Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show photographs and stories available

Trinity Rouse and Andre Rouse at the Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show, May 5, 2013. 

The images and stories gathered at the Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show on May 5, 2013 are now available online. The event was organized by the Stoughton Public Library and the Stoughton Historical Society and held at the Council on Aging/Youth Commission. Two dozen local volunteers worked together with a team of UMass Boston staff members and “Roadies” from past Mass. Memories Road Shows to welcome individuals with connections to the town.

About one hundred individuals contributed over 350 photographs documenting personal memories of friends and relatives in Stoughton and beyond. UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Senator William “Mo” Cowan, both residents of Stoughton, were among the large number of participants who shared family photographs. Many contributors also brought images and stories about coming to the United States from Portugal, Turkey, Brazil, and other parts of the world. The collection also includes a few photographs of local businesses such as Dorothy Jean’s Bakery and the McNamara dairy farm. Featured as well are images of parades and other events held in 1976 to celebrate both Stoughton’s 250th anniversary and the bicentennial of the American Revolution.

Irene Walsh (second from left), with her father, Joe McPhee, and three bridesmaids, on her wedding day, July 19, 1952.

Browse the Stoughton Mass. Memories Road Show collection.

The Mass. Memories Road Show is a statewide digital history project that documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. In partnership with teams of local volunteers, we organize public events to scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.” The images and videos are indexed and incorporated into an online educational database. Since its launch, the project has gathered more than 8,000 photographs and stories from across the state. It is supported in part by the Patricia C. Flaherty ’81 Endowed Fund at UMass Boston.  

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston was established in 1981 as a repository to collect archival material in subject areas of interest to the university, as well as the records of the university itself. The mission and history of UMass Boston guide the collection policies of University Archives & Special Collections, with the university’s urban mission and strong support of community service reflected in the records of and related to urban planning, social welfare, social action, alternative movements, community organizations, war and social consequence, and local history related to neighboring communities. To learn more, visit

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