History Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Hilltown Families’ History Bulletin Board, a place for community organizations, nonprofits and individuals to share history related events and resources  in Western MA.

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HISTORY BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Ted Harvey ♦ Ted moved to Western Massachusetts for graduate school and decided to stay. He currently lives in Easthampton with his wife and two boys. He has degrees in archaeology, medieval history and public policy, and currently works in community development in Springfield. He has a lifelong love of history, which he hopes to impart on others through his role as part History Bulletin Board Manager with Hilltown Families. history@hilltownfamilies.org


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  1. Ted Harvey said,

    November 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

    PELHAM HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
    Saturday, December 17, 11:00am-2:00 pm

    Join the Pelham Historical Society and Pelham Library for their annual Holiday Tea and Music Program. Santa will be there, along with a performance by That Long Tall Sword, with songs, antler dances, and a mummer’s play and sword dance.Tea, sandwiches, and sweets will be provided.

    In the Pelham Library — Tea begins at 11:00 am, and the Program begins at noon

    For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

    Pelham Library, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002
    (FREE)

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  2. Ted Harvey said,

    November 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

    THE WAMPUM TRAIL
    Sunday, December 4, 2:00pm
    It is widely known that wampum beads were used in trading exchanges in the pre-Colonial America’s. But wampum’s significance was more than merely monetary. Native artisans used distinctive weaving techniques (with sinew, leather, and hemp), bead selections (including glass, stone, and other anomalous beads), and patterns (both abstract and figurative) to construct belts that recorded important material and diplomatic relationships. Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage, and Coordinator of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, has recovered many previously overlooked material details. Join Dr. Bruchac for a talk on the history and significance of these wampum beads in the Connecticut River Valley.

    For more information on Dr. Bruchac’s work, check out her research blog, On the Wampum Trail, and her articles on the Penn Museum Blog, Beyond the Gallery Walls.

    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (FREE)

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  3. Ted Harvey said,

    October 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

    QUABBIN RESERVOIR
    Sunday, November 6, 1:00pm
    The history of the Commonwealth’s largest inland body of water is fascinating. JR Greene is chairman of the board of directors of the Friends of Quabbin and an expert on all things Quabbin. He is the author of sixteen books and 32 annual history calendars relating to the Quabbin Reservoir. Join Greene for a presentation on his newest book, B.V. Brooks: Pre – Quabbin Art, Photos and Postcards, and learn something new about the Pioneer Valley!

    35 Ely Rd., Monson, MA (FREE)
    For information, call 413-267-4137.

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  4. Ted Harvey said,

    October 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

    NORTHAMPTON UNBUTTONED
    Friday, November 11, 5:00pm-8:00pm
    Exhibition Open:
    November 11 – December 18
    Wednesday – Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
    Sunday, 12:00pm-5:00pm

    In 1874 the Mill River Reservoir in Williamsburg collapsed, destroying almost everything in its path, including the Mill River Button Company. Until that moment, “plaid-clad” girls from distant New England farms, Canada, and Ireland, sorted, carded and packed boxes of shaped and dyed buttons made from South American Tagua nuts, the first vegetable ivory buttons made in the United States. Sophisticated ladies in New York wore fashions “fastened and adorned” with buttons made here in the Pioneer Valley. That ended wit the destruction of the mill.

    Inspired by Historic Northampton’s rich and varied collections as evidence of working women’s lives in the second half of the 19th century, artists Elisa Lanzi and Nancy Meagher created Northampton Unbuttoned, an installation of contemporary artworks of two and three-dimensional design celebrating the Mill Girls. Lanzi’s Victorine series of monotype collage prints are a contemporary take on the colorful plaid textiles and bodice patterns that were popular at the time. Meagher imagines, “What they were wearing the day the Dam Burst” with her oversized drawings of the girls in their patched and plaid clothing.

    Elisa Lanzi is a papermaking artist and printmaker living in western Massachusetts. She and several other artists make up the Trout Paper Studio, a hand-papermaking shop in rural Washington County, New York. Nancy Meagher is a painter and member of Gallery A3 in Amherst. This spring she was the featured artist at The Emily Dickinson Museum for their Art Walk and Poetry Night. She is presently the featured artist, Frost Library, Amherst College.

    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA(FREE)

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  5. Ted Harvey said,

    October 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    HISTORY OF FARLEY
    Friday, October 21, 7:00pm
    Come and learn a little local history! The homes in Farley, on Erving’s side of the Millers River, and the iron bridge that spans the river, were built to serve the factory on Wendell’s side of the river before the turn of the 20th Century. Who were the Farley brothers who brought their dream to this unlikely site? What was the factory and who were the workers who came to populate this area in two towns? Join researchers Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan of Erving to learn more.
    Wendell Free Library 7 Wendell Depot Rd, Wendell, MA
    (FREE)

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  6. Ted Harvey said,

    October 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    PLAGIARAMA
    Sunday November 6, 2-4:00 pm
    Did you know the first known novel written by an African American was “Clotel” by William Wells Brown? Brown was an abolitionist and antagonist of Frederick Douglas. Interested in learning more? Come to the celebration of the publication of Geoffrey Sanborn’s book on William Wells Brown! For more information, check out the book website at Plagiarama
    Florence Community Center (near the Sojourner Truth statue), 140 Pine Street, Florence, MA (FREE)

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  7. Ted Harvey said,

    October 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    THE SUFFRAGISTS vs. THE ANTI-SUFFRAGISTS
    Saturday, November 5, 3:30pm
    Did you know that when Susan B Anthony was trying to get women a say in government, there were more women who called themselves Anti-suffragists than women who were Suffragists? Interested in learning more? Join Colleen Janz, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Museum in Adams, MA, for a discussion about what Susan B Anthony had to overcome to change the mindset of so many, including women, in order to have a vote. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org.
    Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA ($$$)

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  8. Ted Harvey said,

    October 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    CLOTHING AS COMMUNICATION
    Saturday, October 22, 2:00pm
    Did you know that clothing is one of the foremost methods of communication and has been since humankind began wearing clothes? Join Edward Maeder as he examines some of the methods in which early fashion information was distributed from the late Middle Ages until the middle of the nineteenth century. Explore how clothing began to be used for national identity after the 1460s and the obsession with “regional” distinctions in fashion that culminated in what we refer to as “folk-costume,” was mostly invented in the 19th century, primarily for tourists on the “grand tour” of Europe.

