Bedford Rocks, or A History of Our Town’s Geology, at the Bedford Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 23

Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society

Historian Sharon Lawrence McDonald, photographed in the sanctuary of Bedford’s historic meeting house – Imaage (c) Nancy Daugherty, 2017 all rights reserved – Click to view larger image

The Bedford Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner annual meeting will take place in Fellowship Hall at Bedford’s Congregational Church, 25 The Great Road.

A pot-luck buffet dinner will begin with appetizers and Marion Bryan’s famous punch 6 pm and dinner will be served around 6:30 pm. After dinner and a short business meeting where next year’s board will be elected, the lecture will begin around 7:30 pm.

Bedford Town Historian and local ‘rockhound’ Sharon McDonald will address the following and other questions as she shares her extensive knowledge about the history of Bedford’s geology:

  • What is hiding under Bedford’s ground?
  • Why is the bedrock under Bedford considered special?
  • What geological activities led to the creation of ochre, that was mined in South Bedford and provided the coloring for the paint, “Bedford Yellow?”
  • Where did the chunks of garnet in the Society’s collection come from?


McDonald is President of the Friends of the Job Lane House and Curator of the Job Lane Farm Museum where she has co-led the Recreation Department’s popular summer archaeology and geology course for elementary and middle school students over the past few years.  She is best known for serving as the Children’s Librarian at the Bedford Free Public Library for 40 years.

During her long association with the library, which houses the historic Bedford Flag, McDonald was inspired to research and write her first book, “The Bedford Flag Unfurled,” published in 2000. She just finished a new book, the history of Bedford’s First Parish Church.

In December, 2014, McDonald was appointed by the Bedford Selectmen as the Town’s Historian, and has been one of the most active in this role, giving talks to numerous organizations in and around Bedford about the town’s history. She has been a Director of the Society’s Board of Directors since 2013 and has served for many years as a member of the Town’s Historic Preservation Commission.

Please bring a pot-luck dish to share; Society members are requested to bring a salad, main dish, or dessert that can serve about eight people.

Reminder phone calls to members without email are being made and emails sent to get a sumptuous array of foods for this final event of the Society’s 2016-2017 season and to get volunteers to help with the dinner set-up and clean-up.

Any Society member willing to help with phone calls should contact the Society’s office at 781-275-7276 or email Kara Kerwin at

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