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.
22 April 2015 — “Build and Keep a Bird Feeder”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 10 a.m.
Meet Ranger Susan Ashman to make a bird feeder using a pinecone, sunflower butter, and birdseed. Learn which kinds of birds live on the Armory grounds. Participants then bring their bird feeders home to hang in the perfect location.
22 April 2015 — “The Wounds Within: A Veteran, a PTSD Therapist and a Nation Unprepared”
Clapp Memorial Library, 19 South Main St., Belchertown, 7 p.m.
Mark Nickerson, author of The Wounds Within: A Veteran, a PTSD Therapist and a Nation Unprepared, will talk about his book, which follows the iconic case of Marine Lance Corporal Jeff Lucey of Belchertown. Discussion, question and answer, and book signing.
23 April 2015 — “Armory Worker Doll Making Workshop”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 2 p.m.
Be introduced by Ranger Jennifer Zazo-Brown to men and women who worked at the Armory. Next, craft an Armory worker doll out of recycled cloth and wire materials.
23 April 2015 — “Native American Legacy, the Gifts Left to us by the First People”
Southwick Historical Society
at Christ Church United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 222 College Highway, Southwick, 6 p.m.
The Southwick Historical Society will hold its annual catered dinner on Thursday April 23rd at 6 p.m. The location will be Christ Church United Methodist Fellowship Hall at 222 College Highway, Southwick Mass. This year’s menu is turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Tickets for the event are twelve dollars per person and must be paid in advance by sending a check to The Southwick Historical Society, P.O. Box 323, Southwick, MA 01077 by April 17th. Following dinner there will be a presentation by Sally Killips entitled “Native American Legacy, the gifts left to us by the first people”.
23 April 2015 — “The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter”
A Vietnam War Teach-In
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall, UMass Amherst, 7 p.m.
This diverse panel of veterans, peace activists, and historians will discuss the Vietnam War and share stories of combat, activism, and post-war life. This teach-in aims to further understandings of the realities and myths of America’s most controversial war and its impact on veterans, the national psyche, and the lives of Americans and Southeast Asians.
Christian Appy is Professor of History at UMass Amherst and the author of several acclaimed books on the Vietnam War, including Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides and American Reckoning: The Vietnam War and Our National Identity.
Cherie Rankin served in Vietnam with the U.S. Red Cross. Rankin is an advocate for the recognition of women’s service in Vietnam and has helped to organized several national conferences on the War.
Wayne Smith served two tours in Vietnam as an Army medic. Smith formerly worked at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, and he is former President of the Black Patriots Foundation. Now retired, Smith is an advisor to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Randy Kehler is a peace activist who spent 22 months in federal prison for his refusal to cooperate with the draft. Daniel Ellsberg credits Kehler with inspiring him to publicly release the Pentagon Papers.
Tom Weiner is author of Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft, which tells the stories of veterans, military family members, and resisters.
Tom Fricke, the event moderator, is a Social Studies teacher at Amherst-Pelham Regional H.S. who teaches a popular unit on the Vietnam War.
Free and Open to the Public. More Information: Rob Wilson, Veterans Education Project, firstname.lastname@example.org; Susan Leary, Veterans Education Project, email@example.com
Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Labor Center, the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts, and by the UMass Amherst Departments of Afro-American Studies, Economics, English, Political Science, Social Thought and Political Economy, Sociology, and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies.
24 April 2015 — “Stand Proudly as a Soldier”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 2 p.m.
Grasp & shoulder the Union soldier’s Springfield musket by watching original films of an actual Civil War veteran demonstrating how to do it. Learn from a Civil War soldier who fought in the war! Visitors will be issued their own wooden toy musket for the training.
24 April 2015 — “Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery”
History Bites Lecture Series
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, 12:15 p.m.
In this illustrated talk, Dr. Barbara Krauthamer will highlight the intersecting histories of photography and slavery and emancipation in the 19th-century U.S. Using photographic images of African Americans and images created by African American photographers, this presentation considers the ways in which photographs helped shaped understandings of African American slavery and freedom in the past and also in the present.
