The Bedford Historical Society is proud to present a free lecture series as well as other events and activities throughout the year. Our program year runs from September through August.

Upcoming Programs
All programs and events are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bedford Historical Society will be following guidelines as released by the Bedford Board of Health and CDC. We will inform everyone via Social Media and Constant Contact in the event of changes to programs and events or cancelations.

We will also keep everyone updated regarding regulations and recommendations.

The opportunity to attend most programs via Zoom will still be made available.

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Upcoming Programs:

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Past Events

October – Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 – Lee Yates presented an informative Discussion and Tour of the Old Burying Ground on Springs Road.

February – Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, 2 PM – Town Historian and author Sharon McDonald – “A Cast of (Historic) Characters” – tales of some 18 and 19 Century Bedford characters.

March – Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2:00 PM – history teacher, author and lecturer Christopher Daley – “The Wessagusset Incident” – the murder in 1623 of Massachusetts tribal leaders by Pilgrims.

April – Sunday, April 25, 2021, 2:00 PM – Ted Reinstein, journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s TV news magazine – “Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds.”

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 2:00 PM
Author Barbara Berenson will present a virtual power point program, “Votes for Women: MA
Leaders in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.” She will tell the story of the national suffrage movement
and the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution from the perspective of early
Massachusetts suffragettes. This program is co-sponsored by the Bedford League of Women Voters.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 2 PM: First Church of Christ, Congregational, Upper Fellowship Hall. Anthony Sammarco presents “The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History.”

November 10 at 2 pm
Muskets to Tomahawks: The Battles for Saratoga.
Learn about some of the elements that lead to the American victories at Saratoga and turned the tide of the American Revolution. 
US Navy Captain Robert Lewis, (Ret) is our speaker; he brings experience from a long career in the military and and extensive investigation of the Gettysburg battles

Wednesday October 23rd, 2019 Congregational Church, 25 Great Road, Bedford. 7:15 PM – Refreshments; 7:45 – Announcements & Program The Historical Society will be hosting a showing of “Bedford Windshield: A Quick and Easy guide to Architecture in a New England Village”, a 1993 documentary produced in by the Bedford Historical Society. 

Memorial Day
Monday, April 27, 2019
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Various town locations

The Bedford Historical Society will be participating in a variety of Memorial Day activities planned by Bedford’s Patriot Holiday Committee. To view the full schedule of events, click here. The Society will be at the events highlighted in yellow.

Lecture, Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting
Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride: The Myth and the Man
Sunday, May 19, 2019
6 pm – Appetizers and Potluck Dinner, 7:30 pm – Annual Meeting, 7:45 pm – President’s Year-End Report and Guest Speaker
First Church of Christ, Congregational – Upper Fellowship Hall

How did Boston silversmith Paul Revere end up riding to alert the countryside that “the British are coming” in April 1775? To find out, join us for this lecture by Frank Rigg, retired John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Curator, talks about the impact and legacy of Paul Revere’s historic ride.
Mr. Rigg’s presentation will conclude the Bedford Historical Society’s final event of the season: the May potluck dinner and the Society’s Annual Meeting to elect officers and directors. Every family is asked to bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to feed eight. The Society will provide beverages.

Click here to view “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride” on Bedford TV’s Youtube channel.

Lecture: Irish Need Not Apply: The History of the Irish in Boston
Sunday, April 28, 2019
2 pm – Refreshments, 2:30 pm – Announcements & Guest Speaker
Old Town Hall – Great Room

The Bedford Historical Society welcomes back history teacher, author and lecturer Chris Daley with his latest presentation, Irish Need Not Apply: The History of the Irish in Boston. This lecture examines many facets of the early Irish experience in Boston from the 17th century to the 19th century.

Click here to view “Irish Need Not Apply” on Bedford TV’s Youtube channel.

Lecture: Survival: Boston 1630
Sunday, March 24, 2019
2 pm – Refreshments, 2:30 pm – Announcements & Guest Speaker
First Church of Christ, Congregational – Upper Fellowship Hall

John Morrison, Trustee of the Partnership of Historic Bostons (PHB), will present an illustrated talk about the first dangerous years when nearly one-half of the original Puritans died or fled back to England. How did they survive in the place that became the City of Boston?

Click here to view “Survival: Boston 1630” on Bedford TV’s Youtube channel.

Lecture: Slavery in Bedford: Did the Underground Railroad Stop Here?
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
2 pm – Refreshments, 2:30 pm – Announcements & Guest Speaker
Old Town Hall – Great Room

Town Historian Sharon McDonald has been researching the history of slavery in Bedford. It stunned her to find that there were enslaved men, women and children of color living here in Bedford’s early days! Join us for this illuminating lecture.

Click here to view “Slavery in Bedford” on Bedford TV’s YouTube channel.

Lecture: My Deployment to Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 – Veterans Day
3:30 pm – Refreshments, 4 pm – Announcements & Guest Speaker
Old Town Hall – Great Room

The Society is honored to host, at a special Veterans Day program, Gina Rada, District Director of Veterans Services for Lexington and Bedford. She will describe the year she spent in Afghanistan as a member of a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).

A Tour of the Job Lane House and Gardens
Sunday, October 14, 2018
2 pm – 4 pm
Job Lane House – 295 North Road, Bedford

Come and tour one of Bedford’s oldest historical homes, the Job Lane House at 295 North Road in Bedford. Enjoy refreshments supplied by the Bedford Historical Society while members of the Friends of the Job Lane House, dressed in colonial attire, will be situated in each room of the beautifully restored house to bring Job and his house alive.

National History Day Students Awards & “What’s in Bedford’s Attic”
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
7:15 pm – Refreshments, 7:45 pm – Announcements & Program
First Church of Christ, Congregational – Upper Fellowship Hall

The first meeting of the Bedford Historical Society’s 2018-2019 Program Series will feature two topics. Bedford High School students who competed in National History Day will describe their projects and be given awards.
Following the awards, the second part of the program is a timely reminder of the Society’s on-going efforts to re-establish a town museum for display of historic resources from the Society’s collections. The program, “What’s in Bedford’s Attic”, will feature a display of various artifacts from the society’s museum collections ranging from the end of the Ice Age up to the 20th Century by Society President Don Corey.

Our program series is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.