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The Foxborough Historical Commission cannot accept cash donations as we are a town appointed body. If you wish to make a monetary donation to help preserve the history of Foxborough, please donate to the Foxborough Historical Society at the following address:
Foxborough Historical Society
PO Box 450
Foxborough, MA 02035

If you have an item that you believe is significant to the history of the town, please consider donating it to the Foxborough Historical Commission. It is the Commission that manages many of the town's historical artifacts.

If you are interested in donating an item, you can contact us or bring the artifact to Memorial Hall during normal hours of operation.

Over the years, residents have donated home movies of town events, old photographs, and one of a kind objects. Many of these are on display at Memorial Hall.

While many of you reading this page may remember the Blizzard of 1978 and not think of your photographs of this event as historically significant, we hope that the above image proves otherwise. Here a Foxboro Company employee attempts to locate his automobile in a snowdrift after the storm had subsided.

Isn't it always the case that help wanders off when you need it most? The man frees the rear bumper, but has much work left to do. These two images were among hundreds that were donated to the Historical Commission by Barney Holmberg, a longtime Foxboro Company employee and Foxborough resident.

A photograph here shows a page from the scrapbook of the Barron family which was donated to the Foxborough Historical Commission in 2003. George Mason Barron served as the editor of the Foxborough Reporter for decades in the late 1800s into the early 1900s. This page from the family scrapbook memorializes the lives of the three firefighters that perished while fighting the fire at the Town House on June 4, 1900. Shown here on the right are George H. Josselyn, Joseph Watkins, and Arthur Josselyn who died from injuries sustained while fighting the fire. On the bottom left is Samuel Watkins who was injured but survived.

On the left hand side are the remnants of the Town House, the Town House with an X marking the spot where the firefighters fell, and the remnants of the Union Straw Works that had burned down just a week before on May 28, 1900.

Just a couple of final images from the Holmberg collection. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for the 1970 Foxboro Company Christmas Party! And boy did they get great prizes back then. This lucky attendee gets his own Mrs. Claus as a Christmas present!

We are still at the 1970 Christmas party and I just hope next year's Mad Men (an AMC television series) has someone like this at a party. I have no idea what prompted the pose, but I love the photo.

This page was last updated 08/02/2016

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