Barbara Krauthamer, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the History department at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, is the author of many essays and articles on the history of slavery and emancipation. She is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South, and co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The latter book was awarded the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction. Barbara is currently working on a book about enslaved African and African American women’s strategies of resistance in the 18th-century Atlantic World.
Barbara has received awards and funding from: the Association of Black Women Historians; the National Endowment for the Humanities; Stanford University’s Research Institute for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend. For updated information, check our website at http://www.amhersthistory.org
25 April 2015 — “Eyes on Owls”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield, 1:30 p.m.
Licensed raptor rehabilitator, Julie Ann Collier will bring a variety of 6 live North American owls. Find out how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing and flight to survive and thrive. Find out which owls spend their nights on the prowl from the trees of Springfield Armory NHS. It’s always best to call first to confirm.
25 April 2015 — Western New England Chapter Meeting
Association for Gravestone Studies
Hadley Congregational Church, Hadley, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Please join us on Saturday, April 25, 10am-4pm — we will meet at the social hall of the Hadley Congregational Church in Hadley, Massachusetts. The morning program will include presentations by Dennis Picard, Arthur Mange, Jim Freeman and Bob Drinkwater.
Dennis, Director of Storrowtown Museum in West Springfield, will present: “A Search for Soprona: or How a Westfield Archive Holds the Clues to a Western Massachusetts Gravestone Carver, a Radical Religious Leader and the Final Tribute by a Grieving Husband and Father in 1835 Northwestern Connecticut. . . .”
Arthur, a retired biologist and current member of Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists, will share a selection of his gravestone/cemetery images.
Jim, an English Professor at UMass, Amherst, and editor of the AGS Quarterly, will present: “Cemeteries and Metanoia — How Gravestones Convert Onlookers”
Bob will preview the 2015 AGS Conference to be held at Westfield State University this June.
Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided (we request a modest donation to help cover costs). After lunch, we will visit the Old Hadley Cemetery (est. 1661).
DIRECTIONS: The Hadley Congregational Church is located on Rte. 9, in the center of town, next to the Town Hall. From Rte. I-91 northbound, take Exit 19 and bear right, onto Rte. 9 east, across the Connecticut River. From Rte. I-91 southbound, take Exit 20, onto Rte. 5; turn left at the traffic light, onto Damon Rd., then turn left at the second traffic light, onto Rte. 9 east. The Town Hall and the Church will be on the right, at the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 47.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Do you have news, stories, and/or photos you’d like to share with local AGS members and friends? Contact Bob Drinkwater firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you plan to attend the meeting, RSVP to email@example.com.
25 April 2015 — “Thoughts on Turning 200″
Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge St., Northampton, 2 p.m.
As the 200th anniversary of the Three County Fair approaches, Bruce Shallcross will give a talk titled “Thoughts on Turning 200.”
Northampton’s annual Three County Fair, founded in 1817, is the oldest continuing agricultural fair in the United States. On April 25 at 2pm, Bruce Shallcross, the fair’s General Manager, will speak at Historic Northampton about the history of the Three County Fair and the development of agricultural fairs in general.
Northampton and its fair have shared good times and bad. The bad, Bruce says, have usually been river-related. The Valley’s older citizens may still remember the catastrophic flood of 1936. A spring freshet, further north, pushed the Connecticut River to overflowing; the flood rampaged through Hadley, Northampton, and elsewhere (the city of Springfield was devastated.) In this flood, the most disastrous local flood in twenty years, water covered the fairgrounds ten feet deep. The city and its fair have a unique shared history; together they reflect changing times. For example, horse racing was integral to the fair for decades. What led to its decline and loss of popularity? It’s especially interesting to look at this question now, when new casinos are opening in the region.
Bruce Shallcross has been involved with the Fair since the 1980’s and has served as a Director, Vice President, President and Treasurer. He became its General Manger in 2002. Since 1970, Bruce has been a Certified Public Accountant, serving small businesses in the construction and machining trades in New England. On their farm in Conway Mass., Bruce and his wife raised Morgan horses, beef, hay and four children. Today Bruce lives in Williamsburg with his daughter and two of his seven grandchildren.
Bruce Shallcross’s talk is in conjunction with Stan Sherer’s exhibition at Historic Northampton “Fair People: Continuing a Tradition.”
