Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
|The Millbury Historical Society
Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
|P.O. Box 367
IN LIVING COLOR!
The last time Millbury saw Asa & Susan Waters in LIVING COLOR was at the town’s Centennial in 1913!!!
Where their portraits went after that was a mystery…. until Thursday 11 May!
The Millbury Historical Society is proud to have facilitated the crafting and installation of these gorgeous
John Blunt paintings of our beloved Susan Holman Waters and Asa Waters II.
Our NEXT Big Program!
Thursday, 8 June at 7:00
Asa Waters' Mansion
Our HUGE Annual Meeting! This year's speaker will be
"The Route 20 Guy," Bryan Farr, expert on Route 20
having written many books about it.
Route 20 is a 3,365 mile long highway that begins in
Boston and ends in Newport, Oregon,and Bryan is a
devout and passionate road historian!
All are welcomed.
Free admission. Refreshments will be served.
Millbury's own Charles F, Minney who died in 1919.
|Another Successful Program of The Millbury
Confederate bills were just a few of the awesome
artifacts on display at the Millbury Historical Society's
Coin Appraisal Night.
Dick Lisi of Lisi & Lisi Coin and Tom and Matt Lissi
of Sterling Rare Coin captivated all present on April
27th with their entertaining and informative
Dozens of folks lined up to have their monetary
treasures appraised. All in all, it was a great
community gathering at the Asa Waters Mansion!
|The Lisis: Dick,Tom and Matt
Professional numismatists put on a great show.
|These photos of the standing-room-only crowd are courtesy of
the multi-tasking and multi-talented Richard Hamilton, Board
Member of The Millbury Historical Society and Fire Chief of
Our Next Museum Opening at the Asa
Wednesday 31 May from 6-8 PM
Stop in and see the new exhibit:
Millbury in World War I
|The Unveiling! Jerilyn Stead (left) watches as Society president Frank Gagliardi (center) and Board Member
Jeff Dore (right) present Susan Holman Waters.
Many thanks, also, to photographer Edd Cote for his valuable aid in bringing this dream to fruition.
|To the Generous Supporters of the
Grass Hill School Restoration Project:
This is a progress update on the ongoing restoration of the historic
schoolhouse. With your help, this renovation has been moving along very
We are currently in Phase Three. The first two phases accomplished some
major exterior pieces. During the third phase, the exterior was completed, and
work has begun inside.
This restoration project would not be nearly as far as it is without the
tremendous support of the Millbury Savings Bank. As we were putting together
a plan to raise funds, The Board of Trustees of the Millbury Savings Bank, with
the outreach of President Rob Morton, stepped up and made an offer we
They offered to match dollar for dollar, every donation up to $5,000 a year
for five years. This has proved to be a major portion of our efforts. In this first
year, the bank has donated $5,000 as we collected $24,085 in donations. We
received valuable guidance from Rob, along with help from the very talented
Lynne Feiz. It really is amazing how the assistance of the bank brought this
project to a whole new level! We can’t thank them enough.
With the support of State Senator Michael Moore and State
Representative Paul Frost, a grant was received from the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts for $25,000. These funds were used to complete the siding on the
north and west sides of the building.
With a generous discount for our clapboards from C & S Lumber, Warren
Lampher, our talented restoration carpenter, brought life to windows, doors and
remaining sides of the schoolhouse. He refurbished the windows and doors on
those sides to the proper period look.
With the assistance of the Millbury DPW, old debris was removed from the
grounds, and the overgrowth was cleared, an insurmountable task that needed to
The next step brought us inside. The building was insulated by American
Building Systems Inc., which will help keep the rooms at a comfortable level
and conserve heating oil and electricity. The attic space and exterior walls were
brought up to today’s standards. Warren Lampher also assisted with this work by
creating paths for the insulation in the walls.
Due to the generosity of Ken’s Oil in Millbury, the atmosphere in the school
will be comfortable. Ken has virtually donated the new heating and air
conditioning system along with volunteering his labor to install it. This step is
valued at well over $25,000 and is truly appreciated by everyone involved.
In an effort to provide a restroom that is accessible to all, Steve Willette,
owner of Reliable Plumbing, has offered to install all the plumbing and fixtures
for the bathroom. He has also acquired the necessary fixtures through the
generosity of Republic Plumbing in Grafton. We can’t tell you how much this
gesture means to this project.
A major concern for us is the protection of the visitors and the safety of the
building. To this end, electrician Larry Morris has donated his time in rewiring the
entire school. He has begun by replacing every wire in the building, which will
make for a safer structure. In an effort to stay within the period of the school, all
fixtures that are visible will be of the proper style. A new main electric panel will
provide the proper circuit protection to prevent potential hazards. We can’t tell
you how much we appreciate Larry’s work.
Through this entire project, Warren Lampher has gone above and beyond
our expectations. Warren has done some amazing quality work at the
schoolhouse but has also assisted with every step taken in the project. He has
done much research to keep us on track for the proper historical nature of it all.
He has the proper connections to find the appropriate talent to make this a first-
The Millbury Historical Society Board of Trustees and President Frank
Gagliardi have been providing tremendous support and guidance in this effort.
The Grass Hill School Subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Mary Lou Mulhane,
has devoted countless hours to create this project that is coming to fruition. Mary
Lou continues the work with which she has been involved in the first two phases
of reconstruction. With these efforts, the Grass Hill School will be a truly
magnificent historical treasure for our town.
As we continue with this phase of restoration, we look forward to meeting
more milestones. We will install an ADA compliant ramp to make sure the building
is accessible to all. The walls inside will be plastered with a period look. The
interior will be painted and decorated to be fresh and to bring back the look of
We are always looking for help to complete this phase. If you have a
particular talent or trade and could help us out, let us know.
Look for further updates at www.MillburyHistory.org or follow us on https:
For any questions or to help, contact us at GrassHillSchool@gmail.com.