The Pioneer Valley is full of opportunities to explore local history. Please check the events calendar often.
For Events that run for multiple days and times, like exhibits and shows, see our “On-Going Events” page.
See Past Events here.
19 May 2015 — “Southwick Gold Dome Bell Ringers Concert”
Noble Cooley Center for Historic Preservation, 42 Water St., Granville, 6:30 p.m.
Join the Southwick Gold Dome Bell Ringer choir for an evening of music as they fill the NCCHP museum with the beautiful sounds of the bells. If you’ve never experienced a bell ringer choir, come prepared to be amazed at the sights, sounds and uplifting power of the music. This living history event is a free event. Light refreshments will be served. Visit http://www.ncchp.org for more information or call 413-357-6321.
23 May 2015 — “Bombs Over Quabbin”
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Hike at Quabbin Gate 52, 11 a.m.
In the early years of World War 2, as the reservoir was filling with water, the US Army Air Corp was given permission to test bombs here at Quabbin. In later years, armaments were tested in the Quabbin Park area. Please join us for a short hike down Gate 52 to review the history of military testing here at Quabbin. Gate 52 is accessed from either the Middle or East Entrance to Quabbin Park. Please call 413-323-7221 for directions to Gate 52.
24 May 2015 — “Ware Remembers”
Ware Center Meeting House, Ware Center, 6 p.m.
The fifth annual Ware Remembers Ceremony will be held at the 1799 Ware Center Meeting House lawn in Ware Center on Sunday, Mary 24, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM.
For your donation of $5.00, accompanied by a completed form, an American flag to honor your loved one will be placed in a ‘field of flags’ on the historic green. A roll call reading will include the recognized person’s name and brief information/military service.
Forms are available at the Ware Senior Center, Ware Town Clerk’s Office, and the Young Men’s Library and should be turned in to the Ware Senior Center by Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ware Veterans’ Council.
Come to remember, to pay respect, and to support the Ware Veterans’ Council, the Ware Center Meeting House, and the Ware Historical Society. Please bring your lawn chair.
24 May 2015 — “Surviving World War II: V-Mail, Snapshots and Cigars Help Ease the Hardships and Heartache”
Hatfield Historical Society
Hatfield Historical Museum, 39 Main St., Hatfield, 11 a.m.
Please join us on Sunday, May 24, as we remember our World War II veterans with an exhibit in the Hatfield Historical Museum, an outside WWII reenactor’s display and a short program (1:45-2:15 pm) to highlight a few soldiers’ lives.
The exhibit and outside display will be open 11 am to 12:30 pm, take a break for the Hatfield Memorial Day parade and ceremony, and reopen at 2:15, following our WWII program.
Sponsored by the Hatfield Historical Society, the exhibit will run through 2015 at the Hatfield Historical Museum, located at 39 Main St., (2nd floor of library). Please join us!
24 May 2015 — Annual Memorial Day Commemoration at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Quabbin Park Cemetery, Ware Rd., 10 a.m.
In 1868, Major General John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, named May 30th as a special day for honoring the soldiers that had died in the Civil War. Like communities all across the United States, the towns of the Swift River Valley commemorated their war dead each year on Memorial Day until the towns’ demise in 1938. Since 1947, Quabbin Park Cemetery has been the center of Memorial Day services for the four towns. Please join the Friends of Quabbin, the Swift River Historical Society, the Veterans Council of Belchertown, Chauncey D. Walker Post #239, American Legion and the staff of the DCR Quabbin Reservoir for our annual Memorial Day Service at Quabbin Park Cemetery.
Refreshments will be offered at 10 a.m. Parade and services begin at 11 a.m.
24 May 2015 — “Western Bay State Regiment in the Civil War”
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Quabbin Visitor Center, Ware Rd., 2 p.m.
The Swift River Valley contributed more than twenty soldiers to the 31st Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, originally known as the “Western Bay State Regiment,” during the Civil War. Now, dozens of newly-discovered manuscripts of diaries, letters, and personal recollections tell the story of the regiment. The documents were found in the archives of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield. They had been collected in the early 1900s by the regimental historian with the purpose of publishing a regimental history which was never completed. Cliff McCarthy, Archivist at the Wood Museum of Springfield History and at the Stone House Museum in Belchertown, will bring that story to life using the soldiers’ own words.
