Saturday, June 1, 2019

Program: A Clock With Wooden Works

“A Clock With Wooden Works” will be the subject of a program following the Thursday, June 13 meeting of the Colrain Historical Society in Joan McQuade’s barn at 7 Main Road.

A mantel clock in the collection of the Society raises questions about the history of wooden works, when they became metal, and about clockmaking in New England in the 19th Century and earlier. Conway clockmaker Marc Desrosiers will lead this exploration, and attendees may want to bring curious clocks for him to examine.

The program at 7:30 p.m. will follow a 7 p.m. business meeting. At the meeting we’ll have the latest on the Pitt House property and results of the wonderful “Colrain On Canvas” Art Show. Meeting and program are open to the public, and refreshments will be served. For information call Belden at 624-3453.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Program: The Native Peoples of Southern New England

Map of southern New England indicating approximate ranges of Native American tribes c. 1600.
Image source: Wikipedia.

“The Native Peoples of Southern New England: the folks who met the Puritan settlers of the Pioneer Valley” will be the topic of the program following our May meeting on Thursday, May 9, in Joan McQuade’s barn, across from the Pitt House, 7 Main Road in Colrain Center.

Presenter George Ashley is a retired Professor of History and Cultural Anthropology at Holyoke Community College and a resident of Hatfield.

Come for the meeting at 7 p.m. if you can, and stay for the program at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments, of course, and it’s free to the public.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Historical Notes 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of Historical Notes, the newsletter of the Colrain Historical Society, was mailed in late April. Click here for a PDF version. Click on the photos of the pages below to view a larger image.

Monday, April 15, 2019

First Potluck/Meeting/Program of the Season

The Colrain Historical Society will hold its first meeting of the 2019 season at the home of Joan McQuade, 7 Main Road, Colrain, on Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m.

There will be a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. before the meeting. Bring a main course, salad, veggie or dessert to share; cider will be available.

Following the meeting, at 7:30 p.m. a short “Show and Tell” program will be a narrative drawn from “Our Trip West,” the diary of the Donelson family (of two generations) auto trip west to California, Canada, and back in 1939, written by one of the passengers, Winnifred Lincoln, mother of Ruth Donelson. This seven-week odyssey in a new car holding two men and three women and their luggage during the Depression was “the trip of a lifetime.” The detailed diary tells as much about these five New Englanders as it does about United States at that time. It’s something of a social history.

 You can come for part or all of the evening, but we hope you’ll be there for the meeting to find out about our successful Painting Exhibit last weekend, what’s happening with the Pitt House property, and what to expect this coming summer.