PROGRAMS 2017 ~ 2018
- WAYLAND’S EMBATTLED MEADOWLAND FARMERS: THOREAU AND THE “FLOWAGE CONTROVERSY” (1858-1862)
- WHAT DO CERAMICS TELL US ABOUT WAYLAND’S ANCIENT INHABITANTS?
- THE VALUE OF THE BOOK
- HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
- THE WAYS OF OUR LAND: DUDLEY POND
- THE GHOST OF LYDIA MARIA CHILD
- MISSILES ON OXBOW: THE NIKE MISSILE SITE IN WAYLAND
- HOW THE PURITAN VILLAGE EVOLVED: A GUIDED TOUR OF COLONIAL SUDBURY PLANTATION (SUDBURY AND WAYLAND) 1639-1730
- ANNUAL MEETING AND TREASURES FROM OUR COLLECTIONS—MAPS
LEARNING WITH YOUR CHILDREN
- North Cemetery (under construction)
- The Village Evolves (under construction)
- Wayland and the Civil War
Written by the late Nancy Ashkar in conjunction with the Wayland Historical Society, this program was used for many years by Wayland fifth graders. It has been adapted by Bobby Robinson of the Massachusetts Study Project as a model for use by other schools planning a study of the Civil War from the perspective of their own community.
- WPS Third Grade Program – Wayland April 19, 1775 (under construction)
- Wayland High School History Project
Includes seven volumes of project-based learning completed from 2001-2015 in Kevin Delaney’s US History classes. Each edition took two years to complete and constitutes what we hope is a rich local history archive of oral history, original research, and fascinating storytelling that show how national trends and developments played out in our town and region. Learn more here.
- WHS Scholarships – (under construction)
HISTORICAL TOURS OF WAYLAND
First issued in 1976 as part of the U.S. bi-centennial celebration, Bobby Robinson’s three historical “tours” (1600s, Revolutionary War period, 19th century development of the two separate town centers) was updated in 2013 with new maps and photographs. Available also from us online or view for free here.
VIDEO: FIVE MILES ASTRIDE THE RIVER (2014)
A 20-minute documentary by students Zander Cowen and Jacob Sussman’s that explores Wayland’s history through three eras of the town’s development: colonial, industrial and post-World War II using archival photographs and interviews with Wayland historians. Click here to view through link on Pelham Island Pictures website.
Wayland’s Truck Farms and Road Side Stands
Bob Dorey talks about “Wayland’s Truck Farms and Road Side Stands”. Bob spoke of Wayland’s truck farms and roadside stands and their operation during the 1900s. Drawing from personal experience as a teenager on a number of farms and talking with older residents, Bob recounted history and some firsthand experiences on such familiar landmarks as Lee’s Farm Market, Mainstone Farm, Watertown Dairy, Pinky Smith’s Farm stand, Walnut Hill, Harrington’s and the Hynes’ farms. See photographs from his talk and a video here.
TALKING TRASH! GETTING RID OF WAYLAND’S REFUSE
A History of Burning, Burying, Recycling, Pig Farms, Composting,
Single Stream Recycling, 1-800-JUNK –
Molly Faulkner, president of the Wayland Historical Society and early member of Wayland Public Schools Green Team, uses many photos to illustrate her talk about how Wayland residents disposed of their trash over the years. Trash disposal became a nagging problem in the last century : remember rubber soles and medical waste exposed at the old Watertown Dairy? From the days of family “burn barrels” to single-stream recycling, Wayland residents have figured out how to bury, burn, recycle, and compost our wastes – some becoming leaders in the trash industry.
Song of Wayland
Chris is one of three brothers who lived on Draper Road along with their cousins David and Steve Rowan. Chris, Lorin and Peter all live in Marin County and Sonoma county north of San Francisco. Chris writes that “growing up in Wayland was so special! With our Rowan heritage, it’s an honor and with deep gratitude to share through song and lyrics the emotional appreciation of my childhood with the families and kids I was so lucky to grow up with. And I believe today, since Wayland has maintained its rural roots by conserving land like Rowan Hill, kids and families can share the same experiences.” The Rowan Brothers last sang in Wayland at the Vokes Theater in August 2013 along with childhood friends Maddie Sifantus and Bill Elliott — as part of Wayland’s 375 Celebration.
Beyond our walls
Below are some links to resources that may be of interest.
SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE
Wayland High School’s Kevin Delaney’s 2017 class project about an American Expeditionary Force artilleryman.
Learn more here.