Marlborough Historical Society raising funds for Boyd statue


Marlborough Historical Society raising funds for Boyd statue
A statue honoring Samuel Boyd is slated to be erected on the corner of Main and South Bolton streets. (Photo/Maureen Sullivan)

MARLBOROUGH – The southern corner of Main and South Bolton streets is the current home to an electrical transformer box.

Some time in the future, it will be the home of a bronze statue honoring Samuel Boyd, a businessman and philanthropist considered the father of the city.

The Marlborough Historical Society is currently raising funds toward the creation and installation of the statue. It has already received permission from the city to erect the statue and to have the statue at the corner of Main and South Bolton, the site of Boyd’s shoe factory.

According to Ed La Rose – a member of the Samuel Boyd Committee along with Bob Kane, Dick Hamel and Bill Dunbar – the statue will cost about $100,000.

Donations, which are tax deductible, may be sent to the Samuel Boyd Committee, Marlborough Historical Society, 377 Elm St., Marlborough MA 01752. Donors will receive a small thank-you gift, and their names will be included in the society’s commemorative booklet and permanently displayed at the society.

Special fundraisers for the statue are in the works.

2024 calendars available

The theme is “Marlborough Women Who Made a Difference.” Cost per calendar is $10; proceeds help pay for the upkeep of the Peter Rice Homestead, the society’s home.

Calendars may be purchased at the Main Street Bank; the senior center; Monnick Supply; St. Mary’s Credit Union; and the Main Street Café. There will also be someone at the Rice Homestead on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. To make arrangements to purchase a calendar, call the society at 508-485-4763 or Trish Holt at 508-326-5269.

“Christmas at the Farm” is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9.

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