The Pelham Historical Society
Pelham, MA
Pelham Historic Complex
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OUR NEXT PROGRAM:

Our Calendar of Events Has Moved!
Our Events Listings can now be found at pelhamhistory.org/events


Our Past Events:

2016
Saturday
December 17
Noon-2:00PM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham library by providing tea, sandwiches, and sweets.
Pelham Library -- Tea begins at 11:00 am, and the Program begins at noon
For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

2016
Tuesday
November 1
7:30 pm
Stone Chambers in New England
Are you familiar with Monks Cave in Pelham or the Goshen stone tunnels? James Vieira, Ashfield stonemason, writer and Northeast Antiquities Research Association member, will introduce you to stone chambers, turtle effigies, serpent walls and cairn fields in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the theories, some controversial, explaining them.
Pelham Library Ramsdell Room Annual Meeting and Election of Officers 7:00 p.m.
* Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library.
For more information contact Bruce Klotz 413 695-1797

2016
Saturday
October 22
10:00 am
Pelham Points of Interest: a New Series
This begins a new annual tour, highlighting unusual Pelham structures, artifacts, and stories. Each year we hope to introduce you to 3 to 5 additional points of interest in Pelham. Join Bruce Klotz as he begins this series with a visit to one of Pelham’s horse troughs, the gravesite of a smallpox victim, Pelham’s Rocking Stone and other points of interest.
Moved to Rain Date - Sunday 10-23-16
Meet at the Town Hall Complex to Carpool
For more information and to sign up contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797

2016
Tuesday
October 11
7:00 pm
Apples: A Primer and A Taste
Learn how to grow your own apples. Wes Autio, Director of UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture, will give a brief historical overview of apples, followed by tips on how to plant, take care of, and prune your apple trees. An apple tasting will follow the presentation; vote on your favorite.
In the Pelham Library Ramsdell Room. For more information, contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

2016
Saturday
September 24
6:30 PM
HARVEST SUPPER AND HOWARD D. BARNES MEMORIAL PIE AUCTION
Come join us for this longstanding community event, a traditional New England boiled dinner followed by a pie auction. David Jean will cater and Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be our auctioneer. State Rep. Ellen Story guest of honor.
Historic Town Hall - Tickets: Blair Bigelow, 413-259-1117.info@pelhamhs.org
Tickets are On Sale at The Pelham Public Library
Harvest Supper

2016
Tuesday
September 13
7:00 pm
New England Pie: History Under a Crust
Work up your appetite and become inspired for the Harvest Supper and Pie Auction later this month. Robert Cox will discuss his new book “New England Pie: History under a Crust.” Robert Cox explores the origin and evolution of popular pie ingredients, e.g., the Revolutionary roots of the Boston cream pie. His book, which will be available for signing, includes classic recipes and modern twists, celebrating seasonal fixings one month at a time. Head of special collections at UMass Amherst, Robert Cox has written previously about New England culinary history (chowder and cranberries).
Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
For more information and to sign up contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797

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2016
Sunday
August 7
1:00 pm
Paupers: a Tour of Shutesbury’s Poor Farm Remains
Shutesbury’s Historical Commission chair Leslie Bracebridge will lead us on an informative tour of the cellar hole remains of Shutesbury’s poor farm, an example of a town poor farm created to house paupers. We will be joined by the Shutesbury Historical Commission on our hike to the cellar hole, the hike will be about 45 minutes each way. Leslie will supply an oral history and photographs on site. Come learn about a pauper farm, an alternative developed in many New England towns to the “auctioning off” of paupers at town meetings.
Meet at Town Hall Complex for carpooling to site
For more information and to sign up contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377

