Thursday, August 4, 2022

Picnic August 11th: Remembering Hale

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2022 
Time : 6:00 pm 
Location: Behind the Pitt House, 8 Main Road, Colrain 

The Colrain Historical Society will hold their annual picnic potluck behind the Pitt House Thursday, August 11, at 6 pm. 

This will be followed at 7 pm by a business meeting and remembering artist Hale Johnson, whose recent bequest included the Historical Society. Hale was a life-long supporter of the society. 

Picnic attendees should bring a main course, salad or dessert to share, along with their place settings. A cold beverage will be provided. BYOB, if you like. 

Attendance is free and open to the public. For information call Joan, 624-8818
1894 USGS Topographic Map
Greenfield Quadrangle

Daylily in a Colrain garden

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Program: A Dude Ranch in Colrain?

Date: Thursday, July14, 2022
Time : 7:30 pm
Location: Cal Coombs Road, Colrain
You bet. From 1947 until 1970, the Pioneer Valley Dude Ranch at the end of Cal Coombs Road hosted dudes from New York City to Boston. Off-season, it provided bunks to deer hunters and skiers. And it offered locals a congenial Saturday night watering hole and restaurant with live music for dancing. 

A program after the 7 p.m. meeting of the Colrain Historical Society Thursday, July 14, at the former dude ranch will explore this colorful chapter of Colrain history. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The program location is at the former Dude Ranch on Cal Coombs Road, Colrain. 

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Program: “ Improper Intimacy": Almira Edson and the Perfectionist Movement

Almira Edson (1803-1886) was a stepdaughter of Edward Adams of the busy village of Adamsville in Colrain. She develped a style of family registers combining calligraphy and watercolor, much sought after by collectors of folk art today. After years of teaching at the Halifax Academy she joined a utopian community in Putney, Vermont which combined spiritual purity and "complex marriage" only to find herself in conflict with the movement's leaders. 

 Edson is the subject of a presentation by Prentice Crosier in the Stacy Barn behind the Colrain Historical Society's Pitt House on Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. following the Society's business meeting at 7:00 p.m. This program is free and open to the public.

David Lyons - Boston Tea Party Participant

David Lyons (1737-1803) took part in the Boston Tea Party in 1773, and later moved to Colrain in 1784. A plaque was placed at his gravesite in the Chandler Hill Cemetery on May 24, 2022. Read the article from the Greenfield Recorder here.