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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

By MARY BYRNE

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.
STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

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 mbyrne@recorder.com 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:

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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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Death in 1918

Posted on May 25, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

, DOB: Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 4N, JESSE SMEAD, 9 "
1858 HENRY S. SMEAD 1919 / HIS WIFE / 1865 ALICE L. NEWCOMB 1955
1896 FORREST N., THEIR SON / HIS WIFE / 1896 MILDRED R. MACARTY 1978
1899 PERLEY j., THEIR SON 1991
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, , 28S, 5 "
HARRY A. WEYMOUTH
1880 - 1919
HIS WIFE
NELLIE C. BARRETT
1878 - 1920
WEYMOUTH
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 12, 3N?, 15? "
BACK BENJAMIN Front WALKER
MARSHALL JEROME BENJAMIN 1824 MELVILLE WALKER 1862
1850 - 1919 CO. B 15 REGT. MASS. VOL. INF.
FANNIE L. WALKER, WIFE
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 20, 7S, 3 "
At top BOUTWELL & Masonic symbol
GEORGE E. BOUTWELL
1875 - 1918
ANNIE R. MACKINNON
HIS WIFE
1870 - 1927
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal St., 12, 3N, 10 "
Front SYLVESTER THOMAS CONANT Back CHARLES BANCOFT CONANT
JUNE 20, 1810 - DEC. 26, 1896. FEB. 22, 1845 - AUG. 2, 1918
SARAH BICKFORD ELIZABETH LEE ADAMS, WIFE
his wife/ No
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 47N, 17 "
Front Back July 4 1893 - Sept. 22 1918
Capt. George H. Davenport Abijah N. Pierce
A veteran of the Civil War June 20 1862 - apr. 13, 1947
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 46N, 15 "
Front Back Died Died /Aug. 18 1870
Martin V. B. Williams Frank E. Sept. 14 1861. AE. 1 yr. 5 mos.
Died Nov. 3 1918 Aug. 18 1862.
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 46N, 13 "
ANDREW STEWART STEWART On top
1862 - 1936
ABBIE J. BROWN
HIS WIFE
1868 - 1954
HARRY A.
1890 - 1918
LOUISA B.
1903 - 1922
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 4, 398, 10 "
1877 BURTON G. 1951
1882 HIS WIFE, LILLIAN 1935
1906 ROBERT G. 1918
1901 BURTON E. 1950
1903 DONALD L. 1990
PERRY
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 6, 30N, 5 "
Front MARY ELIZABETH
HENRY D. PORTER 1859 - 1920
1833 - 1870 BARNIE BENJAMIN
MARIETTA E. JACKSON 1862 - 1910
HIS WIFE
1837 - 1919
PORTER
Back
H
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 10, 14N, 6 "
Back STEPHEN SMITH Front SMITH
MAY 9, 1835 - DEC. 23 ,1918
FIDELIA H. KEYES
HIS WIFE
JUNE 12, 1843 JAN. 17, 1929
MARY FEDILIA
FEB. 28 ,1864 - MAR. 2, 1864
ETHEL SMITH MILES
MAY 30 1883 - MAR. 24 1956
, DOB: Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 4N, JESSE SMEAD, 9 "
1858 HENRY S. SMEAD 1919 / HIS WIFE / 1865 ALICE L. NEWCOMB 1955
1896 FORREST N., THEIR SON / HIS WIFE / 1896 MILDRED R. MACARTY 1978
1899 PERLEY j., THEIR SON 1991
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 10, 14N, 6 "
Back STEPHEN SMITH Front SMITH
MAY 9, 1835 - DEC. 23 ,1918
FIDELIA H. KEYES
HIS WIFE
JUNE 12, 1843 JAN. 17, 1929
MARY FEDILIA
FEB. 28 ,1864 - MAR. 2, 1864
ETHEL SMITH MILES
MAY 30 1883 - MAR. 24 1956
, DOB: Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 4N, JESSE SMEAD, 9 "
1858 HENRY S. SMEAD 1919 / HIS WIFE / 1865 ALICE L. NEWCOMB 1955
1896 FORREST N., THEIR SON / HIS WIFE / 1896 MILDRED R. MACARTY 1978
1899 PERLEY j., THEIR SON 1991
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 10, 14N, 6 "
Back STEPHEN SMITH Front SMITH
MAY 9, 1835 - DEC. 23 ,1918
FIDELIA H. KEYES
HIS WIFE
JUNE 12, 1843 JAN. 17, 1929
MARY FEDILIA
FEB. 28 ,1864 - MAR. 2, 1864
ETHEL SMITH MILES
MAY 30 1883 - MAR. 24 1956
, DOB: Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 4N, JESSE SMEAD, 9 "
1858 HENRY S. SMEAD 1919 / HIS WIFE / 1865 ALICE L. NEWCOMB 1955
1896 FORREST N., THEIR SON / HIS WIFE / 1896 MILDRED R. MACARTY 1978
1899 PERLEY j., THEIR SON 1991
, DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 10, 14N, 6 "
Back STEPHEN SMITH Front SMITH
MAY 9, 1835 - DEC. 23 ,1918
FIDELIA H. KEYES
HIS WIFE
JUNE 12, 1843 JAN. 17, 1929
MARY FEDILIA
FEB. 28 ,1864 - MAR. 2, 1864
ETHEL SMITH MILES
MAY 30 1883 - MAR. 24 1956
Bardwell, Alma DOB: 1918/12/29 Cemetery: Federal Street, 19, 9S, 5 "
ALMA R. BARDWELL
1909 - 1918
Bardwell, Karl DOB: 1945/6/8 Cemetery: Federal Street, 19, 9S, 4 "
Front BARDWELL 1865 IDA F. BROAD 1852
1913 LT. KARL H. BARDWELL1944 45
AT REST IN MANILA
Back
1882 EARL E. BARDWELL 1946
HIS WIFE
1887 ETHEL S. GANNON 1971
1909 ALMA L. . 1918
1911 ARTHUR E. 1931
Barr, Virginia DOB: 1953 Cemetery: Federal Street, 10, 11N, 17 "
VIRGINIA M CASEY
WIFE OF
WILLIAM W. BARR
1919 - 1953
Burnham, Frederic DOB: 1919/1/14 Cemetery: Federal Street, 5, 34N, 16 "
FREDERIC L.
AUGUST 29, 1843
JAN. 14, 1919
Cash, Earl DOB: 1999/6/26 Cemetery: Federal Street, 9, 17N, 9 "
CASH - front

