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Spring Fundraiser: Looking Back on America’s Favorite Pastime

Look back on May 5 with Sox president Sam Kennedy

We don’t have Big Papi this year, but Red Sox fans still have much to look forward to – Mookie, JBJ, Xander…

As we prepare for another great season of championship baseball, we can also take a moment to look back. The history is rich, the stories are classic, and the Red Sox fan base in Metro West is perfectly positioned to enjoy an evening hearing tales about America’s favorite pastime.

That’s exactly what we’ll be doing on May 5, as The Wellesley Historical Society turns to Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy to lead a baseball-themed “look back” panel discussion and live auction at the Society’s annual fundraising dinner.

Emmy Award-winning sports reporter Mike Dowling will moderate the panel, titled “Looking Back on America’s Favorite Pastime.” Boston Sports Museum historian Richard Johnson will join Kennedy for the story-filled discussion.

WHAT: A baseball-themed evening featuring Boston Red Sox president Sam Kennedy
WHEN: May 5, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: Wellesley Country Club
HOW: Buy online at (beginning April 7)

Come join us in sharing entertaining baseball stories with the Wellesley community while helping raise funds for The Wellesley Historical Society.

In addition to the “look back” baseball panel discussion, the evening will feature a live auction with great prizes, a ballpark-themed dinner, and plenty of bleacher-style socializing.

Net proceeds from the event will support the Historical Society’s work providing scholarships for Wellesley High School students, preserving and managing collections, and general operating expenses.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. For more information please contact:

Erica Dumont
WHS Executive Director
(781) 235-6690

Summer Interns Install New Data Loggers

Wellesley Historical Society was fortunate to have the help of two volunteers this summer, Tycho McManus and Rachel Woodring.  Tycho is a Wellesley resident and senior at Binghamton University majoring in History and Rachel is a student at Simmons College in the Masters of Library Science program with a concentration in Archives.  Both interns assisted Kathleen Fahey, WHS Curator, with a variety of projects.
Our interns are shown above installing our new Onset data loggers which help monitor our museum environment.  Data loggers in storage areas will take hourly temperature and relative humidity readings while data loggers in exhibit areas will take hourly temperature, relative humidity and light level readings.  Readings are downloaded to our computer and provide graphs and charts to help us understand how temperature, relative humidity and light levels change from day to day and season to season.  Maintaining an optimal, stable environment is vital to the long term preservation of any museum or archival collection and the data loggers will help us to understand how our heating and cooling decisions affect the collection.
A data logger in our archives storage area.