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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,

    February 2, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Sunday, February 25, 2:00pm-3:00pm

    The second in Historic Deerfield’s Free Winter Lecture Series, “Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” will be presented by Deborah Child.

    Deborah Child is the author of the “Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” the biography of Richard Brunton. Child follows follows Brunton from his arrival with the British army in Boston through the various battles of the American Revolution until his death in Groton, MA in 1832. Brunton’s adventures span six states and various levels of socities. Through his life, we are introduced to the early Republic. Child takes the reader on a journey as Brunton crosses six states and moves through all levels of society and circumstances in the earliest years of our Republic. Once described as a man of great ingenuity and skill, Richard Brunton, as Child notes, lead a “life on the fringe.”

    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Old Deerfield, MA (FREE)


  2. Ted Harvey said,

    January 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Friday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m-5:00 p.m.
    Lecture Center

    During this 150th Anniversary of W.E.B. DuBois, join assistant professor of history Justin Jackson for his talk on W.E.B. DuBois and the Politics of Remembering Slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

    This is part of Great Barrington’s Du Bois 150th anniversary celebration
    which began in January and will continue throughout 2018. Click here for a detailed calendar.

    The Festival will be like none other. The Town believes it’s all about home. Du Bois was born here. Educated here. Worshiped here. As a teenager he wrote newspaper articles about our town. He worked at Searles Castle. Our town raised the funds to send Du Bois to college. He owned property here. Paid taxes here. Du Bois buried his family here. And he wrote glowingly about Great Barrington in his autobiographies and correspondence. Du Bois continues to attract visitors from all over the world to the “best small town in America.”

    For more information, see the Festival’s webpage.

    Lecture Center, 84 Alford Rd., Great Barrington, MA (FREE)


  3. Ted Harvey said,

    January 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Sunday, January 28, 2:00pm

    This is part of Historic Deerfield’sFree Winter Lecture Series, “Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic.”

    A rising generation of citizens vigorously pursued happiness in the decades following the American Revolution. For some, this meant taking morally dubious and potentially disastrous shortcuts to fame and fortune. Join us as we learn more about the lively and unconventional careers of two women who made crime pay, an artistic counterfeiter, and a creative biographer. Join Susan Branson, Professor of History at Syracuse University, for a talk on the notorious Ann Carson and the ghost writer of her memoirs, Mary Clarke.

    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Old Deerfield, MA (FREE)


  4. Ted Harvey said,

    January 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Luke Day: Revolutionary, Farmer, and the Master Spirit in Shays’ Rebellion
    Friday, January 26, 7:00pm

    Join Stan Svec, of Southwick and the History Department Chair at West Springfield High School for his portrayal of Luke Day (1743-1801) who was well known for his leadership role in Shays’ Rebellion. He was also convicted of high treason and sentenced to death, before being pardoned by Governor John Hancock. He was referred to as the “Master Spirit” of the insurrection, and was only passed over as overall leader in favor of Daniel Shays due to the perception of over-zealousness on his part, by his men. As a lieutenant, and then a captain, he served for eight years and participated in many key battles of the American Revolutionary War. After the war, he joined the prestigious Society of the Cincinnati, which included the likes of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

    A member of one of the most prominent families in West Springfield, Day was christened at the First Congregational Church. His cousin, Josiah, owned the home which still stands today on Park Street – The Old Day House – and is the oldest known brick saltbox-style house in the country. His brother-in-law, Justin Morgan, developed the Morgan horse breed.

    Captain John Potter, whose home stands in Storrowton Village Museum, served in the Massachusetts Militia and on two occasions, his Brookfield Company was called on to suppress the tumult of Shays’ Rebellion.

    For discounted admission, visit the Storrowton Village website

    For more information, call the Village at 413-205-5051.

    Note: This event is weather permitting. If the weather is questionable, please call the Village for details prior to your departure.
    1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089 ($$)


  5. Ted Harvey said,

    January 18, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Spring Dates (see below), 7:00pm-8:30pm
    The beginning of the Protestant Reformation is traditionally dated to October 31, 1517, the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Join Joseph Molleur, PhD for a four-session mini-course, where he will explore three of the most important figures of the Protestant Reformation, the movements associated with them, and their possible continuing significance for us today and tomorrow.

    Professor Molleur received his BA in religious studies from Grinnell College, his MA in historical theology from Episcopal Divinity School, and his PhD in systematic and comparative theology from Boston College. Following a two-year assignment as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Boston College, he taught religion for 15 years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, until his retirement as professor emeritus in 2016. He is a member of All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church, and volunteers regularly at the Council on Aging and the Catholic Charity Center in Adams.