25 April 2015 — Antiques Appraisal Day
Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Professional appraisers from Skinner Inc. will be on hand to evaluate your items — anything from books to fine and decorative arts, toys, furniture, Americana, and folk art. Participants are limited to 2 objects each at $10 per item. Prohibited items are coins, stamps, jewelry, and musical instruments. Hours are 11:30 to 4:30, in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library.
Appraisals will be offered by:
Karen Keane: As CEO of Skinner, Inc., Karen Keane oversees the operation of one of the world’s leading auction houses. Under her direction, Skinner has grown from a New England specialty auction house to a viable player in the international art and antiques marketplace. Karen was instrumental in the establishment of Skinner as a world-class auction gallery in Boston, as well as the company’s expansion into specialty areas that include Fine Musical Instruments, Science & Technology, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Fine Wines, and Judaica.
Devon Eastland: Devon Eastland joined Skinner in 2012 after more than twenty years as the co-owner and founder of James & Devon Gray Booksellers in Harvard Square. Devon is widely known for her expertise in books printed prior to 1700 including those from the Pre-medieval, Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods. She is much in demand as an appraiser and cataloger of antiquarian books, and has served in an advisory role to individual and institutional collectors, including Harvard University, The Shepard Historical Society, Boston College, and the Cleveland Public Library’s Department of Special Collections.
George Lewis: George Lewis established and ran his business, George Thomas Lewis & Co., for over 35 years. The business specialized in estate liquidations and antiques, and Lewis built a strong reputation in the region for integrity, thoroughness, and professionalism. Karen Keane, Skinner CEO, said, “George has years of experience working with objects of value and is known for his courteous demeanor and personal service. We are delighted to have him represent Skinner in Western Massachusetts.”
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org . All proceeds benefit the Friends of Forbes Library.
25 April 2015 — Reception for “Springfield Armory Goes to Hollywood”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield, 6 p.m.
On Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 6:00 pm come to the premier opening reception of the Springfield Armory Goes to Hollywood exhibit. This unique exhibit runs until September 30, 2015. Join us for an enjoyable evening with refreshments and a cash bar. Free Admission to the Museum and Reception.
“Although Springfield Armory firearms were all made for military use, some of the Armory weapons had another life in Hollywood staring in famous movies such as Jaws, Sargent York, and the Springfield rifle,” declared Joanne M. Gangi-Wellman, chief of interpretation.
From the prop houses of the film industry, Springfield Armory NHS will showcase firearms used in blockbuster Hollywood movies. Springfield Armory goes to Hollywood allows us to tell a fun and often unknown aspect of Armory firearms history. For visitors it is a onetime opportunity to experience these remarkable movie props. The exhibit features such specialties as two rubber prop copies of Colt 1847 Walker Revolvers, which were used by Clint Eastwood for stunts in the cult classic “Outlaw Josey Wales” and a Savage Arms company 1907 pistol fired by Jude Law in the gangster movie “Road to Perdition.”
Curator Alex Mackenzie explains “A primary Armory firearm used was the Trapdoor because there was a surplus available to Hollywood. Whether correct to the period or not, Trapdoors were easy to handle and load for the actors. An attempt was made to make the Trapdoor gun more visually like a 1903, Krag Jorgenson or other rifles needed for the film.” Throughout the six month exhibit Park Rangers will treat visitors to highlight tours, back stories of the displayed firearms and up close and personal opportunities to study Armory weapons.
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 Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. For further information and weather cancellations call 413-734-8551 or check the website at http://www.nps.gov/spar or go to http://www.facebook.com/SPARNHS.
25 April 2015 — “Plainfield Aquaduct Company: 1816 – 1975″
Plainfield Historical Society
Meet behind the Shaw Memorial Library (312 main Street), Plainfield, 1 p.m.
Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills: Sinking deeply into spring mud, as most of us are doing, reminds us of the abundance of water that once made Plainfield a center of industrial farming, a boomtown of sorts in which land speculation went hand in hand with great civic efforts to build a community. In five guided talks/walks, learn to see old Plainfield in the landscape, about the mills, springs, and wells, “read” stone foundations and walls like so many tablets, interpret trees and plants to find cellar holes, and enrich your understanding of hill town history.
