Sharon Historical Society


  • 11/18/2023 11:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     The Sharon Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and sharing Sharon’s rich history with our community and beyond.  Our volunteers maintain archival records, curate displays, and organize events such as craft fairs, lectures on local history, hikes to places of historical interest, and more. We also welcome visitors to our museum to view documents and artifacts of historical significance, to learn the history of their homes and neighborhoods, and to learn how to do archival and ancestral research.  

    From schoolchildren to retirees, Sharon residents benefit from having a window into the past, and into the contributions and sacrifices of ancestors who paved the way for life in modern-day Sharon.

    The Sharon Historical Society has a relatively modest annual budget of approximately $30,000 to maintain our museum building and to sponsor community events such as “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” and honoring our veterans every November. Most of that is covered by a combination of membership dues, craft fairs, flea markets, ads in the quarterly Heritage Hunter newsletter, small grants, and interest on the endowment provided by the late Robert Donnell.

    Unlike many local historical societies, the Historical Society receives no town funding. The balance comes from the generous donations of members and other Sharon residents who understand and appreciate the importance of our town's rich and diverse heritage and work tirelessly to preserve it.

    In this season of giving, please consider making a tax-deductible donation, however modest, to provide the volunteers with the means to keep alive the memories of Sharon’s past. You can donate right here on our website, pay when you visit our museum at 16 High Street, or mail a check to Sharon Historical Society, P.O. Box 175, Sharon, MA 02067-0175.

    Along with our heartfelt thanks to all donors, those who give $25 or more will receive a free copy of the illustrated hardbound book, Sharon: Reflections of the Past.

    Thank you!

  • 05/12/2023 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    As ratified on June 8, 2023. Articles of Organization adopted Sept. 9, 1982. Bylaws last amended June 19, 2016.

    Article I: Name.  

    The corporate name shall be the Sharon Historical Society, Incorporated.

    Article II.  Location and Purpose.

    The Society is a non-profit organization based in Sharon, Massachusetts.  Its purposes are to promote the research, study, dissemination, discussion, publication and recording of the history of the town of Sharon, Massachusetts, as stated in its Articles of Organization; and to serve the community by fostering understanding and appreciation of that  shared and ongoing history.

    The Society shall be bound by the provisions of its Articles of Organization and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Article III.  Membership 

    Membership in the Society is open to interested persons regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or place of residence. 

    Members may join by enrolling and maintain membership by paying dues.  

    Members who fail to pay dues in a timely fashion may, at the option of the Board of Directors, be removed from membership.

    Article IV.  Meetings of the Society

     The Society shall hold four regular quarterly membership meetings, in March, June, September and December in each year, or as otherwise scheduled by the Board of Directors. Notice of each meeting shall be given to the members through the Newsletter, email, and/or other effective means at least ten (10) days before the date of the meeting.  Where several members are in one household, one (1) notice shall be sufficient for the household.  The meetings may be held in Sharon, Massachusetts, or elsewhere as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors.  

    A quorum of a meeting of the Society shall consist of twenty (20) members, and is required in order to conduct any official business, with a larger quorum required for amendment of bylaws. (See Article VI)   

    All business meetings will be conducted according to standard rules of democratic procedure as agreed upon by the meeting.  

    An Annual Meeting of the Society shall be held each year on the first Thursday in June or other date as determined by the Board of Directors.

    Reports shall be presented by the officers, and by committee chairs as appropriate, to the Annual Meeting of the Society.

    The Society’s fiscal year shall be the calendar year 

    Article V.  Governance

    1.     Election of Officers and Board of Directors

     There shall be a Board of Directors of no fewer than eleven (11) and no more than fifteen (15) members, which shall include the five (5) elected Officers and no fewer than six (6) and no more than ten (10)  Directors, roughly one half elected each year by the members at the Society’s Annual Meeting. All Officers and Directors must be members in good standing of the Society at the time of their election and throughout their service. The Officers and Directors elected at the Annual Meeting shall serve in their respective position for a renewable term of two (2) years. The Officers and Directors may stand for re-election, but may serve in their current position for no more than three consecutive terms.

    At the annual meeting at which these revised bylaws are adopted, approximately one half of the officers and members of the Board of Directors will be elected for a term of one year and one half for a term of two years.  At subsequent annual meetings, all terms will be for two years. 

    Vacancies in the Board of Directors due to the resignation or incapacity of an Officer or Director to serve out his or her term may be filled by majority vote of the Board of Directors at a Board meeting.

    The Officers shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Chief Archivist.  All officers shall perform their duties as authorized by policies adopted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. 

