What Was Duxbury Like in 1883?
(3/24/2019): Produced for the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society’s 135th anniversary celebrations. Brief introduction to Duxbury’s history and to the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society.
View the video (3 min): https://youtu.be/bEKoSUaISSo
Link: Duxbury in Brief, A Historical Sketch, https://duxburyhistory.org/local-history/
Duxbury in 1918: Flu Rages
(6/29/2020): Duxbury in 1918 was a little town on the brink of something big. In 1918, the flu pandemic would change not only the town, but the nation at large. Learn about these years from the perspective of one small, New England town. Researched and narrated by Duxbury Town Historian, Tony Kelso.
View the video (1 hr): https://youtu.be/vevYv9fcDac
Charlotte Bradford: Duxbury’s Civil War Nurse
An introduction to Charlotte Bradford’s Civil War nursing career, an utterly unique American experience and one that makes Charlotte Bradford one of the most interesting documented people in Duxbury history. Bradford, a native of Duxbury, Massachusetts, served more than 3 years during the Civil War, first as a matron on hospital transport ships for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, and later as a U.S. Army Nurse under Dorothea Dix in military hospitals in Washington, D.C. She then served as the Matron for the Home for Soldiers and the Home for Wives & Mothers in Washington, D.C., providing critical support services to soldiers and their families. The story of the Bradford sisters, including Charlotte, is featured at the Re-imagined Bradford Museum, a property of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. The family’s archives and personal belongings are also a part of the DRHS collections, including the Civil War diaries and notebooks referenced in this film. The Bradfords were also noted anti-slavery advocates (abolitionists).
View the video (21 min): https://youtu.be/Bttt0U2gpS4
The Magnificent Gilded Wrights
The history of the Wright family, their “Vanderbilt-like” wealth, and their influence on Gilded-age Duxbury, Massachusetts. In 1909, Georgianna Wright gave the building that would become the Duxbury Free Library (today the DRHS Drew Archival Library and the Duxbury Student Union). Research and narration by Duxbury Town Historian, Tony Kelso. Presented via the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, 2020.
View the video (1 hr): https://youtu.be/x_FvkjoxRak
Logbook for the Brig “Grace” (1791), Samuel Delano of Duxbury:
The logbook for the brig Grace is the first-hand account of an American vessel trading successfully with Japan in 1791, long before Admiral Matthew C. Perry commanded the entry of American vessels in 1853. The American brig, Grace, sailed into the harbor of Koshimoto and traded with Japanese villagers on May 1, 1791. Onboard was a 22 year-old Duxbury sailor and shipbuilder named Samuel Delano, Jr. As clerk, Delano kept the log of voyage and it is the only English language version of this momentous first meeting between two cultures.
Visit the DRHS Collections Highlight page, “flip through” the logbook now fully digitized and read a partial transcription of the events: https://duxburyhistory.org/collection-highlights/logbook-for-brig-grace-1791/
Duxbury’s Women at Sea: Women Who Sailed in The 19th Century:
(4/1/2020): During the 19th century, Duxbury sea captains sailed to foreign ports around the globe, and many Duxbury women joined their husbands at sea, sometimes bringing their children. This presentation explores their exciting, exotic, and sometimes harrowing tales. Original research presented by Carolyn Ravenscroft, Archivist & Historian for the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society.
You have two options to learn about Duxbury’s Women at Sea. The first is to view a video presented by Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft. Or, you can flip through our online exhibition, on our website.
View the video (30 min): https://youtu.be/gPeaCcGZ2Gs
Online exhibition: https://duxburyhistory.org/duxburys-women-at-sea/
In the Days of King Caesar:
“In the Days of King Caesar:” the Weston Estate on Powder Point in Duxbury, Massachusetts. An introduction to the world of Ezra Weston II (“King Caesar”), one of the most successful shipbuilders and merchants in early 19th century New England. Today, Ezra Weston’s home is a historic house museum owned by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, and is available for visitation as well as Bumpus Park across the street (the remains of Weston’s wharf).
2011 video production design and animation: Bryan Felty; Narration by Carolyn Ravenscroft; Written and Produced by Patrick Browne; A Good Bones Production. Presented 2011 by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. Learn more about the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society at www.duxburyhistory.org. © 2020 Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, all rights reserved.
View the video (11 min): https://youtu.be/GcBCrAoWW3g
Re-imagining Bradford: The Four Bradford Daughters, Lives Well-Lived
(3/24/2020): Take a “mini tour” of the Re-imagined Bradford House (Duxbury, Massachusetts) and learn about the new exhibition, “Four Bradford Daughters: Lives Well-Lived.” Executive Director, Erin McGough, will introduce you to the organization, the house and its history, and the award-winning project which was completed in 2017. Themes: women’s history, social history, Civil War, nursing, aging, health and medicine, disability, 19th century social movements, anti-slavery, temperance.
This presentation was first given to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s webinar series for colleagues and professionals in the museum field, March 2019.
View the video (35 min): https://youtu.be/yOhsQTkS4vc
Information on Visiting our Historic Houses: https://duxburyhistory.org/visit-historic-houses/