Plainfield Aquaduct Company: 1816 – 1975. Learn about the first commonly-held utility in Plainfield history and then find the source of PAC water. Make sure to wear boots and be tick safe. Meet behind the Shaw Memorial Library (312 main Street) at 1 pm.
1pm history “show and tell”; 2 pm adventure on foot
Other dates: Saturday April 25, Sunday June 7, Sunday July 12, Sunday August 16, and Saturday October 10th. Some of these are moderate to strenuous hikes, some are walks, but all are adventures — be sure to dress appropriately. Details for each event will be announced separately.
Look for announcements in the Plainfield Post and on the PHS website, plainfieldmahistory.org (brochures for all the walks are also available for downloading and printing there).
For more information, contact Pleun Bouricius (email@example.com – 634-2250)
Creation of Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills was funded in part by Mass Humanities (masshumanities.org)
25 April 2015 — “Dinosaur Valley, the Best Place in the World to Study Geology.”
Pioneer Valley Institute
Meet at the bus stop at the south end of the GCC campus (park in lot F), Greenfield, 1 p.m.
On Saturday PVI president and geologist Richard Little will take you on a tour through “Dinosaur Valley, the Best Place in the World to Study Geology.” Participants will meet at 1 o’clock at the bus stop at the south end of the GCC campus (park in lot F) and begin the tour with the college’s Rock Park and then continue on (by carpooling) to Highland Park, Poet’s Seat, Stop and Shop, and eastward along Route 2 to the base of the French King Bridge (Dorsey Rd). This popular program has been offered previously. Come again! You are guaranteed to find faults with this trip. Join Prof. Richard Little for a tour through early Mesozoic time (Triassic and Jurassic Periods) and see evidence of continental “drift”, dinosaurs, lava flows, and a place where the rare armored mud balls were formed. Heavy rain cancels. For questions: RDLittle2000@aol.com or (413) 527-8536. This program is free!
26 April 2015 — “Gravestone Art in the Face of Mortality”
Westhampton Historical Society
Community Rm., Westhampton Public Library, 1 North Rd., Westhampton, 2 – 3 p.m.
On Sunday, 26 April from 2:00 – 3:00, the Westhampton Historical Society has rescheduled the unique presentation by Alfred McKee, of Longmeadow, who will show images and discuss gravestone carving traditions of past centuries. When Alfred McKee and his wife, Betsy, learned that their 1801 Longmeadow home had belonged to a prolific stonecutter named Hermon Newell, they wanted to learn more. The McKees have been researching Newell and restoring the house since 1989. Several hundred cemeteries and over 17,000 photographic images later, they are now quite familiar with the work of many of the 18th and 19th century Valley carvers, including Newell, Stebbins, Ely, Williston, Holland, and Brewer.
The McKees are now members of the Association for Gravestone Studies, an international organization founded to further the study and preservation of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives. Al presented this same talk for the AGS in 2014. Betsy and Al are also president and vice president, respectively, of the Longmeadow Cemetery Association. Through their presentation, The McKees hope to inspire others to enjoy a fresh air walk through area burying grounds, identifying and appreciating some carved motifs and traditions found in the Valley.
This free presentation will be held in the Community Room of the Westhampton Public Library from 2:00 – 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, April 26th. The library is located at 1 North Rd., Westhampton. Call Barbara at 527-3209 with questions or for directions.
26 April 2015 — Tree Identification Walk
Pioneer Valley Institute
Meet in the parking area on Sanderson Rd next to the tennis courts, Greenfield, 10 a.m.
On Sunday, April 26, PVI continues its series of tree identification walks with naturalist Nancy Goodman, this time in the dry ridge environment of Poet’s Seat Tower. Participants will meet at 10 in the morning in the parking area at the base of the cliffs on Sanderson Rd next to the tennis courts, then walk up to the tower road. Bring binoculars, water, very warm clothes in many layers as you will not be walking much (and this area can be very windy), lunch, warm boots, and the book Bark by Michael Wojtech if you have a copy. There are no facilities here so please plan accordingly! The views are spectacular and the cost for this four-hour walk and talk is just $5 for the general public; it’s free for current PVI members. There is no rain date and the program is not handicapped accessible. Questions? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
27 April 2015 – “Polish Center of Discovery and Learning Collections”
Historical Lecture Series
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke, 6 p.m.
