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Pro-Am Lecture on Colonial Dwelling & Meeting Houses in the MarciaThomas House on Sunday January 21, 2018.

Please come to our Pro-Am Lecture on Colonial Dwelling & Meeting Houses in the Marcia Thomas House. Refreshments will be served at 1:30pm, with the talk starting at 2:00pm.

As this region prepares for the 450th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing, the Marshfield Historical Society will explore evidence of this early colonial period in our Town and nearby Plymouth County with noted historian Stephen O’Neill.
Dwelling & Meeting Houses were the two most visible building types on the South Shore during the Colonial period. Dwellinghouses dotted the landscape, while Meetinghouses were the focus of towns and communities. This talk explores the closely related architecture between private homes and public meetinghouses during the Colonial period. Surviving examples from Marshfield and surrounding towns, combined with documentary, photographic, and archaeological evidence, will be used to illustrate the functions of these two types of Colonial buildings.
Stephen O’Neill is a graduate of Boston College and Boston University. He is currently the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society. Since 2005, he has taught at Suffolk University as Senior Lecturer in the History Department. Other courses taught by O’Neill include: History of Plymouth Colony, History of Piracy, Material Culture, Public History & Cultural Heritage, and History: Curating & Exhibiting.
From 2004 to 2016, O’Neill was the Associate Director & Curator of Collections at Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, where he curated more than twenty temporary exhibitions.
O’Neill has been a guest curator at The Bostonian Society and Heritage Museums & Gardens. O’Neill is a lifelong resident of the South Shore of Massachusetts, a member of the Old Colony Club in Plymouth, a life member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a Proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum.

Save the date: Sunday, March 11, 2018 for the Society’s Annual Meeting. Speaker and topic forthcoming. Check back here for further details.

For details please click on the Coming Events Marshfield Historical Society


   Financial help is needed in securing Marshfield-related artifacts as they become available. Please check out our Collections Acquisitions Fund under Collections above.

* Suggested donations for the Pro-Am lectures is $10 for non-members and for $5 members. Pro-Am lectures are preceded by free snacks and beverages starting at 1:30 PM through 2:00 PM when the speaker starts. Questions and answers follow. The Marcia Thomas House is located at 65 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA near the Historic Winslow House. It is the Headquarters of the Marshfield Historical Society and houses its museum and archivesClick here for directions to the Marcia Thomas House.

Check out Robin Mitchell’s wonderful book “Yesterday’s Marshfield”, a pictorial journey as viewed through the photographers’ lens. Click here to visit Store.


After many months of planning, designing and  submitting bids  we finally have two new signs! One at    the Marcia Thomas House and one at the  Old Winslow Schoolhouse. 

Hours of Operation for 2018

The museum and archives are open the first Sunday of the month from 1pm-4pm and by appointment. For 2017 the date is Dec 3rd,  for 2018 the dates are: Jan 7th, Feb 4th, Mar 4th, Apr 1st, May 6th, Jun 3rd, Jul 1st, Aug 5th, Sept 2nd, Oct 7th, Nov 4th, Dec 2nd.  

Membership Renewal:  Send your 2018 membership check dues to: MHS, PO Box 1244, Marshfield, MA 02050. There is a Membership Application under the Home/Become a Member tab at the top of the page. For more information contact membership chairman Jane Davidson. 781-801-0392;   janedavidson02050@gmail.com

We need volunteers for garden and field maintenance, for museum docents, for cataloging of artifacts and for simple house maintenance. Volunteer for one-time or longer term projects. The Board cannot do it all themselves. Please call Tim Davidson at 781-801-8267; tdavidson02050@gmail.com for more information.                                          

Meetings of the Board of Directors are generally held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM, at the Marcia Thomas House. For 2018 the dates are Jan 9th,  Feb 13th, Mar 13th, Apr 10th, May 8th, Jun 12th……


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