Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
*Saturday hours (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) will resume Sept. 9th
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Jay Janell- Local History Librarian
Wednesdays: 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Please note the Local History Room will be closed Wednesday, July 5th, Wednesday, July 19th, and Friday, July 21st.
PLEASE NOTE THE LIMITED HOURS. CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE THE LOCAL HISTORY LIBRARIAN WILL BE AVAILABLE.
REFERENCE STAFF WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GIVE ACCESS TO THIS ROOM.
Obituary searches can be requested at a fee of $5.00 per request, regardless of if the information requested is found or not. This fee covers staff search time as well as postage and photocopying fees. Requests can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting him at 978-632-5298 during the times listed above.
The Local History Room is located off the Reference Room on the second floor of the Library. The collection includes materials relating to the history of the City of Gardner and surrounding areas, as well as genealogical materials. The room houses books, newspapers, maps, town directories, annual reports, street lists, atlases, photographs, manuscripts, yearbooks and pamphlets. The archives of the Heywood-Wakefield Co, which was a pre-eminent furniture manufacturer located in Gardner, are part of this collection. Materials include many of the company's furniture catalogs. While most items are unique to this room, an effort has been made to have duplicates of published Gardner histories available in the circulating collection.
The Local History Room now has two beautifully restored items relating to the Civil War, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War and matching funds from the Friends of Levi Heywood Memorial Library. The first is a broadside entitled Soldier’s Memorial, listing the members and engagements of Company H, 36th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, which includes stylized images of war scenes. A facsimile of the broadside is on display in the first floor of the library; the original is in the Local History Room. The second is a manuscript record book of the members of D. G. Farragut Post No. 116, Grand Army of the Republic, often including death dates. Together with a book of personal narratives and Herrick’s History of the Town of Gardner, the library is fortunate to have very good accounts of Gardner Civil War participants.
The Library’s collection of microfilms is located adjacent to the Reference Desk on the second floor, separate from the Local History and Genealogy Collections and can be used during open library hours. These include microfilm of The Gardner News (weekly 1869-1904; daily 1896-2015); The Gardner Journal (weekly 1890-1914); The Gardner Globe (weekly Apr 1891-July 1891), and Gardner census data from 1800-1930.
Check with the Reference desk on the second floor for assistance. Printouts can be made at a cost of $.10 per page.
The Levi Heywood Memorial Library, in cooperation with the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, is offering individual help with genealogical research. A representative of CMGS will be in the Local History Room on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by with your family research questions.