25 May 2015 — Memorial Day with the Coast Guard Band
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield, 2 p.m.
The U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band will perform an outdoor jazz fest on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2:00 – 3:00pm. RAIN CANCELS. Free Admission.
“Paying tribute to those who died in service to their country is an honor for Springfield Armory NHS where firearms were produced for the Army for 174 years. The rousing music of the Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band reminds us of our fallen service men and women while reminding us of lighter times of laughter and music” remarked Joanne Gangi-Wellman, Chief of Interpretation at Springfield Armory NHS.
The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor. The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America, in the former Soviet Union, England, Japan and Taiwan. Notable venues include the open-air theater in Disney World, the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, at the “Galaxy Jazz Festival” in Milwaukee, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., and at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The group has also performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts across the nation.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the site of the nation’s first armory, established in 1794. As a unit of the National Park Service, the Visitor Center, Museum, buildings and grounds are open Memorial Day to October 31 daily, 9am-5pm then Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Admission is free. For information call 413-734-8551 or check the website at www.nps.gov/spar or www.facebook.com/sparnhs
28 May 2015 — “Springfield’s Immigrants: Then & Now”
Museums a la Carte Lecture Series
Davis Auditorium, Springfield Museums, Springfield, 12:15 p.m.
Frances Gagnon, historian, will trace Springfield’s new arrivals from William Pynchon’s 1636 first settlers to the Great Migration of the 19th century as well as today’s newcomers from Asia, Africa and elsewhere. The issues of “us” and “them” will be explored through the centuries.
$2 members; $4 nonmembers, in addition to regular museum admission.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided. Sponsored by Big Y.
1 June 2015 — “Chew on This: Presenting the History of Food in Massachusetts”
Mass. History Conference
Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A Conference for Massachusetts History Organizations
Presented by Mass Humanities • New England Archivists • Massachusetts Historical Society • Colonial Society of Massachusetts • University of Massachusetts Amherst Program in Public History • Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB) • University of Massachusetts Boston Public History and Archives Tracks and the Joseph P. Healey Library
Keynote Address by Filmmaker Ian Cheney, creator of The Search for General Tso (2014) and co-founder of Food Corps.
At this, the eleventh annual Mass History Conference we will welcome the many small historical organizations and practitioners preserving, interpreting, and deepening the exploration of Massachusetts history.
You are what you eat! Or are you? At this year’s conference, we will explore the meaning and availability of food in Massachusetts History: what we grow, what we eat, food and identity, scarcity and quality. We will once again present a program that is chock-full of excellent hands-on examples of, and workshops in, the best practices in public history. We are planning workshops on topics like doing food demonstrations; conducting oral histories that focus on food and identity; and using public history in reinventing the food system. The conference will also include sessions on American food 101; archives with cookbook and other food-related collections; the history of and current strategies for feeding the hungry in Massachusetts cities and towns; multicultural food ways and local practices; Native American food practices; home economics and other twentieth-century food movements; and preserving agricultural landscapes.
We are happy to welcome the 2015 MA SHRAB Forum to the Mass History Conference! MA SHRAB is holding two free sessions in the afternoon to which any Mass History Conference participant may attend. If you would like to ONLY attend these two SHRAB sessions, register for free on MA SHRAB Forum registration page.
The conference is widely celebrated as the best networking and skill-sharing opportunity for historians of our state culture. Read the full conference theme statement.
For more info and to Register, go to: http://masshumanities.org/programs/mass-history/history-conference-2015/
3 June 2015 — “The Heart Has Many Doors”
Meekins Library, Williamsburg, 7 p.m.
A New Emily Dickinson Romance! Susan Snively to Read From Her Novel The Heart Has Many Doors in Williamsburg at Meekins Library, June 3 at 7 P.M.
Join author, poet, screenwriter and Dickinson scholar Susan Snively on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at the Meekins Library, Williamsburg, at 7 p.m. to hear her read from her dazzling new Emily Dickinson novel The Heart Has Many Doors. A book signing will follow the reading. Copies will be available at Meekins.
