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See below for June 12, 2021 Annual Meeting and Lecture Details

See below that for June 19, 2021 Lemire lecture on Slavery in Lincoln.

See Publications Page for Elise Lemire Black Walden book.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Lincoln Historical Society is to stimulate and deepen an appreciation of the history of the Town of Lincoln.

We seek to engage fellow citizens in learning about our past through programs, publications, special events, and research projects, and we seek to discover, collect, and preserve materials that are of historical significance to the Town.

We believe history is made every day, and we all participate in its creation.

Fourth of July Float circa 1900
John F. Farrar, Lincoln's best-known politician, driving a pung that served as an early school bus, circa 1920.
 (Courtesy of Lincoln Town Archives, Lincoln, MA)

The Lincoln Historical Society

invites you to its Annual Meeting,

and in collaboration with FoMA,

to a special presentation of


As the Twig Is Bent, So Goes the Tree …

A Shared Philosophy: New England

Transcendentalism and European Modernism

By Lincoln resident and FoMA President

Dana Robbat

Saturday, June 12, 2021,
 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Dana Robbat, President of the Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln (FoMA), author, and architectural historian, will present “As the Twig Is Bent, So Goes the Tree … A Shared Philosophy: New England Transcendentalism and European Modernism.” The presentation and slideshow will highlight the age-old social ideals of New England’s Puritan and Transcendental philosophical heritage that provided fertile ground for the arrival of the philosophically-aligned European Modernists who arrived at Harvard and MIT in the late 1930s and subsequently had a profound effect on Lincoln’s built and natural environments.  Dana will discuss highlights from her work Plain Living, High Thinking: Social Idealists and their Transcendental Architecture and the historical arc of Modernism in Lincoln.  The Lincoln Historical Society will hold its brief annual meeting in advance of the presentation.

Register for this free event! 

As the Twig Is Bent, So Goes the Tree …

A Shared Philosophy: New England

Transcendentalism and European Modernism: 


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For more information on FoMA please visit: https://www.fomalincoln.org/ 


Contact Lincoln Historical Society


To become a member visit http://lincolnhistoricalsociety.org


Contact FoMA/Lincoln  Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln


To become a member visit www.fomalincoln.org


The Bemis Lecture Series

in collaboration with

The Lincoln Historical Society

invite you to a special presentation


Slavery in Lincoln, Massachusetts:

Reckoning with Our Past, Planning for a More Honest and Inclusive Future


Elise Lemire

Author of Black Walden


Saturday, June 19, 2021

4 – 5 PM


Juneteenth, or June Nineteenth, celebrates the nation’s second, but no less important, independence day, when federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865 to ensure that all of the people enslaved there were freed.


In celebration of this day, the Bemis Lecture Series and the Lincoln Historical Society, will host, in a virtual event, Elise Lemire, author of Black Walden: Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts (2009; 2019 with a new preface).


Professor Lemire grew up in Lincoln on land once tended and tilled by men and women enslaved by Lincoln’s wealthiest land-owner.  Lemire credits Lincoln’s history for sparking her interest in how Lincoln and its neighboring town of Concord were indelibly shaped by slavery.  Professor Lemire will recount the history of slavery in Lincoln and Concord and discuss how Lincoln might make this history more visible in the local landscape as a means of beginning to address the complicated truths of our colonial past.


Elise Lemire is Professor of Literature at Purchase College, the State University of New York, and she is a two-time fellowship recipient from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She is also the author of the just released Battle Green Vietnam: The 1971 March on Concord, Lexington, and Boston. 


Register in advance for this webinar at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


A limited number of the 2019 edition of Black Walden, signed by Elise Lemire, will be available through the Lincoln Historical Society following the event.


For more information, contact: