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Student project shines light on ‘alternate perspective’ of Deerfield history
06-22-2023 12:31 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Native American history is a standard element of the fourth grade curriculum. However, with Deerfield celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, Jennifer Smith’s class went one step further.Throughout the year, Smith’s students at...


Deerfield celebrates ‘a long and varied history’ with 350th parade
06-18-2023 12:30 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

DEERFIELD — Some rain on their parade didn’t stop the Deerfield community from celebrating the town’s 350th anniversary in style.“How often do you have a 350th?” said Peter Thomas, who serves on the 350th Anniversary Committee. “Of course we came out...


Guiding Star Grange hosting 150th anniversary celebration
06-13-2023 1:42 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — A slew of family-friendly events is slated for Saturday as the state’s oldest Grange celebrates its 150th anniversary.With an arts and co-op fair, a buffet dinner, dedications to former members and contra dancing, the Guiding Star Grange...


North Leverett sawmill preservation project underway
06-12-2023 12:48 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — A community-led project to preserve and rehabilitate the 263-year-old North Leverett sawmill for future generations, as well as make it an integral part of the community for cultural, educational and recreational activities, is underway.The...


Saunders tours Wendell Historical Society’s potential home as crowdfunding campaign nears end
06-09-2023 5:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The Democrat representing the 7th Hampden District in the state House of Representatives toured the proposed home of the newly official Wendell Historical Society on Friday afternoon, as the end nears for the crowdfunding campaign set up to...


Antiques show returning to Deerfield after six-year hiatus
06-04-2023 4:18 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — For the first time in six years, Historic Deerfield and the Antique Dealers’ Association of America are bringing the annual antiques show back to Deerfield.The show will take place in Deerfield Academy’s Hale Family Gym on Saturday, June...


Orange Historical Society seeks new members in tough fiscal times
05-22-2023 12:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Historical Society aims to recruit new members as one way of offsetting the rising costs of insurance and other expenses.Twenty members gathered earlier this month for the society’s annual spring meeting, held at Witty’s Funeral...


Great Falls Massacre anniversary a time for reflection, healing
05-21-2023 8:22 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

TURNERS FALLS — Marking the 347th anniversary of the Great Falls Massacre on Saturday, organizers with the Nolumbeka Project reflected on not only the past, but the importance of healing from it.“You are all proof that we can look at each other as...


Greenfield Historical Society kicks off 2023 season
05-18-2023 2:23 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Historical Society will open for the season this year in a fashion that will, at long last, mirror pre-pandemic times. The 2023 season opens on Saturday with the new exhibit, “Rivers, Roads & Railroads,” a celebration of...


Greenfield Historical Society launches speaker series on Thursday
05-15-2023 10:56 AM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Historical Society of Greenfield will launch its 2023 Speaker Series on Thursday with a presentation by Drew Lopenzina, an English professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia.Lopenzina, who has been a featured speaker...


A big cup of co-op: After 30 years, Dean’s Beans in Orange to become worker-owned
05-15-2023 10:24 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Change is brewing at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co., which is set to become a worker-owned cooperative on July 1.Dean Cycon founded the business in 1993 and, having recently turned 70, is ready to hand the reins to his 16 employees.“Who...


The stories gravestones tell: Talk will explore history of the underrepresented in Conway’s old cemeteries
05-12-2023 4:30 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

For some of the deepest New England history, one only needs to take a stroll through one of the numerous cemeteries in Franklin County.Local residents will have a chance for some of that history to be brought right to them on Tuesday, May 16 when...


Great Falls Massacre study to continue in Montague
05-04-2023 5:32 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

MONTAGUE — The Battlefield Grant Advisory Committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the Selectboard accept a proposal for principal investigator services to further study the Great Falls Massacre.The proposal, submitted by Heritage Consultants of...


Deerfield celebrating Founders Day Weekend with family-friendly events
05-03-2023 12:42 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — On May 7, 1673, the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony granted the liberty of a township to the inhabitants of the Pocumtuck village, which is now known as Deerfield. Now, on May 7, 2023, folks are invited to celebrate that...


Town officials consider preservation restrictions for former Whately Center School
04-14-2023 1:53 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — As the town gears up to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to sell the former Whately Center School, the Selectboard discussed the Historical Commission’s recommended preservation restrictions for the 113-year-old building on Chestnut Plain...


Crowdfunding underway for Wendell Historical Society to buy old post office, depot store
04-13-2023 6:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The newly official Wendell Historical Society has until June 13 to come up with $45,000 to buy the former depot store and post office, having reached an agreement with the longtime owner’s daughter in hopes of turning the building into a...


$20K matching grant will help update Greenfield historic properties survey
04-12-2023 3:38 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — A $20,000 matching grant awarded to the city by the Massachusetts Historical Commission will allow Greenfield to update its historic properties survey.Historical Commissioner Margo Jones told fellow members last week that the Survey and...


Preserving historical character key aspect of Wilson’s redevelopment
04-07-2023 8:16 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The Wilson’s Department Store redevelopment project began the process of coming before city boards on Thursday evening with an initial discussion with the Historical Commission. “We’re really excited to be able to do more work in...


Colrain Historical Society program to detail life of town’s last resident physician
04-07-2023 4:06 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

COLRAIN — Joan McQuade says growing up with an active doctor’s office inside her childhood home didn’t feel strange at the time.“That was just the way it was,” she said simply.This home doctor’s office was where her father, Dr. John “Olie” Olson,...


Deerfield Selectboard votes to sign records storage agreement with PVMA
04-07-2023 1:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The Selectboard authorized an agreement Wednesday evening to store town records from as far back as the 18th century at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), nearly ending a year-long process that began with a radiator leak in...

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