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Framingham Books

This page contains information about books related to the Town of Framingham, Massachusetts USA. Some of the books are about Framingham, others were written by Framingham residents.


[book cover] History of Framingham, (Temple, 1887) History of Framingham
Author: J. H. Temple
Description: The complete title as shown on the front page of the book is "History of Framingham, Massachusetts Early Known as Danforth's Farms, 1640-1880 with a Genealogical Register" and covers the settlement, incorporation and early history of the Town of Framingham, MA (USA). The book is regarded as the prime resource for the study of Framingham's history and people.
Publisher: The Town of Framingham
Year: 1887

Chapter 1, page 1, first paragraph from temple's History of Framingham


[book cover] Memorial of Framingham Bi-Centennial, (1900) Memorial of Framingham Bi-Centennial
Author: John H. Temple (and committee)
Description: Hardcover volume published as a Memorial of the Bi-Centennial celebration of the incorporation of the town of Framingham Massachusetts, June 1900. The book contains accounts of how the people of Framingham celebrated the 200th anniversary of the town. The book contains maps, drawings, photos and articles about the town and the celebration.

The book is the work of the "Committee on Memorial Volume" which included; John H. Temple (Chairman), Constantine C. Esty, (also known as "C.C."), Franklin Hutchinson, John H. Merriam and James E. McGrath.

The book is filled with works by many other contributors including text of sermons and speeches given in honor of the Bi-Centennial. Even a copy of the banquet menu is included --- and of course they served Nobscot Mountain Spring Water!

The image below shows a 1699 map of the "Framingham Plantation" which folds out of the inside front page of the book. Long before railroads and highways, the map shows the geography of Framingham as several dozen farms and homesteads and lists land grants and names and has marks where individual family homes were located in 1699. The map was drawn the year before the Town was incorporated in 1700.

Publisher: Geo. L. Clapp, South Framingham, Mass.
Year: 1900

Inside cover a 1699 map of Framingham Plantation folds out to show how Framingham looked before incorporation.


[book cover] Framingham's Civil War General Framingham's Civil War General: The Life of General George H. Gordon
Author: Frederic A. Wallace
Description: biography of General George H. Gordon who moved to Framingham at the age of 5, got his early early education at the Old Academy in Framingham, went on to West Point where he was classmates with Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Ulysses S. Grant, then went on to command the Second Massachusetts Infantry. Includes some of Gordon's personal diary entries and letters.
Publisher: The History Press
Year: 2011
ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-60949-378-3


[book cover] Images of America: Framingham Images of America: Framingham
Author: Laurie Evans-Daly & David C. Gordon
Description: Framingham, MA edition of the popular photo-journal styled Images of America series of books which contain historic images including photographs, posters, signs, documents, photos of items, postcards and other images which convey the history of particular locale.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Year: 1997
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 0738550191), (ISBN-13: 978-0738550190)


[book cover] Framingham: An American Town Framingham: An American Town
Author: Stephen W. Herring
Year: 1997
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 0970077211), (ISBN-13: 9780970077219)


Book Cover: Massachusetts Beautiful, (Nutting) Massachusetts Beautiful
Author: Wallace Nutting
Description: Photos, illustrations and text chronicling turn of the century life in Massachusetts. This book has several ties to Framingham. First, there are several photos of locations in Framingham in the book. Next is Nutting's factory, the Old America Company, which was located on Park St., in Framingham. And, finally is Framingham's residents, many who worked as "colorists" and hand-tinted Nutting's photographs. At the highpoint of Nutting's popularity it was said that not a home in America is without a Wallace Nutting image, (and it was probably true -- the company sold framed and matted prints, wood framed mirrors with small images adorning the mirror, and Nutting's images were licensed for use in printing calendars, magazines, and many other household items).
Publisher: Old America Company
Year: 1923


Book Cover: A Change of Heart: Framingham Study, (Levy) A Change of Heart: How the People of Framingham, Massachusetts, Helped Unravel the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease
Author: Daniel Levy and Susan Brink
Description: Takes a close-up look at the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948, and the revolutionary information it has provided about cardiovascular disease and its lifestyle component, and explains how by limiting risk factors--fat and alcohol intake, smoking, excess weight, physical inactivity, and stress--and monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol can reduce the ailment. The findings of the Framingham Heart Study–begun in 1948–have been nothing short of revolutionary. Over the years, they have provided conclusive evidence that cardiovascular disease is largely the result of measurable and modifiable risk factors, and that individuals can gain control over their heart health by looking carefully at their diet and lifestyle and changing their intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, and tobacco smoke; losing weight or becoming physically active; and regulating their levels of stress and blood pressure. It is principally because of the Heart Study that this understanding of what was once deemed a "silent killer" today seems intuitive. The study asked 5,209 citizens of Framingham, Massachusetts who overate, smoked, and suffered heart attacks and strokes to the same extent as the rest of the United States to undergo biennial physicals, blood tests, and detailed interviews concerning their behavior. The results changed the course of medical history. Written by the Study's director and a national health reporter, A Change of Heart is the first account of this heroic cooperation between the U.S. Public Health Service and the people of Framingham. It is a fascinating, clear-eyed assessment of the achievements and challenges of the Framingham Heart Study to date, and of its continuing importance.


