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Chelmsford Historical Society
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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Profits from the sale of books at these locations go to the Chelmsford Historical Society:
  • Charles Frederick Jewelers located at 18 Alpine Lane in Chelmsford
  • Historical Society special events (see our Calendar)
  • The Town Manager's office at 50 Billerica Road carries the first three books
North and West Chelmsford, by Fred Merriam. A resident of West Chelmsford since 1977, Fred Merriam is passionate about preserving vintage images and sharing local history. Merriam edited and published the third official Chelmsford town history in 2011 and has written other historical books. Images of America: North and West Chelmsford includes many vintage photographs never seen before, and all have been thoroughly researched and interpreted for the historical record and reader's enjoyment. 100-NorthandWest.jpg $21.99
Chelmsford Revisited, by Fred Merriam. A Chelmsford resident since 1971, Fred Merriam was introduced to local history after accepting an appointment to the Chelmsford Historical Commission in 2003. Merriam has since become passionate about preserving vintage images and making town history accessible to everyone. He has drawn together extensive research with rare photographs from the Chelmsford Historical Society collection and other sources to take the reader on a journey through Chelmsford during the early days of photography. 100-Revisited.jpg $21.99
History of Chelmsford 1910-1970, by Eleanor Parkhurst and Fred Merriam. Eleanor was selected in 1966 by an appointed town committee to write an update to Rev. Wilson Waters 1917 History of Chelmsford Massachusetts, but stopped work about 1976 due to her commitments as editor of the Chelmsford Newsweekly. Fred rediscovered the hand typed manuscript in 2008 and completed the book with the addition of an Epilogue chapter to bring the reader up to the 2009-2011 time frame. 100-History.jpg $30.00
Looking Back with Eleanor Parkhurst, articles by Eleanor Parkhurst, edited by Judy Buswick. As the editor of the Chelmsford Newsweekly for more that a decade and then as a writer for the Chelmsford Independent, Eleanor's name became synonymous with journalism in the community. Her lively editorial comments and coverage of local politics and history has influenced a generation of readers. This book is a compilation of her Chelmsford stories of life in bygone days. 100-LookingBack.jpg $15.00
German Glass Blowers in Chelmsford, by Dorit Lammers, tells the story of the Hirsch family, a group of German immigrants who arrived in America in the early 1800s. This wonderful book, sponsored by the Chelmsford Historical Society, Massachusetts Cultural Council and German Cultural Club of Lowell of the Chelmsford history of glass making and glass blowing from Egyptian times through the demise details the early glass manufacturing and move to Suncook, NH. 100-glass.jpg $20.00
Nights at the Round Table, by George Adams Parkhurst
The final book written by George Adams Parkhurst, is about a fictitious group that meets on Monday nights at the Radisson Hotel to discuss local history - the history of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The "history buffs" in attendance include persons from the community, such as: The Doctor, The Historian, The Curator, The Professor, The Librarian, and The Innkeeper of the hotel in which they meet.
100-Parkhurst2.jpg $15.00
Small Town Kid- Growing Up in a Country Village , by George Adams Parkhurst
The story of one boy - George Adams Parkhurst - growing up in a country village in the 1920s and 1930s.
100-Parkhurst3.jpg $15.00
Touring the Forefathers Burying Ground Chelmsford, Massachusetts, by Marti Spalding
Take a stroll thhrough one of New England's oldest colonial cemeteries, the Forefathers Burying Ground, and meet some of this town's founding families. Learn about early burial traditions, causes of death, and the meaning behind the symbols carved into the stone markers.
100-Forefathers.jpg $15.00
The History of Chelmsford From Its Origin in 1653, to the Year 1820, by Wilkes Allen, 1820
Includes a history of the Church, notes on the first four Pastors, and a Memoir of the Pawtuckett Indians. Digitized by Google Books, the full text is available here for reading, search, or download (192 pages).
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Our Trees and How to Know Them, by Clarence M. Weed and Arthur I. Emerson, 1908
A guide to identification of American trees with photographs by Chelmsford's Arthur I. Emerson. Digitized by the Internet Archive with funding by Microsoft Corp., the full text is available here for reading, search, or download (313 pages).
100-OurTrees.jpg Free
History of Chelmsford Massachusetts, by Wilson Waters, 1917
Highly recommended for anyone doing genealogy work or searching for Chelmsford historical information! Digitized by Google Books, the full text is available here for reading, search, or download (892 pages).
100-Waters.jpg Free
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