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New signs in Buckland, Heath honor legacy of late painter Robert Strong Woodward
09-10-2023 1:09 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

To help visitors learn about 20th-century painter Robert Strong Woodward’s mark on the area, the Friends group dedicated to keeping his memory alive has installed new signs at the locations of his Buckland and Heath studios.“We just think he is a...


History that ‘reads like James Bond’: Northfield war hero’s descendant visits from Europe
09-05-2023 6:29 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NORTHFIELD — Patricia Preston’s career as a neurobiologist has helped make her a well-traveled woman.The Spanish national earned a master’s degree in Seattle and now works in a research laboratory at the University of Tübingen in Germany, a job that...


Upon Barnhardt’s closure, residents reflect on historic manufacturing plant that put Colrain ‘on the map’
09-04-2023 3:55 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — While the Griswold Manufacturing Co. and the businesses that came after it — most recently Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. — may be a thing of the past, the landscape is not without reminders of the village’s history. One such reminder is the...


Historic Deerfield fall forum to explore American Arts and Crafts movement
09-03-2023 2:58 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With one of the American Arts and Craft movement’s masterpieces on display through March, Historic Deerfield’s annual fall forum is dedicated to exploring how the movement grew and flourished in town.The forum will be held on Friday, Sept....


The man behind Erving’s name
09-03-2023 2:38 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

John Erving, in approximately 1752 or 1753, bought 16,000 acres of land from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, then Massachusetts Bay Colony. This land included all of what is now Erving, half of Wendell and parts of Orange and New Salem.“He was at...


Hilltowns’ historic treasures inspire new touring, events business
08-28-2023 2:01 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — With a variety of offerings from historical societies, including a Hilltown History Trail beginning in 2022, local history appears to be captivating the masses in western Franklin County.Historian Susan Samoriski is capitalizing on...


West County Notebook: Aug. 26, 2023
08-25-2023 12:38 PM

Buckland Historical Society Open HouseBUCKLAND — The Buckland Historical Society will open the Wilder Homestead and Museum on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.The Wilder Homestead at 129 Ashfield Road (Route 112) includes a furnished 1775 saltbox home...


No longer lost in the shadow of her husband’s legacy: Researcher uncovers clues to the life of 19th century Greenfield woman, whose paintings hung in the Capitol
08-11-2023 1:13 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

Hidden in a Greenfield basement was the breakthrough for Christine Pifer-Foote’s research on Anna Feron Pierce Judah, a ghost of Greenfield’s past: a watercolor painting of a flower from the 1800s.Until recently, Anna Judah, who Pifer-Foote describes...


Pocumtuck Homelands Festival considers how history ‘ties together’
08-06-2023 4:20 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI and JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — Organizers of the Pocumtuck Homelands Festival celebrated a decade of bringing people together to learn about Native American culture and history over the weekend.The 10th annual festival, put on by the Nolumbeka Project with help from...


Revival Wheeler Mansion in Orange celebrating 120th birthday with ‘Great Gatsby’ party
08-02-2023 1:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Now that’s a lot of candles to blow out! The Revival Wheeler Mansion turns 120 years old this year and owner Cynthia Butler is planning an outdoor shindig on Saturday, Sept. 2, to celebrate the life of the only Gilded Age mansion in the North...


Now in 10th year, Pocumtuck Homelands Festival continues sharing Indigenous traditions
08-01-2023 11:26 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

TURNERS FALLS — The annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival will serve as an intertribal confluence once again this weekend, returning to Unity Park for its 10th year.Organized by the Nolumbeka Project — a nonprofit dedicated to cultural and historical...


And Then What Happened?: This (very cool) old house
07-30-2023 2:19 PM

Good morning and welcome to our therapy session. I think there are enough chairs for all of you — wait, don’t trip over the cat. Here, I’ll put him outside.I’ve asked you all here to discuss another round of This Very Cool Old House. We do this fairly...


‘Music on the Porch’ returning to Orange Historical Society
07-24-2023 7:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Historical Society is gearing up for the return of the formerly annual summer event “Music on the Porch” for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.The free outdoor event is slated for 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug....


Trilogy of programs planned on evangelist’s legacy in Northfield
07-21-2023 7:34 PM

NORTHFIELD — Dwight L. Moody biographer Kevin Belmonte will deliver the presentation “D.L. Moody: A Life,” based on his book of the same name, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St., as part of Northfield’s 350th...


Wendell Historical Society buys former depot store, post office to transform into museum
07-14-2023 6:25 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

WENDELL — Following a crowdfunding campaign, the Wendell Historical Society officially owns the former depot store and post office, and is ready to turn the space into a museum showcasing the town’s history. “So many people made it happen,” said...


Wendell Parsonage celebrating 200 years
07-09-2023 3:02 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

In 1964, Frank Judice and his mother, Kathryn Judice, of Bellmore, New York, left the noise of New York and settled into the former Parsonage in Wendell, according to Edward Hines, Kathryn Judice’s grandson, who currently lives in the Parsonage. The...


Conway honors historic opposition to slavery with Quock Walker Day proclamation
07-07-2023 3:11 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

CONWAY — In honor of the enslaved man who sued for his freedom in the 18th century in a case that laid the foundation for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts, July 8 is officially Massachusetts Emancipation/Quock Walker Day.Following the lead of...


Historically significant Northfield residents honored with banners during 350th anniversary
07-03-2023 6:40 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

NORTHFIELD — Did you know a major force in the abolitionist movement had roots in Franklin County? In 1863, a now-iconic photo of Peter, an escaped slave with a mass of twisting scars on his back, was published in Harper’s Weekly. After quickly...


Historic Deerfield launching three-part Indigenous history series
07-03-2023 10:04 AM

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield resident and local historian has been tapped to kick off Historic Deerfield’s summer lecture series.Peter Thomas, an independent historian involved in helping plan the town’s 350th anniversary celebrations as well as several...


Shelburne Historical Society, Senior Center collaborate on history talk
06-23-2023 3:57 PM

SHELBURNE — The Senior Center, in collaboration with the Shelburne Historical Society, plans to take residents back in time to explore life from the 1930s to the 1970s during a program on Tuesday. The presentation, “The Social History Project:...

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