EARL J. CASH
OCT. 1, 1919 JUNE 26, 1999
MARION G, HOLMES
HIS WIFE
NOV. 14, 1922
Clark, Marjorie DOB: 1985/10/30 Cemetery: Federal Street, 15, 23S, 17 "
MARJORIE A. GODDARD
WIFE OF
ROBERT E. CLARK
APRIL 29, 1919
OCT. 30, 1985
Clutterbuck, Frances DOB: 1918/7/30 Cemetery: Federal Street, 3, 43N, 8 "
FRANCES D. MOORE
WIFE OF
W. L.CLUTTERBUCK
1839 - 1918
SHE HATH DONE WHAT SHE COULD.
Coates, Winifred DOB: 1918/12/4 Cemetery: Federal Street, 4, 37N, 2 "
WINIFRED TAFT COATES
1875 - 1918
Conant, DOB: Cemetery: Federal St., 12, 3N, 10 "
Front SYLVESTER THOMAS CONANT Back CHARLES BANCOFT CONANT
JUNE 20, 1810 - DEC. 26, 1896. FEB. 22, 1845 - AUG. 2, 1918
SARAH BICKFORD ELIZABETH LEE ADAMS, WIFE
his wife/ No
Eichenaner, Carl DOB: 1919/6 Cemetery: Federal Street, 14, 28S, 3 "
HICKS
CARL T. EICHENANER
1891 - 1919
FRANK B. HICKS
1859 - 1921
NELLIE L. HICKS
1862 - 1924
Forbes, William DOB: 1919/3/10 Cemetery: Federal Street, 9, 15N, 4 "
FORBES
WILLIAM A. FORBES
1836 - 1919
ELIZA F. PRENTICE
HIS WIFE
1835 - 1901.
Grant, Walter DOB: 1919/12/22 Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 44N, 2 "
WALTER on top
WALTER RAY
GRANT
1900 - 1919
HAYWOOD, LOUISE DOB: 1927 Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 11S, R.SMITH, 16 "
FREDERICK L. HAYWOOD
1857 -1919
HIS WIFE / LOUISE M. SMITH
1862 - 1927
HAYWOOD, MAVIS DOB: 1958 Cemetery: NORTH MEADOWS, 11S, R.SMITH, 18 "
HAYWOOD
1892 HAROLD H. 1972
HIS WIFE
1895 MAVIS E. 1958 (BACK)
1918 HAROLD H., JR 1920
Hitchcock, Harland DOB: 1909/9/8 Cemetery: North Meadows, 6N, Hitchcock, 8 "
HITCHCOCK
HARLAND W. | MRS. MARY F. (FRONT OF STONE)
OCT. 31, 1852 | JAN. 24, 1827
SEPT. 8, 1909 | MAR. 25, 1919
Hough, Elsie DOB: 1918/10/3 Cemetery: Federal Street, 13, 31S, 7 "
ELSIE M.
DAU. OF
WM. F. & PEARL L.
HOUGH
AUG. 26, 1898
OCT. 3, 1918
Joslin, Leon DOB: 2000/4/9 Cemetery: Federal Street, 3, 41N, 11.5 "
Front JOSLIN

