The Framingham Historical Center (formerly the Framingham Historical Society) is a nonprofit organization that…More preserves the history of Framingham through exhibitions, tours, lectures and events. It maintains three historical buildings: Edgell Memorial Library, Village Hall and the Old Academy.
The Framingham History Center is located inside the Old Academy Building, at 16 Vernon Street. Residents can visit the center to learn about Framingham's past, conduct research and view historical artifacts.
On all three floors of the Old Academy building is the society's permanent exhibition, called "The Framingham Timeline."
The exhibit highlight the history of Framingham from 1700 to now. Included in the exhibit is a Revolutionary War cannon, a Daniel Chester French bust of the Civil War's General George H. Gordon and a NASA space suit worn by Framingham's Christa McAuliffe.
Built in 1872 to commemorate the service of Civil War soldiers, Edgell Memorial Library was the…More town's first free-standing public library.
In 1963, the Framingham Historical Society and local citizens were able to save the building from demolition. Currently, the library is under the ownership of the Framingham History Center and is used for local exhibitions and programming. It also houses a museum shop and offices.
Edgell Memorial Library is undergoing restoration. The project is scheduled to be complete in April 2011 -- the 150th anniversary of the close of the Civil War.