Past Articles

Grand Army of the Republic Flag Holder

Flag Holder LR.jpgIn 1987  the Oak Cemetery Association, which had been formed in 1853, was left with only two aging members. With no prospects of acquiring new members the cemetery was turned over to the City of Fitchburg. The cemetery was closed to new burials and the Parks Department took over the chore of mowing and keeping the cemetery neat and orderly. They also took responsibility of placing flags at the veterans’ graves each Memorial Day. During the original clean-up process they found a broken and rusted remains of a Grand Army of the Republic flag holder. With no knowledge of whose grave this was from they turned it over to the Fitchburg Historical Society. The relic has been sandblasted and is now kept in the archives. The words over the center pictorial read: Grand Army of the Republic, and below: 1861 Veteran 1866.

F. H. S. Board of Directors Honor Plaque

Honor plaque LR.jpgA special plaque to honor members who served so faithfully on the F.H.S. Board of Directors in the past, and have now passed on, can be viewed in a prominent place on the large desk in the Fitchburg Room of the Library.  A number of the members listed were Charter Members, and are noted as such.

Map of Cultural Resources in Fitchburg

Culturl map SLR.jpgCome and see a beautiful 2 ft x 3 ft map of the “Cultural Resources of Fitchburg” prepared by the Fitchburg Planning and Zoning Commission in September of 2008, and recently framed and hung in the Fitchburg Room of the Library by the Fitchburg Historical Society.  The map includes places on the National Register of Historic Places, other historic buildings, and historic schoolhouses.  It also shows locations of a lead mine, stone quarries, Indian camps and trails, and a Mound group.

This well done Fitchburg Cultural Resource Map is a “must see” for anyone interested in the history of this growing community.