About this Project

Managed by the Westborough Center for History and Culture at the Westborough Public LibraryThe Ebenezer Parkman Project is a unique collaborative effort on the part of the Westborough Public Library, the Congregational Library’s New England’s Hidden Histories, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Colonial Society of Massachusetts to digitize, transcribe, and make accessible the remarkable writings of the most eminent clergyman in central Massachusetts.

The work of Prof. Ross W. Beales, Jr., who has dedicated much of his academic career to studying Parkman, sits at the core of this project. His transcription of Parkman’s 4000-page diary is the heart of the project, and his transcriptions of other works by Parkman and his research on the people who lived in Westborough during Parkman’s time help to fill out the body of this website, which is rich in content about Westborough and colonial life in rural New England.

Parkman’s church records, sermons, and miscellaneous papers–both digitized and transcribed–are presented online at our partner institution, New England’s Hidden Histories.

Dr. Ross W. Beales, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross), Dr. James F. Cooper (Director, New England’s Hidden Histories), and Dr. Anthony T. Vaver (Local History Librarian, Westborough Public Library) together direct The Ebenezer Parkman Project. Allison Milne volunteered to enter the diary into this blog, and we are grateful for all the work she did for this project.

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Project Launch

The Ebenezer Parkman Project was officially announced and launched with a public program held at the Mill Pond School in Westborough on April 25, 2019 with presentations by the three founding collaborators. Click here to view a video of the celebratory program, courtesy of Westborough TV.

Ross W. Beales, Jr., James F. Cooper, and Anthony T. Vaver at the celebration of the official launch of the Ebenezer Parkman Project.

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