    Edward Maeder is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. A renowned dress historian, he has held curatorial positions at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was the Director of Exhibitions and the Curator of Textiles at Historic Deerfield and the founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. He has published a number of books and scholarly articles and was one of the researchers who worked on the restoration of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He is a skilled textile conservator, pattern-maker and artist. He is currently the Curator/Conservator of the Roddis Dress Collection, and co-author of the forth-coming book, American Style and Spirit: Fashions and Lives of the Roddis Family 1850-1995, published by the V & A Press/Harry N. Abrams. Maeder is currently a Research Associate in the Theatre Department at Smith College.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060 (FREE)

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  9. Ted Harvey said,

    September 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    CASTLE ON THE HILL
    Thursday, September 15, 2-3pm
    If you have ever been to Northampton, you have certainly noticed the Forbes Library. To learn more about the Library’s distinct look and other history, join local History Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley and Library Assistant Dylan Gaffney exploring this fascinating history.
    20 West St, Northampton, Massachusetts (FREE)

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  10. Ted Harvey said,

    September 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

    MOVIES IN WAR TIME
    Sunday, September 18, 2:00pm
    How powerful are movies? In the midst of global war, a team of idealistic filmmakers believed movies might be able to reshape our world. Join the Rockridge Retirement Community for a showing of this new documentary. Director Peter Miller will be present for a Question and Answer session.
    Snacks and beverages similar to those of the film’s era will be served. Please RSVP by calling 413-586-2902.
    Rockridge Retirement Community, 25-37 Coles Meadow Road, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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  11. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    UTOPIA OR PARADISE
    Friday, September 9, 5:00pm (Opening Reception)
    September 9 – October 7, 2016 (Exhibition)
    Interested in history? What about leather? Anna Polesny’s new exhibition has both. Polesny explores a variety of leathers and leather working techniques and miniature locally-found objects and decorative materials. Art garments and wall hangings tell the continuing story of Northampton influenced by geography and history.

    Polesny has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and been recognized with grants and awards from the National Endowment and New York State Arts Council, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council among others. In February of 2017 her work will be exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York in a traveling exhibition called Counter Couture, Establishing Identity In the Counter Culture.

    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
    (FREE)

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  12. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    FOUNDING GRACE CHURCH
    Friday, September 9, 12:15pm
    Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst stands in the center of town. It is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Join church historian, Ken Samonds, as presents a number of the highlights of the church’s history–including a few surprises.

    Join us with your lunch. Hot and cold beverages, and cookies will be provided.. Doors open at noon and the 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15.

    Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA
    (FREE)

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  13. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    THE LOST VILLAGE OF ROBERTS MEADOW
    Saturday, September 17, 2:00pm
    The village of Roberts Meadow, founded in 1770 in the northwest corner of Northampton was once a vibrant community of farms, small businesses, a one-room schoolhouse and a dozen or more homes. Only two of the homes remain, the others marked only by old cellar holes, dug wells, and stone walls.

    Join John Clapp for a talk about his forthcoming book The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow, focusing on the rise and fall of its wool and leather industries. John was raised and later worked on his family’s farm, which dates to 1828. He has also been a self-employed builder and contractor. Since retiring in 2013, he has run the Starlight Llama solar-powered bed and breakfast, dividing his free time between hiking and writing. The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow is his second book.

    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)

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  14. Ted Harvey said,

    August 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    FREEDOM’S SURGEON
    Sunday, August 21, 1 pm
    Erasmus Darwin Hudson was the founder of the Utopian Northampton Association. Join Chuck Weisenberger to learn more about this local abolitionist and Civil War physician.

    David Ruggles Center, 225 Nanotuck Street, Florence, MA
    FREE

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  15. Ted Harvey said,

    August 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

    THROUGH THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S EYES
    Sunday, September 25, 3:00 pm
    History is not always found in books. Some of the history of the United States over the past 40 years have been captured by renowned photographer Diana Mara Henry. Come and enjoy a reception to highlight her work.

    The collection, held in Special Collections and University Archives, is a rich evocation of four decades of political, social, and cultural change in America, beginning in the late 1960s, as seen through the life of one photojournalist. This diverse body of work is particularly rich in documenting the women’s movement, the Women’s Pentagon Action, marches for the Equal Rights Amendment, and the political scene in the1970s; Bella Abzug, Elizabeth Holtzman, Shirley Chisholm, Liz Carpenter, Betty Friedan, Jane Fonda, and Gloria Steinem.

    W.E.B. DuBois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 154 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA
    FREE

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  16. Ted Harvey said,

    August 16, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Sunday, August 21 at 2 pm
    Tales from the Trails: The Northampton Rail Trail and Beyond
    Are you a frequent use of the Northampton Rail Trail? Or maybe you drive over past it every day on the way to work. Did you know that when they’re completed, the bike trail built on the bed of the old New Haven to Northampton canal and subsequent rail tracks will be the longest interstate rail trail in the Northeast, and the trail along the bed of the old Mass Central Railroad from Boston to Northampton will be the longest trail in New England?

    Interested in learning more about the rail trail? Join Craig Della Penna, a former political organizer and lobbyist with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and now the Executive Director of Northeast Greenway Solutions, for a talk and discussion on the rail trail.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060
    FREE

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  17. Ted Harvey said,

    August 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

    THE SLAVE’S CAUSE
    Wednesday, August 10, 7:00pm
    Think you know something about the Abolitionist Movement? Interested in learning more, or maybe something new? Join renowned scholar Manisha Sinha for a talk on her new book, b>The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

    Professor Sinha gives us a new look at the abolitionists’ cause. She sees men and women, black and white, free and enslaved who worked not just to root out the evil of slavery, but to create a more equal and just society for all. They expanded their vision to include the rights of women, Native Americans, immigrants and labor. Florence was a key center in this nation-wide effort.

    Sinha is a Professor of American History at UConn, Storrs who also taught at UMass, Amherst for 20 years. She was a principle advisor to the recent PBS documentary The Abolitionists and has appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street, Florence, MA. (FREE)

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  18. Ted Harvey said,

    July 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    THE DEVIL’S JUGGLES
    Saturday, July 30, 2 pm

    Join Michael Thurston, from the Department of English Language and Literature at Smith College, for a talk on witchcraft accusations in 17th-century New England.

    The Salem witch trials are well-known. But did you know similar accusations of witchcraft occured in Northampton and throughout the Pioneer Valley during the 17th century?

    Professor Thurston will discuss the appearance of witchcraft in the seventeenth-century history of Valley towns and villages, pointing out familiar patterns of accusation and interrogation. He will also explore how, just like in Salem, events in western Massachusetts and Connecticut, too, were transformed by later writers to serve those writers’ own purposes.
    Damon Education Center, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
    FREE

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  19. Ted Harvey said,

    July 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    A VISUAL HISTORY IN FLORENCE: THE NORWOOD ENGINEERING BUILDING
    Opening Reception: August 12, 5-8 pm
    Exhibition Dates: August 12 – September 4, 2016
    Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 12 – 5 pm

    Photographers Paul Griffin and Peter Norman have documented the current community of artists, artisans, teachers, craftspeople, skilled trades people and business people who are bringing new and creative ideas, skills, knowledge and personality to the spaces in the Norwood Building, where they pursue their profession and earn a livelihood while contributing to the economic and cultural dynamic of our community. Reprints of historic images and documents from Historic Northampton, Forbes Library and private collections will give an historic context to the story of this ubiquitous component of the Florence landscape.

