Wareham’s Bicentennial 1939

Footage shot at Wareham and Buzzards Bay Massachusetts during Wareham’s Bicentennial in 1939.  Footage preserved at Wareham Public Library and digitized in the winter of 2013 under care of historian/author Lynda Ames.  Digitized at masshistory.

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Onset History Discussion | August 12, 2003 (Audio)

Onset History Discussion from August 12th, 2003 – from the Wareham Public Library Audio Archive

Onset Wigwam – Gerry Pearle – August 30, 1996 (Audio)

Gerry Pearle | History of the Onset Wigwam | Wareham Public Library Audio Archives

The M. L. Baron Historic Archives – Hurricane of 1938

If you’ve ever searched for interesting Massachusetts history videos on YouTube you’ve surely come across the work of M. L. Baron.  He’s digitized and uploaded an exceptional collection of videos many of which feature southeastern Massachusetts from the 1920’s on.  One thing is certain, many of these videos could be locked in a storage container, damaged by neglect, or worse, not saved at all – his collection being available to the public by his work is certainly a great contribution to the documentation, in its exclusive regional rarity, of not only our times but the times of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents as well.  M. L. Baron is an award winning videographer and photographer. He also operates The West Island Weather Station near the Cape Cod Canal, in Fairhaven, MA.

VISIT The M. L. Baron Historic Archives (opens in new window)

VISIT M. L. Baron’s YouTube Channel – * over 300 videos uploaded (opens in new window)

Below is a video from M. L. Baron’s YouTube Channel on the Hurricane of 1938:


M. L. Baron’s “About Me” from www.westislandweather.com :   MLBaron is a Certified SkyWarn Weather Spotter (ID 11-070) and maintains the West Island Weather Station KA1WBH. He comes from a decorated military family . An accomplished artist, Baron practices in varied media from the old American Folk Art of Scrimshaw, to award winning videos and photography. He is also a recognized scrimshaw & antique ivory appraiser specializing in counterfeit detection. Living on West Island, Fairhaven,MA offers an abundance of subject matter. With every changing season along the shore or inside the West Island State Reservation, an opportunity for a special photo is never hard to come by. This small island is located near the Cape Cod Canal and Martha’s Vineyard, MA. West Island is small enough to fit inside New York’s Central Park.


Three Angels – Victorian Death Photo

During the Victorian era most families did not have photos of themselves or their children.  To remember the face of a lost loved one a family would hire a photographer to take a photograph of the deceased family member with the deceased person or a photograph of the deceased person alone.  In many cases they’d stage a scene where the deceased person was set up into a position to feign life.  In other cases photographs were taken of the deceased person on their death bed or in their casket – and in still other cases a parent might cover themselves in a banket and hold the deceased person in position.

Three Angels From Brockton

Medway 1941-1950 in Color!

From the Medway, MA historical collection.  These films were recorded by Stanley Chilson from Franklin, MA.


Central Square – Bridgewater

The On-I-Set Wigwam


CLICK HERE to go to the On-I-Set Wigwam Spiritualist Camp website

Aptucxet Trading Post – Bourne


CLICK HERE to see Bourne Historical Society page for Aptucxet Trading Post

CLICK HERE to see Bourne Historical Society page for Windmill Gift Shop @ Aptucxet Trading Post


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