Fitchburg Historical Society

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We offer a research library in genealogy and local history, with exhibitions, author appearances and educational events.

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and make accessible the history of Fitchburg, Massachusetts

The Fitchburg Historical Society is an independent non-profit, located at 781 Main Street in downtown Fitchburg. It is open Monday and Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free. Our building is fully ADA accessible. Find out more about our events, research, and activities by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Fitchburg Historical Society was started by James F.D. Garfield, his wife Theresa Garfield and their friend, Eleanor Fraser West in 1892, with the goal of collecting and preserving Fitchburg's history for the use of future researchers of all stripes. They funded the Society on their own and it has remained self-sufficient and non-profit, uses earnings solely to support the society. Unlike traditional companies, the Society functions as a community organization and operates as a group of individuals working together. It is governed by its Board of Directors, Society President Bill McSheehy, Vice President Jay Bry and Director Susan Navarre. The Fitchburg Historical Society prioritizes academic integrity, and matches the needs of researchers through accurate and well-preserved primary sources. Volunteers and staff are eager to assist with anything members and visitors may need and embody professionalism and courtesy. Use of technology is affordable and easy and other accommodations are made whenever necessary.