Local History Resources

Cultural Heritage in Canton


Canton Historical Society

The Canton Historical Society has been collecting Canton's History since 1898. Their collections begin with artifacts from the late 1600's through today. Highlights of their collection include a strong understanding of industry, military conflicts and daily life in Canton, Massachusetts.

Museum of American Bird Art, Mass Audubon

The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon (MABA) is a professional art museum and wildlife sanctuary that seeks to connect people with the nature around them through art. The museum was made possible by Canton artist, filmmaker, conservationist and philanthropist Mildred Morse Allen. Mildred’s 100 oil and watercolor bird paintings belong to the MA Audubon Society and hang in her former home at the Mildred Morse Allen Wildlife Sanctuary and Visual Arts Center and at the MABA.

Paul Revere Heritage Site

The Paul Revere Museum of Discovery & Innovation will be a unique forum for history, technology, and learning.  The Museum is currently under development on the grounds of the Paul Revere Heritage Site – nine acres of parkland along the Neponset River.  The site features waterfalls, a mill pond, walkways with interpretive signage and two 19th century buildings – the Copper Rolling Mill and the Historic Horse Barn, built by Paul Revere’s son.  The property is currently owned by the Town of Canton.

Online Resources


Canton Historical Wiki


Canton Local History Blog

Started by former Canton Local History Librarian Patty Ryburn, the Canton Local History Blog periodically shares research into town history, library history, and genealogy.

Centennial celebration at Canton, Mass. : historical address by Charles Endicott (1876)

Made digitally available by the Library of Congress. Print copy also available in the Edward Bolster Local History Room.

History of the Town of Canton by Daniel T. V. Huntoon (1893)

Written by the founding member and first president of the Canton Historical Society.

History of the Redman Farm by Ellis Ames (1870)

Made digitally available by the Library of Congress. Print copy also available in the Edward Bolster Local History Room.

Report of the Committee on Town Seal, and report of the Committee on Naming the Streets of Canton (1881)

Made digitally available by the Library of Congress. Print copy also available in the Edward Bolster Local History Room.

Rules of the School committee and regulations for the schools of the town of Canton (1869)

Made digitally available by the Library of Congress. Print copy also available in the Edward Bolster Local History Room.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Canton

Sanborn maps were created for fire insurance companies to assess liability in urban areas. For researchers, they can provide valuable insight into changes in the built environment (especially helpful for house research!). The Library of Congress has digitally available Sanborn maps for Canton for the years 1885, 1891, 1896, 1906, 1911, and 1919.