Programs

Our Programs for 2017


Having shivered through meetings in the Stacy barn last April and October, we are reverting to the former practice of holding the first and last meeting of the year along with a potluck supper in the home of Joan McQuade, across from the Pitt House.  New this year will be a Show and Tell program in which curators will share with the membership recent acquisitions to the collection and interesting photos, documents, and artifacts discovered during the ongoing inventory of the collection.

Our meetings/programs are held on the second Thursday of each month, April-October, beginning with a business meeting at 7:00 p.m., followed by a program at 7:30 p.m. Potlucks begin at 6:00 p.m. Most programs are in the Stacy Barn, behind the Pitt House on Main Road in Colrain. They are free and open to the public, followed by refreshments.

APRIL 13, Show and Tell and potluck at the home of Joan McQuade (more information)

MAY 11, “Pies of New England,” speaker Robert Cox (more information)

JUNE 8, “Elder Edward Davenport: Travels of a Colrain Missionary,” speaker Prentice Crosier (more information)

JULY 13, “ Quabbin, Then and Now,” photographer/historian Dale Monette

AUGUST 10, “The Narrow Escape of Angelina Palmer,” author Jackie Walsh

SEPTEMBER 14, “The History and Unique Joinery of the Christian Hill Church,” Colrain master joiner Jeremy Topitzer. This meeting will be held in the Second Baptist Church, built in 1797 on Christian Hill.

OCTOBER 12, Show and Tell and potluck at the home of Joan McQuade

Our Programs for 2016


With the advent of the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway, some residents called 1896 “the year of grace” in Colrain history. The “electric road” brought welcome opportunity to the town’s commerce and social life. Hauling freight and passengers, the trolley not only connected the two towns to each other, but also provided Colrain with a link to the region’s railroad network through its station in Shelburne Falls.

To celebrate the 120th anniversary of this landmark event, we have organized a series of programs looking at various aspects of transportation in Colrain’s history: early roads and bridges; stagecoach routes, inns and taverns; the port at Cheapside; the coming of the railroad to Shelburne Falls; Colrain in 1896 before the trolley; and the Colrain-Shelburne trolley.

Each program, held on the second Thursday of each month April-October, starts at 7:30 p.m., following a business meeting at 7:00. Most programs are held in the Stacy Barn, behind the Pitt House on Main Road in Colrain. They are free and open to the public.

April 14, screening of the film “The Rise & Fall of Penn Station” (more information)

May 12, “Pathways, Roads and Bridges,” speaker Eric Goldstein (more information)

June 9, “Cheapside,” Greenfield Historical Society’s Peter Miller (more information)

July 14, “Colrain Taverns and Inns,” resident Brad Brigham (more information)

August 11, “History of the Shelburne Falls Railroad,” author Carl Byron (more information)

September 8, “Colrain, 1896,” CHS’s Belden Merims (more information)

October 13, “The Shelburne Falls and Colrain Trolley,” the Trolley Museum’s Shirley Pelletier, at the Museum (more information)

SPECIAL EVENT – October 15, trolley bus tour of the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Trolley route, starting at and returning to the trolley museum for ice cream. Tickets $10. As the bus will accommodate only 26 riders, reservations will be required by calling Joan at 624-8818 or Belden at 624-3453 before October 12. (more information)

Our Programs for 2015


Please join us on the second Thursday of each month, April through October. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m., following the 7:00 p.m. business meetings.

APRIL 9. Rachel McGee, her busk, & "the shot heard 'round the world" (more information)

MAY 14. Colrain Potash: First Industry of the Hilltowns, with Ralmon Black (more information)

JUNE 11. William Apess, Native American Activist Born in Colrain, with author Drew Lopenzina (more information)

JULY 9. So Who Was G. William Pitt Anyway? Memories of the man by people who knew him, preceded by a Strawberry Social Potluck Picnic. (more information)

AUGUST 13. Building the Turners Falls Dam, slide show and narrative by Ed Gregory (more information)

SEPTEMBER 10. A Conway Genealogist Tells Conway Tales, with Lee Whitcomb (more information)

OCTOBER 8. In Memory of Susan Freedom: Gravestones of African Americans in Western Massachusetts, with Bob Drinkwater, gravestone archeologist (more information, and a follow-up article)