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Hear ye, hear ye: Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state
05-24-2024 3:52 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker — and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...

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The story behind the New Salem Museum
05-19-2024 1:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

Laura Barletta and her husband Vincent’s connection to New Salem began with Vincent’s grandmother Helen Truman, who attended school at New Salem Academy. After the school closed in 1969, the building, which originally housed the home economics classes...


‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst
05-17-2024 12:34 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...


Saturday event remembers Great Falls Massacre, marks 20th anniversary of reconciliation ceremony
05-16-2024 2:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The 348th anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre will be marked with a Day of Remembrance on Saturday, as well as a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the reconciliation ceremony held to establish friendship and trust between...


Greenfield Historical Society talk to highlight Old Tavern Farm
05-15-2024 9:04 AM

GREENFIELD — The Historical Society of Greenfield will host Gary Sanderson for a program titled “New Discoveries about Old Tavern Farm and its Greenfield Meadows Neighborhood” on Wednesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. in the Whiteman Room at the Episcopal...


Conway adopts records policy after Historical Commission’s taking of documents
05-10-2024 11:22 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — With the adoption of a new policy this week, historical records have been returned to the town vault following a “series of misunderstandings” between the Historical Commission and town clerk over the custody and safety of the records.After...


Formed 25,000 years ago, Millers River a historic ‘jewel’
04-28-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

The Millers River meanders through both Athol and Orange, carrying with it not only the beauty on its surface, but a long history stretching back to when the river was first formed 25,000 years ago.The first people known to be living near the river...


Wealth of historic Quabbin Reservoir photos available online
04-13-2024 3:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

When the work on the Quabbin Reservoir began, photographers began documenting the project — from real estate, to cemeteries, to the construction of the reservoir itself. Their photos, snapshots in time, can be seen at Digital Commonwealth thanks to an...


A varied and appealing ‘American Table’: New book from the Smithsonian looks at American history through the lens of food
04-09-2024 4:35 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Food connects Americans to each other and to our history. Those connections were highlighted in a recent book and a library talk. The book is “Smithsonian American Table: The Foods, People and Innovations That Feed Us,” (Harvest) by Lisa Kingsley in...


On first anniversary, Wendell Historical Society returns early documents to town
04-07-2024 11:12 AM

By CARLA CHARTER

Wendell town records — including more than 30 pages of loose documents dating from 1816 to the 1840s and a 500-page volume of town clerk notes dating from 1953 to 1969 — were returned to the town by the Wendell Historical Society on April 1, in...


Revival Wheeler Mansion’s photo retake
03-24-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

On April 1, Cynthia Butler, owner of the Revival Wheeler Mansion, is hoping to recreate a photo taken on the building’s front lawn on October 1925, when it reopened as the Eastern Star Rest Home. Butler hopes the new photo will serve as a marker of...


Facing history: Wendell Historical Society grapples with some challenging facts of their building’s history
03-15-2024 3:27 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With the first anniversary of the Wendell Historical Society approaching on April 1, the Society's President, Edward Hines, went searching for the history of the building that the society calls its home.Last July, the society purchased the former...


PHOTOS: Sounds of celebration in Leverett
03-11-2024 2:40 PM


Researcher brings initiative, $2.65M grant to UMass to explore story of enslaved people in U.S. North, Canada
03-10-2024 11:32 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — In film, literature, paintings and other forms of art, palm trees and warm climates are almost always the settings depicted for slavery in North America, from the plantations of the American South to the transatlantic ships transporting...


Stovepipe politics in Wendell: 3 selectmen arrested in 1932 after contentious election
03-09-2024 3:07 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

In the 1930s, Wendell ushered in events that later became known as the town’s “Stovepipe Politics Era.” This time period involved a 1931 race for selectman between challenger Ozro D. Baker and longtime Selectman Charles Ballou, a Town Meeting location...


Nation’s oldest continuously existing spiritualist community marks 150 years in Lake Pleasant
03-07-2024 11:47 AM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

One hundred and fifty years ago in Lake Pleasant, horse-drawn wagons shuffled along dirt roads lined in tents, cottages and boathouses. Steamboats raced along the lake while swimmers played water games, hot air balloons flying over their heads....


PHOTOS: Author speaks on lasting legacy of 1704 attack on Deerfield
03-04-2024 2:27 PM


Harvard Forest exhibits offer information on history through dioramas
03-03-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

At Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named director and primary...


Birthday luncheon remembers Mary Lyon as ‘a woman ahead of her time’
03-01-2024 2:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

BUCKLAND — Renowned women’s education advocate Mary Lyon likely never would have expected that her hometown would continue to celebrate her legacy 227 years after her birth.On Wednesday, a group of Mount Holyoke College alumnae and fellow admirers of...


Wilder Homestead restoration in Buckland moves to next phase with help from glass artist
02-19-2024 5:42 PM

By VIRGINIA RAY

BUCKLAND — When Shelburne glass artist Josh Simpson made his first visit to the Buckland Historical Society’s Wilder Homestead restoration project last year, the mention of hand-blown glass in the windows above the door to the barn caught his...


Treasure in the attic: Woman steps up to save long-lost mural of 1800s Jewish immigrant congregation
02-16-2024 1:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Forgotten and gathering dust in the attic of a North Adams apartment building for more than a century, a mural that’s a part of eastern European Jewish immigrant history may soon see the light of day again.If it does, it will be thanks largely to the...

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