History in Hopkinton, MA

For the Celtics, it All Started in Hopkinton

The Boston Celtics are on their way to another title, but the organization's foundation was laid by Hopkinton men George V. Brown and his son Walter.

The Untold Story of Judy Hoyt, Champion of the Disabled

Judy Hoyt was a relentless advocate for people with disabilities. Her work inspired and transformed the lives of thousands of Americans.

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Hopkinton Historical Society receives Grant from Mass Humanities

The Hopkinton Historical Society received a $2,000 grant for "Reading Frederick Douglass Together." This event, supported by the Mass Humanities and Mass Cultural Council, will occur on May 18, 2024, featuring volunteer readers and discussions to honor Douglass’s legacy. Volunteers can contact Anne Mattina at hissochopma@gmail.com.

Celebrating 100 Starts of the Marathon in Hopkinton

Tim Kilduff, Executive Director of the 26.2 Foundation, celebrates the centennial of the Boston Marathon's start in Hopkinton by narrating its rich history and connection to Marathon, Greece. He acknowledges key figures who've shaped the renowned race's legacy. Watch his presentation: https://youtu.be/23Q-DhuOnJw

Moments in Time

A collection of old photos of Hopkinton, courtesy of our friends at the Hopkinton Historical Society.

Why Our Cops Left

In Hopkinton, amidst discussions on leadership and departmental morale, the Select Board appointed Kyle Quinzani as a new police officer. This comes at a time when the Hopkinton Police Department is experiencing notable turnover, having lost 11 officers between 2021 and 2022. The challenges facing the department are multi-faceted, involving both internal issues such as morale, affected by tragedies and limited promotion opportunities, and external pressures like financial constraints linked to historical policies. This situation paints a picture of a department in transition, grappling with both legacy issues and the need for modern solutions to retain and motivate staff. For those interested in the dynamics of local governance, public administration, and community policing, the full story behind Hopkinton's efforts to stabilize its police department offers valuable insights. Log in or subscribe for access to an in-depth exploration of how the town and our leaders are addressed this complex issue.

Essay: Frederick Douglass and the Hopkinton Antislavery Society

Hopkinton’s rich history involves pivotal moments in American social reform. The town played a prominent role in 19th-century abolition movements, with notable residents and frequent gatherings at Hayden Rowe Hall. Renowned speakers like Frederick Douglass and Lucy Stone made significant appearances, leaving a lasting impact on the community. Hopkinton's commitment to social progress continues to inspire engagement in current initiatives.

WATCH: Joseph Connects the Historical Dots

Chuck Joseph recently presented "The Story of Hopkinton: 1950 - Present" at Hopkinton High School. The narrative covered the town's historical connections, local businesses, and the influence of a WWII bombardier on its economy. Joseph, assisted by Aubrey Doyle, Jr., interviewed residents and conducted extensive research for the presentation.

The Mystery of the Jenner Property

In 2023, Hopkinton approved the purchase of a 42-acre lot, the Jenner property, for preservation and trail expansion. But a site survey revealed a discrepancy in the parcel's demarcation on different maps, triggering extensive deed history research by OSPC Chair Ed Harrow. Did a zealous cartographer in the 1980's ignore previous maps and merge one family's property with another, effectively taking it? With no transfer records, and ambiguous parcel descriptions, the town may not be able to complete the purchase of the property, and we are left with several questions about how big the lot truly is and who legally owns it. With the help of friends and local historians, HopNews dives into the complicated story of ownership for the land in question.

Chuck Joseph to Present ‘The Story of Hopkinton: 1950 – Present’

On December 13, Chuck Joseph will present the history of Hopkinton since the 1950s at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. The lecture follows the town's growth from a small farming community to a thriving suburb, and ends with a Q&A session. Sponsored by the Hopkinton Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce, the event is open to all.

WATCH: Stories from September 11, 2001

Twenty-two years ago today the United States was struck by unspeakable tragedy. It is a moment seared into our collective memory. In the days that followed there were many flags and signs that read "NEVER FORGET", but they seem superfluous now; we could never forget, even if we wanted to. In this video you'll hear stories from that day told by people from Hopkinton, the Metrowest region, and abroad. Nothing would ever be the same, and we will never forget.

Watch: Searching for History in Cedar Swamp

HopNews follows historian and author Eric Wiberg down the Sudbury River and through Cedar Swamp in search of a missing WWII airplane.

Hopkinton Man Participated in Boston Tea Party

John Dickman was a Hopkinton man that joined the activists in their rejection of British taxes, the event that led to the Revolutionary War.

Where do you live?  The Origin of Hopkinton’s Street Names, Part II

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