Four Historical Organizations Win Grant from Wellesley Bank

"Crossing Borders" Series Explores Shared Regional History

The Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation recently awarded a grant to the history organizations in Newton, Natick, Needham, and Wellesley for “Crossing Borders,” a series of programs on topics of historical interest to all four towns. Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center and Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society join together to present these programs in the spring and summer of 2019. The collaboration leverages their combined research and knowledge, engaging the public in learning about the shared history of these bordering communities.

Programs will take place from April through June 2019.

  1. Lower Falls Walking Tour, literally crossing the border between Newton and Wellesley on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. Suggested donation, $10 per person. Find more details here.

  2. The Suburban Development of Needham, Newton, Natick, and Wellesley. A free lecture with James O'Connell on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Avenue, Needham.
  1. Women of Natick and Ponkapoag: The Untold History of Praying Towns. A free lecture Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central St., Natick. Find more details here.
  1. Down By the River: New Takes on Charles River History. A free lecture Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton.

“We are delighted to sponsor programs that illuminate the history of the region, while positively impacting the lives of people in the individual communities we serve. We are excited to support this collaboration that will bring together professionals who interpret our history in a meaningful way and keep our ideas evolving with a focus on fairness and respect,” said Maureen Sullivan, President of the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.

The collaboration grew from the recognition that borders in this region – municipal and psychological – have shifted over time. Together, the four organizations can interpret a larger story that crosses the porous borders between our cities and towns, engaging the public in learning about trends affecting our region.

For further information, contact each historical organization: Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center and Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society.


The Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation was formed in 2011 for the purpose of funding community organizations which provide services to communities that we serve. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported many area organizations with generous grants. The Foundation supports organizations that positively impact the lives around them. More information is available at

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