About the Society

History of the Society

The society was founded by 34 charter members on May 3, 1933 and
incorporated as a non-profit organization on October 2, 1975. The
society has been re-incorporated, and a revised and updated set
of by-laws was approved by the membership on December 2, 1999.

Early meetings were held in the Red Brick School before it became
part of the Carlisle School campus. Throughout the years, the society
has worked closely with Gleason Public Library and the town officials
to collect and document artifacts from Carlisle’s past. In 1975
it undertook the publication of a town history as a special Bicentennial
project. Today, the society sponsors regular programs open to the public.

For more details, see “Carlisle Historical Society celebrates the past,” by Conni Manoli-Skocay and Stephanie Upton, Carlisle Mosquito, November 26, 2004


The society is engaged in supporting a number of ongoing projects:

  • History award for Carlisle Student
  • Book purchases for Carlisle School Library
  • Preservation and maintenance of Heald House and Barn
  • Documenting the historical collections
  • Special Exhibitions
  • Carlisle Bicentennial Celebration
  • Native American Site Survey


Members receive discounts to events, and your membership helps
keep Carlisle’s history alive! Yearly membership dues are $15 for
a household; $10 for an individual and $8 for an individual senior
member. The membership form can be found here.

Officers and Directors

President: Philip Drew
Vice-President: Jack Troast
Secretary: Dana Booth
Treasurer: Vacant
Board of Directors: Carl Andreassen
  Charlie Forsberg, President Emeritus

John Lee

John Troast, Curator

John Kaag

Amy Lee

Annie Luttmann

Dan Tencza

Donna Vienneau


Architectural Consultant: Larry Sorli

Mailing Address:

Box 703, Carlisle, MA 01741

Questions about the Society or its programs? Contact the President.


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