    Reserve your spot by contacting: All Saints Berkshires, 59 Summer Street, North Adams, MA, 413-664-9656 or email allsaintsberkshires@gmail.com


    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7:00pm: Martin Luther and Lutheranism;
    MONDAY, MARCH 5, 7:00pm: John Calvin and the Reformed Church;
    MONDAY, MARCH 12, 7:00pm: Elizabeth I (not Henry VIII?!) and the English Reformation;
    MONDAY, MARCH 19, 7:00pm: Does It Continue to Matter 500 Years
    All Saints Berkshires, 59 Summer Street, North Adams, MA (Free)


  6. Ted Harvey said,

    December 15, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Sunday, December 17, 4:30pm-6:00pm

    ​Did you skate while growing up? If so, when and where? During recess, after school, on weekends? Did you play hockey or “steal the hat,” or do whip lines? Or maybe you skated past dark, and lay on your back on the ice and watched the stars?

    Come remember those carefree times with the new exhibit at the Hatfield Historical Museum, “Skate your troubles away: Recalling days of freedom and ice,”during Hatfield’s Annual Luminarium. Add your skating stories to our collection!
    Hatfield Historical Museum, 39 Main St, Hatfield, MA (FREE)


  7. Ted Harvey said,

    November 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Saturday, November 25, 2:00pm
    Would it be surprising to learn that Springfield was the original Silicon Valley? It’s true! In 1796, the Federal government began a half-century of patronage for the Springfield Armory. Its presence in the Connecticut Valley, coupled with ready access to high quality steel, competitively priced coal and transportation, abundant water power, and the availability of an educated labor force transformed the region into America’s first high-tech industrial corridor.

    By the time of the Civil War, Colt’s Armory and the Sharp’s Rifle Company in Hartford, Smith & Wesson in Springfield and both Eli Whitney and Winchester in New Haven made the Connecticut Valley the center of the arms industry in America. Join presenter William Hosley, a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, social media expert, historian, writer, and photographer, to learn more about the Silicon Valley of the 19th Century.

    Bill Hosley was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks, as well as the curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum. Bill has also served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries.

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Springfield, MA (FREE)


  8. Ted Harvey said,

    November 9, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Saturday, November 11, 10:45am
    In conjunction the exhibit, “Push The Green Hand Ahead:
    Springfield Armory in World War I”, join Park Ranger Susan Ashman for her presentation “The Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: 1918”.
    Ashman will discuss the final hours of World War I, including quotes from battlefield soldiers, the story behind the poem “In Flanders Field” and the
    historical significance and evolvement of the Remembrance Poppy in relation to the war.
    During World War I, an American woman named Moina Michael vowed to wear a red poppy in remembrance of all those soldiers killed after reading the poem, “In Flanders Field”. She was the driving force behind handing out silk poppies to raise funds for war victims after the war,
    which continues through today. One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105 (FREE)


  9. Ted Harvey said,

    October 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Wednesday, November 1, 6:00pm
    To commemorate Veteran’s Day, the Greenfield Public Library is hosting Lance Ringel as he reads from his novel, “Flower of Iowa.” The reading will be accompanied by period music performed by Chuck Muckle.

    Ringel spent 21 years researching and writing this gripping novel, which was published in May of 2014 to mark the centenary of World War I, also known as The Great War. Kirkus Reviews called it “Accomplished, touching historical fiction.” Actor-director Stephen Fry praised Flower of Iowa as “a truly wonderful WW1 novel… so truthful and touching.”

    Lance Ringel has penned five novels and three plays, one of which, In Love with the Arrow Collar Man, about famed American illustrator J.C. Leyendecker, debuts this November at New York City’s famed Theatre 80. A native of central Illinois, Ringel had an impressive career in politics, serving in the 1990s as Assistant Commissioner of Human Rights under New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Ringel currently works as a senior writer for Vassar College and resides in Poughkeepsie with his spouse of 41 years, actor-composer Chuck Muckle. Flower of Iowa is his first published book-length work.

    Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St., Greenfield, MA. LeVanway Room (FREE)


  10. Ted Harvey said,

    October 11, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Sunday, October 29, 10:00am-12:00pm
    As America evolved from a 17th century colony to a modern 21st century nation, attitudes towards death and burial changed, affecting the design of cemetery landscapes. The 356-year old Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton’s oldest known place of interment, reflects many of these changes within its compact 19 acres between Bridge and North Streets. John Martha H. Lyon for a discussion about the history of American cemetery design, how it has evolved, and why. Following the talk, she will lead an interactive “treasure hunt” tour through the Bridge Street Cemetery landscape, identifying design changes, and encouraging participants to spot them too.

    Martha H. Lyon, is the owner of Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture, LLC, a Northampton, Massachusetts-based practice specializing in design, preservation and planning of historic and cultural landscapes. She has worked on dozens of sites of historic significance in the Northeast, including the restoration of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, multiple landscapes in Provincetown, MA, the historic Saratoga Race Course in New York, and the oldest extant house in Roxbury, MA. Locally, she is now working on preservation plans for the West Farms Cemetery and Park Street Cemeteries and in 2016, she was the lead landscape architect for the Bridge Street Cemetery Preservation Master Plan project. She is also a member of Northampton’s Historic Commission.

