SHIRLEY — Beads and Beadwork are the topic of the current display at the Shirley Historical Society Museum at 182 Center Road in Shirley.

The history of making beads and the various uses of beads is explained. There are beads made of seeds, metal, wood, glass, flowers and felt.

Tools for making glass beads are displayed. Beaded necklaces from Africa, from Italy, and from Native Americans are exhibited. There are also beaded bracelets and one-of-a-kind pieces of beaded artwork, on special loan through December.

Currently on sale at the museum are beaded earrings, bracelets, and barrettes. Also new to the Museum gift shop are mugs and mousepads featuring photos taken around Shirley

The Museum is open Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for visitors, researchers, shoppers, and volunteers.

Phone 978-425-9328 or go to for information.