    2.  Powers and Duties of Board of Directors: 

    The Board of Directors shall have and may exercise all the corporate powers and transact all business of the Society as provided for in the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as they best deem, following generally accepted guidelines of ethics and sound practice.

    The Board of Directors shall meet a minimum of 6 times per year, in person or by electronic means.  A quorum for the purpose of decision-making shall consist of half the Directors plus one. Meetings shall be open to any member of the Society, by invitation or member request. 

    The Board of Directors shall set the dues for membership, to be ratified by a majority of the members present at an Annual Meeting. 

    The Board of Directors shall arrange for a periodic independent review of the Society’s books, at a minimum once every five years.

    The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may arrange and pay for a surety bond for the Treasurer.

    The Board of Directors shall make the Books, Minutes, and Records of Accounts open for inspection upon written request by any member of the Society.  

     The Board of Directors may appoint special or standing committees to carry out the work and purposes of the Society. These committees should include but are not limited to: Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Governance, Ways and Means, Membership and Communications. 

    All Directors are expected to participate actively in the work of the Board, and to serve on one or more of the committees established by the Board.

    3.               Powers and Duties of Officers: 

    The President shall: 

    Preside at meetings of the Society and the Board of Directors. 

    Be a public representative and point of contact for the Society.

    Call meetings of the Board and report to those meetings.

    Oversee the general function of the Board and its committees.

    Appoint a Nominating Committee of at least 3 members annually.

    The President may enter into any contract on behalf of the Society with the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors

    The President must authorize in writing any check, note or other expenditure by the Treasurer of over $3000.

    The Vice President shall:  

    Preside over meetings of the Board or the Society in the President’s absence.

    Assist the President in fulfilling the President’s duties as requested by the President.

    The Secretary shall:

     Keep the records of the meetings of the Society and meetings of the Board of Directors. 

     Attend to the official correspondence of the Society

      Serve as the Clerk of the Society.

    The Treasurer shall:

    Receive and account for dues and any other revenue realized by the Society

    Pay all regularly occurring bills.  All other bills must be approved by the President or the chairperson of the committee submitting the bill before payment is made.  

    Work with the Finance Committee to prepare a yearly income and expense budget to be adopted by the Board.

    Monitor income and expenses and prepare a monthly statement to the Board of same, including a general breakdown of categories.

    Prepare a quarterly balance sheet for the membership showing assets and liabilities.

    The Chief Archivist shall:

    Supervise the maintenance and cataloging of the Society’s collections.

    Recommend accessions and deaccessions of collection items to the Board.  

    Article VI.  Amendment of Bylaws

    Any By-Laws may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at a regular meeting of the Society at which at least 40 members are present and voting, provided that the Board has given at least 10 days advance notice to all members of the Society of proposed amendments.

    Article VII.  Dissolution of the Corporation

    Liquidation and termination of the Society shall be effected by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Society present at a meeting duly called for that purpose by the Board with at least 30 days’ notice.  After the payment of all the liabilities of the Corporation, all remaining assets of the Corporation (including any non-admitted assets such as historic papers, artifacts, furniture, etc.) shall be given to any of the following:

                      a)    A successor organization concerned with the history of the Town of Sharon

    b)   The Trustees of the Sharon Public Library

    c)  The Town of Sharon

    d)   The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    e)      Any relevant organization exempt from Federal Income Tax pursuant to Title 26 of the United States Code 501(c)(3)

     Proposed amendments to the current Bylaws last amended in 2016, as presented by the Bylaws and Policies Committee to the Board of Directors of the Sharon Historical Society at its March 2, 2023 meeting and approved unanimously by the Board of Directors at its April 6, 2023 meeting, to be submitted to the members at the Annual Meeting of the Society on June 8,2023 for adoption.

  • 02/09/2023 7:53 PM | Deleted user

    The Board of Directors of the Sharon Historical Society, Inc. has voted unanimously to support the campaign to honor Deborah Sampson (also spelled SAMSON) by issuing a Deborah Sampson Forever Stamp. You are invited to send a letter of support to:

    Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
    c/o Stamp Development
    U.S. Postal Service
    475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
    Washington, DC 20260-3501

  • 04/29/2022 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interested in participating in the Sharon Historical Society? We'd love to have you involved!  Check out our list of committees, which is posted in the "About" section. Or just give us a call at 781-784-9966.

copyright Sharon Historical Society. Sharon Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Mailing address: PO Box 175, Sharon, MA 02067. Physical address: 16 High Street in Sharon

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