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. 
Sunday September 18th – 2:00 pm – Concert on the Porch at the Meetinghouse. The Kelly Girls – Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, Canada and America.
Sunday September 25th – Holdenwood Trail Run – Sign up at holdenwoodtrailrun.org
Wednesday September 28th – 7:30 pm -Community Forum at Trinity Chapel – Senator Jamie Eldridge will speak on Prison Reform
October 1st – All Town Yard Sale Day including Museum used book sale. Email Rosie at rchrlh@comcast.net to be added to the map.
Wednesday October 5th 6-7 pm – Opening of Display of artwork by Bob Burkhardt by Hazen Library
Sunday October 9th – Tour of Shaker Village at 12:30 pm – See details at www.shirleyhistory.org
Saturday October 15th – 7:00 pm – The Great American Songbook at the Meetinghouse
Sunday October 23rd – Tour of Shaker Village at 12:30 pm – See details at www.shirleyhistory.org
November 4th, 5th, and 6th – ShirleyArts! presents the musical – Bah Humbug. Details at www.shirleyarts.info
Saturday November 5th – Cookie and Craft Fair to benefit Hazen Library
Saturday November 5th – 7:00 pm – Storytellers and Poets at the Meetinghouse
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.
Sunday November 27th – 4:00 pm music and then  Town Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park.
Sunday December 4th – 6:30 pm – Candlelight Vespers at the Meetinghouse

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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