2016
Tuesday
July 19
7:00 pm
Paupers in Pelham and Surrounding Towns
Join Leverett historian and artist Louise Minks for a fascinating, interactive program about paupers in Pelham and surrounding towns. Paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s generally through the Civil War; many towns developed town poor farms as an alternative to that method primarily post-Civil War right up until the New Deal. Pelham and Leverett's early warrant articles and town meeting minutes reveal the names of paupers, who "bought" them and for how much
Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library.
For more information contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

stay tuned for the exact date
2016
Thursday
July 14
TBD
The Pelham Fish Rod Factory: Where Football History Intersects Fishing Rod History
Learn from Rex Eads of Vancouver, WA how a key "player" in American football history played a central role in the growth and development of The Pelham Fish Rod Factory. Rex Eads is an avid fly fisherman, collector of bamboo fishing rods and a fishing tackle historian. Known as "The Monty Man" by other fishing tackle historians and collectors, he is working on a book about the history of the Montague Rod & Reel Company, with a focus on the bamboo fly fishing rods they produced. The Pelham Fish Rod Factory, run by Eugene Bartlett, represents the birthplace of this company and an important part of its history.
You are invited to bring any Pelham Rod Shop or Montague artifact or memorabilia to share with the group and to bring your fishing rods for identification and appraisal.
Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom 413-323-7377

2016
Sunday
June 12
1:30 am - 4:30 pm
Pelham Historical Society Museum is OPEN Sunday Afternoons
Town Hall Complex
June 12 - September 25, 2016 Sundays 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Greeters are needed for each Sunday. Contact Mikey Cutting at 413-695-4692 to sign up for your Sunday.

2016
Saturday
June 11
10:00 am
Pelham Town Hall Complex: A Tour
An opportunity to tour and learn about the local, state, and national importance of Pelham’s National Register Historic District. Joseph Larson, of the Pelham Historical Commission, will lead the tour of the site and buildings. Learn why LIFE Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Washington D.C.’s Governing Magazine have all published illustrated articles on the Town Hall. Find out why the leading expert on colonial town halls and meetinghouses states that Pelham’s is unique in New England. The interiors of both the Church/Museum and the Town Hall/Meetinghouse will be visited with attention to the features that are original to 1743 and more recent periods.
This Tour is highly recommended for this year’s Sunday Museum Greeters and anyone thinking about volunteering to be a Greeter.
Meet at Town Hall Complex
For more information on the Tour contact Joseph Larson, 413- 256-8256.
For information on volunteering as a Museum Greeter contact Mikey Cutting, 413-695-4692.

2016
Sunday
May 29
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner together with Pelham Elementary school children and members of the Pelham Historical Society at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Moving first through the Quabbin Park Cemetery we will arrive at the War Memorials and markers from the former Swift River valley towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. In addition to honoring Veterans and those who lost their lives in service to our country, this ceremony also recognizes the sacrifices made by former residents of the Swift River Valley so that the Quabbin Reservoir could be built.

More information about the Quabbin Park Cemetery can be found
at the Department of Conservation and Recreation - Quabbin Park Cemetery WEB site.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m. to car pool/11:00 a.m. for services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
For more information and to sign up contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

2016
Saturday
May 14
10:00 am
Enfield’s Bicentennial: a Quabbin Tour
Explore parts of old Enfield during its Bicentennial year with a special tour led by Quabbin interpreter Nancy Huntington. Learn about the former Hanks Farm and Martindale Farm and the stories they tell as you encounter cellar holes near Hanks Meadow and old Webster Road. If time permits we may explore the Quabbin Park Cemetery as well.
Meet at Town Hall Complex at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to site.
For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

2016
Saturday
April 30
10:00 am
Bartlett and Allen Historic Dams: Our Industrial Past and the Ongoing Restoration of Amethyst Brook
Learn the historical significance of the Bartlett and Allen Dams in Pelham as well as their impact on Amethyst Brook. The Allen timber dam may be one of the oldest dams of its type in Massachusetts. The dams were removed to promote ecological restoration of the brook and to address public safety issues. Informative, interesting speakers will guide you through the history of the dams, their removal, and how the stream is responding. Speakers include Alex Hackman, project manager and restoration specialist from Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game; Robin MacEwan engineering design manager from Stantec; Boyd Kynard, an authority on sea lamprey; Keith Nislow from UMass/US Forest Service on stream ecology; and James Dietrich from Dartmouth College on high-tech survey techniques using drones.
Co-sponsored with the Pelham Conservation Commission. Meet at Pelham Library Ramsdell Room for presentation followed by tour.
For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

