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March 16th
Business Meeting
Your ideas and opinions are valued. Come with enthusiasm for the Future and respect for the Past to plan for spring and summer events.

April 20th
Journals of the Soul
What did two women of Ware, one of 1920s and one of the 1970s write about? Cindi LaBombard will read her grandmother’s journal and Maggie Sorel will read her journal.

May 18th
Away visit! Let’s travel!
Which historic site shall we visit?

June 15th
Annual Meeting and
End of the Year Party
Open to members.
Bring a favorite dish for our Potluck Party. Come and enjoy good food and good company.

Coming in April to a stage near you…

We are Happy about the whole thing

We’re Happy about the Whole Thing!

The Ware Community Theatre is presenting the play that explains Ware’s motto, “The Town That Can’t Be Licked’.
After a hurricane, a flood and the exodus of Ware’s manufacturers, Ware faced ruin. Resourceful Ware citizens sold shares to raise money and invited other manufacturers to fill the Ware Industries yard and provide work for Ware citizens. Life Magazine featured the town and the play in their May 23, 1938 publication.
Come, experience Ware’s history for yourself through theatre, song, and dance.

The Ware Historical Society meets in the Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road (behind Cumberland Farms, West Street)
on the third Wednesday of the month (not July, August, January, February)
unless otherwise noted.
For evening meetings, refreshments and conversation begin at 6:30 and programs begin at 7:00 PM.

~Quaboag and Nipmuc Indians
The Quaboag and Nipmuck Indians:
The Quaboag Indians, A Loup People and the Nipmucks of the Upper Quinebaug River Valley
by Mr. Donald Duffy
The Quaboags were a people of the Wolf and the same as others in the Connecticut River Valley. The Nipmucks of the Upper Quinebaug River Valley were their neighbors to their south and a different people. Both peoples followed their own path as they reacted to the exploding English population into southern New England.

Paperback List Price: $22.00


A new
History of Ware, Massachusetts
1961 to the present

The third History of Ware to be written in 150 years is now available. The Ware 250th Anniversary Book Group collected information and and wrote about our town

Read about events and people you may know who are part of Ware's history!
Wednesday Meetings at 6:30
Call 413-967-6882 to reserve your copy!
A Look at Ware’s Past Through the Story of a Local Family
The Kaplans of Ware, Massachusetts
by Stephen Robert Katz
In chronicling the Kaplans’ lives and their contributions to the community, this book portrays a vibrant era in Ware’s history and recalls townspeople, businesses, and events of that time.
The author, a Kaplan descendant, was born in Ware.
Around the turn of the twentieth century, several members of the Kaplan family of Stakliskes, Lithuania, immigrated to America. Among them were three brothers who settled in the central Massachusetts town of Ware. Initially peddlers, two later became prominent merchants and developed part of the town’s business district.
Drawn from contemporary documents and records, this book chronicles the family’s many contributions to commercial, civic and religious life in Ware. Of particular interest to current and former residents of Ware and neighboring towns, the book records the history of two commercial blocks erected by the Kaplans in the heart of Ware’s Main Street business district, tracing the flow of the numerous businesses and organizations that were located in those buildings over the years. It also profiles various civic institutions and charitable, fraternal and religious organizations in Ware and describes the role played by Kaplan family members in them. Throughout, the book recounts significant events and colorful anecdotes that are part of the history of the town.

Book about Ware and Native Americans
Around Pottequadic by Donald Duffy

Read about the Quaboag Indians, the Scots-Irish settlement in Palmer, Ware, and West Warren, and the Shaw District in Palmer and Ware.

The author is Donald Duffy from Palmer, Massachusetts, former Teacher of Music in the Ware Public Schools

His book is available through the Ware Historical Society, 413-967-6882 for $22.00.

Ware Historical Society Statement of Purpose
The goal of the Ware Historical Society is to preserve local artifacts and information, to promote local historical research and educational activities, and to develop the community’s awareness of its unique historical heritage.

The Ware Historical Society invites all persons, businesses and organizations who are interested in the preservation of local artifacts and information as well as the promotion of local historical research and educational activities, to join the Society and become involved in developing the community’s awareness of its unique historical heritage.


Dues: $12 individual
$20 family
$25 business

Please join!

September 1 to August 31.

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Mailing address:

Ware Historical Society
C/o Julie Bullock
242 Belchertown Road
Ware, MA 01082

Message Service:

PLEASE NOTE: This number is only for leaving messages and not where you will speak directly to officers and members.


Leave your name, the spelling of your name, your number complete with area codes, and your question on the answering machine and someone will return your call.

********** We are happy to respond IF you leave a COMPLETE phone number, your question and the spelling of your name. We have had several requests whose contact information was incomplete and therefore unanswerable. Thank you.**********

Officers and Board Members
President: Julie Bullock
Vice President: Polli McCrystal
Recording Secretary: Lynn Lak
Treasurer: Cindi LaBombard,Lauretta King
Curator Emeritus: Milton Jordan
Curatorial Committee: Corinne Campbell, Polli McCrystal, Martha Rohan, Julie Bullock
Historian: Cindi LaBombard
Security Officer of the Archives:
Richard Towlson
Members At Large of the Board of Directors:
Corrine Campbell, Martha Rohan, Craig Simmons
Ways and Means:
Paul Larson, Lynn Lak
Program Committee:
Polli McCrystal, Julie Bullock
Bev Sullivan, Andrea Humpel

Donations of artifacts help to teach about the history of Ware.

Financial donations fund preservation projects.

Donations of time and effort accomplish great things.

Please donate to our Past and to our Future!

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2007-2008 Calendar