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This Old Town: Happy 100th Birthday, American Legion

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In 1919, following World War I, the American Legion was founded by veterans returning from Europe. Their mission was to benefit those veterans who served during any wartime. The actual beginnings of the American Legion began with a group of 20 officers who served in France in the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) during...
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This Old Town: A Crisis of Homelessness

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A recent article in The Boston Globe told of Arlington town officials who were unhappy to discover that the state transportation department had installed two rows of metal spikes underneath a Route 2 bridge to keep homeless people from sleeping under the structure and asked they be removed. The bridge crosses the...
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He Will Indeed be Missed

This Old Town He Will Indeed be Missed In 1651, the first Board of Selectmen in the newly-founded town of Medfield consisted of five of the town’s most respected men: Mr. Ralph Wheelock, Timothy Dwight, Robert Hinsdale, John Frairy and Benjamin Alby. In those early years, the Board of Selectmen consisted of five members elected annually. It...
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Historical Society presentation on flu epidemic

At the Monday, November 5 Medfield Historical Society meeting, Linda Morse will talk about how Medfield was impacted by the deadly Spanish flu epidemic that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The 7:30 p.m. meeting is free and open to the public at the old meetinghouse, otherwise known as the First Parish...
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This Old Town: The “Other” Medfield Post Office: 02042

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The last This Old Town article gave a history of the post offices in Medfield. But for 75 years, Medfield also had a second post office in the north end of town. Most people in Medfield today have no idea what you are talking about when you mention the Harding section of Medfield....
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Historic Peak House open for tours

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By Rachel Gore Medfield Hometown Weekly Intern [caption id="attachment_27733" align="alignright" width="300"]A table full of colonial-era artifacts in the Peak House allows visitors to explore and learn about history up close. Photos by Rachel Gore A table full of colonial-era artifacts in the Peak House allows visitors...
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This Old Town A Visit to Early Medfield

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The first settlers of Medfield came to the New World starting in 1630, in what became known as the Great Migration. During a twelve-year period, some 21,000 emigrants made their way from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. These first settlers were Puritans who left England primarily due to religious persecution, but also...
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This Old Town

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One Hundred Years Later, the Colonel Remembered He died 100 years ago and Medfield had never seen anyone like him before and will probably never see anyone quite like him again. He was the closest thing Medfield has ever had to a czar. As owner of the hat factory, the number-one employer in the...
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Peak House Sale honors historic Medfield

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By Clare Dealy Hometown Weekly Correspondent For more than 45 years, Medfield Historical Society members have joyously hosted the Peak House Pantry Sale to raise funds to maintain the town’s most historic landmark. This year was no exception. “I’ve been doing this for many years, it’s definitely our biggest fundraiser” said Vicky Fritschi, who celebrated...
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Medfield Historical Society to celebrate 125th

On November 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the First Parish Church on North Street, the Medfield Historical Society will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1891. All in town are invited to come to hear about those responsible for its beginning, see photos and images of the major events and undertakings...
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History Day Trolley Tour wows Medfielders

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By Camille Kerwin Hometown Weekly Correspondent On Saturday, townspeople of all ages gathered at Dale Street School to celebrate Medfield History Day with six on-the-hour tours visiting 50 of Medfield’s historic homes. The lot in front of the school brimmed with excitement for the 24th Annual History Day Trolley Tour, a tradition that was established...
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Medfield Historical Society to present ‘Letters from Europe’

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The Medfield Historical Society will present the third of its spring programs, “Letters from Europe: My Father in World War II,” taking place at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church at 26 North Street in Medfield on Monday, May 2 , at 7:30 p.m. This is a timeless story of a marriage and family...
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