    Limited to 25 participants.
    To register, email lsanders@historicnorthampton.org

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


  11. Ted Harvey said,

    October 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Saturday, October 21, 2:00pm
    Historians of the Salem Witch Crisis, Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, have presented events in Northampton as a counter-example to the rash of witchcraft accusations in the eastern Bay Colony. Where residents of Salem Town and Salem Village interpreted the visions and behavior of young women as evidence of a malevolent “invisible world, they argue, residents of the western town understood similar phenomena as evidence of a nascent “awakening” of enthusiastic Christian faith. But was the Connecticut River Valley really free of what Cotton Mather called the Devil’s “juggles”?

    In time for Halloween, join Michael Thurston, Professor and Chair of the Department of English Language and Literature at Smith College, for a discussion on the appearance of witchcraft in the seventeenth-century history of Valley towns and villages. The talk will venture as far as Bridgeport, and spend some time in Wethersfield, CT (site of the largest pre-Salem witch panic in the colonies), it will also focus on such close-to-home cases as that of Mary Bliss Parsons and Hadley’s “Half-Hung Mary.” And just as events in Salem were re-narrated and reinterpreted by writers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it will be clear that events in western Massachusetts and Connecticut, too, were transformed by later writers to serve those writers’ own purposes.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA (FREE)


  12. Ted Harvey said,

    October 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Wednesday, November 8, 7:00pm
    This year is the 100th anniversary of the United States joining the Allies during World War I. The Ramapogue Historical Society of West Springfield is excited to host Stanley Svec, West Springfield History teacher, Reenactor and Military Historian, for an illustrated lecture on The Great War and the making of the Post Modern World. Intellectual History, Military and Political History, Literature and Art will all have their place in this presentation designed to commemorate the sublime scope of what the world now calls World War I and what America so naively labeled, the War to End All Wars.
    West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, W. Springfield, Community Room. (Free)


  13. Ted Harvey said,

    August 24, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Tuesday, September 5, 4:00pm
    Join Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, in Newark, NJ, for a look at the meteoric rise of jewelry wearing in the period after the Civil War triggered by unprecedented wealth in an industrialized America. Mr. Dietz will explore the idea of the aspirational symbolism of jewelry, an aristocratic model for a nation without any established social hierarchy. He will also touch on the parallel jewelry worn by everyday Americans during the Gilded Age, which echoed the styles of the 1% social class, but on a more modest scale.
    Dietz has been a curator at the Newark Museum since 1980, where he oversaw the restoration and reinterpretation of the National Historic Landmark Ballantine House of 1885. He has curated over 100 exhibitions covering all aspects of the decorative arts from colonial to contemporary.
    In 1997, Dietz was the project director for “The Glitter & the Gold: Fashioning America’s Jewelry,” the first-ever exhibition and book on Newark’s once vast jewelry industry. In 2006, he mounted the exhibition “Objects of Desire, 500 Years of Jewelry from the Newark Museum.” Shortly thereafter, he collaborated with Janet Zapata on a book and the exhibition focusing on the jewelry collection of Doris Duke, called “Gems from the East and the West.” In 2014, Dietz organized “City of Silver and Gold from Tiffany to Cartier,” documenting Newark’s precious metal industry from the 1850s to the 1960s.
    In 1874 Dietz’s great-great grandmother, First Lady Julia Dent Grant, redecorated the Red Room and the East Room in the latest Gilded–Age
    fashion; and in 1927 his grandfather built the third floor on the White House for Calvin and Grace Coolidge.

    For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or contact info@gildedage.org.
    Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker Street, Lenox, MA ($$$)


  14. Ted Harvey said,

    August 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Tuesday, August 29, 4:00pm
    Join Master Restorer Frank MacGruer for a Tea & Talk, where he will reveal his techniques for caring for antique furniture.

    MacGruer will cover basic principles for taking care of antique furniture. He will be information based on his years of experience and study on the construction of antique pieces and their finishes. With an eye towards the sustainable nature or conservation of well-made furniture of any age, he will discuss these matters: a) the environment of the home, b) the physical-functional condition of the piece, 3) the surface and reflective qualities, 4) the evaluation of all factors to decide on a maintenance program and the products to use for that purpose.

    MacGruer will provide photographs for discussing repair work in progress and illustrations of “before and after” restoration work. He will have on hand examples of finish problems and solutions, maintenance products and tools of the trade. Questions are invited during and after his presentation and can be submitted ahead of time.

    After receiving a BA in Studio Arts in 1972, MacGruer apprenticed with Edward Berks, a Master Restorer in NYC and Interlaken, MA before opening his own furniture restoration business that covers the local tri-state area. His shop is located in the old Eagle Mill complex in Lee, MA.

    Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.

    Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker St, Lenox, MA


  15. Ted Harvey said,

    August 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Saturday, August 12, 1:00pm
    The Catamount Hill Association will hold its Annual Meeting of descendants of families who settled Catamount Hill and friends interested in the history of the area. There will be a reports of the activities of the Association and sales of CHA publications, followed by a presentation,” Letters From Maud”, the story of the romance of Maud Purrington and Frank Johnson between 1905 and 1908 taken from a series of letters. A post meeting tour of the West Branch Cemetery where many Catamount settlers are buried is planned, weather permitting.

    The Catamount Hill Assoc. is an Association of families and friends of settlers on Catamount Hill, now a State Forest area in Colrain MA, The Hill was settled in the late 1700s and early 1800s primarily by Revolutionary War Vets who found land they could buy cheaply.

    For more information, see the Catamount Hill Association website
    First Baptist Church, 81 Foundry Village Road, Colrain, MA 01340. (FREE)


  16. Ted Harvey said,

    July 10, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Sunday, July 23, 2:00pm
    Today the sprawling brick complex in Northampton called “Brushworks Arts and Industry” hosts the studios of a hundred artists and craftspeople. Historically the building was the home of the Pro Corporation, a late incarnation of the first mass-market producer of toothbrushes in America. Under different names and ownership, the company spanned the manufacturing life of Northampton, beginning in 1854 as the A. P. Critchlow & Company (soon the Florence Manufacturing Company) making buttons, daguerreotype cases, and hairbrushes. As the Pro-phy-lac-tic Brush Company, it became the world’s largest producer of toothbrushes and then plastic cases for radios, telephones, television sets, and, by the 1980s, computers. The Pro Corporation closed in 2007.

    Join Stan Sherer to view his new film on the history of the Brush Shop. Sherer is the author of five books of photographs, a Fulbright Scholar to Albania, a recipient of two Mass Foundation grants, and numerous other grants and awards. Sherer has worked as a photojournalist and documentary photographer in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and in Asia. He has a strong interest in local history and is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Historic Northampton. He holds a B.A. from the City University of New York and an M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
    Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA


  17. Ted Harvey said,

    July 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Historic Deerfield will offer a one-day program focusing on building framing technology used in New England to the mid-19th century. Throughout this time period a number of ways to erect a structure were practiced with variations occurring for reasons of local tradition, expediency, efficiency, and technology. There will also be an opportunity to inspect samples of some of these forms of construction at a reception after the presentations.

    For more information and to register, visit the website. ($$$)
    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts


  18. Ted Harvey said,

    June 28, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
    Join Ruth diBuono, Pelham resident and Old Sturbridge Village Lead Interpreter of Countryside Gardens, in discovering 19th century applications of medicinal woodland plants. Learn through personal accounts of 19th century families and period advice books while exploring Buffam Falls. Practice skills in plant identification and botany with Ruth’s guidance. Following the presentation, there will be a Walk at Buffam Falls. Come along for the presentation, walk, or both!
    For more information contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.
    Pelham Library, Ramsdell Room, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA (FREE)


  19. Ted Harvey said,

    June 15, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Saturday, July 1, 4:00pm
    Ready for a little history and some exercise? Join the Stockbridge Library’s Proctor Museum & Archives on a cemetery walking tour to learn the fascinating – and complex – history of The Red Lion Inn.

    The walk will explore all the ins and outs of this beloved landmark, from its founding as a store to its place in Stockbridge today as the center of town. Over the years, the Inn has been rescued from closing twice, owned and operated by women three different times, and almost lost to a major fire.

    For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at 413-298-5501 or ksmarshall03@gmail.com.

    Cemetery Gate, Main Street, Stockbridge, MA ($ suggested)


  20. Ted Harvey said,

    June 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Thursdays, July 6, 13, and 20, 7:30 pm
    Looking for some history to begin your summer? Historic Deerfield is offering three lectures in their 2017 Summer Lecture Series. The lectures will occur on Thursday evenings in July (see below for more details). The theme of the Series is the rhythms of life of early America during the summer. “Summer Living in Early America” will explore early community celebrations of the nation’s most important civic holiday, dressing to beat the heat, and summer foodways.

    2017 Summer Lecture Series Schedule:

    Thursday, July 6
    “Hurrah for the Fourth! Independence Day in New England, 1777-1850”
    Len Travers, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Thursday, July 13
    “‘For the heat is beyond your conception:’ Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century”
    Neal Hurst, Associate Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    Sponsored by Bank of America

    Thursday, July 20
    “‘Tastes Like Asparagus:’ Summer Eating in Early New England”
    Debra Friedman, Senior President, Old Sturbridge Village

    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA. (FREE)


  21. Ted Harvey said,

    May 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Saturday, June 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
    This year is the 100th anniversary of the United States’s entry into World War I. The Springfield Armory played a vital role in America’s involvement in the war, producing the famed Springfield Rifle, the Model 1903, for front-line soldiers during World War I. This was also the first time women were hired to work on the manufacturing line, making up 14% of the workforce.

