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Upcoming Special Events in Shirley, Massachusetts 

Listing is updated weekly at the Shirley Historical Society Museum.
Please contact us to have your event added to the list – mail@shirleyhistory.org

The Shirley Historical Society MUSEUM IS OPEN
for visitors, researchers, and volunteers
most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328. 
Friday Evenings – Fundraising Suppers at the Legion.
Sunday December 5th, 6:30 pm Candlelight Vespers at Historic Meeting House “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”  Masks required.
Sunday December 12th – 4:00 pm – “A New England Christmas” with Ensemble Lyrae at the Historic Meetinghouse.
Saturday December 18th – 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Mini meat BINGO at the American Legion. 
Sunday December 19th – 4:00 pm – Caroling on the Common sponsored by the  Historic Meeting House. 


Saturday February 17th – ShirleyArts! Cabaret. Details TBA
Saturday February 26th – St. Anthony’s Mardi Gras Show. Details TBA
Sunday April 3rd – 10:00 am – David Sibley speaks at the Bull Run to benefit the Friends of Ayer Library and the Friends of Hazen Library. 

Guided Tours of the Site of

The Shirley Shaker Village

The 2021 fall group tours are SOLD OUT. Other tours may be arranged for groups of 8 on an agreed-upon Sunday afternoon. 
Tours in 2022 will be held September 18th, October 9th, October 23rd. 
The Shaker Village property is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins inside a Shaker building with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Shaker Village. Visitors go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $20 per person, or $15 for Historical Society members.


Historic Shirley

Pub Crawls

Make arrangements to start at the Museum for a slide talk explanation of early New England taverns, the effects of prohibition, and the growth of local drinking clubs. Then load your car with the tour leader and your guests and visit the sites of 21 Shirley drinking establishments. Cost is $75 per car for the private two hour talk and tour.

Telephone during open hours or Email mail@shirleyhistory.org to make arrangements.

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