This boldly imagined novel portrays the autumnal love affair between the poet Emily Dickinson and the eminent Judge Otis Phillips Lord of Salem, eighteen years older and her father’s best friend. In the novel over many years, Judge Lord and Emily discover the passion latent in their friendship. As Emily and Phil struggle with her need for privacy and his power as a man of the world, they stir up the troubled Dickinson family. Despite the hostility of greedy and jealous relatives, Emily contrives a secret rendezvous in Salem with the big, tempestuous man she calls “Little Phil,” and they even talk of marriage. Their courage to defy convention inspires the poet’s unforgettable art.
This program is part of the Meekins’ ongoing occasional series celebrating the stories of people here in the Valley. It is the stories of our historical Valley friends and neighbors that reach across generations and make this a special place. This program is free and everyone is welcome.
For more information call: 413-268-7472 (Meekins) or 413-538-6489 (cell); contact Daria D’Arienzo at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Meekins Library online at: http://www.meekins-library.org/. Williamsburg and Haydenville residents, who might need a ride, please contact the Meekins Library.
10 June 2015 — “Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem”
Wednesday Folk Traditions
Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive (Rte. 47), Hadley, 6:30 p.m.
The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum kicks off its 34th season of Wednesday Folk Traditions on June 10, 2015, with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, an acoustic rhythm and harmony string quartet with an adventurous, joyous repertoire that dips into a range of American musical idioms. This and all other performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Route 47, Hadley, MA 01035. The Museum, Rani Arbo enthuses, is “a stunning setting for a concert, and a great place to bring the family and a picnic and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a real community event, which we love.” General admission is $12, or $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds beginning at 5:00 pm. The Museum and its grounds is a smoke-free site.
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s performance at Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
Mixing New Orleans grooves with old-time gospel harmonies, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem features Rani Arbo on fiddle and guitar, Andrew Kinsey on bass, banjo, and ukulele, Anand Nayak on electric and acoustic guitars, and Scott Kessel on percussion. The quartet has toured North America together for 15 years. Some of the band’s eclecticism can be attributed to Kessel’s homemade percussion kit — a collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase.
Possessing a particular knack for pairing words and music, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem plumb the human condition with an infectious joie de vivre, digging “deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” (The Hartford Courant). The band’s incisive songwriting lends emotional depth and striking originality to their “mellifluous mélange” of musical styles (Maverick Magazine). Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have a penchant for music that digs deep, laughs loud, and finds the joy in all things.
For their June 10 performance at Wednesday Folk Traditions, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem will be performing from their fifth and most recent album, Violets Are Blue, a collection released by Signature Sounds. Full of sugar-free, grownup love songs infused with poetry and groove, Violets Are Blue evinces a confidence and sincerity informed by the band’s long history together and their experiences in life and love.
14 June 2015 — “Let Me Die With My Face to the Foe”
Worthington Historical Society, 6 Williamsburg Rd., 3 p.m.
Brigadier General James Clay Rice: “Let me die with my face to the foe.” To mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Worthington resident David Pollard will give a talk on his longtime research specialty, James Clay Rice. Rice was a Worthington native who became a brigadier general of volunteers in the Union Army. The talk will be accompanied by an exhibit on Civil War soldiers from Worthington and the town’s wartime experience. Light snacks and libations appropriate to the period will be served! Free admission, donations encouraged.
18 June 2015 — “The Development of Highland Lake”
Goshen Historical Society
John James Memorial Town Hall, 42 Main St. (Rt. 9), Goshen, 7 p.m.
By Marion Judd, this video features a conversation between Edgar Judd and Donald Greenwood on the shore of Highland Lake in 1990. They talk about Greenwood’s development of the area and remembrances such as when the telephone and electricity came to town.
19-21 June 2015 — “Schooldays in New England, 1650-1900″
2015 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Historic Deerfield, Deerfield
“Schooldays in New England, 1650-1900″ is a three-day conference of nineteen lectures and related field trips on the culture of education in New England and adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. The conference opens with site visits to local schools and academies Friday afternoon (see below for an in-depth description of the field trip). The lecture program begins Friday evening with talks on the larger objectives of New England’s common schools; it continues Saturday morning with special purpose education for religious minorities and abolitionists and for blind, deaf, and disenfranchised students. Saturday afternoon will address the teaching experience and school architecture. After-dinner talks will cover one-room schoolhouse museums and “pen-pictures” of New England schools and schooling. Sunday morning will address curriculum standards and female education.