    In conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit, “Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I”, this year’s Armory Day will focus on the many elements of World War I. There will be many activities for visitors to participate in throughout the day including Ranger presentations, conversing with and experiencing World War I reenactors program Life of a WWI Soldier; a walking tour of the historic Hill Shops; and a book sale sponsored by the Springfield Armory Alliance. A special program features a guest Ranger from Longfellow Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site who is traveling West to present the WWI perspective “Escaping the Great War with the Longfellows’”.

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site , One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105. (FREE)


  22. Ted Harvey said,

    May 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Saturday, June 24, 8:00am-4:15pm
    Do you enjoy local history? What about children’s history? If you are interested in discovering what childhood was like in New England (as well as New York and Canada) over the past two hundred years, this day-long conference may be right up your alley.

    The conference opens with talks on the material culture of toys by fashion specialists, archaeologists, and historians who will discuss the making of high-style dolls, the distribution of toys in girls’ industrial schools, and toy-making during and after the Civil War. It continues with an examination of English emblematical books for children, printed board games designed for young minds, and the evolution of children’s libraries in the larger eighteenth century. The conference concludes with a look at the growth of the outdoor games of baseball and football in the face of “blue laws” and the military occupiers of Revolutionary Boston. Participants are invited to bring items from their collections for display and discussion.
    For more information and to register, please go to the conference webpage.

    Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA ($$$)


  23. Ted Harvey said,

    May 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Saturday, June 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm

    Are you interested in local history? What about Latino history? The Holyoke Public Library, through a Common Heritage Grant, has created an archive of local Latino family history materials.

    Join the Library as they open the Cada Familia Tiene Una Historia (Every Family Has a Story) exhibit on June 10th. Speakers include Ramón Borges-Méndez from Clark University presenting “The Making of Puerto Rican and Latino Communities in the Northeastern U.S,” and Joel Blanco-Rivera (University of Puerto Rico) presenting “Community Archives: an introduction and community conversation.”

    Special guests include Representative Aaron Vega and Manuel Frau-Ramos. Refreshments provided.

    Holyoke Public Library Community Room, Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040 (FREE)


  24. Ted Harvey said,

    May 18, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Sunday, May 28, 12:00pm

    Join the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee as they celebrate the 15th annual commemoration of the Sojourner Truth statue in Florence, MA. The gathering will honor her legacy and recognize the next generation of young people who follow in her footsteps. This year’s celebration will be highlighted by an address by Ingrid Askew, theatre artist and cultural activist, and a performance by the Amherst Area Gospel Choir. To be recognized at the event are this year’s recipients of the Sojourner Truth Scholarship for Social Justice, Dorilyn Castillo, Chicopee High School; Mugisha Cutsimpumu, Springfield Central High School; and Bridget MacNeill, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Academy.

    The day’s events will start with a walking tour of “Sojourner Truth’s Footsteps in Florence,” which will meet at 12:00 pm at the Sojourner Truth statue. After the celebration, the David Ruggles Center, located at 225 Nonotuck Street in Florence, will be hosting a reception and open house, and all are welcome to attend. In case of rain, the celebration will be indoors at the Florence Community Center, just across Pine Street from the statue.

    Sojourner Truth Statue, corner of Park and Pine Streets, Florence, MA (FREE)


  25. Ted Harvey said,

    May 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Friday, June 2, 7:00pm
    Join Kathy Lytle, of Buckland, to learn about the fascinating life of Josiah Spaulding Jr., the son of Rev. Josiah Spaulding, the first minister at Buckland’s Congregational Church. Through the family letters, Ms. Lytle illuminates the religious and social mores of that period, bringing to life Josiah Jr. and his time. Her presentation gives us a glimpse into this early history of Buckland and causes us to see parallels in today’s society.
    Program followed by a Pie Social. For more information, contact Polly Anderson 413-625-9763.
    Buckland Historical Society, 32 Upper Street, Buckland, MA 01338


  26. Ted Harvey said,

    March 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    April 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018

    This is the 100th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in World War I. To commemorate this event, the Springfield Armory National Historic Society is opening a special nine month long exhibit: “Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I”

    The opening reception (mentioned in a previous post) is on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Armory museum. Admission, the exhibit reception, and all associated programs are FREE.

    One-hundred years ago on April 6th, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution from Congress to enter into “a war to end all wars” that had already been raging in Europe for nearly three years.

    The exhibits, and associated programs, offer the public a unique opportunity to learn the compelling ­role of Springfield Armory in World War I, when the government arms factory pushed its workforce to supply the soldiers on the front line with essential armaments. The Armory also served a role coordinating and inspecting private contractors producing weaponry and supplies up and down the Connecticut River Valley, and became a noted center of expertise when a Machine Gun School was opened onsite to train soldiers in this new military technology.

    Springfield Armory employees, numbering well over 5,000 by the end of 1918, responded enthusiastically to entering the war, raising production by 233%. Additionally, it was during this conflict that women were first hired in large numbers to work manufacturing jobs at the Armory. 748 women served in nearly every job at the renowned factory, comprising nearly 14% of the workforce.

