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Catherine Wilde: Duxbury’s “Wilde Child” of the Suffrage Movement

Catherine “Kate” Wilde (1844-1917) was born and raised in Duxbury at 45 Cedar Street, in the house built by her grandparents, Capt. Jonathan and Zilpah (Drew) Smith. Her father, James Wilde, was the town’s doctor. But, most importantly for our story, Kate’s aunt was Judith Winsor Smith, a staunch and well-known suffragist. As a child,…

August 26, 2020
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Reynolds-Maxwell Garden Gets a New Look!

The beautiful Reynolds-Maxwell Garden sits on Washington Street, near the Bluefish River bridge and is a popular spot for enjoying the water. It is open to the public year round and is an iconic spot for the community of Duxbury. In the early-mid 19th century, this area of the Blue Fish River was thriving with…

August 26, 2020
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eThreads: Clothing and Textiles Committee Blog Post #1

Threads of Duxbury’s Past, Post #1: For the past 13 years, as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Duxbury Free Library, the DRHS’s Historic Clothing & Textiles Committee has presented collection items in the display case on the second floor of the library. These exhibits are usually accompanied by in-person gallery talks on the…

August 21, 2020
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Volunteer Highlight: Ashley Mohrman

COVID-19 has forced the DRHS to curtail much of its activity this spring and summer – but one area that has continued strong is GARDENING! Our DRHS gardening volunteers were able to continue their efforts in a safe and socially distant way, and the DRHS gardens have never looked more beautiful than they do this…

July 28, 2020
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Creating a Legacy: Pilgrim History Online Exhibition

  Creating a Legacy: 400 Years of Duxbury & the Pilgrims: a digital exhibition examining more than 400 years of Pilgrim Mayflower legacy and history as it relates to Duxbury, Massachusetts. An exhibition in honor of the 2020 anniversary commemorations for Plymouth Colony. Duxbury’s identity has always been intertwined with its Pilgrim legacy. Among Duxbury’s earliest European…

May 22, 2020
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A Letter to Our Community from the Executive Director

  Pride in our community, our sense of place, and a strong commitment to the people around us are the ideas upon which the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society (DRHS) was founded in 1883, when a group of residents (many of whom were young women) had the spark of an idea to form a town…

April 1, 2020
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