    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
    FREE

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  20. Ted Harvey said,

    July 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    NORWICH BRIDGE SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE

    Sunday July 31, 1:00pm

    The old-time one room schoolhouse is open! Explore the collections of books, documents, maps, artifacts, clothing, tools and other historical items. There will be additional open houses planned for last Sunday of each month until fall.

    The Norwich Bridge Schoolhouse Museum
    Corner of Worthington and Littleville Roads, Huntington, MA.

    (FREE)

    For further info please call 413-667- 3453
    Or visit the Huntington Historic Society website.

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  21. Ted Harvey said,

    July 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    PAUPERS IN PELHAM
    Did you know that paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s through the Civil War? If you want to find out more about the history of paupers in New England, join Leverett historian and artist Louise Minks for an interactive program about paupers in Pelham and surrounding towns.

    Pelham Library Ramsdell Room, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002

    For more information contact, 413-256-4606. For more information, check out the PHS website .

    (FREE)

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  22. Ted Harvey said,

    June 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

    HISTORIC MOTORCYCLE RIDE CENTENNIAL
    Sunday, July 3 – Saturday, July 23
    The Springfield Museums will host events tied to the launch of the Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle ride, a commemorative cross-country trip to honor the epic journey made by Adeline and Augusta Van Buren 100 years ago this summer.

    In 1916, the Van Buren Sisters were the first women to cross the continental United States, each on her own Indian Powerplus motorcycle built in Springfield Massachusetts. During their historic trip, they became the first women to reach the 14,115 foot summit of Pikes Peak, and reached San Francisco after 60 days of riding. In 2002, the Sisters were inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame and in 2003 they were inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.

    Centennial ride participants will begin their ride west in Springfield, MA. The roughly 100 motorcyclists will gather on July 4 for dinner, music and a viewing of fireworks from La Quinta Hotel in downtown Springfield. The next day, riders will attend an opening ceremony at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Springfield Museums. The Wood Museum features the famous Indian Motocycle Collection, an expansive exhibit of vintage bikes, photographs, and memorabilia detailing the Springfield-based company’s proud history from its inception in 1902.

    Following those opening comments, riders will be able to tour the Indian Collection and enjoy a special new exhibit created in honor of Adeline and Augusta. Crossing the Country to Cross Barriers: The Van Buren Sisters Ride into History will feature a range of photographs taken on the trip and a variety of rare memorabilia items on loan from the Van Buren family. The exhibit runs from June 28, 2016–July 30, 2017;

    For more information Information about the Sisters’ Centennial Ride, as well as background on the Van Buren Sisters, see the Springfield Museums website.

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  23. Ted Harvey said,

    May 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

    VENTFORT AND ROBERT GOULD SHAW
    May 20, 7:00 pm
    If you know a little something about the Civil War, you may have heard of Robert Gould Shaw, the Massachusetts native who lead the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. The 54th was one of the first all-African American regiments in the war. What you may not know about, is Shaw’s connection to western Massachusetts!

    Robert Gould Shaw married Annie Haggerty, the daughter of Ogden and Elizabeth Haggerty, who lived at the original ‘Ventfort’.

    The opening reception of this new exhibit will feature returning Ventfort Hall actress Anne Undeland, appearing as Annie Haggerty. Annie will read a unique selection of letters, some unpublished, written by her husband, Col. Shaw, to her and to their family.

    Churchill Cotton, longtime president of the Samuel Harrison Society in Pittsfield, will also participate. Rev. Samuel Harrison was recruited as chaplain of the Mass 54th by Governor Andrew when the Governor came to the Berkshires on a condolence visit to the widow, Annie Haggerty Shaw.

    For more information about the opening exhibit and Ventfort.

    Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
    Lenox, Massachusetts 01240

    $$$

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  24. Ted Harvey said,

    May 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    WHO WAS ANNIE HAGGERTY?
    Saturday, May 21, 3:30pm
    Join novelist Roberta Harold for her talk on Annie Haggerty. Harold’s presentation will be based on material she has discovered about this heroine who once lived at Ventfort, an 1850s Lenox estate that stood on the site of the present mansion. The talk is presented in conjunction with a new Ventfort Hall exhibit that portrays the lives of famous Civil War hero Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his bride Annie Haggerty, whose family owned Ventfort. The couple spent their brief honeymoon here. Days later he was called to battle as leader of the famed Massachusetts Black regiment, the 54th – never to return. Who was Annie? Harold has been researching Annie’s life for a forthcoming novel and will give us the full story.

    A Victorian tea will follow the presentation. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.
    104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA.
    $$

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  25. Ted Harvey said,

    May 16, 2016 at 8:17 am

    NEW ENGLAND AT SEA
    Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26
    Maritime history is New England history. Learn how the region remembered its maritime past, beginning with a keynote address by the historian W. Jeffrey Bolster on the pivotal role that Gloucester, Massachusetts, played in the memory of its fishing industry. Other topics will include chart making, the keeping of ship logs, and ship-design technologies, whaling, slaving, privateering, and maritime family life. The conference concludes with minorities’ experience of seafaring and maritime laboring and the material culture of sailors’ (and diplomatic) dress.

    For more information and to register, see the event website.

    To receive special rates on accommodations, reservations must be made by May 20. See program schedule for details.
    Questions? Contact Julie Orvis at 413-775-7179 .

    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St., Deerfield, MA 01342

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  26. Ted Harvey said,

    May 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Copper Kettles and Lonesome Pines: Northampton’s Tea Room Era
    Sunday, May 15, 2pm

    The history of tea rooms in Northampton comes alive in Northampton resident, Jan Whitaker’s illustrated talk. In the early 20th century, Northampton was well supplied with tea rooms. Patrons included Smith College students, motorists from the Springfield area, and local women’s (and some men’s) clubs and organizations. Primarily lunch places, many of the tea rooms also served afternoon teas and evening meals. Join Jan Whitaker, a Northampton resident who specializes in the social history of retail businesses such as restaurants, tea rooms, and department stores, for her tea-room talk.
    Iced tea, lemonade and pastries will be served afterwards on the terrace.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA
    FREE

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  27. Ted Harvey said,

    May 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

    ICE HARVESTING IN NEW ENGLAND
    Tuesday, May 10, 6:30pm
    Join Dennis Picard for a talk on ice-harvesting in New England at the Williamsburg Historical Society spring meeting.
    Williamsburg Historical Society
    [413] 268-7767
    FREE

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  28. Ted Harvey said,

    May 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    American Heretics: Catholics, Jews, Muslims and the History of Religious Intolerance
    Tuesday, May 10, 7-9pm
    In today’s climate of division and Islamophobia, it is easy to imagine that we are going through a uniquely troubling moment in our history that is out of sync with our national ethos of religious tolerance. In his book, ‘American Heretics’, Dr. Peter Gottschalk provides a historical perspective on the treatment of various religious groups and describes how many groups from Quakers to Judaism, once regarded as anti-thetical to American values, are embraced as evidence of our strong religious heritages giving hope to today’s Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious groups now under fire. Dr. Peter Gottschalk and Muslim activist, Tahira Wadud will examine religious intolerance and ways to combat it in the current climate. For more information, see the Mass Humanities website. (978) 660 2844. FREE
    734 Longmeadow Street , Longmeadow, MA

