Events

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 AM12:00 PM
Come walk the Liberty and Union Downtown Walking Tour! Join us for a free, one-hour guided tour of Historic Downtown Taunton. Our one-mile walking tour highlights some of the important architectural, cultural, and commercial sites between Church Green and Taunton Green. A great way to learn about the city, from its earliest days through the present, these tours are the third Saturday of every month, May through October.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 12:00 PM4:00 PM
Liberty and Union Weekend is an annual celebration of the unique role that the City of Taunton played in our nation's founding. The weekend is held each fall to commemorate the events of October 1774, when Taunton became the first community in the American colonies to raise a flag--the Liberty and Union--in opposition to British rule. Liberty and Union Weekend 2018 will feature a tavern tour on Friday, October 19 and a festival on Saturday, October 20, with activities for residents and visitors of all ages. Programs will include 18th century re-enactors and artisans, farming and livestock displays, a ceremonial flag-raising and free pumpkin decorating for children. There will be food, fun, and lots to see and do. You won't want to miss it!
Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Remember last winter when the terrible flu season had us all taking some extra precautions? Our own Paul Allison takes us further back in time to the winter of 1918 and the peak of the Spanish Influenza's devastation that plagued the world. What was it like locally and nationally to live through such a pandemic, which took as many as 50 million lives worldwide? Could such a horrific sickness strike again? This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 PM with the talk to begin at 7 PM.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 5:00 PM8:00 PM
Old Colony History Museum's Historical Hall will transform into a terrifyingly fun spot where revelers ages 21 and up can enjoy a costume contest, sophisticated cocktails, and "horror d'oeuvres." Our portrait gallery will haunt you while all the tricks and treats delight you. Learn about the dark secrets of Taunton's past on our Haunted History Downtown Walking Tour.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
The Old Colony History Museum preserves more than two dozen objects and over a hundred manuscript documents from Taunton's earliest decades. The collection illustrates the role the interior town of Taunton played in the Plymouth Colony, the daily life of its inhabitants, the ironworks industry, relations between Settlers and local Natives, and its wider connections to 17th Century New England and the Atlantic World. Mass Humanities funded Scholar-in-Residence Stephen O'Neill will present his research on the collections to explore an often-overlooked region and history of Plymouth Colony.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In his new book, Vincent Luti focuses on an aspect of our history that has been largely overlooked; the 18th century Taunton River Basin School of Gravestone Carvers. This rich heritage of early American folk artifacts is a precious resource for scholars of all stripes, and something to be enjoyed by an appreciative public as well. The native work of this overlooked area now has its deserved place in the story of American folk art culture as evidenced in its early gravestones and their carvers. Mr. Luti is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world regarding the history of tombstone carvers in New England. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm with the talk to begin at 7 pm.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Become a part of local history! Bring us a photo taken in the Taunton area and let us scan it for our digital collection. We'll give you back the original and your image will become a part of our archive collection. Bring in your photographs, preferably loose rather than in an album, and unframed. Anything up through 11 x 17 inches is welcome. Please provide us any information you have about the photos. People, places, events, local landmarks, holiday displays--share your photographs, memories, and even help us solves some mysteries! No more than five per person, please. Visit those attics, sort those closets, and dig out those boxes of mementos to help us add to the photographic record of our local community!
Saturday, December 8, 2018 11:00 AM12:00 PM
Join us for a friendly discussion with a group of people who love to read and discuss good books. Scheduled to meet monthly on the second Saturday, newcomers are always welcome to join the group. For December we will be reading A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol has long been one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Enjoy a dramatic reading of the classic holiday tale by Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Paul Hayden narrates, along with various members of OCHM's board and community playing their parts of the story while you enjoy refreshments sure to transport you back to Dickensian England. All ages are welcome to join us for this nostalgic evening to celebrate the holiday season.

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