Back EARL GEORGE JOSLIN
OCT. 14, 1912 APR. 9, 2000
HIS WIFE
ROSE ETTE HESCOCK
MAR. 12, 1919
Judd, Frederick DOB: Cemetery: Federal Street, 22, 1S, 2 "
FREDERICK F. JUDD
FEB. 11, 1917


MARION JUDD
OCT. 16, 1918 JUNE 3, 1998
Lucas, Alice DOB: 1918/3/11 Cemetery: Federal Street, 8, 21N, 9 "
ALICE C. LUCAS
1867 - 1918S
Mundell, Carl DOB: 1940/5 Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 46N, 4 "
Carl F. Mundell
1919 - 1940
Nelson, John DOB: 1918/8/31 Cemetery: Federal Street, 1, 51N, 1 "
John A. Nelson
1872 - 1918
Powers, George DOB: 1918/812 Cemetery: Federal Street, 20, 7S, 4 "
POWERS
George W. Powers
Feb. 21, 1860 - Aug.12, 1918
Kate A. Aldrich
His wife
Mar. 3, 1870 - Mar. 18 ,1945
Saxton, Ella DOB: 1919/11/5 Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 44N, 25 "
MOTHER
ELLA MAY SAXTON
MAY 26, 1853
NOV. 5, 1919
Simpter, Glendeen DOB: 1918/10/16 Cemetery: Federal Street, 13, 31S, 12 "
GLENDEEN E. CLARK
WIFE OF
EDWARD C. SIMPTER
AUG. 18, 1888
OCT. 16, 1918
Smead, Bertha DOB: 1962 Cemetery: North Meadows, 3N, G.Smead, 2 "
SMEAD
BERTHA M FLURIE | BURTON T. SMEAD
HIS WIFE | 302nd Motor Transport
1917-1919
1897-1962 | 1896-1944
SMITH, ELIJAH DOB: 1901 Cemetery: NOTH MEADOWS, 11S, R.SMITH, 7 "
ELIJAH W. SMITH
1830 -1901
HIS WIFE
MELINDA E. PLUMB / 1813 - 1919
Smith, Everett DOB: 1997/6/29 Cemetery: North Meadows, 4N, Jesse Smead, 3 "
(front) SMITH (back) EVERETT P. SMITH
JULY 8,1918 JUNE 29, 1997
BARBARA R. SMEAD
HIS WIFE
Sweet, Forrest DOB: 2001/1/29 Cemetery: Federal Street, 2, 47N, 22 "
SWEET
FEB. 18, 1918 FOREST H. SWEET
JULY 5, 1922 RUTH E. CRANSTON, WIFE
Swift, Seneca DOB: 1916 (8?) Cemetery: Federal Street, 11, 9N, 6 "
S. ORVILLE SWIFT
1843 - 1916
MARY S. GRAVES
His wife
1844 - 1918
Upton, Arthur DOB: 1918/2/24 Cemetery: Federal Street, 19, 8S, 13 "
ARTHUR H. UPTON
OCTOBER 9, 1880
FEBRUARY 24, 1918
Our boy
Wardell, Vaughn DOB: 1965/2/24 Cemetery: German Assoc. G.R.Cem, 21, 7, 21 "
VAUGHN C WARDELL
MAINE
SGT 313 TRP CARR GP AAF
WORLD WAR II
JUNE 22 1918 FEB 24 1965
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Silent Presence: The French in New England

