Local History

The Local History Room has many items documenting North Reading’s past. Here are some examples:

  • Prominent local families’ genealogies
  • Old maps
  • Town Annual Reports
  • Oral history tapes and transcripts
  • Materials by and about famous North Reading residents, e.g.  Rufus Porter, George F. Root, Clara Louise Burnham
  • North Reading High School yearbooks (with gaps)
  • Samuel LePage’s 1944 book A History of North Reading
  • From 1894: Anniversary of the Ancient Town of Redding
  • Street directories back to 1909
  • Register of town historical buildings
  • 19th century photographs and postcards