My name is John I am a resident of Northampton,MA and a student of local Native (Indian) history. I am also a reenactor/living historian. I am interested in pre contact Native like in the Valley area from paleo period on up to 1600. I would like the chance to educate the public at large about what life may have been like in this region before the arrival; of Europeans. I was hoping to link up with your organization and get some help to make this happen. Thank You….
ps I belong to a newly formed group The Stone Age Living Project. It was founded by myself and my friend Dane Donato of Greenfield,MA. It’s a group dedicated ti showcasing the cultures and technologies of pre industrial peoples who resided on the European and North American continents. Anything I would do with a local Native focus would be connected to the Stone Age Living Project. If you have any questions and would like to know more feel free to contact be at the above email.
Hello! We have a house called the Smith-Bingham House that we dismantled in 2007 in West Springfield. We were assisted by Bernie Lally. We are looking for any history that anyone might have about the house! We are trying to find a place for it – it has very rare rusticated siding. The pictures of this house you can find on our website:
I am interested in finding out about a Kaplinger family that lived in the area in the later 1800’s. They may have owned a grocery store. The father’s name was Christian and may have been born in Germany. The mother’s name was Catherine. There were several children. Any information as to where to start looking would be of great help.
In 1874 Christian and Catharine (Fetzer) Kaplinger lived in the part of Williamsburg that was then called Skinnerville, in a house that was heavily damaged in the Mill River Disaster that year. They sold what was left of the house to Christian’s brother-in-law Jacob Hills (widower of Christian’s sister Christina Kaplinger, one of 139 killed in the disaster) and moved to Easthampton in the aftermath of the flood. Christian and his wife, both his parents, some of his children, Christina K. Hills and her husband and several of their children are all buried in the Haydenville Cemetery. Email me at email@example.com for additional information.