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Records of the State Reform School [Lyman School], 1847-1959
The State Reform School for Boys was established in Westborough in 1848 and is considered the first publicly-funded reform school in the United States. It was later reorganized and replaced by the Lyman School for Boys in 1886 and was closed in 1971. The collection contains annual reports, a... more
Records of the Westborough Rifle Company, 1861-1870
The Westborough Rifle Company was organized on April 29, 1861 and, when it departed to serve in the American Civil War, it included fifty-six men from Westborough and forty-five men from the surrounding towns of Southborough, Upton, Shrewsbury, Hopkinton, and Northborough. The Company was... more
Records of Westborough’s Involvement in the American Revolution, the Massachusetts Militia, and the Continental Army, 1774-1792
In response to a call for towns to form a militia in 1774, the Town of Westborough established a militia unit and elected Captain Edmund Brigham (1733-1806) as its commanding officer. The British attack at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 prompted forty-six Minutemen from Westborough to... more