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  29. Ted Harvey said,

    April 25, 2016 at 9:02 am

    THE LIFE AND ARTISTRY OF ZENON D’ASTOUS
    Saturday, May 7, 3-5pm
    Book reading and signing.
    This is local history at its finest. Zenon is an essayist, poet, photographer, common-sense philosopher, father, jack-of-all-trades, and friend. Join the Huntington Historic Committee for an oral review of his life and a reading of a number of excerpts from his book, “When the Gypsies Come at Twilight,” – as well as slides of period advertisements, his own photos and town photographs relating to his life in town. Stanton Hall, Huntington, MA.
    For more information contact the Huntington Historic Society at 413-667-3039

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  30. Ted Harvey said,

    April 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    WHY DIE FOR BEAUTY
    Saturday, May 7, 2:00pm
    Are you interested in the history of science? Do you know the story of Dorothy Wrinch? Wrinch, born in England, educated at Cambridge before turning to biology, proposed her elegant model for protein molecules in the mid-1930s and sparked the “protein war”. Turf battles, sexism, and personalities were part of the mix, and Wrinch, sharp of eye, mind, and tongue, was often her own worst enemy. Her model lost out in the end, but she never admitted defeat. Join Marjorie Senechal, Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology at Smith College and editor-in-chief of the journal, The Mathematical Intelligencer, to find out why Wrinch never gave up on her model. For more information, check out b>Historic Northampton.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA.
    FREE

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  31. Ted Harvey said,

    April 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    The History of Antiques in Brimfield
    Tuesday, April 26, Appraisals from 5-6:45pm; Lecture begins at 7:00pm

    Are you a fan of Antigue’s Roadshow? If so, this is the local event for you!

    For this exciting two-part event, join Laurel Mathieu Prescott to learn about Gordon Reid Sr. and the history of the Brimfield Flea Market explaining how one man with a dream created what would eventually grow into such a renowned event. Before the lecture, Peter Yvanovich will evaluate your item of interest, such as china, pottery, sports memorabilia, small furniture, paintings, or collectibles (no stamps, coins, jewelry, or firearms, please).

    For more information and registration, click here.
    Because of the limited time frame, you can also contact palmerhcc@gmail.com or (413) 289 -9295 to reserve a spot on a first-come-first-served basis.

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  32. Ted Harvey said,

    April 13, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Bartlett and Allen Historic Dams: Our Industrial Past and the Ongoing Restoration of Amethyst Brook
    Saturday, April 30, 10:00 a.m.

    The Allen timber dam may be one of the oldest dams of its type in Massachusetts. The Allen Dam, along with the Bartlett Dam, were removed to promote ecological restoration of the brook and to address public safety issues. Interested in learning more? Speakers including Alex Hackman from Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Robin MacEwan from Stantec, Boyd Kynard, an authority on sea lamprey, Keith Nislow from UMass/US Forest Service on stream ecology, and James Dietrich from Dartmouth College will guide you through the history of the dams, their removal, and how the stream is responding.

    See the full schedule on the Pelham Historical Society website.

    Ramsdell Room, Pelham Library, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA
    413-695-1797 (FREE)

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  33. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

    WOMEN OF THE EASTER RISING
    Saturday, April 16, 10am
    Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA

    On Easter morning, 100 years ago,a group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion against the occupying British government in Ireland, in an attempt to establish an Irish Republic. The group of rebels hoped to spur the public into rebellion to overthrow the British, but didn’t attract much public support. Come learn what happened, and especially about the heroic women involved in the uprising.

    For more information and contact information, see Holyoke Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians website.
    (FREE)

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  34. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

    MY BURIED LIFE
    Saturday, April 23, 2pm
    Do you know what an archaeological artist is? Did you know a Northampton native worked as an archaeological artist at the turn of the century on some of the most exciting discoveries of Ancient Greece?

    Join Frances Freeman Paden of Northwestern University for an illustrated talk on Adelene Moffat’s experience as an archaeological artist in Crete in 1903. Before heading to Crete, Adelene was apainter, philanthropic manager, civil rights activist and world traveler and the moving spirit of the Home Culture Clubs, a social settlement project founded in Northampton. But in 1903, recruited by her friend Harriet Boyd, a Smith graduate who was directing the excavation of Gournia, America’s first archeological project on Crete, Moffat took leave from the organization to work as an archaeological artist in Crete.

    For more information, take a look at the Historic Northampton website.

    46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060. (FREE)

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  35. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    HISTORY BITES LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE STRONG HOUSE
    Friday, April 15, 12:15 p.m.

    Join F. Timothy Barker, for a discussion on the Strong House in Amherst, and archaeological excavations throughout the Connecticut River valley. Barker is the Field Supervisor, and has directed field projects for Archaeological Services at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS) for 24 years.

    The Strong House was built in the late 1750s. This presentation will outline the various aspects of archaeological research and excavation in the Connecticut River valley and the New England region, and summarize the work done at the Strong House to date, including previous investigations by UMass Archaeological Services at the Strong House property and the initial results of the ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey completed last November.

    This is a Bring Your Own Lunch event, and coffee, tea and cider will be provided. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. For more information see the Amherst Historic Society website.
    Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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    April 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

    HISTORY OF TRANSPORTATION IN COLRAIN
    Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m.
    The focus this year for the Colrain Historical Society will be on the changing modes transportation in Colrain. Topics will include early roads and bridges in Colrain; the port at Cheapside; stage routes and taverns; the coming of the railroad to Shelburne Falls; Colrain in 1896 before the trolley; and the coming of the trolley.

    Following the open meeting, there will be a showing of the PBS film, “The Rise and Fall of Penn Station.” Refreshments will be served.

    8 Main Road, Colrain, MA at the Stacy Barn behind the G. William Pitt House. For more information call Belden at 413-625-2003.

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  37. Ted Harvey said,

    April 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    IRISH REBELLION EXHIBIT IN SPRINGFIELD
    Tuesday, March 8 – Sunday, May 22


    Irish heritage is often associated with Boston, but Western Massachusetts also boasts strong ties to Ireland. The Springfield Museums are hosting a new exhibit titled Easter Rising: Springfield’s Response to the Irish Rebellion of 1916 at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

    The exhibit, which features poster-sized newspaper headlines of the day as well as memorabilia from Springfield residents, explores local reaction to the events of April 14-29, 1916, when Irish Republicans led a revolt aimed at ending British rule and establishing a fully independent Irish Republic. Although the initial revolt was violently suppressed by a massive influx of British troops, which included an artillery and naval bombardment of Dublin, the “Easter Rising” signaled the beginning of what would become the Irish War for Independence. 413.263.6800.
    21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103

    For further related events in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising see the Springfield 1916 2016 Remembrance Facebook Page .

    All events are free and open to the public.

