Welcome to the Belmont Historical Society’s website. Our mission is to promote greater understanding and appreciation of the history, residents, contributions, and structure of the town of Belmont, Massachusetts. Find out more about what we do and other information about the Society by clicking on What We Do.
Historic Happenings We have opened a new section of this website to feature articles about various aspects of the history of the town of Belmont. These “Historic Happenings” articles have been prepared by the Belmont Historical Society Curator using source material from our collections in the Claflin Room. Check out the first two articles which cover Belmont’s involvement in the Civil War and the 100th anniversary of the Payson Park Church.
The Claflin Room Hours The Belmont Historical Society’s collections are housed in the Claflin Room of the Belmont Public Library. The Claflin Room is normally open to the public and staffed by a Society volunteer on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. However, it will be closed on Tuesday, April 15th and Thursday, April 17th. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
Nominations Open For Historic Preservation Awards Each year the Belmont Historical Society recognizes significant preservation efforts with the David R. Johnson Preservation Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 awards which will be announced at the Society’s annual meeting on May 14, 2014. If you have been involved in a historic preservation effort in Belmont or know of one, we invite you to enter the competition.
Historic House Plaques The Belmont Historical Society now offers owners of historical homes in the town the opportunity to obtain a handsome plaque to identify the property and its history. Read more about this program and download an application form.
New Book About Belmont We are pleased to announce that the new updated edition of The Streets of Belmont and How They Were Named has been published and is now available for purchase. This book traces the development of what is now Belmont from its beginnings as a rural sparsely populated farm community through its incorporation as a separate town in 1859 and its steady growth and transition into the “Town of Homes” that it is today. The original edition has long been out of print, but Town Historian Richard Betts has completed the revision which brings the story up to the second decade of the 21st century. Click on Publications to learn more and to download an order form to get your own copy.
Upcoming Programs From September through May of each year (with a vacation in January) the Society presents a monthly program on a topic associated with the history of Belmont and surrounding communities. All of our programs are open to the public and most of them are free. Our next program will be on April 23 when Professor John Stauffer of Harvard University will speak on “Phillis Wheatley, Revolutionary Poet”. Find out more about this and other upcoming programs by clicking on Events where you can also see summaries of our recent programs.
We always welcome new members and invite them to take an active role in the Society’s activities. To learn more and to download an application form, click on Membership.
The photograph at the top of this web page shows the historic Wellington Station, originally built as a private school building in the 1840′s and then used as the Belmont station for the Fitchburg Railroad from 1852 until 1879. Today the Wellington Station is owned and maintained by the Belmont Historical Society and sits just outside the town center at the intersection of Concord Avenue and Common Street.
We will be updating and adding content to our website, so visit us again soon. If you have any questions about the Belmont Historical Society or comments about this website, email us at BelmontHistory1859@nullgmail.com.