Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Children's Literature Festival

The Colrain Historical Society was host to budding historians ages 5-12 for an hour August 6. Fourteen participants in the Children’s Literature Festival at the Buckland Shelburne School, director Toni Wilcox and a few grandparents toured the current exhibit in the Pitt House barn and in several outbuildings.

Highlight of the tour for many was the opportunity to pull the large antique fire hose, as long-ago firemen did, around the yard. They also enjoyed examining Ross Purrington's red meat wagon.

The current exhibit, which was open three Sundays this summer, shows a variety of objects from the collection which we have discovered in the ongoing process of inventory. The exhibit can be seen by appointment. Call Belden at (413) 624-3453.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Building the Turners Falls Dam

A view of the modern Turners Falls Dam, just upstream of the Turners Falls - Gill Bridge. (July 2007, photo by Denimadept. Source: Wikipedia: Gill-Montague Bridge)
The evolution of the Turners Falls Dam from 1794 to the present will be an illustrated presentation by local historian/photographer Ed Gregory at the next meeting of the Colrain Historical Society.

The event will be held Thursday, August 13, in the Stacy Barn behind the Pitt House at 8 Main Road, Colrain. A business meeting at 7:00 p.m. will precede the program at 7:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For information, call Joan McQuade at 624-8818.