The goals of the Shirley Historical Society are to preserve books, photos, papers, stories, and artifacts relating to the people, places, and history of Shirley, Massachusetts. The Society also works to educate the public regarding historic matters, and seeks to encourage preservation of historic sites within the town.

Shirley Historical Society Museum

at the Lucy Longley Memorial Building 

   For weekly announcements and illustrated posts about Shirley history,  please follow the Shirley Historical Society facebook page.  Click Here for the link.  


To schedule a private tour of the Shirley Shaker Village site

or to schedule a private Historic Pub Crawl,

or to see a list of upcoming Shirley Events Go Here

DONATIONS are always welcomed and appreciated in order to maintain our building, collections, and programs.

They are also tax deductible.  Just mail a check or click below.

Please consider remembering the Shirley Historical Society in your bequests.
Go to this link for details on Planned Giving.

Shirley Books for Sale link can be found here.

Shirley Souvenirs for Sale link can be found here. 

Ongoing – Shirley Shaker Artifacts
January – June – Shirley’s Depot Square – Photos, diorama, and a working model railroad thanks to funding from the Community Foundation of North Central massachusetts and the Nashua Valley Railroad Association.
July – December – Handiwork of the Lawton Women – Thanks to a grant from the Anderson Foundation


From Route 2 East in Lancaster, Mass. take exit 105. Bear right onto Shirley Road and follow directions below
From Route 2 West in Lancaster, Mass. take exit 105. Merge right onto Fort Pond Road
Turn left onto Shirley Road, Lancaster (which becomes Lancaster Road in Shirley) Go 2.1 miles
After the stop sign – Go diagonally across the intersection and turn left up Center Rd. Go 2.0 miles
Arrive at 182 Center Road on your left. There is plenty of parking in our yard.
THANK YOU to these local businesses who support the work of the Shirley Historical Society.
Please support them.
Bull Run Restaurant – “Serving the thirsty traveler since 1740”  – 215 Great Road, Shirley MA
Fidelity Bank – “Helping you get where you want to be.” – 21 Main St. Shirley, MA
Phoenix Park – “A great place to grow your business” –  2 Shaker Road, Shirley, MA
Shirley Fuel & Gas – “A Third Generation Business” – 1 Munson Ave. Shirley, MA
Sitka Creations – “We DESIGN ideas” – 2 Shaker Rd., D101, Shirley MA 
President –                   Jackie Stanton 
Vice-President –           Marie Elwyn
Secretary –                   Ruth Rhonemus
Treasurer –                   Paul Przybyla
Directors at Large –      Allison Hotz
                                    William Hotz
                                    Stephen Longley                                  
                                    Betsy Colburn Mirkovic
                                    Barbara Yocum
Curator –                      Meredith Marcinkewicz
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION – The Shirley Historical Society is a non-profit corporation committed to the principle of equal opportunity in membership, attendance, volunteering, and employment. Shirley Historical Society does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, disability, or economic status.
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