In 1930 interest in Winchendon’s historical past was rekindled when a group of about twenty men and women, on the call of Joseph E. White, organized the Winchendon Historical Society. The Beals Memorial Library offered the use of a room in the basement of the library to display their extensive collection of documents and artifacts. The “museum room” of the basement had been the scene of the expanding collection of historical items and archival documents for 70 years. The Winchendon Historical Society was incorporated in 1955 and is a non-profit organization.
The Murdock-Whitney House was bequeathed to the society by Adelaide Hazzard Whitney upon her death December 31, 2000. It was September 2001 that the Society began its work to move the museum to its present location. In 2015, the board voted to update our name to better reflect what we do: We officially became “The Winchendon History and Cultural Center” in the Spring of 2016 including a new home for our toy museum at the Isaac Morse House on 135 Front St.. Our mission continues to be to preserve the history of Winchendon and to bring Art and Cultural events to our great little town!
The Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Our annual members’ luncheon meeting is held in May in place of the usual board meeting. We regularly schedule cultural programs, special events and exhibits held throughout the year. Our effort to keep the Center and its mission of preservation of its collections, and sharing the history of Winchendon has been successful by its involvement in the community, its outreach to the schools and the support given to researchers.
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