Book Cover: A Woman's Ways & Means, (Gray) A Woman's Ways & Means
Author: Barbara Gray and Debra Reagan Cleveland
Description: Framingham's state rep for 24 years, one of the most prolific and far-reaching lawmakers on Boston's Beacon Hill, champion of controversial issues, including Right to Choose, Battered Women's Syndrome, Gay Rights, River Protection, Abuse Prevention and Seat Belt Laws. Includes special appendix, the history of MCI-Framingham, the nation's oldest women's prison.
Publisher: Drummer Cove Publications
Year: 2002
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 0971905908, ISBN-13: 978-0971905900)


Book Cover: Framingham Legends and Lore Framingham Legends and Lore
Author: James L. Parr & Kevin A. Swope


Book Cover: A history of Framingham, Massachusetts, including the Plantation A history of Framingham, Massachusetts, including the Plantation, from 1640 to the present time
Author: William Barry


Book Cover: A Sketch of the History of Framingham A Sketch of the History of Framingham
Author: William Ballard
Publisher: Nabu Press
ISBN: 9781149542545


Other Books by Framingham Authors


[book cover] Midnight to Infinity, (2009), Edward R. Rogaishio, Framingham, MA Midnight to Infinity: The Humor and History of a Mischievous Artist
Author: Edward R. Rogaishio, (Framingham, MA)
Description: An eclectic collection of all things written. Readers will cry, laugh, and experience every emotion between the two. Both fictional and not, this funny, old artist s short stories and poems are stimulating both intellectually and humorously. A good time is had by all who open the pages of this book and get lost in Rogaishio s mind. (324 pages, softcover)
Publisher: American Book Publishing
Year: 2009
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 1589825047), (ISBN-13: 978-1589825048)


[book cover] A Creative Odyssey, (2009), A Creative Odyssey, Framingham, MA A Creative Odyssey: The Story of Floyd and Richie
Author: Richard L. Rotelli, (Framingham, MA)
Description: an inspiring true story of two unique men; one with a strong determination to foster his talent for art and to make his own way in the world, in spite of being paralyzed, with only the use of his right arm; the other, a gifted and inventive self-taught designer/builder. It is an uplifting story that touches the heart at many levels.
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Year: 2002
ISBN: ISBN-13: 9780741410115


[book cover] Forgotten April, (2011), Robyn Bradley, Framingham, MA Forgotten April
Author: Robyn Bradley, (Framingham, MA)
Description: For April Sullivan-LaMonica, the last ten years have been hell: her husband and young son were killed in a car accident, and soon after, her mom descended into the darkness of Alzheimer's. So when broadcast journalist Maggie Prescott shows up claiming to be April's half sister and tries to capture their reunion on film, April outwardly regards Maggie with much suspicion. In reality, she's simply afraid to grow close to someone again, only to have that person leave--or worse. Maggie, meanwhile, is battling her own demons: figuring out why her biological mother gave her up, facing a secret she's kept from the one man she's loved all her life, and giving herself permission to follow the dream she's had since she was a child. Separated by nearly two decades and radically different life paths, April and Maggie must decide if pursuing their sisterhood is worth it...or even possible. A story of loss, love, survival, and redemption, Forgotten April will speak to anyone who's experienced the pains--and riches--of an unexpected friendship that emerges from family ties. (360 pages, paperback)
Publisher: CreateSpace
Year: 2011
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 146114972X), (ISBN-13: 978-1461149729)


[book cover] What Happened in Granite Creek, (2011), Robyn Bradley, Framingham, MA What Happened in Granite Creek
Author: Robyn Bradley, (Framingham, MA)
Description: When Koty Fowler's husband volunteers her to visit Jamie, a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs in Iraq, neither Koty nor Jamie is happy. Jamie resents being "babysat" every day. Koty resents her lot in life: almost 30, mother of three, and trapped in an unhappy marriage in Granite Creek, a small New Hampshire town. But when Koty and Jamie come together in a sexually-charged situation, everything changes. While Koty continues to explore her relationship with Jamie, her life at home spirals out of control: her sometimes-abusive husband drinks too much, and her middle daughter is on a destructive path, skipping school and getting into fights, while Koty's other two girls are left to watch. What happens next, however, leaves everyone reeling, and the Fowler family must learn how to move forward, even as they struggle to understand what happened in their own backyard. Told in multiple viewpoints and spanning across nearly two decades, "What Happened in Granite Creek" brings readers on a journey of intrigue and unexpected twists while reminding us that nothing is ever what it seems. (362 pages, paperback)
Publisher: CreateSpace
Year: 2011
ISBN: (ISBN-10: 1466429550), (ISBN-13: 978-1466429550)


Other Books Related to Framingham


Book Cover: Sam Weskit on the Planet Framingham Sam Weskit on the Planet Framingham
Author: William Johnston
Description: (from cover) "Join the crew (all kidnapped you understand) of the space ship, Branigan's Brainchild, in their adventures on the planet Framingham -- the wackiest space mission yet"
Publisher: Tempo Publishing
Year: 1970


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