The Seminar is designed for educators, historians, collectors, authors, scholars, librarians, groups who preserve historic schoolhouses, and museum curators, as well as students and the general public. A selected and edited transcript of this conference will appear as the 2015 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.
The fortieth annual meeting in the Dublin Seminar series, “Schooldays in New England, 1650-1900,” will take place at Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts. The lecture program will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening and will continue until approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The weekend will include optional site visits to local academies and one-room schoolhouses on Friday afternoon, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, June 20; coffee and doughnuts will be served each morning. Housing is available at group rates at local hotels.
For a complete schedule, including registration and lodging information, download the brochure. Online registration is also available.
2015 Dublin Seminar Schoolhouse Field Trip
Join us on a field trip to visit some of the many wonderful historic buildings that preserve the history of early school education in New England. Our itinerary will take us to four sites: The original Deerfield Academy building was designed by the first American-born architect, Asher Benjamin, and dedicated in 1799. Since 1880, the old academy building has been the home of the Memorial Hall Museum of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. PVMA’s Executive Director Timothy Neumann will share the early history of the Academy.
The Wapping Schoolhouse was moved in 1968 by Historic Deerfield to Old Main Street from the Wapping section of Deerfield. Built in 1839, it is an example of the fourteen district schoolhouses that dotted the town’s landscape in the mid-nineteenth century.
From Deerfield, we will travel to West Springfield and the Storrowton Village Museum, where Dennis Picard, the Museum’s Director will explore themes of early education at “The Little Red Schoolhouse,” or North Center School, which was built as a model school in 1810 in Whately, Massachusetts, before being moved in 1930 to Storrowton Village.
Our last stop will be the Hockanum School House in Hadley, Massachusetts, built in 1840 and in active use until 1936.
To register for the field trip, please refer to the registration materials.
20 June 2015 — “Blast From the Past: Armory Day”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, State & Federal Sts., Springfield
Military Encampments! Firing! Music! Dancing!
Armory Day 2015 illuminates Springfield Armory firearms made for the American infantryman. Military encampments of “living historians” portray infantry from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War One, World War Two, and the Korean War.
On Saturday, June 20 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm visitors of all ages will find themselves dazzled by the blank firing of Civil War cannon and rifles, listening to an exciting performance of Civil War music, moved by viewing the video premiere titled “Letters from World War One,” tapping to the rousing WWI-era dance show, and sharing conversation with members of “historic” infantry units. Food vendors will be available. All events are free. RAIN CANCELS.
Blank firing demonstrations remind us of the shock of war. Through two scheduled demonstrations at 10:30am and 3:00pm, you can see and smell the acrid gun smoke, hear the blasts of cannon and rifles, and wonder at the courage of soldiers serving yesterday and today.
At 12:30 pm, Visitors may experience an American WWI dance. The merriment and excitement of the Small Planet Dancers, dressed in period costume, captivate us through music and dances.
At 2:30 pm Stamp your feet to Springfield’s own; The Prodigal Sons Civil War Gospel Choir and Musicians led by Jay Griffin.
From 9:00am to 5:00pm, the museum is open and features the new exhibit Springfield Armory Goes to Hollywood. Do you love books? Be sure to check out the book/tag sale by the Springfield Armory Alliance.
Thanks to the Springfield Alliance for writing a successful grant awarded from the Springfield Cultural Council who provided funds towards the cost of the music, dancing groups, the WWI letter writing video and the author talk and book signing.
Pedestrians may enter the State Street gate or travel through the gate at the intersection of State and Byers Streets. Both gates are open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except the Byers Street gate will be closed during the Evolution of Firearms Blank Firing demonstrations. Parking is free of charge.
A Complete schedule:
10:00 am Armory Day opens.
