The Weston Historical Society collection covers almost three centuries
of Weston history. It is divided into four categories: Objects, Archives, Photographs, and Books.
Click here to read excerpts from the Collections Policy,
or select from the links below to sample our collections.
Objects such as our Livermore Sampler, acquired in 2008, help us understand the past. Click here to see a selection, including a milk bottle from Ferndale Dairy on South Avenue, a butter mold from Charles Dean’s “Oakridge” Estate, a Weston Grange ribbon, a plaque of General John Burgoyne made from the wood of Weston’s Burgoyne Elm, and more.
The Archives collection includes letters, documents, reports, newspaper clippings, maps, plans, drawings and prints, and memorabilia, a word that means “things that stir remembrance.” Click here to see examples, from a Friendly Society program to a 1938 class book, predecessor to today’s high school yearbooks.
Our Photographs are organized by family name, subject, and location. Visitors use these photos to find images of relatives, explore topics from “agriculture and gardening” to “wars” or find views of their street or even their house. Click here to see photos from a scrapbook belonging to Philip Coburn (1899-1983), author of the memoir, Growing Up in Weston. Coburn photographed landscapes, such as the golf scene pictured below and left, and buildings throughout the town, many of which are no longer extant.
The Society collects local history Books from Weston and neighboring communities. Middlesex County histories, genealogies from Weston families, school yearbooks, cookbooks published by Weston institutions, Weston directories and phone books, Town Reports, ledgers, autograph books and books of remembrance, scrapbooks, and other books relating to town history. Click here to see some examples, such as the Hook & Hastings organ factory scrapbook pictured here.