The Sudbury Historical Society

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The Sudbury Historical Society is dedicated to bringing the rich history of the Sudbury Plantation into the lives and activities of the people of Sudbury. We collect, preserve and and communicate the history of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Founded in 1956, and incorporating the earlier Goodman Society, the Society maintains its offices and collections on the second floor of Sudbury Town Hall. A non-profit organization, the society depends on donations of time, money and artifacts from its members and the citizens of Sudbury.

The Society has for sale a full range of books on the history of Sudbury, reproductions of Sudbury related artwork, and a variety of children's items. See our store for details.

Many questions about Sudbury's history can be answered by our curator and members. Whether you have questions about your neighborhood, curiosity about something you see in town, are interested in the genealogy of Sudbury families or you are pursuing academic research, please feel free to contact the Society.


The Society is located in the Upper Floor of Town Hall in Sudbury Center at the intersection of Old Sudbury Road (Rte 27) and Concord Rd.

The entrance is on the right side of the building (when facing the building). Note that the stairwell to the second floor is not wheelchair accessible. There is ample parking in the lot behind Town Hall.

Visiting the Society

The Society is open weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 1:00 and 5:00 PM (except holidays). While our curator Lee Swanson and other members of the Society are usually in the building on weekday afternoons, we recommend you call ahead (978-443-3747) to ensure someone is available. There is no admission fee but a donation is always welcome. We do charge $20 per hour for research for non–members; there is no charge for research for members.

Note that only a small percentage of the Society's collections are arranged in exhibition displays. With advance notice, the curator will be happy to arrange a tour through the collection for individuals and groups.

The Society also has occasional exhibitions in public facilities in Sudbury, including the Goodnow Library, the Curtis Middle School Library.