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White Christmas Open House

As part of the West Brookfield White Christmas celebration on December 6th, the museum will be open from Noon to 3pm. Activities will include participation in the WB "Elf on a Shelf" game, light refreshments, raffle, kid's craft table, and items for sale including the new WB book from Arcadia Press.

 Come join us !!

Nick Chandler Presentation

Nick Chandler to speak on Hardwick-manufactured guns November 5

Historian, author, collector


BROOKFIELD -  The Quaboag Historical Society will present Nick Chandler, speaking on the subject of early percussion firearms on Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall of the Brookfield Congregational Church, 8 Central Street. The public in invited; there is no charge.  Chandler, a graduate of Norwich University, is a twenty year veteran of the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his retirement, he worked in the area of computer training and simulation for several major companies.

            In 2010, he published Early New England Underhammer Firearms, the culmination, he says, of fifty years of research and collecting.

            Born in Phillipston, he began collecting historic firearms at age ten. "I bought my first underhammer pistol at age 14, and never looked back," he recollects. He has written extensively on early percussion firearms and has been published in Man at Arms; The Gun Report; and the Canadian Journal of Arms Collectors.

            His PowerPoint presentation in November will focus on gun makers of the 1820s and '30s  in the areas around Hardwick, Sturbridge and Southbridge.

            His presentation, he says, will take into consideration the flavor of local history; the Adin Ruggles connection in New Braintree and Hardwick; also, genealogy, women's rights, "and, of course, guns". He will bring guns and other artifacts for examination and questions.

            Nick and his wife Betsey live in Tewksbury, where he continues to pursues his historic writing and research.

2015 Plantation Tour

The first ever QHS bus tour of the Quaboag Plantation Towns held on September 12 was a great success! The Tour was given free and narrated by Society members and location specialists. The sign up sheet filled up in two days and the reaction of the participants was wonderful! 

QHS plans to schedule another free Plantation Towns Tour in the Spring. Schedule and sign-up will be announced.