10:30 am Evolution of Firearms with Blank firing of Civil War Cannon and Rifles
11:00 am NPS Outdoor FUN. Meet Rangers from MA park sites to “Find Your Park”
11:30 am- Alex MacKenzie, Curator, author talk & book-signing- Images of America; Springfield Armory
12:30 pm – WWI Dance Performance – “Remembering the War to End All Wars”
12:00 Noon – Jacqueline Lynch, author talk & book signing on Manufacturing in Early America.
1:00 pm- Alex MacKenzie, Curator, author talk & book-signing- Images of America; Springfield Armory
1:30 pm – Video presentation – “Letters of WWI”
2:00 pm – Jacqueline Lynch, author talk & book signing on Manufacturing in Early America.
2:30 pm – The “New Prodigal Sons Civil War Gospel Choir and Musicians”
3:00 pm – Evolution of Firearms with Blank firing of Civil War Cannon and Rifles
3:30 pm – Video presentation – “Letters of WWI”
4:30 pm – End of Armory Day events
All day visit the Museum and special exhibits, Jr. Ranger programs. Outside “Find Your National Park” stations set up on the Armory grounds. Enjoy the military encampments from the American Revolution through the Korean War. Meet Living Historians who portray soldiers and civilians from the different historical periods.
The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. The park is open daily 9am – 5pm after Memorial Day until October 31st. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. For further information and weather cancellation call (413) 734-8551 or check the website at http://www.nps.gov/spar or go to our http://www.facebook.com/sparnhs.
20 June 2015 — Springfield Armory Book & Tag Sale
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, State and Federal Sts., Springfield, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Springfield Armory Alliance wants your books and stuff – not just any stuff, but items that are historic military and manufacturing memorabilia particularly from the Pioneer Valley for the Springfield Armory’s First Book & Tag Sale to take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
The Alliance is the non-profit agency whose mission is to support Springfield Armory National Historic Site’s programs and events, advocacy, preservation, education, and fundraising. The tag sale will be one of its first fundraisers, and the goal is $4,000. The local community is asked to help out.
It’s time to rummage through your bookcases, attics, garages, and closets. Books, memorabilia, history ephemera, local and national history items, manufacturing tools, and militaria would be excellent tag sale items. However, no weapons and ammunition are accepted.
One of Springfield Armory’s largest events is Armory Day on June 20th. The Alliance will add to Armory Day’s many events with the Armory’s First Book & Tag Sale. The sale will be held under a large tent on the Armory grounds located at the corner of State and Federal streets. The event is scheduled from 10am – 4pm.
Items are accepted until June 18th. Donors will receive tax-deductible receipts for all items. In addition, Alliance members are willing to pick up. All proceeds will benefit Springfield Armory NHS. Call 413-271-3979 or email email@example.com for pick-up and/or any questions.
For information: Shera Cohen
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-271-3982
11 July 2015 — “Digital Windows to Your Analog World:
A DIY tech tools workshop for museums and historic sites”
Pioneer Valley History Network
Springfield City Library, 220 State St., Springfield, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Would you like to add technology to your exhibits or website to reach a broader audience? Come learn how in this one-day, hands-on workshop.
Cost: $40 (bring or buy your lunch)
1:1 Windows PCs and WiFi, Limited to 14, on first-come, first-serve basis
Explore a variety of free, easy-to-use tools (including Weebly, Google Docs, Audioboom, Thinglink, Flipsnack and QRstuff) to:
* Create a website for your organization
* Create a virtual exhibit on your website using a built-in slideshow function
* Add multimedia elements (additional images, audio and video) to your website
* Use QR codes to add multimedia (images, audio and video) to your museum exhibits
* Digitize documents and convert them to searchable files on your website
If there is time and interest, we may also introduce you to: Timeline JS, Tackk, Trello, Lucidpress or other sites as appropriate.
To participate, you should be comfortable using computers, but you don’t need to be familiar with any of the sites listed. Registered participants will be emailed additional information to help you get the most out of the day. In this workshop, we will guide you while you create your website and/or virtual elements. You should leave with a) a live website that can be easily edited and maintained by you, and/or b) multimedia elements or virtual exhibits that you can add to your existing website.
PRESENTERS: Hollington Lee and Chris Rea are veteran teachers who have presented many technology workshops. They are currently teachers at Ludlow High School with 34 years of teaching experience between them. Holly also works as a freelance computer consultant and for the last five years has been helping the Hatfield Historical Society develop their website and add technology to their museum.