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  38. Ted Harvey said,

    April 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

    When the Road Came Through: How Construction of I-91 Changed Western Massachusetts
    Wednesday, April 6, 7pm-8pm
    We drive it every day, but have you ever wondered about the history of Route 91?Join Barry Dietz for a talk about the 291 miles of Interstate 91 which ran from New Haven, Connecticut up to the Canadian border. Built to run along the abandoned right-of-way path for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railway line, construction on I-91 began in 1958 and was finished when the final sections in Vermont were completed in 1978. Refreshments will be served.
    Coolidge Museum, 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 413-587-1017. (FREE)

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    April 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    GOSHEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
    The Goshen Historical Society has a spate of great events coming up, starting with the History of Camp Holy Cross on Sunday, April 17th at 2pm. For more information check out their website website.
    126 Berkshire Trail West, Goshen MA. (413) 268-7120 (FREE)

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    April 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

    PATRIOT’S DAY MUSTER & PARADE
    April 16, 10am-4pm
    Any plans for Patriot’s Day Weekend? No? Why not travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard ’round the world” at Historic Deerfield? Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, a re-enacted skirmish, and a parade and muster. Historic Deerfield Guides and Open Hearth Cooks will interpret open hearth cooking and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring. Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade, and then take it home as a memento. A “Liberty Quest” will also be available for adventurous visitors. Those who complete the “quest” will receive a prize at the end. This is a great event for adults and kids alike.
    Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA 01342. (413) 775-7132 ($$)

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  41. Ted Harvey said,

    April 4, 2016 at 9:31 am

    The Earliest Baseball
    Saturday, April 16, 2pm
    Join Brian Turner, writing instructor at Smith College and baseball history aficionado, for a talk on baseball in the early 19th century. Turner’s talk will focus on an experiment in progressive education: the Round Hill School for Boys. While the School was only open for 11 years, it left a lasting influence on education, especially physical education. Round Hill became the first school in the nation to introduce a gymnastics ground and physical education program, supervising all manner of physical activities, including sports and games, at a time when few educators regarded child’s play as part of the curriculum. Brian Turner will discuss the sort of ball played at Round Hill. For more information, check out the Northampton Historic Society website.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060. 413-584-6011
    FREE

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  42. Ted Harvey said,

    March 23, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday. June 24-26.

    The Pioneer Valley may be some distance from the Atlantic, but the Ocean has had an enormous influence on the history of Massachusetts and New England. Join Historic Deerfield for a three-day conference of nineteen lectures on the maritime history of New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth century. The conference will focus on how the region remembered its maritime past. For more information and to register, check out the website.

    The Seminar is designed for educators, historians, collectors, independent scholars, librarians, preservationists, and museum curators, as well as students and the general public. A selected and edited transcript of this conference will appear as the 2016 Annual Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, to be issued about two years after the conference. Past Seminar Proceedings and publications by program speakers will be available at the conference.

    Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, June 25; coffee and doughnuts will be served each morning. Housing is available at group rates at local hotels.
    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St. Deerfield, MA ($$$)

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  43. Ted Harvey said,

    March 23, 2016 at 11:53 am

    The Bran-Bread Philosopher: Sylvester Graham and the Science of Human Life
    Saturday, April 2, 2pm

    Do you love food history? How about local history? What about local food history that is a little quirky? If so, join Christopher Clark, University of Connecticut historian, for his talk on Sylvester Graham. (And did I mention, this is where we get the name “Graham Cracker” from?)

    Graham was a well-known lecturer and writer on diet, health, and hygiene in the 19th century. An early advocate of vegetarianism, he would be best remembered for crackers and bread made of unbolted flour, commercialization of which at the end of the century would secure him lasting name-recognition.

    He was generally considered something of a quack by the science and medical profession, but he had a large public following. Though his death in 1851 at only 57 marred his authority as a guide to longevity, Graham had helped launch a popular science movement that would flourish even as professional science and medicine grew. His association with wholegrain crackers was strong enough that a half-century later his name was being used to sell factory-baked products that – had he lived to see them — he would have roundly condemned.
    46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. 413-584-6011. (FREE)

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  44. Ted Harvey said,

    March 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

    In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War
    LOCATION UPDATE!
    Due to a robust interest in the 2016 Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series, the lecture series will be moved to a new venue for the March 20 and April 24 lectures. Garonzik Auditorium in the Koch Science Center on the campus of Deerfield Academy will be the new location for the March 20 lecture, “Colonization and Captivity in Native Space,” by Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College and the April 24 lecture, “The Line of Forts: An Eighteenth Century DEW Line,” by Michael Coe, Professor Emeritus, Yale University. For more information, check out Historic Deerfield’s website.
    (FREE)

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  45. Ted Harvey said,

    March 21, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787
    Come and meet local historian Carole Owens and hear stories from her new book “Remarkable Women of New England: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers: The War Years 1754 to 1787”. Learn about the day-to-day lives of women in the 18th century in the home, the church, the village, and society, based on Owens’ research of women’s letters and journals. These women include several former Stockbridge residents. For example, Owens also tells the story of Anna Dix Orton Bingham, the Widow Bingham who fought to become the first woman to have a tavern license in Berkshire County, which sat on the site of today’s Red Lion Inn. For more information, check out the Stockbridge Library and Museum website.
    Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA. 413-528-6888. (FREE)

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  46. Ted Harvey said,

    March 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Hiding in Plain Sight: Female Soldiers of the Civil War
    Saturday, April 9, 2:00 PM
    Did you know that women fought for both sides during the Civil War? Discover the true stories of countless women who defied the expectations of their gender in time of war in order to support their cause. Ranger Krystal Vezina will present a special session in conjunction with the exhibit at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site “At Camp in the Field – The Life of the Civil War Soldier”.
    Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Suite 2
    Springfield, MA 01105. (413) 734-8551. (FREE)

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  47. Ted Harvey said,

    March 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

    RESURRECTING THE LOST TOWNS OF THE SWIFT RIVER VALLEY
    Thursday, March 24, 7-9pm

    Come check out the new exhibit, designed by students from the Five Colleges in the Applied Humanities Learning Lab. Students will be resurrecting a version of the towns of the Swift River Valley “lost” in the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, as well as displaying their public humanities community project work with the Swift River Valley Historical Society.

    The first hour will be for experiencing the students’ work and “lost towns” creations, mingling, and partaking of drinks, music and refreshments. The second hour will be devoted to exploring the class projects in more detail with brief talks from the students, as well as a keynote lecture by author, photographer and social media professional Matthew Christopher, whose own work on “Abandoned America” continues to fascinate.

