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Research on artist Anna Feron Pierce Judah

Posted on Jul 13, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Railroad research centers on Greenfield artist Anna Feron Pierce Judah:

As part of her research for an upcoming exhibit at the California State Railroad Museum that will highlight the contributions of women to the history of railroading, Christine Pifer-Foote of Sacramento found herself at the Historical Society of Greenfield, flipping through old photos of Anna Feron Pierce Judah, wife of Theodore Dehone Judah.

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7-23-22 Ice Cream Social at the Museum (THIS SAT – Come on down)

Posted on Jul 13, 2022 in Local events | 0 comments

Marys birthsay

The Historical Society of Greenfield invites you to join us OUTSIDE on the lawn to celebrate Mary P. Wells Smith’s birthday with ice cream generously donated by Foster’s Supermarket! An outstanding woman born in 1840, she is well known as the author of “Boy Captive of Old Deerfield,” as well as 20 other children’s books. She was a civic-minded and progressive activist, and we celebrate the 176th anniversary of her birth! Come and enjoy an ice cream, photo fun, and “Mary’s Fan Club”!

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Society Opening for 2022

Posted on May 14, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Historical Society (of Greenfield) opening for first time since 2019


Staff Writer

GREENFIELD — For the first time since its fall 2019 season, the Historical Society of Greenfield is opening its doors to the community.

The museum at 43 Church St., which will be open today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., was closed throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons, according to Meg Baker, secretary of the society. Only recently did the society begin operating on an appointment-only basis for researchers, she said.

“We’ll be open for the first time since closing in October 2019,” Baker said. “We have some new exhibits and some old ones that have been refreshed.”

Among them is an exhibit of items from the estate of Peter Spencer Miller, past president of the society who died in January 2021, and his mother, Helen Spencer Schuhle. There will also be additions to the Dexter Marsh and James Deane exhibit, with new fossils on loan.

“There’s also an exhibit tending to the needs of others, which is about early medical care in Greenfield,” Baker continued. “It will have medical tools and equipment … and a little bit about some of the people. There were a great number of people in early medical care in Greenfield.”

Baker said with COVID-19 case numbers trending upward, the museum opening will start slow.

“Even though we might love to go back to every Friday or every Saturday … we’re not there yet,” she said.

The society will, however, continue to be open by appointment, in addition to the two Saturdays a month it will
be open for walk-ins. Because the Church Street building is old and doesn’t have a great ventilation system, masks will be strongly encouraged.

Van Wood, Wendy Sawyer and Meg Baker get a display of dinosaur tracks ready for the reopening of the Historical Society of Greenfield on Church Street in Greenfield.

Baker said that over the last couple years, Historical Society members have used the pandemic-related closure as an opportunity to accomplish projects they may not have been able to, otherwise. “The biggest of which is we now have a ramp on the side of the building, so we’re more accessible,” she said. “Our main operating piece of our mission statement is to share the history with the wider public. We interpret that … to mean accessibility in major ways. Making the first floor entirely accessible has been a big deal.”

The pandemic has also offered the Historical Society the chance to strengthen its connections with its community partners, including Four Rivers Charter Public School, The LAVA Center, the Greenfield Public Library and Greenfield Savings Bank.

“It’s really been about finding community partners while we were not … hosting guests in the building,

to share our collections,” she said. “It’s been fabulous. We hope that part of the last couple years continues.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne

From Greenfield Recorder - May 7, 2022 page b1
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Valley Black History project

Posted on Mar 6, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

More at: Blog of Black history Project

Black history is American history. And it’s the history of western Massachusetts, too.

This year, the UMass Public History Program, the UMass Amherst Libraries and the Pioneer Valley History Network and local history organizations across Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties collaborated to launch the “Documenting the Early History of Black Lives in the Connecticut River Valley” pilot project. This community-based research project aims to document the lives of free, enslaved, and formerly enslaved Black residents of the Connecticut River Valley prior to 1900.
We’ll be posting more about this in the coming months. Starting today, at the close of Black History Month, we begin by highlighting the community-curated website that accompanies the project:

More developing at: Road_to_Freedom_Guide (PDF)

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Sharing William Apess’ incredible story

Posted on Jul 2, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Drew Lopenzina will be at Greenfield Historical Society on July 13, at 7 p.m. to give a talk, “William Apess: Reclaiming a Native Son,” that will offer more information about this remarkable Native life.

His introduction to William Apess, from his My Turn in the Greenfield Recorder of May 28, 2021 is here

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