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Please note that the library is now open with our regular Saturday schedule, 10am - 5pm, as of  Saturday, September 10.

Archives

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Senior Day of Service -- June 1st 2022

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On Wednesday, June 1st members of the Class of 2022 at LSRHS Celeste Caseria and CJ Calderwood generously volunteered in our historical room. They spent the morning  archivally re-housing hundreds of photographs from the extensive collection of Bill Schechter, long-time LSRHS history teacher. 

 

Shared Zoom Screening of "Townies" Film at Winter CarnivalTowniesPix

In 2002, Doris Bardsley persuaded 30 of her fellow Lincolnites, born between 1911 and 1934, to participate in filmed discussions about growing up in Lincoln. The result was “Townies,” produced by Janet Boynton, a charming hour-long cross between oral history and documentary. As part of this year’s Winter Carnival, the Lincoln Historical Society and the Lincoln Town Archives presented a Zoom showing of the film, followed by time for informal chatting with friends and
neighbors. If you missed the live event, "Townies" can still be accessed at any time on the Lincoln cable TV server
(Please note: As with many historic records, this film contains brief instances of language and imagery that current viewers may find offensive. In the interest of historical integrity, those words and images have not been removed; but this note is provided to inform viewers in advance of the presence of such
content.)

A Valentine’s Treat from the Lincoln Town Archives

When a happy couple decides to get married, the first step in making that official is to visit the town clerk’s office and complete, under oath, the “Notice of Intention of Marriage” form. Present-day marriage intentions in Massachusetts evolved from marriage banns, a religious custom in which a couple announced to their local congregation that they planned to marry. Intentions were written notices presented to the local civil authority, posted in a public place for a given period of time prior to the
event, and recorded in a register. These provided an opportunity for members of the community to raise any objections or reveal any legal impediments to the forthcoming marriage. Historical marriage intention registers are rich with genealogical information that is sometimes unavailable elsewhere. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that municipalities maintain their marriage intention registers as permanent records.
In 2020, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover proposed to treat one of Lincoln’s treasured archival items, the Register of Marriage Intentions from 1850-1912, to demonstrate their conservation processes for a video produced by the online news publication Insider. This fascinating 9-minute video  which has had over a million views, shows in detail the painstaking conservation process. Although the town of Lincoln is not specifically mentioned, our participation in this project saved the town $7,260 (the cost of the conservation work, which was provided at no charge).  

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In Honored Memory: Lincoln Medal of Liberty Recipients Display

At a special Memorial Day ceremony in Pierce Park the morning of May 31, 2021, the Massachusetts Medal of Liberty was presented to the Gold Star families of seven service members from Lincoln, and nine from Sudbury, who were killed in action or died of their wounds in World War I, World War II,
Korea, and Vietnam.
The family of John Fradd donated their Medal of Liberty and associated certificates of recognition to the Town, and an exhibit in the Town Offices was created to display the medal and honor the memory of all the brave Lincoln men who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The display is on view at the Town Offices through March 29, but can also be seen on the Lincoln Town Archives website:

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Saving our Catalpa Tree

The Friends of the Lincoln Library in partnership with the Lincoln Garden Club is supporting growth of a twisting clone as a successor or companion tree to the iconic catalpa tree in our front lawn. The two organizations also co-funded a recent preservation project on the existing tree. This YouTube video on the project was performed and produced by local arborist Jonathan Bransfield.

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Treasures from the Town Archives 

A Lincoln Academy Program with Lisa Welter, Former Town Archivist

November 18, 2019: Holding an array of objects from our past, including lists of who won Town elections (did you know that Fenceviewer was a real job?) to 300 years of Town Meeting minutes, to embroidered samplers, maps,  hand-drawn illustrations, photographs, and more, the Town Archives tells our story to ourselves and to those who will come after us.  Town Archivist Lisa Welter presents slides of some of Lincoln's amazing archival treasures and explains what gets collected and how. 


   Lincoln history on display at Lincoln Town Archives website:
Lincoln's Famous 19th  Century Author: Jane Goodwin Austin


jane g austin Jane Goodwin Austin (1831-1894) was an American writer who wrote twenty-four books and numerous short stories. A friend of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Austin resided with her husband Loring in Lincoln during the early years of their marriage. This digital exhibit explores the life and work of this Lincoln author and is based on the research of Ron Chester, Library Trustee.

 

 


2002.001.1.2.46 Lincoln Center 1904 001 The town of Lincoln, Massachusetts has a rich history. From its days as a Precinct of Concord to its leadership in land conservation, Lincoln has generated stories that must be kept and told to future generations. As a crossroads on April 19, 1775, as the home of Bauhaus and other modern architecture, as a community that has fostered authors from Thoreau to Jane Langton, as a rural farming village turned suburban commuter town, Lincoln stands among the premier places in the panorama of American life.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lincoln Town Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the history and culture of the town of Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Collections include municipal records, manuscripts, books, photographs, audio-visual materials, and other ephemera documenting the history of Lincoln from 1746 to the present.

About the Archives

The Lincoln Town Archives is a unique partnership between the Lincoln Library and the Office of the Town Clerk, governed pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities and endorsed by Town Meeting in 2008. The collaboration has enabled an integration of the town’s historic cultural, private and public documents into a single inventoried collection, housed at both Town Hall and the Library. Management responsibilities for the Town Archives are shared by Library Director, Barbara Myles, and  Town Clerk, Valerie Fox and Archivist Virginia Rundell, splits her time between the two sites.

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For information or inquiries please contact the Library at (781)259-8465 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Materials may be viewed by apppointment with the archivist.

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