So Long for Now!

me and GordonBy Laura Stagliola, Museum Assistant

Many of you may not know it, but I began my experience with the Framingham History Center as a volunteer in 2011. I was a Sophomore at Framingham State University looking to dive into museum work, and little did I know I would still be involved 4 years later! However, I will be leaving for pastures new to take up a position with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth.

The decision to accept a new position was very difficult because I have truly enjoyed my time at the History Center being surrounded by such a wonderful group of people. Some of my favorite memories were taking part in the Dennison Manufacturing Co. exhibit Opening Night festivities, working with the Education Committee to revamp the Third Grade Program Docent book, and attending all the programs, events, and workshops where I had the chance to interact with members, donors, volunteers, and Framingham enthusiasts.

I would like to thank the FHC staff and volunteers for inviting me into their tight-knit family and teaching me the true value of preserving local history: connecting the community with the rich history that makes their home so special. I will carry these teachings with me throughout my museum career.

Tom Desilets Memorial Intern 2015

KellyBy Kelly Coates, Tom Desilets Memorial Intern 2015

I am Kelly Coates a senior at Framingham State University majoring in the Art History with a minor in Museum Studies, and this summer it has been my great pleasure to work as an intern for the Framingham History Center. When I started this internship I had no idea what was in store for me working in the Dennison Mfg. Co. archives.  Such a massive collection of documents and items was a bit daunting to say the least, however as I worked alongside staff and volunteers the task seemed shrink and become more manageable. At first the thought of working on a major company’s archive didn’t seem particularly glamorous to an Art History Major but I was completely wrong.

Not only has the history of this wonderful and influential company been interesting to explore but the art of Dennison has astounded me. From the company’s birth in 1844 through the 1970s there is art of all kinds and its graphic development has proven to be a particularly interesting subject for me. Everyday I find joy in discovering new designs that reflected the decade in which it was made and art movements that were especially influential.  Although Dennison had a reputation of being only a manufacturing company it was far more than that, and the artwork that the company produced is just a small example of its many facets.

General Gordon Tour – Access Framingham

Published on Jun 30, 2015

This video is about The Framingham History Center sponsoring a General Gordon Walking Tour of buildings around the common that were important in the life of Framingham’s Civil War General. You can watch AFTV, in Framingham, on Comcast channel 9, RCN ch3 or Verizon ch43. For the full program check out…. For more information check out our website at

Pushing for Cushing – The Framingham Beat

Published on May 18, 2015

This video is about town historian Fred Wallace discussing his new book, Pushing for Cushing in War and Peace – A History of Cushing Hospital: 1943-1991. You can watch AFTV, in Framingham, on Comcast channel 9, RCN ch3 or Verizon ch43. For the full program check out…. For more information check out our website at