, 2022-07-15 02:00:00,
BOYLSTON – Historical figures, collected in photo albums over a century ago, were quietly biding their time at the Boylston Historical Society.
They recently emerged from the past to share their stories, detailed in “Early Settlers of Boylston, Massachusetts.”
The photos were not all hidden, some having been reproduced for the walls of the Sawyer Memorial Library, otherwise known as the Boylston Public Library. But most were tucked away.
It took a team of residents, dedicated to researching each individual’s story, to delve into the history and track down information from a range of sources.
The effort started during the pandemic, according to Nancy Filgate, Boylston Historical Society museum curator and Historical Commission member.
The question then was “how can we get people in town involved?”
It turns out the answer was in the archives, photo albums that had been donated to the library in 1905 and then donated to the Historical Society when it was formed in 1971, Filgate said.
With the Society and Commission working together, and with residents volunteering, the project moved forward, using remote meeting options during the pandemic and tools such as online resources to supplement information in the historical museums’ resources.
The albums “hadn’t been touched,” Filgate said. “We didn’t know who they are, only that they were in an album together.”
Having photos of Boylston residents in their archives, researchers were able to identify many of the…
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