of   America

a book by
Laurie Evans-Daly & David C. Gordon
Framingham Historical Society

128 pages, paperback.
Arcadia Publishing
ISBN 0-7524-0584-5

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Cover of book ''Images of America: Framingham, MA''
   The cover photograph was taken in June of 1912 and shows sixth grade students on the steps of the Edgell Memorial Library.

      After seeing Roger Heinen's collection of Framingham postcards, Laurie Evans-Daly and David Gordon knew what they wanted to do --- they wanted to publish the cards in book format to preserve the images and document Framingham's past.

      Luckily for the pair, an opportunity presented itself for the Town of Framingham to be included in the publication of a series of books by Arcadia Publishing called Images of America.  The books, which follow a series-specific format, chronicle the historys of American citys and towns.  Each book in the series is prepared locally, and in the case of Framingham, all profits from sales of the book go directly to the Framingham Historical Society.

      Chapters on Saxonville, Framingham Centre, South Framingham, Nobscot, and Route 9 detail the historical events in each area of town and give an insight into how Framingham became the hub of the region now known as MetroWest.

      Below are just a small sampling of the images and printed material contained in the book.

Framingham, Rail Hub of Region

At the turn of the 20th century, this rail map was used in brochures to promote South Framingham.   The text reads;  "If not the Hub of the Universe, the hub of a Territory containing 2,000,000 people within a radius of thirty miles".

Framingham Police would leave a card like this when they found a door or window open during nightly patrols (c.1940)

In the 1940's while walking their beats at night Framingham Police would leave a card like this when they found a car, residence, or business with an open door or window.

Keepers of Order

As the "keepers of order" the Framingham Police lead the parade to unveil the Minuteman Statue at Buckminster Square in 1905.

Louise Parker Mayo
Pin given to women jailed for picketing for women's voting rights.
A page in the book documents the facts that Framingham had voting privileges for woman on the Town ballot in 1895, and tells of Framingham resident Louise Parker Mayo who went to Washington D.C. and picketed for the right to vote in 1917 for which she was arrested and jailed for four days.   Pictured (above) is a silver jail-door pin Mayo received, (one of only about one hundred made), which were awarded by the National Woman's Party after the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920. (The pin was donated to the Framigham Historical Society by Mayo's daughter).
Women's Ballot

      The book contains some 200+ images and over 20,000 words of descriptive text which chronicle facets of Framingham, her people, and the events that helped to shape the nation.   Learn about Framingham's historical past; from it's native American origins, to the Salem End witch-hunt refugees, to the anti-slavery gatherings at Harmony Grove where William Lloyd Garrison burned a copy of the U.S. Constitution in 1854, and where figures like Clara Barton, Wallace Nutting, Louise Parker Mayo, Meta & Solomon Fuller, and many, many, others lived or worked.

To order copy(s) of

Images of America - Framingham

send a check payable to:

Framingham Historical Society
P.O. Box 2032
Framingham, MA 01703-1023

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Note, all profits from sales of the book go directly
to the Framingham Historical Society.