Holbrook Historical Society, Holbrook, Massachusetts

About us
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Meetings & Events
Holbrook history
Our collection
The schoolhouse


  • Collecting historical materials
  • Assisting researchers
  • Hosting historical speakers
  • Annual Strawberry Festival
  • 1873 Schooldays

1873 Schooldays is a unique program. The Society works with the local elementary schools to give third-graders one special day of school -- in 1873!

Students experience a schoolday during which they:

  • wear pinafores and suspenders (no T-shirts!)
  • drink spring water from tin cups (no juice boxes!)
  • write on slates (no laptops!)
  • play marbles and cat's cradle (no nintendo!)
  • have lessons (yes -- there was arithmetic in 1873!)

To see how our students get a chance to live a little bit of history, go to the 2008 photo gallery.

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