    Highlights of the exhibit include weapons produced by Springfield Armory, tools and gauges used for their manufacture, and employee memorabilia. The exhibit also features production from several wartime contractors in the Connecticut River valley, including New England Westinghouse, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, and Remington, and will include foreign weapons which were the subject of an intense training course at Springfield Armory’s Machine Gun School.

    During the run of the exhibit, Mr. MacKenzie will showcase other artifacts of the era from the Armory collection, as part of the popular “Curator’s Corner” series. Be sure to call to reserve a spot. There will be four such curatorial programs which will all take place on Saturday at 2:00 pm through the year. Save the dates of May 6, July 29, October 7 and December 9 of 2017.

    Other special public events are planned throughout the nine month run of the exhibit. These include “Doing Our Bit: Springfield Answers the WWI Call to Arms on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 pm”, a special Lecture Series organized by the Springfield Armory Alliance on May 13th, and Armory Day – From a World War I Perspective on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

    Armory Museum, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105 (FREE)


  27. Ted Harvey said,

    March 23, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Saturday, April 8, 2:00pm

    Although World War II is usually credited with ushering women into the workforce, it was in fact World War I that first witnessed substantial numbers of women entering into wartime industries. For many women, employment at the Springfield Armory was a gateway to newfound opportunities and independence. Starting in World War I and continuing until it closed its doors in 1968, Springfield Armory hired large numbers of women to help meet wartime production requirements.

    “Doing Our Bit: Springfield Answers the WWI Call to Arms” will highlight the contributions of women ordnance workers to the war effort. It will focus on a wide variety of topics including wartime production, propaganda, workforce diversification, and social life. Park Ranger Krystal Vezina paints a vivid picture of the wartime employment experience through Armory newsletters, archival photographs, and other historical documents and items

    This program is being held in conjunction with Springfield Armory National Historic Site’s upcoming special exhibit “Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in World War I”. The exhibit’s opening reception will be on Thursday, April 6th 2017 and will run through January 7th 2018.

    Armory Museum, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105 (FREE)


  28. Ted Harvey said,

    March 22, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Thursday, April 6, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

    One hundred years ago, over 5,000 Springfield Armory employees manufactured weapons for 3.5 millions soldiers who fought in Europe during World War I. The Armory is commemorating the US involvement in the World War with “Push the Green Hand Ahead: Springfield Armory in WWI”, a special exhibit at Springfield Armory National Historic Site. Join the Armory Curator to introduce the exhibit and learn about its curious title.

    The building is wheelchair accessible. There is ample free parking. For more information call 413-734-8551.

    Armory Museum, Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105 (FREE)


  29. Ted Harvey said,

    March 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Saturday, March 18, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Colonel Samuel Colt is of course famous for founding Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (Colt’s Manufacturing Company) and making the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. His wife, Elizabeth Colt, has been largely overshadowed by Colonel Colt. Following the tragic losses of her husband and children, Elizabeth Colt worked with some of the most talented artists and architects crafting a material legacy throughout Hartford. Join presenter Willie Granston as he tells the story about the fascinating life of Elizabeth Colt.

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, Massachusetts 01105 (FREE)


  30. Ted Harvey said,

    February 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Saturday, March 4, 2:00pm

    Come, learn about the battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day in the Civil War, from stories of New Englanders who were there. John Banks, author of “Connecticut Yankees at Antietam” and “Hidden History of Connecticut Union Soldiers” used diaries, pension records and soldiers’ letters to give voices to the personal stories of Connecticut and Massachusetts soldiers who fought that day.

    In one heartbreaking example, the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized in the late summer of 1862. They entered the fight at Antietam a month later. Some of the soldiers only learned to load their rifles the day before the battle. The results were catastrophic. Nearly one quarter of them were killed, others panicked and fled the field.

    For more information about this event, call 413-734-8551.

    Springfield Armory, One Armory Square, Springfield MA (FREE)


  31. Ted Harvey said,

    February 8, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Saturday, February 25, 2:00pm

    Come see what Florence was like at the beginning of the 20th Century. Steve Strimer will present a selection of images of Florence in a slide show and commentary. The slides come from a donation by Ann Goodwin of over 300 glass-plate negatives to the Florence History Museum. Most of these images were taken by J.W. Bird, Goodwin’s husband’s grandfather. A cyanotype memory book of the photos remains with the family along with the original camera. A copy of the memory book will be shown at the talk.

    These early “snapshots,” taken around 1900, document the growth of the village of Florence, with early images of Lilly Library, The Hill Institute, Florence Manufacturing Company and other structures. Many of the photographs, some of them made by the professional photographer Ferdinand Schadee, a Bird family friend and neighbor, are of high artistic quality, and high-resolution scans reveal details that are themselves artistic compositions.

