Waltham Cultural Resources
American Jewish Historical Society -
2 Thornton Road (Brandeis University campus) - 781-891-8110
The American Jewish Historical Society is an independent museum, library
and archives on the campus of Brandeis University featuring ongoing
exhibits of material relating to the history of the Jews in the Americas. Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 4:30 pm. Free.
Artists for Survival/ Artists for Mideast Peace -
Contact: Mitch Kamen, Suzanne Hodes - 144 Moody Street - 781-891-4235/781-899-4124
AFS/AMEP facilitates the creation, exhibition and exchange of art,
primarily by children, in 25 countries on the themes of peace, the
environment, hunger and social/personal issues.
Beigel, Laurie and Merrick Theaters -
Brandeis University - 781-736-3400
listening headsets; wheelchair-accessible
The three theaters present plays, musicals and special events by the
Brandeis Theater Art Program/Professional Theater Training Program
as well as professional productions. Season subscriptions are available.
Bowles Performing Arts Series -
LaCava Campus Center, Bentley College - 781-891-3424, tickets: 781-891-3400
The Bowles Series sponsors performances of professional theater,
music, dance and lectures.
Brandeis University Professional Music Series -
Brandeis University - 781-736-3331
Brandeis offers Wednesday noon concerts, student performing
ensembles and evening professional concerts, most of them free.
Charles River Museum of Industry -
154 Moody Street - 781-893-5410
The museum offers exhibits and educational programs about New
England's industrial innovations. Rental available for social and
Volunteer opportunities: Contact for information.
Charles River Museum of Industry,
Photographs of the museum
Embassy Cinema -
16 Pine Street - 781-893-2500
Owned by Landmark Theatres, the cinema shows popular and art films.
Friends of the Waltham Public Library -
Contact: Tom Jewell - 735 Main Street - 781-893-1750
The Friends publicize library services, sponsor cultural and recreational
programs (including music, art and literary events) and a Museum
Pass program, and hold an annual fall book sale.
The Gallery at Bentley College -
LaCava Campus Center, Bentley College - 781-891-3424
The Gallery sponsors exhibits of contemporary regional artists during
the academic year.
Girl Scout Museum at Cedar Hill -
265 Beaver Street - 781-893-6113
Located at Cedar Hill, the 75-acre estate and former home of Cornelia
Warren, the museum has Girl Scouting exhibits and archives. Open by appointment
to Girl Scout troops and the general public. Free.
Gore Place -
52 Gore Street - 781-894-2798
wheelchair-accessible (ramp available)
Gore Place is an early 19th-century mansion in a 40-acre park of woodland,
fields and gardens. Furnished rooms include period decorative arts.
Volunteer opportunities: Gardening, office work, leading tours,
Hovey Players -
Abbot Memorial Theatre, 9 Spring Street - 781-893-9171
The Hovey Players is a community theater with open auditions,
presenting standard comedies, dramas and occasional musicals as well
as new works, whose selection is determined by directors proposals.
Volunteer opportunities: Lighting, sound, props, stage managing, set
building, box office
Bette Frank Leahy
Local artist producing works on paper, collage, fiber, bowls, paintings, and stone.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses -
185 Lyman Street - 781-891-7095
These greenhouses date from the 19th century and house an impressive
collection of plants, including showpiece Camellia trees and orchids.
The staff offers workshops, plant sales and guided tours. See separate
listing for The Vale.
Volunteer opportunities: Potting, pruning, propogation, customer
service, planting, weeding, gardening, groundswork.
Moody Street String Band -
Contact: Jerry Weene - Artisan Violins, 250 Prospect St. - 781-647-3773
This amateur band performs jazz, Celtic, bluegrass and old-time music.
All musicians are welcome to the monthly practices.
New England Heritage Center at Bentley College -
175 Forest Street, 781-891-3481
Organized to promote interest in New England history with conferences, courses,
and publications. Call for more information.
Robert Treat Paine Estate ("Stonehurst") -
100 Robert Treat Paine Drive (formerly 577 Beaver Street) - 781-893-0381
The Paine Estate is a National Historic Landmark owned by the City
of Waltham. The Romanesque-Byzantime style house designed by
H.H. Richardson sits on 113 acres of woods and is furnished with
period decor. Available for rental for social and corporate events and
for tours by appointment.
