Category Archives: Local History

A peek backwards – Local History exposing hidden gem series!

This blog post is the first in a series of hidden gems found at Robbins Library or it’s immediate vicinity. The  Childrens Room (Junior Library) once upon a time…   another view                 … Continue reading

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Ever wonder about that yellow mansion behind the Library?

Come to the upcoming Library program:           Glimpses of Family Life:                        The Whittemore-Robbins House                       … Continue reading

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100 years of Fox Branch Library: Part One

    Local historian Richard A. Duffy, a board member of the Arlington Libraries Foundation since 2013, is today’s guest blogger. February 15, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Fox Branch Library in East Arlington.  This blog post is … Continue reading

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Getting ready for New Year’s Eve *** 1916 and 2016

it’s New Year’s Eve…almost       Arlington 100 years ago… Alewife Brook from the Cambridge side looking toward Mass Ave. in 1916 This photo is available online via the Digital Commonwealth repository.   What was happening in Arlington — … Continue reading

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Arlington High School Yearbooks are now digitized

This project was a collaboration between Arlington High School and Robbins Library. Arlington High yearbooks can now be viewed online at the Internet Archive (IA) To view them just go to: the Internet Archive                     … Continue reading

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Oldest house in Arlington?

The Fowle-Reed-Wyman-Belcher House may or may not be the very oldest historic house still standing in Arlington –  but it most definitely lays claim to the  longest name. This photo of the house can also be viewed online at the Digital Commonwealth … Continue reading

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TAKE A BITE OUT OF HISTORY – hidden in plain sight – Can you guess?

  As you walk around Arlington this summer, you may spot some of the following pieces of history  —   but do you know what they are or why they are a  part of our town’s history?   Or, alternatively, do you know … Continue reading

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Who are the Robbins Sisters?

SET YOUR CALENDARS FOR TUESDAY APRIL 28 at 7 pm  Come discover ARLINGTON’S OWN ROBBINS SISTERS  and view vintage photos from Robbins Library’s historical photograph collection.     A display containing Library books on Arlington History can also  be found on … Continue reading

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Got historical photos?

TIME TO  BREAK OPEN THE *MOXIE* AND      C * E * L * E * B * R * A * T * E Robbins Library’s  historical photos and postcards have just gone LIVE  —               … Continue reading

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) anniversary

It’s been almost a year since the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and it has been a very good year. The DPLA is a fantastic resource, a portal to millions of items from libraries, museums, and … Continue reading

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