2016
Tuesday
March 22
7:00 pm
Pelham Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Come celebrate Pelham Historical Society (“PHS”)’s 50th Anniversary at 7:15 p.m. Enjoy cake and a trivia quiz! Learn about our 2016 programming, our plans for reopening and upgrading the Pelham Museum, and how you can become involved. Meet our new consultant, Sheila Damkoehler. Bring your ideas and let us know how PHS can better serve you. Help us shape PHS for the future.
Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
The 7:15 celebration will be preceded by a PHS business meeting at 7:00 p.m.
For more information contact Blair Bigelow, 413-259-1117

2015
Saturday
December 19
11:00 AM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing tea, sandwiches and sweets.
Tea begins at 11:00 a.m. - Program begins at noon --Pelham Library
For information: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2015
Monday
November 16
7:00 PM
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Attention all Members and Interested People!
Please join us at the Pelham Historical Society's 2015 Annual Business Meeting.
Come catch up on what we have been up to and what we are looking to do in the future. We will be electing new officers and trustees for the year, as well as some bylaw changes, so members, we need you to come and vote!
If you do not already know who we are and want to learn more, this is a great change to find out!
Community Center - Ramsdell Room -
Refreshments will follow the meeting!

2015
Saturday
June 13
12:00PM - 3:00PM
BREWER ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD WALK
Bruce Klotz will lead a walk through the Brewer Road neighborhood as a follow up to the program. Pack a bag lunch and dress for the weather.
Rain or Shine.
Meet at the Historical Complex
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797

2015
Thursday
June 11
5:30 pm - ????
MUSEUM WORK DAY
Please help us getting the museum ready for the season. We need a few good people to help move and clean and get things looking good. Help for an hour...help for 10 mins....help all night...
JUST SHOW UP
or email or call Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797 brucek@pelhamhs.org

2015
Tuesday
June 9
7:00PM
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT BREWER ROAD
Visit 19th century Brewer Road neighborhood as perceived by the late Robert Lord Keyes and Linda Campbell Hanscom, longtime PHS officer and Pelham native, who will present on the history of this historic Pelham enclave.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Business meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377

2015
Saturday
May 30
9:00AM-1:00PM
OUTDOOR WORK DAY
Please join in sprucing up the grounds around Pelham`s historic buildings. Bring gardening gear, food/drink and your energy.
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Historic Complex (rain date Sunday, May 31st)
Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, or just show up to help.

2015
Sunday
May 24
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Moving first through the Quabbin Park Cemetery we will arrive at the War Memorials and markers from the former Swift River valley towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. In addition to honoring Veterans and those who lost their lives in service to our country, this ceremony also recognizes the sacrifices made by former residents of the Swift River Valley so that the Quabbin Reservoir could be built.

More information about the Quabbin Park Cemetery can be found
at the Department of Conservation and Recreation - Quabbin Park Cemetery WEB site.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m. to car pool/11:00 a.m. for services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2015
Tuesday
May 12
7:00 PM
WILLARD ASYLUM SUITCASES - Jon Crispin
Pelham photographer Jon Crispin unites art and history with images of suitcases with belongings left by patients who passed away at the Willard Asylum from 1910 to 1960. Locked in the attic of the Willard New York Psychiatric Center, the suitcases are a time capsule offering insights into the lives of unique and sometimes forgotten individuals who lived there. Jon has also done photographic studies of abandoned New York State prisons and asylums.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Business Meeting
Chairperson: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org

2014
Saturday
December 20
11:00 AM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing tea, sandwiches and sweets.
Tea begins at 11:00 a.m. - Program begins at noon --Pelham Library
For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2014
Monday
November 17
7:00 PM
ARTFUL AND DESIGNING MEN: The Trials of Job Shattuck and the Regulation of 1786-1787
Capt. Job Shattuck, one of the principal leaders in Shays' Rebellion, was tried and sentenced to death for high treason. Join author Gary Shattuck as he discusses previously undiscovered evidence that sheds a surprising new light on Capt. Shattuck's involvement, and forces a reassessment of this honorable man's actions.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Business Meeting
Chairperson: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org

2014
Monday
October 20
7:00 PM
GHOSTOLOGY 101: A general study of the Paranormal
What is the difference between a ghost and a spirit? What is the history of paranormal investigation? How do you do an investigation? Are you a believer or a skeptic? Join Agawam Paranormal as they introduce us to the world of the paranormal.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Room Business meeting
Chairperson: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org

