As part of the Treaty Day Celebration on July 20, Governor’s Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney from Watertown received a medal from Henry Bear, a representative of the Maliseet tribe. The Treaty of Watertown, the oldest treaty made by the United States with a foreign power, was signed in 1776, but the agreement with Indian tribes in the U.S. and Canada still holds sway in 2019. On Saturday, the Historical Society of Watertown celebrated the annual Treaty Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the first Treaty between Massachusetts and the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet (also called the St. John’s) tribes on July 19, 1776. The primary focus of the Treaty for the young U.S. was to have a military ally against the British, but it also provided rights for the tribes over land and fisheries in what is now Maine and Canada.
Members of the United Native American Cultural Center in Devens play a traditional Native American song as part of the celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Watertown and the first reading of the Declaration of Independence at Watertown’s Edmund Fowle House. Two historic events from the early days of this nation will be celebrated by the Historical Society of Watertown. The group is also hosting an art exhibit featuring the work of a local artist. On Saturday, July 20, the Historical Society will recreate the signing of the first treaty signed by a fledgling United States, along with the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. Both events took place in Watertown.
The Historical Society of Watertown will host the grand opening of the exhibit called “The Art of Franklin Jones” at the Edmund Fowle House. The following information was provided by the Historical Society:
Grand Opening for “The Art of Franklin Jones” is on Sunday, June 30,2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Edmund Fowle House, 28 Marshall Street, Watertown, MA 02472-3408. Franklin Reed Jones (1921-2007) was a graduate of Watertown High School who was inspired by his Watertown High School art teacher, Harold Moody, to become an artist. In the years that followed he became an artist, illustrator, photographer, teacher and author. Once out of high school, he began his professional career while working in the Van Keuren factory by drawing a series of political cartoons, “As Jones Sees It,” for the Watertown Sun newspaper.
The Historical Society of Watertown invites the public to its annual meeting, where a special presentation will be made about the beginnings of the Revolutionary War. The following information was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:
The Historical Society of Watertown’s 2019 Annual Meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed at 7:15 p.m. by author J.L. Bell’s slideshow presentation on “The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War.”
It will take place on Wednesday, May 8 at the Watertown Free Public Library in the Watertown Savings Bank Room, 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Copies of Mr. Bell’s book will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Watertown.
Hear about how Watertown Square has changed over the decades in an author talk sponsored by the Historical Society of Watertown. WHEN: Thurs., March 21, 2019
EVENT: “Watertown Square through Time” with Cara Marcus Presented by: Historical Society of Watertown
Cara Marcus will do a game show style presentation of her new book, “Watertown Square through Time.” How well do you know Watertown? — its streets, buildings, events and famous people? Find out. Come to the Community Room of the Watertown Police Department Headquarters, at 552 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
The Historical Society of Watertown will lead tours of the historic Edmund Fowle House and the historical exhibits inside on Nov. 18, 2018. The Historical Society of Watertown sent out the following information:
Tours of the 1772 Edmund Fowle House, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Nov. 18, 2018 at 28 Marshall St., Watertown. Hosted by the Historical Society of Watertown, with the last tour at 3:15 p.m.
The following information was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:
On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library, in the Watertown Savings Bank room, author Elizabeth Levy Merrick will present a slide show lecture, “Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums: Bringing the Past into the Future.”
Presented by the Historical Society of Watertown, the meeting is free and open to the public. The author will have available copies of her book, “Be There Then: Exploring Greater Boston’s Historic House Museums.”
For more information, please contact Joyce at 781-899-7239.