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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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. (192 pages) PDF Download available.
History of Chelmsford Massachusetts, by Wilson Waters, 1917
Highly recommended for anyone doing genealogy work or
searching for Chelmsford historical information! (892 pages) PDF Download available.