October 14 Program Meeting Open to All

The Life and Career of Paul Revere

presented by Robert Shimp

Friday, October 14 7:30pm
Gould Barn 1 Howlett St, Topsfield, Massachusetts
Doors Open at 7pm Free No registration required.

Paul Revere is best known for his midnight ride warning that ‘The British are coming,’ and his foundry that produced the bells which still ring throughout New England today, but there’s so much more to know! Robert Shimp, researcher and educator at the Revere House, will share details and stories of the life of this famous patriot.

ONLY THOSE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY may park in spaces marked ‘Gould Barn’ near the walkway, in the Congregational Church’s parking lot between the Church’s Emerson Center and the Gould Barn. All others MUST park along the east side of East Common Street (same side as Emerson Center) or on Main Street.

To maximize safety and enjoyment for all attendees, THS has adopted the following policies for its programs:
1. All those who attend are required to be vaccinated or wear a mask.
2. Seating will be spread out and the maximum number of attendees may be capped.
3. THS reserves the right to require the wearing of masks if the public health situation warrants it at the time of the event.

Sharing the Love of History

Welcome to Topsfield The Topsfield Historical Society is dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of Topsfield Massachusetts. All volunteers, we are active participants in the vitality and character of our small town. We invite all Topsfield residents and those interested in the preservation of our town’s history to join in on our many opportunities to be involved.

We are organized to enjoy, learn and preserve the history of Topsfield, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States of America. We offer monthly talks on a wide variety of historical topics such as colonial slavery, women's history, Boston history and historical actors such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Mark Twain. We run educational programs for Topsfield schools and local children. Every June, we sponsor the Strawberry Festival which features Topsfield's local nonprofit organizations, local history exhibits and local craftspeople.

Since the early 1900s, we have owned and cared for the 1683 Parson Capen Historical House.

Interested in seeing the Parson Capen House? Private tours are available upon request by emailing: capenhouse@topsfieldhistory.org. Please give us two weeks notice before you would like to come. Volunteers are not usually available on short notice.

In the 1990s, we moved and restored the 300 year old Gould Barn which we now offer to the community as a meeting and event space.


We also actively promote research and promotion of Topsfield’s history through scholarships, lectures and Topsfield school programs. We collaborate with the Topsfield Town Library, the Topsfield Town Clerk's office, the Essex National Heritage Commission, Gordon College (Wenham) and other historical and cultural organizations within Essex County and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Our new project for the new millenium is the Digital History Online Project. We are creating a new website that will act as a central clearinghouse for all original and secondary source resources on Topsfield's history. Since our beginnings in the late 1800s, the Topsfield Historical Society has published over 30 volumes of information and historical research results regarding Topsfield's history. Digital History Online Project is the beginning of a new effort to make this information easily accessible to researchers of all types into the future.

Strawberry Festival

Our major fundraiser is the annual June Strawberry Festival which attracts newcomers, old-timers, and visitors from all over Massachusetts and the United States.

The Topsfield Historical Society has existed for over 100 years and has over 400 members in 18 states. We invite you to join our membership.

The Gould Barn page has more information on renting the Barn for your next event.

Questions about our historical archives can be addressed to HistoricalRecords@TopsfieldHistory.org.

We invite you to explore our website, send us your comments and join our Society.