    This is an excellent opportunity to visually experience the Pioneer Valley from over 100 years ago.

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


  32. Ted Harvey said,

    February 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Saturday, March 18, 8:30am – 4:30pm

    Interested in learning about the history of art in New England? Come to a day-long symposium on artistic productions of familial memory and commemoration. The work extends across the centuries from the 1600s to the 1900s. The art of family was wide-ranging and included family registers, mourning art, gravestones, textiles, furniture, jewelry and other clothing accessories, scrapbooks and albums, as well as portraits, silhouettes, and, by the mid-19th century, photographs.

    There will be three panels of scholars who will present on the following themes: “Family, Identity and Commemoration,” “Representing and Remembering Family,” and “Crafting Family, Making Homes.” The afternoon will feature a demonstration of silhouette cutting.

    Registration for the event is requested, and a lunch will be available for purchase.

    Register Here

    Deerfield Community Center, Historic Deerfield, 16 Memorial St., Deerfield, MA. (FREE)


  33. Ted Harvey said,

    January 23, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Saturday, February 4, 2:00pm

    Deborah Sampson was the first woman to fight in the American Revolution. She bound her chest, tied back her hair, and enlisted in the Continental Army. She served in the Revolutionary War from 1782 to 1783 before she was honorably discharged after a brutal injury. Married and with a family, Deborah Sampson also spoke at public gatherings to share her military experience. Her travels included a stop in Springfield in 1802, the manufacturing site of Springfield Armory, the country’s first national armory.

    Come and experience Deborah Sampson’s arduous upbringing, active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier through Judith Kalaora’s one woman play, “A Revolution of her Own”.

    Judith Kalaora has worked on stages from London to Montreal and across the United States. Her breakout performance in “A Revolution of her Own” has earned national recognition, as the performance was an Official Selection of the United Solo Theater Festival, performing on 42nd Street in New York City.

    Seating is limited. Please call the museum at 413-734-8551 to reserve your seat.

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site, One Armory Square, Suite 2, Springfield, MA (FREE)


  34. Ted Harvey said,

    January 23, 2017 at 8:40 am

    January 26, 7:00pm
    Join Kitty and Larry Lowenthal of Warren to discover what happened to four Hessian soldiers captured at the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolution.

    Following the Battle, British and German soldiers who were taken prisoner passed through Brimfield on their way to being interned in the Boston area. A wrinkle in this history was recently realized when an original parole agreement was discovered in the Brimfield library. It turns out four of the captured German officers were boarded with families in Brimfield for two years. They had signed the parole agreeing to remain within a set area, which gave them freedom of movement around the area.

    A detailed history of this time is provided through the journal of J.F. Wasmus, a physician. The journal provides a remarkable and relatively unbiased description of the people of this area and customs that seemed exotic to Wasmus.

    Come and learn about this unexpected find that adds a new dimension about New England life during this fascinating period of American history.

    Publick House Historic Inn, 277 Main St, Sturbridge, MA. (FREE)


  35. Ted Harvey said,

    January 5, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Tuesday, January 17, 2:00pm
    Join Kristen Oehlrich, assistant director of the Clark Art Institute’s Research and Academic Program, for a talk focusing on the work of female photographers Julia Margaret Cameron, Anna Atkins, and Gertrude Käsebier, whose work is featured in the special exhibition Photography and Discovery. The gallery talk is free with paid admission.

    Photography and Discovery, on view through February 5, is the first extensive exhibition of the Clark’s collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography.

    For more information, visit Clark Art Institute or call 413 458 2303.

    225 South Street, Williamstown, MA

    (FREE, with admission price – $$$)


  36. Ted Harvey said,

    January 5, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thursday, January 19, 7:00 pm

    This month’s film is a TED talk entitled We Need to Talk about an Injustice by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson will some hard truths about America with candor, insight, and persuasiveness. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, fighting poverty and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, with significant success. He is also the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. The video will be followed by a brief discussion and then an opportunity to continue work on some local anti-racism action projects.

    For more information, see the Coming Together website, or contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223..

    43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002


  37. Ted Harvey said,

    January 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Saturday, January 14, 3:30pm
    In the late 1800s the motorcar caused a great disturbance in the rural way of life in Lenox. Cornelia Brooke Gilder, author of the forthcoming Edith Wharton’s Lennox will explore this entertaining story with you, followed by a Victorian tea.

    Ms. Gilder’s earlier works are Houses of the Berkshires (with Richard S. Jackson Jr.) and Hawthorne’s Lenox (with Julia Conklin Peters). A member of Ventfort Hall’s program committee, Gilder and the late historian Joan Olshansky co-authored A History of Ventfort Hall.

    Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

    For more information, visit the Ventfort Hall website.

