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Colrain Memorial Hall memorabilia to be sold

Tag sale next two weekends

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Colrain’s Memorial Hall was demolished on Sept. 20. Members of the town Historical Society removed many items from the building before it was razed.

Submitted photo Colrain’s Memorial Hall was demolished on Sept. 20. Members of the town Historical Society removed many items from the building before it was razed.

COLRAIN — Before Memorial Hall was demolished last month, members of the Colrain Historical Society removed dishware, Victorian oak doors, coat hooks and other memorabilia.

These items will be sold at tag sales this weekend and next weekend at the home of Joan McQuade, at 7 Main Road. Tag sale hours will be Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Long an iconic building and a center of community activity in Colrain, Memorial Hall, which was dedicated in 1895, was built as a memorial to Colrain’s Civil War dead and a meeting place for the Grand Army of the Republic in the decades after the war. It became a meeting place for the American Legion, VFW and the Grange as well as a grammar school graduation hall, a recreation center, auditorium for town meetings, theatricals, suppers and minstrel shows into the 1980s.

Larger items removed from the hall will be sold at a “Home for the Holidays” auction to benefit the Historical Society and Griswold Memorial Library on Dec. 7.

Proceeds from the tag sale will support the society’s efforts to preserve Colrain’s history.

Memorial Hall had gone unused for at least two decades when the building was put up for sale by the town. In 2009, special town meeting voters agreed with selectmen to sell the 17 Main Road property for at least $125,000. But in 2011 the price was dropped to $10,000.

This year, selectmen recommended demolishing the two-story building because it was in such poor shape that it had become a liability. Annual town meeting voters agreed in May to fund the demolition .

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