Books, maps, and DVDs we recommend

Puritan Village: The Formation of a New England Town  $ 10.00
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History; covers 17thcentury  Sudbury (includes present-day Wayland and Sudbury)
Available at Amazon.com

 

Wayland Historical Tours (1976); revised 2013
by Barbara, (Editor), Robinson (Paperback)
$ 10.00 Payable to the Wayland Historical Society

Wayland A-Z

Wayland A-Z (2004)
by Evelyn Wolfson, Dick Hoyt (Paperback)
$ 10.00 Payable to the Wayland Historical Society
Available at Amazon.com

THE book to own if you can have only one Wayland history – full of meticulously researched stories and details about the town of Wayland, MA

Legendary LocalsLegendary Locals of Wayland (2015)
by Evelyn Wolfson (Paperback)
$ 12.00 to the author
Available at Amazon.com

A multitude of photos accompanies text that covers Wayland’s historical visionaries who influenced both Wayland AND the country to the past and present “Townies” who have made Wayland so vibrant. Evelyn Wolfson has lived in Wayland for more than half a century and is the author of more than a dozen books.

Growing up in Wayland: Life in a Massachusetts town during the Depression Growing up in Wayland: Life in a Massachusetts town during the Depression (1997)
by George K Lewis (Paperback)
$ 10.00 Payable to the Wayland Historical Society
Available at Amazon.com

Beautifully written memoir of a very active and observant boy who grew up to be a professor of geography at Boston University and local historian.

 

Wayland 375 Cookbook (2014)
$ 5.00 Payable to Wayland Historical Society
This is Wayland 375th anniversary year’s celebratory recipe book, written by and 15.00 to town for town residents (including those from centuries past). Linking the 17th to 21st centuries with popular foods, drinks, and “this and that” (i.e. boiled hot soap or teething cookies), this book contains more than 250 recipes.

Map: 1881 Copy of James Sumner Draper’s 1776 Map of Wayland
$ 10.00 Payable to the Wayland Historical Society
Unframed 18 x 24” copy of map made by James Sumner Draper (1811-1896) of what he thought Wayland was like in 1775/6.  The original is owned by the Wayland Historical Society.  See how there was no Boston Post Road (Rt 20) west of First Parish Church nor did Commonwealth Avenue Rt 30) go west of the School Street intersection.

FIVE MILES ASTRIDE THE RIVER (2014)
DVD: by Zander Cowen and Jacob Sussman’s
$ 15.00 to Pelham Island Pictures

Our most ambitious work, Five Miles Astride the River is a 20-minute film exploring the development of our hometown, Wayland, Massachusetts. Showcasing the village’s evolution over 375 years of history, the film explores three distinct eras of American life and illustrates how the town’s past has shaped its present.

Wayland: Images of America (2002)              
by George Lewis, Wayland Historical Society (Paperback)
Available at Amazon.com

More than 200 photographs, selected primarily from the extensive collection of the Wayland Historical Society, of farmers, factory workers, trolleys, and schools help to tell the unique and fascinating history of Wayland’s two separate neighborhoods, Wayland Center and Cochituate Village.

 

Lydia Maria Child: The Quest for Racial Justice (Oxford Portraits) (2002)
by Lori Kenschaft (Hardcover)
Available at Amazon.com

This dynamic nineteenth-century writer who, through her pen and at great personal cost to her literary career, spoke out for those silenced in society — slaves, Native Americans, women, and the poor—lived in Wayland for much of her life.

 

Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING AND A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAINS Wednesday, May 17 7:30-9:30 PM Grout Heard House Museum. At the close of the Business Meeting, Jane Sciacca will display a few of our collection items, sharing with you their backgrounds. At least one will never before...

Payment – Living in Long-Ago Days

Thank you for registering your child(ren) for the Living in Long-Ago Days! Please send your payment of $ 50.00 per child to: Wayland Historical Society Grout Heard House P. O. Box 56 Wayland, MA 01778 Or you prefer you can pay now by credit card: Program Registration...

Living in Long-Ago Days

After School Program - Living in Long-Ago Days for first and second grade girls Early American Games Clothes Foods and Crafts Tuesday afternoons 3:15 - 4:45 February 28th, March 7th, 14th and 21st $ 50.00 per child [vfb...

Favorite Spaces – Memorable Places

Sunday, February 12 2-4 PM Wayland Town Building Share a photo of a spot in Wayland you treasure. Tell us what makes it special to you, be it a riverbank, tree house, beaver dam, or people Jane Sciacca from the WHS will facilitate a discussion and presentation of...

Aqueducts Run Through It

Sunday, January 8 2:30-4:30 PM Wayland Public Library Together with the Wayland Library, we will present Aqueducts Run Through It featuring our own Tom Sciacca. Do you know how many aqueducts run through Wayland? Since 1848, most of Boston's drinking water has come...