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
Due to the health status of individuals who both volunteer at and visit the Shirley Historical Museum, we request your patience as we maintain requirements of both masking and social distancing until further notice. We thank you greatly for your patience and understanding. June 1, 2021
For weekly announcements and illustrated posts about Shirley history, please follow the Shirley Historical Society facebook page. Click Here for the link.
In order to maintain our building, collections, and programs, your monetary DONATIONS are always welcomed, appreciated, and tax deductible.
Please consider remembering the Shirley Historical Society in your bequests.
Several displays will overlap in time, depending on how much space they take. Phone ahead of your visit to find out what is current.
January – Who has the Right to Vote, featuring memorabilia from Shirley’s Suffragist – Hazel MacKaye
February – Town Weights and Measures
March – Nonacoicus – The part of the town of Shirley that became part of the town of Ayer. Besides viewing the exhibit, you may also watch a videotaped explanation of the history of Nonacoicus and its development.
June – Our Civil War Monument and Corporal William Jubb
July – Shirley Photos Fundraiser
August – The Creation of the Appalachian trail by Benton MacKaye
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