Painting a Legacy – June 15th

Posted by on Jun 14, 2023 in Local events | 0 comments

Thursday, June 15, please join us for Painting a Legacy: the Search for Anna Judah by Christine Pifer-Foote, at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 7 to 8 pm in the Whiteman Room. The speaker is a researcher at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, and is crossing the country, as the railroad did thanks to Theodore Dehone Judah and his work surveying and raising funding for the project with his wife, Anna Pierce Judah, who came from Greenfield. Don’t miss this exciting...

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Coming soon for 2023

Posted by on Apr 20, 2023 in Local events | 0 comments

OPENING DAY is coming soon! We are working hard, preparing to be OPEN EVERY SATURDAY from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, May 20 to September 30!! This is a big step up, and we look forward to seeing many more of you at the museum at 43 Church Street this season! We will continue to be open by appointment for research visits year round – email us at Contact us to schedule, and generally the later half of the week is better for our all-volunteer staff. And you can always help out by joining: Membership...

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Remembering Greenfield’s shoestores

Posted by on Dec 11, 2022 in Local history | 0 comments

By ROBERT BITZER For the Recorder (2/13/2021) This is a topic I don’t think I have ever written about — shoestores from the past — and I have written extensively about stores and businesses that were part of Greenfield years ago. One of the nicest shoe stores in town, Flemmings, was located on lower Federal Street. Elsewhere, on the north side of Main Street, there was Endicott- Johnson. Another retailer, Rosen’s, might have sold shoes although I am not positive about that. Of course, the former Wilson’s Department Store always had a shoe...

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A whole story about Spring Terrace

Posted by on Aug 8, 2022 in Local history | 0 comments

Travis Drury, A local author, has decided to use the pandemic to write a detailed history of his street — a small intentional community in the shadow of Poet’s Seat. Created in 1895 off the Orchard of George Grinnell, sold by his son James S. Grinnell to 3 men, who eventually sold all to John F. Spring. In minute detail, displaying reports from the Gazette and Courier and with a mix of maps from various sources; Travis, details from 1895 to 2013, it’s history, for each of the 22 houses, on Spring Terrance itself and on the...

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Library of Articles

Posted by on Aug 8, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The HS/GF now has a library of articles about the Historical Socienty or the Town of Greenfield or related areas and topics. See Articles

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Local tour about the underground Railroad

Posted by on Jul 13, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Read more for Recorder Story about the tour

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Research on artist Anna Feron Pierce Judah

Posted by 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. More in the Recorder...

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

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

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...

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Society Opening for 2022

Posted by 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...

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Valley Black History project

Posted by 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...

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