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Cemetery Tour Old Burying Ground.
October 2021.
Presented by Alethea Yates
Filmed by Bedford TV

April Program:

Bedford Historical Society presents Ted Reinstein. Recorded by Bedford TV

Ted Reinstein, popular journalist and reporter for Chronicle, Boston’s celebrated TV news-magazine, has found the offbeat, the unique, the moving, and the memorable in his reporting travels.

He will recount some of those stories from his book of the same tile. “Wicket Pissed: New England’s most Famous Feuds.”From sports to politics, food to finance, to bitter disputes over simple boundaries themselves, New England’s feuds have peppered the region’s life for centuries. They’ve been raw and rowdy, sometimes high minded and humorous, and in a place renowned for its deep sense of history, often long

Bedford Historical Society March Meeting & Program: History teacher, author and lecturer Christopher Daley – “The Wessagusset Incident” – the murder in 1623 of Massachusetts tribal leaders by Pilgrims.

From Mr. Daley’s Website:

In 1623, Myles Standish and a group of eight men including Wampanoag pniese-warrior Hobbamock entered the Wessagusset Colony and by guile lured two of the Massachuset tribal leaders and a young native boy into a blockhouse and brutally murdered them. Later that day, the same nine men engaged in several skirmishes with the Massachuset tribe. What were the factors that led up to this action by the pilgrims? What effect would this have on Native/English relations for years to come? This is a one hour lecture that chronicles the arrival of the pilgrims at Plymouth and the beginnings of their colony as well as the little-known arrival of “Weston’s Men” a group that began a colony in what is now the town of Weymouth, then known as Wessagusset. The talk will examine the interaction with the natives by the two English groups and look at the factors that led to the bloodletting of 1623 and then a blow by blow description of the attack at Wessagusset, followed by a discussion on the far-reaching after effects.

Meeting of the Bedford Historical Society & February Program February 28th, 2021 Town Historian and author Sharon McDonald has been researching a number of 18th and 19th Century historical Bedford residents for her virtual talk entitled, “A Cast of (Historic) Characters.” Ms. McDonald’s presentations are popular among Society members and the public at large, who have filled the venues to overflowing in past years. Curator of the Job Lane Farm Museum, she is always entertaining and precise with her facts. Copies of her books, including her latest “Bedford History for Kids” can be purchased through the Bedford Historical Society. Please email at

Bedford Day 1929

Due to the pandemic, Bedford Day 2020 had to be canceled. That doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate Bedford’s Day in 1729. The Parade, vendors, and exhibits may not be live, but it’s always fun to look back at what they did nearly 100 years ago in 1929. So here is Bedford Day, Celebrated at the 200th Anniversary in 1929!!! Music: 1812 Overture Photos belong to the Bedford Historical Society. Please do not reproduce without permission.

Bedford Memories: Stories of a Small Town
Produced by Leslie Wittman This program features long-time residents who share stories about Bedford, MA as it grew from a small farming community to a thriving Boston suburb.

On February 23rd, the Bedford Historical Society was happy to welcome Mr. Anthony Sammarco to speak at the First Church of Christ, Congregational. Mr. Sammarco presented a wonderful lecture about the famed Baker’s Chocolate Company and his book “The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History”. Mr. Sammarco’s book examines the true story behind America’s First Chocolate Company, formed in pre-Revolutionary New England (Dorchester Massachusetts). The beginning of the video also includes Society Meeting updates and minutes. This lecture was made possible thanks to a grant from the Bedford Culture Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Please keep in mind this was filmed with an iPhone 10 so the sound quality may not be 100% in some spots. Especially towards the end during the Q & A.

Boston Post Roads

Bedford Windshield

Bedford Windshield: A Quick and Easy Guide to Architecture in a New England Village”, a 1993 documentary produced by the Bedford Historical Society.
The program discusses historical homes throughout Bedford, the architecture and structural reasoning behind the properties, history of the owners, and the various styles that make New England Homes iconic.
The documentary features Mary Hafer, Previous Curator of the Bedford Historical Society and Historical Architect, Max Ferro.
Property of the Bedford Historical Society. Digitized from a VHS tape.

Colonial Militia

Bedford 275th September 2004 Intro

A Brief intro to Bedford’s 275th Birthday Celebration in 2004 Digitized from a VHS tape

Peter Salem Revolutionary War Hero

Meeting February 26 2003 Famous Grave Sites