For more information, contact PVHN Board Member Kathie Gow at: email@example.com
Use this link to register online, or mail payment to:
Betsy McKee, 60 Williams Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106-1950
17 July 2015 — “Goshen & the 1790 Census”
Goshen Historical Society
John James Memorial Town Hall, 42 Main St. (Rt. 9), Goshen, 7 p.m.
by Michael Packard. Using the 1790 US census, Michael will look at the families living in Goshen that year. He will identify, if possible, where they came from, which families stayed, and where other families ended up settling.
18 July 2015 — Bryant Day
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To celebrate William Cullen Bryant’s significant role in American history, journalism, and literature, we will again invite the public to Bryant Day at the Homestead in Cummington on the third Saturday in July (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Tours of the house will be offered, and on the lawn there will be a Civil War military encampment and talented craftspeople demonstrating antique skills. In addition, we hope that historical societies and institutions from the Valley and surrounding hills will set up information tables and displays so that visitors can learn of other places to go and things to do. If your organization would like to have a spot at Bryant Day, please be in email contact with firstname.lastname@example.org.
25 July 2015 — “Cabaret Alive IV (and Beef Roast!)”
Worthington Historical Society
at the home of David and Helen Pollard, 343 Huntington Rd. (Rte. 112), 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails begin at 5:30 pm, dinner served between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Ticket price TBA. Cash bar. This year our two annual social events will be folded into one memorable mega-event. Stay tuned for details.
25 July 2015 — Architectural Paints in Early New England Symposium
Deerfield Community Center, Historic Deerfield, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Historic Deerfield will offer a one-day program focusing on Early New England architectural painting. The day will include a review of architectural paint analysis through the years as well as how paints were used from the late 17th century to the mid-19th century to decorate both interiors and exteriors. Paint grinding and faux finishes will be demonstrated. Participants will also have an opportunity to see examples of early architectural finishes in Historic Deerfield’s architectural fragments study collection.
8:45 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:30 a.m. The Evolution of Architectural Paint Analysis: How We Know What We Know Now
Susan L. Buck, Ph.D., Conservator and Paint Analyst
10:30 a.m. American Architectural Paints: The First Two Centuries
Brian Powell, Architectural Conservator
11:30 a.m. Painted Wall Decoration …”finished in the style of the country”
Linda Lefko, Historic Decorative Painter
12:45 p.m. Lunch (pre-paid optional box lunch or bring your own)
2:00 p.m. Where Variety of Color meets Intricacy of Pattern
MaryLou Davis, Conservator/Practitioner of Historic Decorative Painting
Contemporary Practice in the Reproduction of Historic Paints
Erika Sanchez Goodwillie, Historic Paint Specialist
Chris Mills, Architectural Conservator
3:45 p.m. A selection of early architectural finishes from Historic Deerfield’s collection on view at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life
Refreshments at the Flynt Center
Registration for Historic Deerfield’s Architectural Paints in Early New England Symposium is now open. An early registration discount is available through June 1, 2015. To view the complete schedule and to register online, visit www.historic-deerfield.org/apene or contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 to register by telephone. To download a registration form, click here.
14 August 2015 — “Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England”
Goshen Historical Society
John James Memorial Town Hall, 42 Main St. (Rt. 9), Goshen, 7 p.m.
by Dennis Picard. The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century. By the end of that century, ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States. Dennis Picard will display some of his antique tools of that trade and share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory.
29 August 2015 — North Cemetery Walk
Worthington Historical Society
at North Cemetery on Cold St., Worthington, 7 p.m.
As a sequel to last year’s stroll around Center Cemetery, Pat Kennedy – the doyenne of Worthington’s resting places – will lead an easy stroll through North Cemetery on the evening of the full moon. Last year several historic figures buried at Center Cemetery took a break from eternity to tell us their stories. This year invitations have gone out to Samuel and Lucy Buffington, Lafayette Stevens, Horace Cole, the Tower women, Caroline Graves Bartlett, Harry Bates and Olive Cole, among others. We suspect the dead may rise again. Bring a flashlight and insect repellent.
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