the history of Finns in Westminster.

Saturday, June 16th 8am-3pm:  Town Wide Yard Sale:  Sign up as a home holding a yard sale or plan to get some bargains at each house in the circuit.  Deals for everyone!  Maps will be sold at the Historical Society on the day of the Yard Sale for $2.  Held Rain or Shine!