Museum Musings ~ May 2019

Colonel John Robinson Memorial Highway Dedicated
by Bob Oliphant 

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14th, the recently named Colonel John Robinson Memorial Highway was dedicated at a ceremony held next to the Robinson family burial plot in Westlawn Cemetery.  Nancy Cook served as the master of ceremonies for the dedication.  Speakers included Westford Fireman David Christiana, who was instrumental in getting Route 225 running from Beaver Brook Road to I-495 named the “Colonel John Robinson Memorial Highway;” Dan Lacroix, who gave an overview of Col. Robinson’s life particularly relating to his service in the Revolutionary War; Lori Trahan, Westford’s Congressional Representative; James Arciero, Westford’s State Legislator; and Selectman Scott Hazleton.  The Westford Minutemen fired three volleys.  Former Westford Veterans Agent Terry Stader and Judy Cataldo placed a wreath beside Colonel Robinson’s tombstone.

The ceremony was followed by a talk about Colonel Robinson at the Westford Museum given by Lt. Col. Dan Lacroix, commander of the Westford Colonial Minutemen and president of the Westford Historical Society.  Dan discussed in greater detail the Robinson family’s move to Westford from Topsfield, John Robinson’s service in the French and Indian War, his service on various Westford town committees, notably as selectmen in 1771-1773, his service during the Revolutionary War at Lexington & Concord, Bunker Hill and Newport, R.I., and his participation in Shay’s Rebellion.

Read more about Col. Robinson and the Westford Minutemen at


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New  to  our Website: Take a stroll through historic Westford Center
with Kate Hamlin and Fred Fisher. Start your audio tour here



Third Grade Tours

The Museum welcomed Westford’s 3rd Grade classes.  In this picture, Jeremy Limbert, a sophomore at WA and a member of the Westford Academy Museum Club, is giving a presentation on Col. John Robinson, the Westford Minutemen and the Revolutionary War. A special thanks to Jim Bogue, Andy Norander, our WA Interns Leila and Josh and the members of the Westford Academy Museum Club.

                                      Westford Cultural Council Reception


Westford Historical Society’s Development Director Deb Banerjee and Director Linda Greene attended the inaugural Westford Cultural Council Reception. The Cultural Council gave us the funds to produce a high quality reproduction print of our original painting of Gov. John Long. Governor Long was a preceptor of Westford Academy.



Meet our Capstone Interns                                 

Josh Wright has been in Westford since he was about six months old. Currently a senior in high school, he will be graduating from Westford Academy on June 7th. This fall, he will attend Roger Williams University in a six year Criminal Justice/Law School program.


Leila Warde is also a senior at Westford Academy. She has lived in Westford since 2005, when her family moved here from Billerica.  This fall, she will attend Union College in Schenectady, New York where she will study psychology and run on the Track and Field team. Leila enjoyed taking a class on Westford history which inspired her to intern at the museum.

Unheard Voices, Slavery in Colonial Westford

Thursday, May 9th 7 pm
at the Westford Museum

This one-person play about Peggy, a slave owned by a family in colonial Westford, is written and performed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti. She is an award-winning living history performer who, for the past twenty years, has engaged audiences with performances giving voice to real-life accounts, struggles, self-determination, and triumphs of women. Her work is deeply researched and based on Westford archival materials.

Unheard Voices is part of the Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures program. This event is free and open to the public.

There is a suggested donation of $5/person and $10/family.

This program is generously sponsored by the Westford Family FunFest and funded in part by a grant from the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

For more information on Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, please see her website.

Westford’s Immigration Story Continues…

Early Westford Immigration

Wednesday, May 29th 7:30 pm
at the Westford Museum

Westford owes a large part of its character to the immigrants who came here for work in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The federal census records give places of birth over this same time period. Bob Oliphant has analyzed these records in detail and will tell us what they reveal about Westford’s early immigrant ancestors — from where they came, when they came, where they worked once they got here, and their impact on our town.

Be on the lookout for us at the following town events

May 18: Apple Blossom Parade

Grab your favorite hat. Bring your parasol or walking stick and join the Historical Society for a short saunter down Main Street  for the 51st Annual Apple Blossom Parade. Rumor has it the Westford Knight will be joining us!

Meet at Westford Museum at 9:15 am. Parade step off is at 10 am.

June 15: Strawberry Festival 

The 44th Annual Strawberries ‘N Arts Festival, hosted by The First Parish Church United of Westford, will be held on the Westford Town Common from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Look for our table with the opportunity to purchase items from our Museum Shop