News of the Society

  • 60th Annual Phillipston Village Bazaar
    The 60th Annual Phillipston Village Bazaar will be held on and around the common on Saturday, June 10, 2017 beginning at 10 am and continuing until 7 pm.  The Bazaar is being sponsored by the Phillipston Congregational Church.

    The doors of the Attic Treasures located in the Phillipston Memorial School Gym will open promptly at 10 am with a treasure for everyone.  Again this year, “Name Your Own Price” and see if we will agree with you, will be located near the entrance to the gym.

    On the Common throughout the day, there will be a Coffee Can Auction, Jewelry Table, Book Sale, Plant Table, Bake Table and the Fantastic Midway!  Food will be offered for sale during the day at the “Chuck Wagon” including hot dogs, hamburgers, chili, ice cream and various beverages. Be sure and also check out the Vestry of the church where there will be a Silent Auction going on, a Fudge Table, a Quilt Raffle, Miscellaneous gifts and Vintage Clothing.  Old fashioned drinks will be served as well in the Vestry – Root Beer Floats & Grasshopper Floats.

    Entertainment will begin at 4 pm, under the tent, lasting until 7 pm.  Enjoy a delicious Chicken Barbecue, which will be served continuously from 4:30 to 6:30, during the entertainment.  Tickets may be obtained by calling Peter at 978-697-0891.  Come enjoy the barbecue while listening to the enjoyable music of the Bavarian band being provided by the Massachusetts Cultural council of Phillipston. The extraordinary entertainment is being provided by the Holfbrauhaus Bavarian Band, brass woodwinds, accordion and drums.  Bavarian music is part of the Germanic culture stretching back to the first Oktoberfest in Munich 200 years ago.  The German ethnic community is the remains of the largest migrant group to the United States.  It is good for Americans of many backgrounds to understand this heritage which is intertwined with our culture for over 150 years.  This entertainment is being made available by the Massachusetts Cultural Council of Phillipston.

    Come one, Come all and celebrate the beginning of summer with us.

    Posted Jun 5, 2017, 4:01 AM 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.