Stas Radosz will be speaking about the the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning and how it seeks out and safeguards materials which illustrate the history and the lives of ordinary Polish immigrants and their children. Admission $7 general / $5 members (pay at door)
27 April 2015 — “Civil Rights in Springfield: Panel Discussion and Photo Exhibit”
Community Room, Mason Square Branch Library, 765 State St., Springfield, 7 p.m.
Join us in the Mason Square Branch Library Community Room for an intergenerational dialogue with civil rights activists and advocates, State Rep. Benjamin Swan, former State Rep. Raymond Jordan, Councilor E. Henry Twiggs, and Rev. Karen Rucks. They will discuss the events and conditions that incited Springfield’s civil rights activism in the 1960s, the strategies employed to further the cause, and the leadership necessary to make a movement and inspire the community. Contemporary civil rights issues in Springfield will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to contribute to the conversation, and bring their questions.
The conversation will be followed by a light reception highlighting the branch’s recently-acquired prints that depict the civil rights rallies and marches against police brutality that swept the city following the Octagon Lounge incident in July of 1965.
Special thanks to the Springfield Republican for generously donating the photographs.
For more information, call (413) 263-6854.
27 April 2015 — Introduction to Genealogy Workshop: Using Census Records
Computer Classroom, 3rd floor, Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, 4 p.m.
A short workshop designed to provide new users with an introduction to finding and interpreting U.S. federal census records. Computer Classroom, 3rd floor. Free to all, but pre-registration recommended. Limited to 12. Call 413.420.8107. Additional workshops take place on May 18 and June 29.
29 April 2015 — “Immigration & Migration to the Valley”
PVHN Spring Gathering & Annual Meeting
Deerfield Community Center, Deerfield, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Our annual Gathering of the Tribe. Program includes:
Dennis Picard: Paddy on the Railroad
Dave Robison: Ethnic Genealogy
Jane Kaufman: History of the Jews of Western Massachusetts
Ron Lech: Polish Center at Elms College
Laurie Millman: Center for New Americans
Open to all. Time during lunch to network with fellow history enthusiasts from up and down the valley. Lunchtime “Show & Tell” from our collections. Registration information here.
29 April 2015 — “Escaping Slavery: African Americans in Western Massachusetts before the Civil War”
Community Room, Holyoke Public Library, 6 p.m.
Joseph Carvalho III, historian, genealogist, and former director of the Springfield Museums, shares stories from his 25 years of research into regional African-American history using family papers, legal documents, news sources, and census records. Carvalho’s work recovered numerous histories once thought permanently lost. His talk will provide an overview of the early history of African-Americans in New England as well as stories of local families and research anecdotes. Free and open to the public
3 May 2015 — Hike along the old Boston-Albany Road
Worthington Historical Society
at the parking lot for the Chesterfield Four Seasons, West Chesterfield, 1:45 p.m.
During its early history, Worthington lay along a road connecting Boston to Albany. This road, which dates back to the mid-18th century, crossed the Westfield River at “the Gate,” a bridge just north of the Chesterfield Gorge, and continued west to what is now Harvey Road in Worthington.
WHS board member Ben Brown will lead a backwoods hike along this stretch of the long-abandoned roadway, stopping to observe the remains of farm sites. The walk is likely to be rugged and physically demanding in certain parts. The rendezvous point will be in West Chesterfield, at the parking lot for the Chesterfield Four Seasons, just past the Chesterfield Gorge parking lot, on the River Road turn-off from Ireland Street (not to be confused with the River Road in West Worthington). Arrival time is 1:45pm. At 2:00pm sharp we will squeeze into the minimum number of vehicles and drive to the hike’s starting point, the eastern terminus of Harvey Road. The hike will conclude back at the Chesterfield Gorge.
Free admission. RSVP in advance with Evan Spring at email@example.com.
3 May 2015 — “The Flexible Farmer: Protecting Your Back & Muscles When Gardening”
Keep Homestead Museum, 35 Ely Rd., Monson, 1:30 p.m.
