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George Franklin Grant, Black History Month, and Arlington

Dr. George Franklin Grant, Arlington Heights resident,  invented the golf tee in 1899, a lesser-known fact in Arlington history.   George Franklin Grant was an Arlington resident in the late 1800s and early 1900s and the first African American professor … Continue reading

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Women’s right to vote – Arlington’s history

One hundred years ago, in 1920, American women won the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. The suffrage campaign had been neither easy nor straightforward. In 1915  Massachusetts voters in a state … Continue reading

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Expressions you’ve known – and loved

Expressions contributed by staff members : Light dawns on Marble Head                                                             … Continue reading

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Geek out on Magical Realism films with Library Adult Summer Reading

                              Play Bingo and win prizes. Sign up  here  for Robbins Library’s annual Adult Summer Reading program and find the Magical realist films’ Bingo square.  But … Continue reading

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Auschwitz – 75th Anniversary of the liberation – A Library display

  A display of books, films and visuals, to learn more about the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and the Holocaust in general.   Facts: On January 27, 1945 all prisoners left behind at Auschwitz were liberated by the 1st Ukrainian Front … Continue reading

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True Crime in Massachusetts – a May display at Library

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Go to LOCAL HISTORY – a discovery night

    Have you ever wondered what is in the Local History Room and how it can help you? Come find out on Tuesday  night  May 21 from 7 – 8 :30 pm.  No room sign-ins during this session.  Just … Continue reading

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Many mills along Mill Brook – a Library exhibit

        Come immerse yourself in mills!  The Robbins Library Mill Brook display in the lobby portrays Arlington’s more modern history from the year 1637 –   to the late 1800s.  This display will run through the end of … Continue reading

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Change your view point! Arlington in historical photos

You are all by now probably familiar with the Digital Commonwealth repository where our digitized historical photos and postcards currently live.  Other historical material has been digitized, and we continue to add to this online historical trove.  A list of … Continue reading

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Colonial times in Menotomy

  Come visit our amazing Menotomy Schoolhouse (replica) which  once stood in the area of the Old Burying Ground during the 1600s-1700s.  It’s just one piece of a historical display to discover while in the Library lobby during the month … Continue reading

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