In 1919 a special committee, appointed by the Town, recommended a memorial to be built for Norwood veterans who served in World War I. After years of preparations, ground was broken in 1927 and the Norwood Memorial Municipal Building (pictured above) was dedicated in 1928. The building’s 170-foot tower accommodates a 50 bell carillon, donated by one of Norwood’s citizens, Walter F. Tilton. This Neo-Gothic building is an impressive Norwood landmark.
As in most Commonwealth towns, Norwood’s municipal records are large in quantity. Each department manages its own records in the office area and the Town Hall attic. Record types include minutes, annual reports, street lists, photographs, registers, ledgers, maps, steel engravings, and more, created from the early 1800’s to the present. Many records, in fact, are created every single day, permanent (priceless, one of a kind) as well as non-permanent records as defined by the Secretary of State’s retention/disposal schedule. This survey’s focus was on the permanent records or those that the Town is mandated to keep by law.