In this fun and engaging workshop participants will learn anatomy and body mechanics as they relate to working in the garden. Facing your work, utilizing your whole body, economy of movement, protecting your joints and assessing your task are the foundations of a more healthy gardening experience. Also covered will be the five movement categories that dominate gardening and specific ways to prepare, maintain and restore the body for each. The workshop will be tailored to the questions and interests of the group including but not limited to; injury prevention, self-massage, restorative stretches and daily practices.
Lydia Sivel-Irons is a licensed massage therapist and award winning workshop presenter. She is passionate about the new era of farming and the values of sustainability to the community and self without depleting the land and she is dedicated to doing her part to keep their bodies working with minimal stress and pain. She has made it her mission to bring affordable, efficient and informed body work and body care workshops to the organic and sustainable farms of New England. She is also passionate about the ability of farmers and gardeners to provide food for themselves and the community.
Raised on a homestead by “back to the landers” in rural New Hampshire, Lydia was born into a life of living from the land. Continuing in the traditions set down by her family, she pursued jobs on farms in her community until she left home to attend Hampshire College. While attending Hampshire she double majored in Human Kinesiology & Anatomy and Sustainable Agriculture. Lydia completed her thesis on these two subjects entitled; Sustainable Bodies on Sustainable Farms, the moving body in an agricultural context. She received her Bachelor of the Arts from Hampshire in 2009.
This program, while aimed at the gardeners at the Keep Homestead Museum Community Garden, all are welcome to attend. The Keep Homestead Museum will be open from 1:00-3:30 p.m. There is no admission charge for either the program or the museum. Refreshments will be served in the museum. For more information, call 413-267-4137, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the web at http://www.keephomesteadmuseum.org
4 May 2015 – “Meet Miss Anne Harding, French-Canadian Boarding House Operator”
Historical Lecture Series
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke, 6 p.m.
History comes alive as Elizabeth Wood portrays Mrs. Anne Harding, owner of a boarding house in Holyoke, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. Admission $7 general / $5 members (pay at door)
9 May 2015 — “Take a Walk through the Armory Buildings and Land”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, 2 p.m.
Get outside and join Armory Historian Richard Colton on a history and architectural walk around the Hill Shops. By learning about the historic buildings visitors will better understand the work processes done in the buildings that were essential to make the Springfield Armory firearms. Essential to Armory firearms production at the Hill Shops were storage, research and development and light assembly. It’s always best to call first to confirm.
9 May 2015 — “A Revolutionary Evening: Dinner and Historical Presentations of the Revolutionary Era”
Palmer Historical & Cultural Center, 2072 Main Street, Three Rivers, 5 p.m.
Join the Palmer Masons from Thomas Lodge for a night of delicious food and entertainment from the Revolutionary War era!
See Thomas Lodge namesake Isaiah Thomas tell his story in Isaiah Thomas – Patriot Printer
Learn about Paul Revere from RJ Parron
Interact with the Sturbridge Militia
Enjoy a social hour and dinner with period fare
Dinner at 5:00 p.m., followed by entertainment
Tickets: $30 per person To reserve, call Mark at: 413-801-7193.
All proceeds benefit the Baystate Wing Emergency Room Fund!
Presented by The Thomas Lodge of Masons in Association with Palmer Historical & Cultural Center.
11 May 2015 – “Puerto Ricans: The Search for Prosperity in the Paper City”
Historical Lecture Series
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot st., Holyoke, 6 p.m.
Like many immigrating groups, migrating Puerto Ricans came to Holyoke searching for prosperity. Unfortunately, the manufacturing industries were beginning to head south and overseas. Come hear Maria Salgado Cartagena share stories of a time of resistance and cultural celebration in Holyoke’s history. Admission $7 general / $5 members (pay at door)
15 May 2015 — “Precision Valley Symposium”
Springfield Armory National Historic Site & Springfield Technical Community College
Room 102, Putnam Hall, Bldg. 17, S.T.C.C., Springfield, 9 a.m.
9:00 AM Coffee
9:10 AM Welcome James Woolsey, Superintendent, Springfield Armory NHS
Opening Remarks, Arlene Rodriguez, Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, S.T.C.C.
