Wellesley Historical Society

Art in Bloom!

May 2017

Spring brings our annual collaboration with the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley, when garden club members create floral arrangements inspired by the Wellesley Historical Society's collection. The Hills Garden Club of Wellesley chose “Houses at Marblehead” by Mary Brewster Hazelton as inspiration for the floral arrangements at their 2017 annual meeting. Kathleen Fahey, Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society was on hand to speak to the WHGC about the history of the 1931 oil painting and Hazelton, (1868-1953) who was a distinguished Wellesley artist known for her portraiture, landscapes, and murals. Each arrangement beautifully incorporated Hazelton’s interest in color, natural light and use of the impressionist style.  

For more information about Mary Brewster Hazelton, click here.

Kathleen Fahey, Curator


Boston Marathon

Photo by Roy F. Whitehouse, Wellesley Historical Society Archives

April 11, 2017

Every year the Boston Marathon winds its way through Wellesley. This photo from the 1959 marathon shows John Kelley (#2) and Hal Higdon (#129) leading the pack. The runners are seen here in Wellesley on Central Street near the intersection of Crest Road. The building behind them is the Colonial Building, home of Faber’s Rug. The Esso service station is the current location of Pete's Coffee & Tea.

Kathleen Fahey, Curator

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 www.wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org/springfundraiser (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

Denton Butterflies in Bloom!

Denton Butterflies in Bloom!

Spring brings our annual collaboration with the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley, when garden club members create floral arrangements inspired by the Wellesley Historical Society's collection.  This year, six specimens from the Denton Butterfly Collection were selected to inspire these elegant arrangements. 

The Denton Brothers was a successful local business started by Wellesley residents William D. and R. Winsford Denton in 1895.  The brothers, better known as Willie and Winsey, sold their patented butterfly mounts at exhibitions throughout America and also locally from their shop on Denton Road.  The Wellesley Historical Society is fortunate to have both the Denton Brothers business papers and a collection of over 2,400 Denton entomology specimens from the turn of the twentieth century.  

Each arrangement was created by a group of Hills Garden Club members and revealed at their annual meeting and luncheon on May 13th at the Wellesley Country Club.  Floral interpretations were exhibited alongside each Denton butterfly and truly captured the essence of each delicate specimen

Pictured above is a Prioneric Clemanthe specimen from the WHS Denton Brothers Butterfly Collection along with its floral accompaniment. This group arrangement was led by Hills Garden Club President Cynthia Ballantyne and former President Lucy Lynch.

Boston Marathon

In honor of this year's Boston Marathon, we are sharing this historic photo of the marathon in Wellesley, Massachusetts.  The runners are seen here on Central Street at the intersection of Crest Road, c.1950.  The Wellesley Service Station seen behind the runners is the current location of Pete's Coffee & Tea at 9 Central St.