The Hyde Park Historical Society has been in continuous operation since its founding in 1887. The society maintains a unique collection of historic publications, images and artifacts dating from before the founding of Hyde Park in 1868.  As part of our preparation for the 2018, 150th anniversary of the Town's incorporation, the society is working to construct this website and make key aspects of its collection available on-line.

Next Meeting

Members of the society will gather at Weld Hall, Hyde Park Library, on Saturday, 26 May 2018 at 1:30pm.  Tom Sullivan, vice president of the Hyde Park Historical Society, will present the fascinating story of General Henry Beebee Carrinton.  Carrington, an ardent abolitionist in his youth, graduated from Yale in 1845 and Yale Law in 1847 and practiced law in Columbus, Ohio. As the Ohio Adjutant-General he organized the first Ohio regiments for the Civil War.  In 1878 Gen. Carrington moved to Hyde Park and wrote a number of books relating to the subject of history.  He took an active part in the community and the Hyde Park Historical Society. He died in 1912 and is buried at Fairview Cemetery.

Last Meeting

Steve Morris presented Hyde Park: Then & Now.  Since 2015, Steve Morris has been the publisher of the Hyde Park: Then & Now Facebook page - with over 3,000 member curators providing photographs and stories of Hyde Park from the early 1800's to the present day. Steve will presented a slide show of historic Hyde Park images and provide commentary and stories to inspire feedback from the audience.

Meetings are open to all society members. To join the society please go here.

Hyde Park Notable

  • The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment were trained at Camp Miegs in Readville. The 54th was one of the first official African American units in the US armed forces, which saw extensive service in the Union Army during the Civil War. Read Camp Meigs and the 54th
  • Hyde Park played an early role in the advancement of women’s voting rights, when in 1870, 47 Hyde Park women, led by the Grimke sisters, flouted the law of the land and voted in an election—50 years before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote in 1919. Read 1870 Women's March and Vote

About

On March 15, 1887, the Hyde Park Historical Society was formed and a constitution adopted. That constitution defines our mission and the ongoing duty of our members as follows.

The object of this Society shall be the promotion of the study of history with particular reference to that of Hyde Park, the preservation and perpetuation of the memory of persons and events connected with said town and the collection of objects of historic interest. It shall be the duty of members so far as it may be in their power to carry out the objects of the Society by collecting by gift loan or purchase books manuscripts and pictures and by such other suitable means as may from time to time seem expedient.

History of the Hyde Park Historical Society

Officers of the society.

Membership.

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Other Hyde Park resources.

Contact

Mailing List – To get involved or keep up to date with news from the society, including planning for the 150th anniversary, please join our mailing list using the form below.

Meetings – meetings of the society are held monthly at the Hyde Park Public Library and are open to all members. To sign-up as a member, please see here.

Correspondence   please send all correspondence to:

Peter Brown, Corresponding Secretary,  9 Albion Street, Hyde Park MA 02136 or Email: info@hydeparkhistoricalsociety.org

Membership of the Hyde Park Historical Society

The society organizes a series of member meetings, typically eight per year, and invites a distinguished guest speaker or a society curator to present on a topic at each meeting. These presentations provide a unique insight into the fascinating story of Hyde Park.

All meetings are held at the society’s collection room – Weld Hall in the Hyde Park Public Library – giving members a regular opportunity to view the collection, meet other members, and undertake their own research.

To apply for a new membership of the society or renew a membership, please complete the contact form below and pay the membership fee of $10 (renewable yearly on December 31). You can pay by credit card now or mail a check to our treasurer (checks payable to Hyde Park Historical Society):

Mr Joseph Harzbecker,
96 Church Street,
West Roxbury, MA 02132.

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Once you’ve submitted the form above, please click the button below to pay for your membership by credit card. You will be taken to a Paypal website. The society does not collect, store or process any credit card information itself.

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