    104 Walker St, Lenox, MA 01240 ($$$).


  38. Ted Harvey said,

    December 29, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Saturday, January 14, 2:00pm
    This January will be the 230th anniversary of Shay’s Rebellion, the armed uprising in western Massachusetts following the American Revolution. In conjunction with the anniversary celebration, curator Alex Mackenzie will be presenting Behind the Storage Door, highlighting firearms of the American Revolution.
    The weapons shown during this presentation will highlight the tactics and weapons used in Shays’ Rebellion, which peaked with an attack on Springfield Arsenal on January 25, 1787. Mr. MacKenzie will explain the history and details of each firearm, enabling visitors to learn more about the rich collections of Springfield Armory National Historic Site.


  39. Ted Harvey said,

    November 28, 2016 at 11:03 am

    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


  40. Ted Harvey said,

    November 21, 2016 at 10:29 am

    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)


  41. Ted Harvey said,

    October 28, 2016 at 8:12 am

    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.


  42. Ted Harvey said,

    October 25, 2016 at 8:39 am

    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)


  43. Ted Harvey said,

    October 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    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


  44. Ted Harvey said,

    October 17, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    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)


  45. Ted Harvey said,

    October 13, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    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 ($$$)


  46. Ted Harvey said,

    October 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    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)


  47. Ted Harvey said,

    September 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    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)


  48. Ted Harvey said,

    September 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

    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)


  49. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:14 am

    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


  50. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:09 am

    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


  51. Ted Harvey said,

    September 6, 2016 at 10:05 am

    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)


  52. Ted Harvey said,

    August 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    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


  53. Ted Harvey said,

    August 25, 2016 at 11:33 am

    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


  54. 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


  55. Ted Harvey said,

    August 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

    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)


  56. Ted Harvey said,

    July 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    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


  57. Ted Harvey said,

    July 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

    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


  58. Ted Harvey said,

    July 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm


    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.


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


  59. Ted Harvey said,

    July 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    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 .



  60. Ted Harvey said,

    June 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

    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.


  61. Ted Harvey said,

    May 18, 2016 at 11:44 am

    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



  62. Ted Harvey said,

    May 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    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.


  63. Ted Harvey said,

    May 16, 2016 at 8:17 am

    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


  64. 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


  65. Ted Harvey said,

    May 3, 2016 at 8:55 am

    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


  66. 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


  67. Ted Harvey said,

    April 25, 2016 at 9:02 am

    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


  68. Ted Harvey said,

    April 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    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.


  69. 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.


  70. 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)


  71. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:27 am

    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.


  72. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:20 am

    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)


  73. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    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)


  74. Ted Harvey said,

    April 11, 2016 at 10:49 am

    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.


  75. Ted Harvey said,

    April 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    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.


  76. 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)


  77. Ted Harvey said,

    April 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

    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)


  78. Ted Harvey said,

    April 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

    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 ($$)


  79. 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


  80. 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 ($$$)


  81. 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)


  82. Ted Harvey said,

    March 21, 2016 at 10:00 am

    In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War
    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.


  83. 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)


  84. 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)


  85. Ted Harvey said,

    March 17, 2016 at 10:55 am

    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


  86. Ted Harvey said,

    March 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    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


  87. Ted Harvey said,

    March 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

    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


  88. Ted Harvey said,

    March 8, 2016 at 9:14 am

    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!


  89. Ted Harvey said,

    March 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm


    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.


  90. Ted Harvey said,

    March 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

    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


  91. Ted Harvey said,

    March 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

    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. $


  92. Ted Harvey said,

    February 29, 2016 at 8:28 am

    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


  93. Ted Harvey said,

    February 26, 2016 at 8:51 am

    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. $$


  94. Ted Harvey said,

    February 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

    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


  95. Ted Harvey said,

    February 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    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)


  96. Ted Harvey said,

    February 24, 2016 at 8:46 am

    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


  97. Ted Harvey said,

    February 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    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


  98. Ted Harvey said,

    February 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

    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)


  99. Ted Harvey said,

    February 19, 2016 at 11:22 am

    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)


  100. Ted Harvey said,

    February 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    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)


  101. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm


    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. ($$$)


  102. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

    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)


  103. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 9:50 am

    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


  104. Ted Harvey said,

    February 16, 2016 at 9:44 am

    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)


  105. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    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)


  106. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    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


  107. Ted said,

    February 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

    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


  108. Ted said,

    February 10, 2016 at 11:41 am

    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. $$$


  109. Ted said,

    February 10, 2016 at 10:13 am

    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 ($)


  110. Ted said,

    February 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

    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 ($)


  111. Ted said,

    February 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm


    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. ($)


  112. Ted said,

    February 8, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    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. ($)


  113. Ted said,

    February 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    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. ($$$)


  114. Ted said,

    February 5, 2016 at 11:52 am

    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


  115. Ted said,

    February 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    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


  116. Meg said,

    February 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    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. $$)


  117. Ted said,

    February 2, 2016 at 8:48 am


    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)


  118. Ted said,

    February 1, 2016 at 10:22 am

    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)


  119. 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 $)


  120. Ted said,

    January 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    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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