    Please RSVP to: http://goo.gl/forms/OzbEKCkAnB

    UMass Student Union Ballroom and Gallery
    280 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA

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    March 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    A HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AMHERST COMMON
    Friday, March 18, 12:15pm-12:45pm
    Join Rachel Hare Mustin for a bite of local history! In the latest History Bites Lunchtime Lecture series, Ms. Mustin will present an account of how the South Amherst Common evolved from 1703, when Amherst was still the East Precinct of Hadley, until today. Early houses were built on the Common, as well as a number of buildings for “common uses” over the years, such as the church, the parish house, the school, the library, the former post office and general store, and the former Poor Farm, as well as the cemetery. Today the South Amherst Common, including nine homes, three barns, and “public buildings,” is on the National Registry of Historic Districts. For more information, check out the Amherst Historic Society.
    Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

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  49. Ted Harvey said,

    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    DISCOVERING NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS
    Saturday, April 9, 2pm-4pm
    Do you have a stone wall in your yard? Have you ever wondered why they are so popular in New England? Join a local expert, as he discusses the history of the New England stone wall. He will also discuss technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics, and explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. And don’t worry, there will be ample time for questions!

    Hawlemont Elementary School, 10 School Street, Charlemont, MA

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  50. Ted Harvey said,

    March 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    HISTORY OF TOBACCO IN THE PIONEER VALLEY
    Live Show, Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    Re-air Thursday, March 10, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Listen live or via streaming audio

    Tobacco agriculture is often associated with the Southern United States. However, it has a long history in the Pioneer Valley. It depends on local environmental features like rich topsoil and high humidity made possible by the Connecticut River. Tobacco growth has also shaped the local labor patterns and architectural history (i.e., the tobacco barn is one of the most distinctive building styles in New England). Interested in learning more? Check out the Valley Free Radio’s show tonight!

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  51. Ted Harvey said,

    March 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    THE HISTORY OF THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY IN SHEFFIELD

    Custom Extrusion & the history of the Sheffield plastics industry
    Friday, March 11, 7:30pm

    The plastics industry has been an important part of the Berkshire’s history and economy for more than 100 years. The origins of the plastics industry in Berkshire county date back to the 1880’s. The industry really took off in Sheffield in the 1950’s and continues to be a vital part of the community to this day. Custom Extrusion has been producing plastic products in Sheffield for nearly 60 years. Rick Stover, president of the company, will be giving a presentation on the history of the company. Sheffield Historical Society, Dewey Hall. 137-161 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

    The History of the Plastics Industry in Sheffield
    Reception March 19, 4pm-6pm
    Exhibit open Saturday, March 2- Sunday, April 3
    Weekends 11am-4pm

    This exhibit tells the story of the development of this industry from the mid-20th century to today. 137-161 Main Street, Sheffield, MA. (FREE)

    For further information, visit Sheffield Historical Society. Or contact at sheffieldhistoricalsociety @gmail.com or (413) 229-2694.

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  52. Ted Harvey said,

    March 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

    OLD FARMS: HATFIELD’S BURIED COLONIAL VILLAGE
    Thursday, March 17, 7-8pm
    Hatfield Congregational Church

    What makes “Old Farms” so special? Archaeologists have long searched for 17th century-related remains of one the nucleated settlements that became so prominent in New England, but nothing more than a few scattered house sites have ever been found, since later construction erased the older remains. “Old Farms” represents the example archaeologists have long been seeking: the preserved remains of a complete nucleated 17th century settlement – the only archaeological site of its kind in southern New England. Join UMass archaeologist Randy Daum as explores this archaeological treasure in our own backyard. For more information, check out the Hatfield Historical Societywebsite. FREE

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    March 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

    BASEBALL IN THE BERKSHIRES: A COUNTY’S COMMON BOND ON DISPLAY AT HERMAN MELVILLE’S ARROWHEAD
    Friday, March 4 through Monday, May 2
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 10:00AM and 3:00PM

    Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA
    Do you love local history? How about America’s favorite pastime? If so, you need to check out the 280 items from ninety private collections on display and available to the public at the Berkshire Historical Society.
    Pittsfield and the Berkshire’s have a rich baseball history. In fact, Pittsfield was the first town in which baseball received legal recognition in 1791 when the town fathers signed an ordinance banning it from being played in the town square. It is also the city that houses one of the oldest active baseball stadium in the country, Wahconah Park (1919). Pittsfield is where the first inter-collegiate game was held in 1859 when Williams College was defeated by Amherst College with a score of 73 to 23. African-American Ulysses “Frank” Grant, a prominent second baseman in the late 1800s was born in Pittsfield and raised in Williamstown; he is often considered to be the “best ballplayer in the 19th century.” For more information, check out the Berkshire Historical Societywebsite. 413-442-1793, ext. 12. $

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    February 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    HISTORY BITES LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ROOTS OF UTOPIA IN FLORENCE, MA
    Friday, March 4, 12:15pm
    Long before the Civil War erupted, Prudence Crandall of Canterbury, Connecticut and Lydia Maria Child of Boston helped inspire the founders of an abolitionist “utopian” community, the Northampton Association, at the root of what became the village of Florence, Massachusetts. The work of the two women was aimed at ending slavery and promiting justice for free African Americans. Join local historian Steve Strimer for a discussion on the abolitionist Utopian community that was formed in Florance, MA in the 19th century. For more information see the Amherst Historical website. Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA FREE

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  55. Ted Harvey said,

    February 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    THE REAL ETHAN FROME
    Saturday, March 5, 3:30pm-5:00pm
    Are you familiar with Edith Wharton’s classic novel? Did you know it was partially based on a true story? Local historian and author, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, will discuss the tragic sledding accident in Lenox on March 11, 1904 that Wharton later used in her book. A Victorian tea will follow her presentation and a Q and A session. For more information check out The Mount website. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA. $$

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  56. Ted Harvey said,

    February 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

    MARION DODD AND THE HAMPSHIRE BOOKSHOP
    Saturday, March 19, 2pm
    Are you interested in books? How about a little local history? Join Barbara Blumenthal, the rare book specialist in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, as she discusses Marion Dodd and the bookstore she piloted for nearly 55 years. The Bookshop opened 100 years ago this year and was the center of literary life in Northampton and the Pioneer Valley. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA FREE

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  57. Ted Harvey said,

    February 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    OUR GRANDMOTHERS OF HOLYOKE/NUESTRAS ABUELAS DE HOLYOKE
    Open Thursday and Friday 3-7 p.m. and Saturday 12pm-4 p.m.
    Opening Reception: Mach 5, 2-5 p.m. (Snow Date: March 12)

    Through photographs and bi-lingual text, this new exhibit at the Wistariahurst Museum curated by Waleska Santiago, narrates stories of women in general, and Latinas in particular. It focuses on concepts of family, challenges faced by grandmothers raising their families, gender expectations, and the connections between grandmothers and their adult grandchildren who reside in Holyoke, 238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA. (Fri & Sat – $; Thurs – FREE)

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    February 24, 2016 at 8:46 am

    CAPITALISM AND CALAMITY: THE MILL RIVER FLOOD OF 1874
    Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Join Elizabeth Sharpe, the author of In the Shadow of the Dam: the Aftermath of the Mill River Flood of 1874, for her discussion of one of the worst disasters of the 19th century. For more information, check out Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. 413-584-6011 FREE

