Join our library for Virtual Local History Trivia Nights Thursdays in May at 7pm!

May 15, 2020


Was you ancestor a member of the Advanced Lodge #490, Independent Organization of odd fellows?

May 8, 2020

This branch of Odd Fellows once met in the Hartshorn Building, which is the present day Pizza Town Building on Route 9W in the village of Marlboro. While watching American Pickers a few years on the History Channel, I learned a little bit more about how the Odd Fellows started and how they got their name. They would perform charitable acts for people in need, like for example leaving a basket of food on the steps of the home of a poor family. When someone would inquire as to who left the basket of food, the response was something like, “that group of odd fellows.”

According to the website for The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independant Order Of Odd Fellows, “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th Century England, it was deemed odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind.”

Marlboro once had a group of Odd Fellows called the Advance Lodge no. 490 that was instituted on January 18, 1882. They would meet Wednesday evenings in the Odd Fellow’s Hall in the Hartshorn Building.

Here is a photo of the Advance Lodge Odd Fellows circa the late 1800s, early 1900s in Marlboro. Check the attached 1882 attached booklet to see if you ancestor a member of the Advanced Lodge #490, Independent Organization of odd fellows?


Thank you!

May 8, 2020

Thank you to all who participated in last night’s First Virtual Local History Trivia Night! We had a lot of fun and learned so much!!


Local History Trivia Night!!

April 20, 2020

Local History Trivia Night

Thursday, May 7 from 7:00-7:30pm

Are you a local history buff or want to learn more about your town? Put your knowledge to the test and join us for our virtual local history trivia night! Participate individually or make it a fun evening for your whole household.

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For security purposes, participants must register prior to this program. Participants will be emailed a zoom link the day of the event.

If there is interest for this event- we will turn it into a weekly program!


Throwback Thursday

April 16, 2020

There was once a sporting goods store in the hamlet of Marlboro. This photo was taken circa 1970’s. Marlboro Sports was located in the building next to present day Pizza Town building.


1907 Marlborough Postcards

April 8, 2020


Past View of Dock Road

April 3, 2020

From the M. DuBois Collection.