News of the Society

  • Who Will Be For Me?

    A Dramatic Historical Society Program on a Slave Woman's Life

    Presented by Gwendolyn Quesaire-Presutti

    April 24th at 7 P.M.

    Phillipston Congregational Church Vestry

    Gwendolyn is an accomplished actress and historical researcher of Women of Color, and she has combined these two skills to bring to life what it was like to be a slave for prominent people in history. In this program she will portray Oney Judge Staimes, the house servant for George and Martha Washington. She served them at their home at Mount Vernon and moved with them to the Capital after he was elected President. It's the story of the lowest in society working for the highest, insight into the life of the first President's household from a slave's point of view when slavery was allowed in all the states. (Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1781.)

    All are welcome. It will be an unforgettable presentation, a good one for young people to experience as well. The Library is co-sponsoring this program with the Historical Society, and we are grateful to the Cultural Council for funding it. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

    Posted Apr 13, 2019, 2:30 PM by Karl Hakkarainen
  • Artist Jeanine Stark – Why I’m Here

    Presented by the Historical Society of Phillipston
    Wednesday, November 14th at 7:00 P.M.
    Congregational Church Vestry

    Jeanine has lived on Queen Lake for five years and never runs out of sights that inspire a painting. She always carries her camera with her so she can capture the scene or activity she wants to paint when she gets back to her studio. She says it's wonderful living in a place where she is surrounded by subjects to paint -- the wildlife, the scenery, the people, historic places, pets, gardens, activities. She likes the quiet location of the town. She says Phillipston is located in the middle of nowhere, yet you can jump in your car and quickly get to whatever services or shops you need. Come hear the story that took her from the Bronx of New York to our rural town, and see the display of scenes she has illustrated. Talking with her makes one realize how fortunate we are to live here. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served following the program.
    Posted Nov 12, 2018, 1:43 PM by Karl Hakkarainen
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Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc.

2015-2016 Directors, Officers, and Committees

Board of Directors (Officers + Directors)

President – Jane French

Vice President – Emelda Haughton

Treasurer – Gerry Gariepy

Asst. Treasurer - Leslie Dossett

Clerk – Patricia Hawkins

Historian – Terri Johnson

Curator – Jane French

Director (1 yr) – Brian Ward

Director (2 yrs) – Richard Hamel

Director (3 yrs) – Nancy MacEwen


Correspondence Clerk - Carole Gariepy

Membership Clerk – Kay Deans

Asst. Curator - Terri Johnson

Building Committee

Chair: Linda Langevin

Gerry Gariepy

Gerhard Fandreyer

Russell Flagg

Leo Reponen

Peter Richard

Dave Bramhall

Jim Potter (Alternate)

Nominating Committee

Chair: Emelda Haughton

Sally Kastberg

Bea Erickson

Program Committee

Chair: Carole Gariepy

Stephanie Flynn

Publicity Committee

Claire Adomaitis

Kay Deans

Ryan Twohey

Karl Hakkarainen

Hospitality Committee

Chair: Marie Lalena

Marilyn Holway

Colleen Richard

Mary Polchlopek

Ways and Means Committee

Chair: Emelda Haughton

Nancy MacEwen

David Bramhall

Evelyn (Dee) North


The Society’s mission is to cultivate an interest in the history of Phillipston through research and education as well as to collect, preserve and exhibit its historical artifacts and documents.

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The former Methodist church built c. 1849 and located on Rt. 2A has been converted into the Society’s 3-season museum.

Summer Hours

Wednesday and Sunday 1-3PM or by appointment.

The museum is dedicated to the people of town.


We are looking for volunteers who can welcome visitors during museum hours. Jane will train you on the exhibits and other features of the museum and help you with questions that visitors may bring. Society members and other townspeople who would like to help can call Jane at 978 249 4356.


The Society uses PastPerfect® museum software to catalog its collections.

Programs and Projects

Monthly Educational Programs

Topics are historical in nature and focus on some aspect of Phillipston's history. See our calendar for information about upcoming events. See the 2013-2014 program flyer (PDF) for additional information.

The Phillipston Tattler

The Society’s newsletter keeps members aware of programs, activities and resources of the Society.

The Spirit of Phillipston

A comprehensive history of the town written and illustrated by three members of the Society.  This book is available through the Society for $30.00 plus shipping and handling.