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  59. Ted Harvey said,

    February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    MYSTERIES (AND HISTORY) OF THE CONSTITUTION: THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT
    Wednesday, February 24, 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Join Westfield, MA native and former Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court justice John Greaney for his discussion on the constitution. Greaney will talk address the common misunderstandings that people have about the Constitution and controversial questions including the document’s support for rights to privacy and gun possession, and what the Constitution says about the powers of the President and of the Supreme Court. For more information, check out Westfield State’s Guest Lecture Series. Scanlon Banquet Hall B and C. 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA.(413) 572-5300. FREE

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    February 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    THE IRISH AMERICAN IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCE
    Saturday, March 19, 10 AM
    The Irish-American experience remains an important part of the history of the Pioneer Valley. Join Holyoke’s 2016 Ambassador Award Winner,
    Dr. Mary C. Kelly to learn more about the history of the Irish experience in America.
    Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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  61. Ted Harvey said,

    February 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

    FOOD, COOKING AND EATING IN NORTHAMPTON: THEN AND NOW
    Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
    Sundays 12 to 5 pm
    Interested in the history of food? Take a peak at the new exhibit in Northampton. Come see how people produced and sold food and how people cooked and ate it, through the years. The exhibition is curated by Barbara B. Blumenthal, a member of Historic Northampton’s Board of Trustees. Barbara was a museum guide and hearth cook at Historic Northampton in the 1980s and early 1990s. Her passion for local history and food history led her to poke around in our collections looking for tasty tidbits to share with the public. For more information, check out Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA. (Admission with donation)

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    February 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    HISTORY COMMUNICATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    How do you communicate history in today’s digital world? Join prominent historians, journalists, and thought leaders from across the nation in “lightning conversations” on how we communicate history in the 21st Century. Co-hosts Jason Steinhauer (Library of Congress) and Susan Kaplan (NEPR) will moderate the event. Make sure to RSVP. (FREE)

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  63. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    THE RISE AND FALL OF LADINO SPEAKING JEWS

    Join Professor Devin E. Naar, chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at the University of Washington, as he traces the history of Sephardim—from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the establishment of Jewish communities in the Ottoman Empire, and from the devastation wrought by the Holocaust to the experiences of Ladino-speaking Jews in the United States as they encountered Ashkenazi communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about and engage with a critical piece of Jewish history and culture.

    The course includes: four lectures by Professor Naar, one lecture by Sephardic music researcher Joel Bresler, academic readings and resources, and online discussion with professor and peers.

    The class runs for four weeks, March 21 – April 15. Interactive online discussion with the professor will be available during these four weeks only. Lectures and readings will remain available for viewing and downloading for four additional weeks (through May 13).
    For more information, see the Yiddish Book Center website. ($$$)

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  64. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

    ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
    Thursday, March 10, 7pm
    Let’s celebrate Women’s History Month! In 1932, America elected a new President who promised a “New Deal”. Included in that “New Deal” would be a woman who over the course of her life became an activist, humanitarian and a voice for democracy. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us look back and honor the life of Eleanor Roosevelt, an extraordinary woman who has been ranked today as our greatest First Lady! Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, 2072 Main Street, Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

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    February 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

    HISTORY BITES LUNCHTIME SERIES: TELLTALE TIMBERS
    Friday, February 19, 12:15pm
    Dendrochronology is the scientific method of dating wood based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings. It can be used to date the timber used in wooden structures, like the Simeon Strong House. William Flynt, the architectural conservator at Historic Deerfield, will discuss the application of this science in the study of structures at Historic Deerfield and throughout New England. bring your lunch and the Amherst Historical Society will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. For updated information, check our the Amherst Historical Society website. Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE

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    February 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    AMHERST FOUNDERS DAY
    Saturday, February 20, 2:00pm
    Did you know Amherst was founded on February 13, 1759? Join the Amherst Historical Society and Museum to celebrate Founders Day. The event will include this year’s Conch Shell Award, presented to the Garden Club of Amherst, and the Mabel Loomis Todd Lecture by Dr. Kevin Sweeney on General Jeffrey Amherst. Jones Library, Goodwin Room, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

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  67. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    REDISCOVERING THE FOLLY COVE DESIGNERS
    Saturday, February 27, 2 pm
    The Folly Cove Designers came together in 1941, emerging “out of the granite of Cape Ann,” as one designer put it. Members of the collective carved designs into linoleum, then printed the designs on fabric to sell as table linens, draperies, and clothing, acquiring a national reputation for excellence in block printing and for depicting their local environments with passion and humor. Join Folly Cove Designers expert and Bowdoin College professor Jennifer Scanlon, for her discussion on The Folly Cove Designers of Gloucester, Massachusetts. For more information, check out Historic Northampton . 413-584-6011. Damon Education Center, Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton (FREE)

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  68. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    LEE LOVES A PARADE
    February and March Exhibit.
    Check out this fascinating look at Lee, MA through an exhibit of photos from the Lee Library Historical Collection as well as photos from more recent parades taken by members of the community. 100 Main Street Lee, MA. 413-243-0385 (FREE

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  69. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

    BASIL DORSEY DAY: REMEMBRANCE OF OUR PAST
    Sunday, February 21, 2 pm
    Did you know that the Pioneer Valley has a strong history of involvement in the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad? If you want to learn more, join Bambi Miller and Mary Boehmer of Charlemont as they present Remembrance of Our Past at the David Ruggles Center in recognition of Basil Dorsey, a self-emancipated slave and teamster born in Libertytown, in Frederick County, Maryland who settled in Florence. David Ruggles Center, 225 Nonotuck Street, Florence at 2 pm. FREE

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    February 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

    COMPANY’S COMING: ARTIFACTS AND RITUALS OF EARLY NEW ENGLAND PARLORS
    Saturday, April 2, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m
    Historic Deerfield brings together a diverse group of historians and curators to focus on the material culture and functions of the New England parlor, including issues of refinement, wealth, consumerism, power, and gender, at the one-day forum, “Company’s Coming: Artifacts and Rituals of Early New England Parlors”. Lunch is included. Register early on the Historic Deerfield website to save. The Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield. $$$

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  71. Ted said,

    February 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

    DID GRANDMA HAVE A FILLING STATION? RECOVERING HIDDEN MEMORIES
    Friday, March 11, 7pm
    Laws governing the rights of married women were changing in the late 1800s. Women who entered into a business in their own names were required to register these businesses with the Town or City Clerk. Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan have digitized the records found at the Greenfield Town Clerk’s vault and analyzed them to see how they fit into local history. There were a wide range of endeavors, from farming to retail shops to manufacturing. Who were these women? Why did they do what they did? Using historic newspapers, business directories, census and vital records Sara and Shari will retell these forgotten stories of enterprising women in our region. Make sure you pre-register online . GCC Downtown, 270 Main Street, Greenfield. 413-775-1661 ($)