9:30 AM Yankee Armorers and the Union war machine: A technological perspective on the American Civil War
Merritt Roe Smith, Ph.D., Leverett Howell and William King Cutten Professor of the History of Technology (STS and History), MIT
10:20 AM As the Valley Falls: Deindustrialization After the Second World War
Bob Forrant, Ph.D., Professor, Co-Director, Senior Research Fellow, Univ. of Massachusetts at Lowell
10:50 AM Hartford, CT (late 1800s): Factory Town Puts the Pieces Together in Explosive New Ways
Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D., Historian, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
11:20 AM BREAK
11:30 AM PANEL DISCUSSION, moderated by Dean Arlene Rodriguez, with audience on “Where do we go from here?” and the future of precision manufacturing in the region that includes Dave Cruise, President and CEO of the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc., that is a prime occupational training/education unit funneling trained machinists into the expanding precision industries here in the region. Also attending will be Rodney Grover, Executive Director, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Educational Foundation. The Soc. of Manuf. Engineers (SME) are sponsors of the EASTEC Show which will be ending the day before the symposium across the Connecticut River in W. Springfield’s BIG E.
12:15 PM LUNCH followed by
1:00 PM AFTERNOON TOURS
The afternoon offers a selection of one among several activities. These include a trip to the main Springfield Armory collection room with its thousands of military firearms (mostly a reference collection for R&D as well as some production jigs & gages & machines), a trip to & tour of the Coltsville site in Hartford, or a tour of Smith & Wesson’s factory (S&W tour only is limited to twelve and applications will be closed by May 1st. Bus transportation will be available for the Hartford tour.)
*Please write Richard Colton ( email@example.com ) of your plan to attend the Symposium and whether you wish to go on one of the afternoon tours. This will help make the SYMPOSIUM a success!
17 May 2015 — “Fiber, Food & Faults”
Pioneer Valley Institute Bus Trip
leave from Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, 9 a.m.
The Pioneer Valley Institute invites you along on its sixth annual “Spring Into…” bus trip, this year heading north to Putney VT and Chesterfield Gorge, NH. On Sunday, May 17, we will leave the GCC campus (bus stop at south end) at 9 AM, for a guided tour of the Green Mountain Wool Spinnery, a lunch at nearby Curtis’s All-American Bar-B-Q and a geology hike at the Chesterfield Gorge in the afternoon. Pre-registration is required and to cover the cost of the bus there is a $35 fee. Bring a friend along and it is just $60 for the two of you. Send a check to PVI, GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St, Greenfield MA 01301 along with your name, phone number and email address. Registration closes May 1, so don’t wait. These tours with Prof Richard Little are always immensely popular! For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-775-1671.
We have had tons of fun—and success—with our “Spring Into…” and “Fall Into…” bus trips throughout the years. This one promises to be no different but with a totally new emphasis—natural fibers and their processing. From the very start of the Industrial Revolution, fiber mills were the basis of our area’s economy, a true mainstay of old New England. We will visit and tour the Green Mountain Spinnery, a worker-owned cooperative spinning mill in Putney VT which not only creates its own selection of yarns and patterns but also is used by many northeast producers of wool, mohair and alpaca. After the tour knitters and weavers will have time to shop for yarns and patterns, books and magazines to their heart’s content!
Lunch will be at the nearby and justifiably famous Curtis’s All American Bar-B-Q, price not included in your registration fee. There are excellent alternatives for vegetarians just across the road at the Putney Food Co-op.
Now, fortified with plenty of yarn and sated with ribs or chicken, we will proceed to the Chesterfield NH Gorge for a hike to explore the faux faults found there. Faux faults? As Richard Little will explain, there have been several erroneous interpretations of the formations to be found here. As you hike the path watch the cascades as they disappear into the mist or plunge down through the gorge to the pools below. For the fiber artists among us here is a wonderful opportunity to absorb the colors and patterns in nature—falling water, vibrant colors, rock formations—and to apply these new visions to your next project!
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.
25 May 2015 — Memorial Day with the Coast Guard Band
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield, 2 p.m.
What better way to honor our military on Memorial Day than to spend the afternoon with the United States Coast Guard Band. Listen to the stirring numbers that remind us all of the pride and sacrifices of the United State Military personnel. It’s always best to call first to confirm.
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.
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.
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 — 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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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