Dear Members and Friends,
As we await approval from the state Attorney General for the transfer of the Pitt House property to the Colrain Historical Society, we have embarked on a robust fundraising campaign. Transfer of the property - closed to us since 2018 - must also be approved by the county Probate Court.
Meanwhile, we are busy planning a romantic Valentine's Day dinner prepared by chef Kevin Hollister and a "Colrain on Canvas II" art exhibition May 22 and 23, 2020. Calendars with reproductions from the wildly successful exhibition this year are available for purchase at Marty's Repair, Catamount Country Store, the town office, Hager's Farm Market, the Colrain Post Office and Pine Hill Orchard in Colrain, as well as Sawyer Newsroom Co. and Boswell's Books in Shelburne Falls.. Think Christmas.
Temporarily displaced from our former meeting place in the Stacy Barn, we have continued to present popular programs in Joan McQuade's barn, April through October, exploring Colrain's history though the collection, as well as the broader history of the area. Among this year's programs:
- Fischlein's Store in Shattuckville
- Colrain's one- and two-room schools
- Native peoples in the valley
- Dustup at the Methodist parsonage
Your continued support helps to fund these programs, which sustain our status as a historic presence and a bright spot of activity in the town. More significantly now, it will help us to reach our goals in the heavy lifting we are facing in restoring the Pitt House property to its function as museum, meeting place, and repository of the material history of Colrain.
We are grateful for gifts or bequests of any size for the support and encouragement they represent.
Like most small-town historical societies, we rely on a small cadre of active members to plan programs, raise funds, and maintain the collection. Pitch in with us, and bring friends who enjoy history and social interaction with a purpose. For this, also, we ask your help.
CHS Board of Directors
Belden, Joan, Ken N., Ken S., Debby, Janet, Phil, Casey, and Bill
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Colrain Historical Society, Inc.
P. O. Box 45
Colrain, MA 01340