Official Welcome to Stonehurst site,
Reagle Players -
Contact: Robert Eagle - 617 Lexington Street - 781-891-5600, 781-899-2571 (evenings)
The Reagle Players put on holiday and summer theater productions
of plays and musicals. Auditions are open to the public.
Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage and promotional work.
Rose Art Museum -
Brandeis University - 781-736-3434
The museum features changing exhibits of contemporary artists as
well as an annual exhibit of Boston-area artists. It has the largest
permanent collection of contemporary American art in New England.
The Vale (Lyman Estate) -
185 Lyman Street - 781-893-7232
The Vale, a federal-period country estate owned by the Society for
the Preservation of New England Antiquities, is open by appointment
for group tours and can be rented for functions. See separate listing
for Lyman Estate Greenhouses.
Waltham Arts Council -
Contact: Catherine Jackson - 15 Lyman Terrace - 781-899-9571
This private, non-profit organization encourages citizen participation
in and appreciation of the arts in Waltham, and sponsors cultural
programs, including summer Concerts on Waltham Common, adult
art classes, wreath-making workshops and community carolling.
Volunteer opportunities: Organizing events, programming.
Waltham Arts Lottery Commission -
Contact: Eleanor Krampets - City Hall, 610 Main Street - 781-893-4040
The Commission awards proceeds from the Massachusetts lottery to
individuals and organizations providing cultural programs and
activities in Waltham. Applications are available at City Hall and are
generally due in late fall.
Waltham Camera Club See listing under Recreational Resources.
Waltham Community Access Corp./Channel 8 See listing under Media.
Waltham High School Show Choir -
Contact: Mrs. Johanne McIvor.
Waltham Historical Commission -
Contact: John Cox - City Hall, 610 Main Street - 781-893-4040
The Historical Commission advises the mayor on the historical,
architectural and archeological significance of sites in Waltham. Its
monthly meetings are open to the public.
Waltham Historical Society -
Contact: Wayne McCarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org - 617-448-6706
Founded in 1913, the Society meets quarterly to hear speakers and
discuss history, mostly pertaining to Waltham. The group conducts
research and preserves historical artifacts, which may be seen by
appointment, and sells books and pamphlets on Waltham history.
Volunteer opportunities: Cataloging, secretarial work, outreach.
Waltham, Massachusetts Music
Waltham Mill Artists Association -
Contact: Lisa Tiemann - 144 Moody Street - 781-899-6271
The Association of Artists West, Moody Station, River Street and
Waltham Studios includes about 60 artists working in the historic
mill buildings on the Charles in downtown Waltham. The group
sponsors an annual Open Studios weekend in November.
(photographs of the World Wide building)
Waltham Museum -
194 Charles Street (rear building) - 781-893-8017
The museum houses an extensive collection of Waltham memorabilia,
including automobiles made in Waltham in 1903 and 1915.
Arrangements can be made for slide shows on various aspects of
Waltham's history. Sunday 1-4:30 pm or by appointment. Admission.
Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra -
PO Box 541188, 02454-1188
WPO ticket line: 857-919-1385
Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, a community orchestra of the MetroWest,
conducted by Michael Korn, meets Mondays 7:30-9:30 at Waltham's
Waltham Symphony Orchestra -
23A Summer Ave, 02452-5634
The Waltham Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to enriching the community by developing and implementing programs involving
musicians in schools,
affordable concerts, and
Waltham Public Library -
735 Main Street - 781-314-3425
Waltham Public Library is a newly renovated, expanded facility
offering complete reference services and a 150,000-volume collection
of books, magazines, audio and videotapes, as well as story hours,
free museum passes, public-use PC's, multimedia and Internet access.
Volunteer opportunities: Clerical work, booksale assistance.
Waltham Public Library Book Club -
Contact: Kate Tranquada - 735 Main Street - 781-314-3425
The Book Club is a monthly literary discussion group, whose books
are chosen by members. Newcomers are always welcome. Call for
WBRS See listing under Media.
WCRB See listing under Media.
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is the date when I most recently updated or verified the data in that entry.
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