Come See a World-Premiere Screening of a
Rediscovered Vintage Film of the Lyman School for Boys
Narrated by Rev. Frederick “Bob” Brown,
Former Lyman School chaplain and administrator of the Lyman School
Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westborough High School Auditorium on 90 West Main Street
While reorganizing the Westborough Room in the Westborough Public Library, Local History Librarian, Anthony Vaver, discovered a film in a plastic bag labeled “Lyman School” and gave it to Karen Henderson, General Manager of Westborough TV, to digitize.
The film turned out to be a silent black-and-white movie of boys from the Lyman School performing chores, playing games, and preparing for a Thanksgiving dinner. Henderson asked Rev. Frederick “Bob” Brown, former Lyman School chaplain and administrator from 1959 until the school’s closing in 1971, to add narration to the film.
A screening of the resulting film will be shown on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westborough High School Auditorium on 90 West Main Street. This world premiere event is sponsored by the Westborough Public Library, Westborough TV, and the Westborough Historical Society.
When the Lyman School for Boys replaced the former Westborough Reform School in 1884, delinquent boys aged twelve to seventeen were sentenced to this facility on Route 9 to be rehabilitated, educated, and trained in useful jobs. At one point, the Lyman School housed as many as 590 boys. Rev. Brown will introduce the film, talk about the purpose of the school, and answer any questions at the end of the 26-minute film.