Current and Upcoming Events
The Society is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9-4 and Saturdays from 9-1.
Do you have old photos of Kimball Cabins?
The Town of Hopkinton appointed a committee to look at options for the future use of Kimball Lake and its four cabins.
Your donations help support Hopkinton Historical Society's programs and exhibits.
Thank you for your support!
Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6
Hopkinton Historical Society open
Stop by the Society (now air conditioned!) and check out our summer exhibit, “Changing Views: Relations Between Hopkinton's Early Settlers & Native Americans.”
Sunday, July 7 • 2 pm
Herb Walk at Kimball Lake Cabins
Beginning at Hopkinton’s Kimball Lake Cabins located at 66 Kimball Lake Rd., herbalist Lynn Clowes will lead a trail walk where she will highlight various plants used by Native Americans and early colonists. Plants will be identified and discussed in their habitats. Topics such as harvesting, storing for use, preparing as medicine, and what symptoms each herb is indicated for will be discussed. Questions are welcome. All ages are welcome to participate. Sponsored by NH Humanities.
Additional Upcoming Programs:
Thursday, July 18 • 6:30 pm
The Hidden Histories of New England’s Georgian Shoes
The stories captured by shoes are often our only connection to a person whose life has been largely lost in the historical record, whether an aspiring consumer or an unknown but highly skilled cordwainer who supplies shoes for his rural community. Dr. Kimberly Alexander’s recently published book, Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era, delves into historic fashion and material culture by examining what shoes can reveal about both the producer and the wearer. Shoes divulge important aspects of burgeoning 18th century American identity -- self-fashioning, consumption, politics, and agency. Sponsored by NH Humanities.
Thursday, July 25 • 6:30 pm
The Abenaki: The First Travelers
Lynn Murphy, Abenaki elder, educator, and basket-maker, will present a program on the ancient history and enduring presence of First Nations people. Her program will trace their journey from a pre-contact subsistence lifestyle, emigration to Canada, assimilation with the White population in New England, into present day. Sponsored by NH Humanities.
Saturday, July 27 • 10 am-2 pm
Living History: Spinning, Weaving, Splitting, & Switchel
Come experience life in rural New England in the mid-1700s! We’ll have demonstrations of spinning animal fiber into yarn, weaving yarn into fabric, and the splitting of shingles and rocks, as well as a display of quilts. Attendees will also be able to sample switchel, a popular summer drink in the American colonies. Sponsored by NH Humanities.
Thursday, August 15 • 6:30 pm
“Footsteps behind Him on the Road"
An Updated Look at Abraham Kimball's Encounter with the Indians
Until recently, the only known account of the capture by Indians of Abraham Kimball (1742-1828), “the first male white child born in Hopkinton,” came from second-hand information gathered by Alonzo J. Fogg in the 1870s which was published in 1880 in the Hopkinton Times and in 1890 in C.C Lord’s Life and Times in Hopkinton, N.H. However, discovered a short time ago at the NH State Archives is a letter in essence dictated by Abraham Kimball himself in 1823 on just this topic. Local historian Steve Thomas will share this letter and follow Kimball’s captive footsteps. Sponsored by NH Humanities.
Sunday, August 18 • 2 pm
Twist, Tie, Knot: Indigenous Textiles of the Northeast
Vera Longtoe Sheehan will lead a lively discussion about ancient Abenaki textile traditions that persist into modern times. Sheehan will draw on her independent research and her family traditions using regional plants to make clothing and bags. Sponsored by NH Humanities.