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.
MASKS are requested, thank you.
You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328. 
Friday Evenings – Fundraising Suppers at the Legion.


Sunday, January 16th, 2:00 pm The Story of Nahum Gardner Hazard, and African-American Shirley boy who was kidnapped and sold as a slave down south. Program is at the Shirley Historical Society Museum, free of charge. Email us to get a link and join the program via ZOOM.
Saturday March 5th 6:00 – 10:00 pm at War Memorial Building – Party Like it’s 1945. Details TBA – 
Sunday March 20th, 2:00 pm – at Historical Society Museum – Opening program and display of Tintypes, Daguerrotypes, Carte de Visite, and other types of antique photographs. Email us to get a link and join the program via ZOOM.
March 25th and 26th – How To Survive Being in a a Shakspeare Play. Virtual presentations by ShirleyArts! Tickets $20 per family go  on sale in March. Go to www.shirleyarts.info for details.
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. 
Saturday May 7th – All Town Yard Sale Day
Sunday May 29th – Shirley Memorial Day Commemorations. Plus – Open House at School#8 in the afternoon.
Saturday June 4th – 11:00 am – 5:00 pm – ShirleyFest on Shirley Common. Email mail@shirleyarts.info for sales information. 
Saturday September 17th – 7:00 pm at the Museum – Book release party and discussion of the Bolton family and The Hip Roofed House.
October 1st – All Town Yard Sale Day including Museum used book sale 
Saturday, November 5th – 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 – Town Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park.

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 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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