For the first time since 1871 the general public can access the digital collections of the Society. The “Histy” as it is affectionately known, has been collecting Canton's History since 1871, and was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1893. The collection begins with artifacts from the late 1600's through today. Highlights of the collection include a strong understanding of industry, military conflicts and daily life in Canton, Massachusetts. As a non-profit museum, archives and educational institution dedicated to preserving Canton’s history and place, the Histy is the source for so many rich parts of our story.
The jointly funded catalog features public access to over 7000 photographs, glass plate negatives, and slides. More than 900 detailed maps and plans as well as thousands of artifacts have been included. Most importantly there are over 8000 pages of printed records that includes family letters, diaries, public records and notes that date to as early as 1656 through today.
“We are proud to launch Huntoon as a way to connect the town and the community of scholars to our rich collection” said George Comeau, president of the Society. “The material that we are sharing is rich and diverse and spans over three and half centuries of our place here in the shadow of Blue Hill. More importantly, the partnership with the library will allow both institutions to draw closer as we help share and interpret this material for residents and scholars alike.”
Huntoon is named after one of Canton’s most pre-eminent historians, Daniel T.V. Huntoon who authored the first definitive history of the town. The public can access and browse the catalog on the web at CantonHistorical.org.