Local Events

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. 
Most Friday evenings – Fund Raising Suppers by the Legion at the War Memorial Building
Friday November 11th at 11:00 am at War Memorial Building – Veteran’s Day program.
Saturday November 12th – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm – RECYCLE YOUR REUSEABLES at Ayer Shirley Middle School parking lot. 
Saturday, November 12th – 6:00 pm – Pot Luck Supper and Annual Meeting of the Historical Society at the Senior Center. Come celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Tuesday November 22nd, 8:00 am until sold out. Pointsettia and Pie Sale at St. Anthony’s Hall to benefit Shirley Friendship Fund.
Saturday November 26th – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – St. Anthony’s Christmas Extravaganza in the church hall. Cookies, gifts, crafts, raffles, lunch.
Sunday November 27th – 4:00 pm activities, music, and Town Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park.
Monday November 28th – 7:15 pm – Special Town Meeting at Ayer Shirley Middle School
Saturday December 3rd – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Trinity Chapel Christmas Fair at the Center Town Hall. Baked goods, raffles, Christmas decorations, attic treasures, lunch
Sunday December 4th – 6:30 pm – Candlelight Vespers at the Meeting House
Sunday December 11th – 4:00 pm Concert by Ensemble Lyrae at Shirley Meeting House – Admission $20.
Saturday December 17th – 2:00 pm – Community  Christmas Concert to benefit Loaves and Fishes at Ayer Shirley Middle School auditorium.  $15 admission. Go to www.shirleyarts.org for more information.

Guided Tours of the Site of

The Shirley Shaker Village

Two hour tours in 2022 will be held on Sundays  September 18th, October 9th, October 23rd. 
Private tours may be arranged for groups of 8 on an agreed-upon Sunday afternoon. 
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 two other 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.
Mail payment and contact information to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464


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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