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2015 Programs and Events


May 20th
Ware Factory Village
As a community Ware has evolved each time it was challenged. Librarian Heidi Reed will educate us about Ware’s proud industrial past with images from the YMLA archives.

June 17th
Annual Meeting and
End of the Year Party
Open to members.
Bring a favorite dish for our Potluck Party. Bring a “history mystery” item to challenge your fellow historians!
Come and enjoy good food and good company.

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.

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.

Web site:




Mailing address:

Ware Historical Society
C/o Cindi LaBombard
P. O. Box 351
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 **********

Officers and Board Members
President: Julie Bullock
Vice President: Polli McCrystal
Secretary: Lynn Lak
Treasurer: Cindi LaBombard
Lauretta King
Curator Emeritus: Milton Jordan
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:
Lynn Lak, Martha Rohan
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