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. 

Museum Displays for 2021

ONGOING EXHIBIT – Shaker Artifacts

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 – New photos of Shirley for display and sale CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY

August – The Creation of the Appalachian trail by Benton MacKaye  CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY

October – Lambert Family Collection of Salt and Pepper Shakers  CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY

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 
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