Saturday, March 12, 2016

Historical Room at the Bridgewater Public Library

Did you know The Historical Room at the Bridgewater Public Library is open on Tuesday evenings? Our dedicated volunteer, Bob Wood is here from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm every week to assist any patrons that wish to visit the Historical Room. Come by and visit!

Bridgewater Public Library owns The Bridgewater Independent on microfilm from 1876. We have the Vital Records for most of the cities and towns in Massachusetts in either book or microfiche format.

The Historical Room has a collection of Bridgewater authors. Since Bridgewater is a college town, many notable authors have lived and worked here.

Below is a brief bibliography of just some of the work you will find in the historical room.
  • The Bridgewater Historical Collectors, Pictorial History: Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater, Mass.: The Bridgewater Historical Collectors, 1994.
This paperbound volume contains old photographs of various locations of interest around Bridgewater.
  • Doherty, Katherine M., History Highlights, Bridgewater Massachusetts: A Commemorative Journal., Taunton, Mass., W. S. Sullwold, 1976.
Published for the Bridgewater Bicentennial Commission, this volume provides a wealth of information on Bridgewater history. It is an excellent starting point for researchers who want to know about the town. It documents the early settlement of Bridgewater and highlights many fascinating facts.
  • Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in old Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Bowie, MD, Heritage Books, 1986.
A complete list of epitaphs in the graveyards of West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and East Bridgewater. All of the public graveyards and most of the private graveyards are included up to 1882. Family historians use this source when they visit Bridgewater for summer genealogy trips. It has a very useful index.
  • Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1970 (reprint of 1840 edition)
This book has a family register of the earliest settlers in Bridgewater and their descendants. Genealogists often consult this book first before they explore other sources when they visit us.

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