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  72. Ted said,

    February 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

    SILENT PRESENCE: THE FRENCH IN NEW ENGLAND
    Friday, April 1, 7pm
    For over 25 years Jeanne Douillard has probed the history of the French in New England. In researching her own genealogy she discovered she had Québecois, Acadien, Native American and English roots. Her passion to learn more led her to delve into conflicting historiographies. English, French and American historians offered up irreconcilable views of La Nouvelle France. Make sure you pre-register online . GCC Downtown, 270 Main Street, Greenfield. 413-775-1661 ($)

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  73. Ted said,

    February 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    BETTER ANGELS: THE FIREFIGHTERS OF 9/11

    From now until July, the travelling exhibit Better Angels: The Firefighters of 9/11 will be at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The exhibit features 343 portraits by artist and Easthampton resident Dawn Howkinson Siebel, one for every New York City firefighter lost in the World Trade Center attacks. Together, the images create a wall measuring 21 feet long, allowing visitors to come face to face with men who made their living running toward danger and saving lives, even at the risk of their own. 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. 413-263-6800. ($)

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  74. Ted said,

    February 8, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    STORIES OF WISTARIAHURST FROM A SKINNER DESCENDANT
    Sunday February 21, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Come to the Wistariahurst Museum for a lively mix of Holyoke history and personal memories. Allerton Kilborne, the last living Skinner descendant to have resided at the historic estate, brings the past to life as he shares his memories of living at Wistariahurst with his grandmother, Katherine Skinner Kilborne, and a full time staff. An historian himself, Mr. Kilborne weaves his personal memories into the broader narrative of Holyoke. Mr. Kilborne will lead a tour of the house, including more of his own memories and anecdotes, following his talk. Tickets are available on the Wistariahurst website. 238 Cabot St, Holyoke MA. ($)

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  75. Ted said,

    February 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    WINTER VACATION PROGRAM AT STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM
    Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18, 10am-3pm
    Are your kids looking for something educational and fun to do this winter vacation? Storrowton is offering a unique opportunity for children ages 7-12 through their one-day “A Day Away in the Past” program. Students will travel back to the 1800s and experience Early American life in the historic Storrowton Village. Youngsters will dress in period-inspired clothing and learn about history and traditions of yesteryear through a unique, hands-on approach. They will explore the other historic buildings in the Village. In the authentic one room Schoolhouse, program participants will have the opportunity to experience classroom life absent of all modern learning technologies, where they can try their hand at using a quill pens and writing on slates with chalk. Children will get to play old-fashioned indoor games of skill and show off their creativity doing crafts, such as candle dipping, tin smithing and more. At the end of the day, each will return to the 21st century with their creations for family and friends to see. Children will have the chance to participate in all the activities offered. An experienced and knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide participants through educational, interactive, and fun activities designed to delight and challenge children. Pre-registration is required by this Saturday, February 13th. For more information, call the Storrowton Village Museum office at 413-205-5051. Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. ($$$)

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  76. Ted said,

    February 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    KEEPING BUSY: FIVE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS RESPOND TO HENRIETTA LAMBIE’S MOURNING QUILT, C. 1884
    Friday, February 12 5-8pm (Opening Reception)

    At the end of the 19th century, American quilt design was turned on its head by women making wildly embroidered, richly textured, shockingly asymmetrical “Crazy Quilts” from velvet, silk, and plush fabrics. Henrietta Lambie, a Northampton resident, started a crazy quilt in 1884, at the height of the American “craze.” Historic Northampton is hosting Keeping Busy, which includes the original artwork of five contemporary artists with varied approaches to textile art and a shared interest in history and women’s stories. Each artist has created new work in response to Lambie’s mourning quilt, which will also be on display in the gallery. An exhibition catalog, including statements from the curator and artists, will be available at the opening.

    Exhibition Dates: February 12-March 6, 2016
    Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
    Sunday 12-5pm
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA

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  77. Ted said,

    February 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    THE GREAT FALLS DAMS OF THE CONNECTICUT RIVER NEAR HOLYOKE
    Saturday, February 13, 11am
    The history of industrialization is the history of the Pioneer Valley. Join local historian Leo Labonte as he explores the history of the dams along the Connecticut River that helped spur the rise of mills in the 19th century. Holyoke Public Library Community Room, 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke
    (FREE)

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  78. Meg said,

    February 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    CHOCOLATE! FROM BEAN TO BAR
    Saturday, February 13, 3:30 pm
    Did you know that chocolate has New World origins, that it was Spain’s best kept secret for 100 years, that Casanova played a role in its popularity, that the first “candy bar” was invented in 1847, that a daily intake of chocolate can lower one’s blood pressure? Want to learn more? Join food historian Francine Segan as she takes audiences on a tasty tour of the history of chocolate. PLUS, Francine will offer a tasting of fine chocolate, guiding her audience on how to train the palate for the various types. For more information check out the Mansion and Gilded Age Museum’s 104 Walker St
    Lenox, MA 01240 (Reservations highly recommended. $$)

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  79. Ted said,

    February 2, 2016 at 8:48 am

    ABOVE AND BEYOND

    Thursday, February 11, 7:30pm

    It’s 1948. As Europe emerges from world war, a small group of Jewish American fighter pilots returns to the battlefield for a new cause: The Israeli War of Independence. Have we piqued your interest? Do you like historic documentaries? As part of their Love is Complicated series, MassMOCA is hosting a screening of Above and Beyond, a film telling the story of the fighter pilot’s journey back to the homeland. Make sure to stay for a Q+A with the filmmaker! Fresh-made popcorn is available and the bar is always well-stocked.

    1040 Mass MOCA Way, North Adams, MA. ($ Students, Members, and Non-Members)

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  80. Ted said,

    February 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

    BEFORE THE FRENCH & INDIAN WARRAIDING AND CAPTIVE TAKING IN COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND
    Sunday, February 28, 2pm
    Historic Deerfield’s winter lecture series “In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity before the French and Indian War” continues with “Raiding and Captive Taking along the New England and New York Borders 1688-1748,” presented by Kevin Sweeney, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College. Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, in Deerfield, MA. (FREE)

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  81. Ted said,

    February 1, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge
    Wednesday, February 3, 6:30pm
    Have you ever driven down the streets in a Massachusetts town, passed an interesting house and wondered why it was there and who had lived in it? Are you generally interested in historical houses and just want to learn a little more about what they are like? The Stockbridge Library’s Museum & Archives is hosting a workshop that will feature current Stockbridge homeowners talking about the families who lived in their houses before them.
    Jonathan Edwards Room, 4 Main Street Stockbridge (Suggested Donation $)

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  82. Ted said,

    January 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH: A CHICOPEE MAN GOES TO THE YUKON IN 1898 (AND BACK)
    Thursday, January 28, 12:15pm
    Do you like local history? What about adventure stories? If so, join Robert H. Romer, professor emeritus, Amherst College, as he brings to life the story of Chicopee’s John Gibson, an Irish immigrant who set out for the Klondike to seek his fortune. This is part of the Springfield Museums’ à la Carte lecture series. Visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). 413-263-6800, ext. 488. D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, 21 Edwards St, Springfield, MA. ($ Members and Non-members).

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