The Purpose of the Shirley
Historical Society is to preserve
books, photos, papers, stories, and artifacts relating to
Shirley, Massachusetts people, places, and history. The
Society also works to educate the public regarding historic
matters, and seeks to encourage preservation of historic sites
within the town.
For a list of our
programs for 2017, copy this
address and paste in a new tab.
The Lucy Longley Memorial Building
which houses the Shirley Historical Society Museum was opened in
the Fall of 1981. The Library contains information on many
Shirley people and places as well as references on local and
general history and is open to visitors free of charge.
If we can answer a quick research question by email, phone, or letter, there is no charge.
If you wish to use our books and files to do research, the charge will be $10 per day for non-members.
Xeroxing costs 25 cents per page.
If you would like us to do more involved local research or lengthy copying for you, the charge will be $20 per hour.
The main floor of the Museum is fully handicapped accessible. The Museum is located four miles north of Route 2 in central Massachusetts.
For directions to the Museum please click here.
For a further description of our building and its history, click here.
Note that the Shirley
Historical Society is a member of
England Museum Association
Freedom's Way National Heritage Area http://freedomsway.org/
Historic New England http://www.historicnewengland.org/
Shaker Tours - Guided Tours of the Shirley Shaker Village
may be held by special request of groups of 8 or more.
Since the site of the village is not part of the state
correctional facility, special arrangements must be made for
In 2018, the public
tours are scheduled for September 16th, October 7th, and October
21st. Additional tours may be scheduled for
groups of eight or more.
These tours introduce visitors to the architecture and lifestyle of the Believers who lived in Shirley from 1793-1908. Visitors meet at 12:30 p.m., at a restored Shaker building on the grounds of the Massachusetts Correctional Facility and have an introductory talk on the Shirley Shaker Community. After the talk, they go through two other Shaker buildings. The cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for SHS members. Due to limited space, reservations must be made and paid for in advance. For a brief history of the Shirley Shaker Village and links to other Shaker sites, click here.
Society Membership - The Shirley Historical Society is
incorporated as a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation.
Membership in the Society is open to all those interested upon
annual payment of dues. To join the Historical Society and
be placed on the mailing list, send $25 for individual
membership, $10 for students and seniors, or $35 for a
family. Contributing membership is $50 per year.
To see our Historical
Society By-Laws, click here.
Society Officers for 2017 are here.
Thank you to those
who donated, worked, or shopped at the Fall Book and Bake Sale
and the Spring yard sale.
Thank you to all those who made salads, cooked chicken, served food, sold souvenirs at the All Town Hoe Down. It was a very profitable day for the Society.
Thank you to Paul, Jackie, Laurie, Traicy, Lyn, Alison, Alex, and others who help catalog and archive items in our collections. Thanks also for your help creating, putting up, and taking down displays.
Thank you to Ward who takes care of our computers.
Thank you to Paul who cares for the lawn.
Thank you to Steve who does various repairs around the building.
If you would like to volunteer at the Museum. click here.
We have many types of tasks that might interest you.
Judy Warner of Harvard wrote us - "I have enjoyed spending time in Shirley Center sitting on the grass sketching the buildings and setting for the past few days. What a wonderful spot --- I do a lot of drawing in the area and haven't found many places as peaceful and unspoiled. I just wanted to tell you I've found your web site very helpful and thank you to all those people who have kept your Center such a special place."
Watching the children in the Crazy Hat Parade, marching around the
Common at the annual Hoe Down, Susan Baxter said, "Why would
anyone want to live any place else but in Shirley ?"
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