Posted on Sep 13, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Talk was about the history and experiences of the French families that settled in Eastern Canada and New England, from the time of early settlers in the 1600s to modern day.  By  Jeanne Douiilard

Here are books to read and music to hear: References
You can also check her blog.

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Signs of the times (@Gf Sav Bank)

Posted on Feb 20, 2019 in Uncategorized |

Signs of the (old) Times, in the Recorder, Jan 24, 2019

Signs of the (old) times

Pop-up exhibit at bank to display memorabilia from Greenfield’s past

By RICHIE DAVIS

Staff Writer

Don’t let those signs at Greenfield Savings Bank throw you.

All of those references to Threadwell Tools, the Victoria Theater and Toil e t i n e a r e n’t meant to disorient anyone, but rather to inspire you look deeper into Greenfield’s history.

The occasion is the 100th anniversary of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the 150th anniversary of Greenfield Savings Bank, where the Greenfield Historical Society plans to open a pop-up museum in the bank vestibule.

The idea grew out of a visit last summer to the historical society’s Church Street museum by bank Pressident John Howland, who was taken by the collection of vintage business signs, said society board member Meguey Baker. The confluence of anniversaries this year made it seem like “a natural” to create a display at the bank’s main branch, consisting of old signs around the bank along with two display cases of artifacts from the musem’s collection, she said.

“That gave it an immediacy,” she said, combined with the fact that it gives the historical society a chance to display parts of its vast collection while the Church Street museum is on a “by appointment only ” basis through April.

The display items at the bank – representing the breadth of businesses in town, but also the range of history – will include everything from Ruggles Ski Shop ski wax and a Brass Buckle mug to a leather purse from Emil Weissbrod and Sons leather goods store, which is believed to have operated on Davis Street in the mid-1800s.

“One of the issues of history is when was it? Where was it? There’s always more history to discover,” said Baker. “Also, history doesn’t stop. We’re making history every day.”

In addition to drawing more interest to the volunteer-driven historical society, which has 4,000 square feet of exhibits at the museum, she said one of the hopes for the pop-up museum is that it may lead people to consider offering memorabilia, including signs, from contemporary or recent businesses that they may not recognize as part of the continuum of history.

“Greenfield is contuing as a center of business and industry,” she said. “We’ve discovered things we didn’t know existed in town.”

Examples include a fedora from “R.C. Carson and Son, the Big Store in Mass.” or a promotional wooden box marked “Season’s Greetings from Frank’s Lunch.”

There are also classic items like a Luey and Abercrombie pastry bag, memorabilia from the old Toiletine, GTD and Threadwell factories and vintage movie theater signs representing two distinct eras – stage shows and air conditioning – at the Victoria and Garden theaters.

The display, which Baker said should be up around Feb. 1 and be in place at least until June, will show off Greenfield-made Pray and Dyer bricks, Henry Isaacs’ “White Mountain Whiskey” bottles and one of her favorite items: the wooden label case used by H.A. Skinner’s pharmacy on Federal Street, with drawers full of labels to be affixed to bottles of ether, tincture of iodine and other medicinal and soda bottles.

“The hardest part was deciding what to leave out,” she said. “We have so much more. We’re looking to find more ways to bring more stories forward.


 

Van Wood and Meg Baker of the Greenfield Historical Society on Wednesday with some of the historic signs and items that will be on display at the Greenfield Savings Bank.

RECORDER STAFF/PAUL FRANZ

 

Some of the historic signs and items that will be on display at the Greenfield Savings Bank.

RECORDER STAFF/PAUL FRANZ

 

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