2014
Saturday
September 27
6:30 PM
HARVEST SUPPER AND HOWARD D. BARNES MEMORIAL PIE AUCTION
Sen. Stan Rosenberg auctions pies, as guests enjoy a New England boiled dinner. Come join us for this longstanding PHS community event.
Historic Town Hall - Tickets: Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.brucek@pelhamhs.org
Tickets are On Sale at The Pelham Public Library
Harvest Supper

2014
Sunday
September 21
2:00PM - 4:00PM
DEMONSTRATION OF SHAPE NOTE SINGING
Visitors` participation at this 12th annual event is encouraged, but not required. Books available. Participants may come and go as they please
Historic Town Hall
For information: Chris Gould 253-9162

2014
Saturday
September 13
10:00AM
A VISIT TO DANIEL SHAYS` CELLAR HOLE
This is a special opportunity to visit the Quabbin`s restricted Prescott peninsula where we will drive and then walk to various sites including the site of Daniel Shays` cellar hole. Bring a bag lunch. Rain or shine.
Meet at the Historic Complex
Call or email to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org

2014
Sunday
June 22
2:00PM - 4:00PM
A SPACE FOR FAITH
Paul Wainwright, author, presents an oral and visual history of New England Meeting Houses including our historic Town Hall.
Historic Town Hall
Chairperson: Blair Bigelow, 259-1117

2014
Saturday
June 7
12:00PM - 3:00PM
SIMEON STRONG HOUSE
Tour seven rooms of the Amherst Historical Society`s museum, followed by a brown bag lunch in the garden.
(Next to the Jones Library)
Chairperson: Sara Van Steenburgh

2014
Saturday
May 31
9:00AM-1:00PM
OUTDOOR WORK DAY
Please join in sprucing up the grounds around Pelham`s historic buildings. Bring gardening gear, food/drink and your energy.
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Historic Complex (rain date Sunday, June 1st)
Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, or just show up to help.

2014
Sunday
May 25
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m. to car pool/11:00 a.m. for services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2014
Monday
May 19
7:00PM
BAMBOO FISH ROD COLLECTION AND DISPLAY UPDATE
Blair Bigelow and Joe Larson will update members on the fish rod collection and plans for a display.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Business meeting
Chairperson: Blair Bigelow

2014
Saturday
May 17
10:00AM - 1:00PM
MUSEUM INDOOR SPRING CLEANING
Dress down and bring your feather dusters as we prepare the museum for the opening of the summer season.
Historic Complex
Just show up and jump in a help.

2014
Saturday
April 26
12:00PM - 3:00PM
BREWER ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD WALK
Bruce Klotz will lead a walk through the Brewer Road neighborhood as a follow up to the program. Pack a bag lunch and dress for the weather.
Rain or Shine.
Meet at the Historical Complex
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2014
Monday
April 21
7:00PM
THE NEIGHBORHOOD AT BREWER ROAD
Visit 19th century Brewer Road neighborhood as perceived by the late Robert Lord Keyes and Linda Campbell Hanscom, longtime PHS officer and Pelham native, who will present on the history of this historic Pelham enclave.
Community Center Ramsdell Room Business meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377

2013
Saturday
December 21
2:00 PM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing tea, sandwiches and sweets.
Tea begins at 11:00 a.m. - Program begins at noon --Pelham Library
For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2013
Monday
November 18
7:00 PM
HOWES BROTHERS 'TAKE' PELHAM
These itinerant photographers took photos throughout the area from 1882-1907, including houses and people in Pelham, which we will view tonight along with photos of those same Pelham houses today.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Annual Meeting
Chairperson: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

Severe weather date: Sunday October 27th
2013
Sunday
October 20
11:00 AM
GATE 8 HIKE
Co-sponsored by the Swift River Valley Historical Society and led by Marty Howe of SRVHS, we will explore Packardville and a section of Enfield, looking at various sites as we walk to the Reservoir. Bring water and lunch to eat at the shore. Approximately four hour hike. All DCR rules are to be observed
Meet at Historic Complex
Information and to sign up: Kathy Keyes 253-2739

2013
Saturday
September 28
6:30 PM
HARVEST SUPPER AND HOWARD D. BARNES MEMORIAL PIE AUCTION
Sen. Stan Rosenberg auctions pies, Rep. Ellen Story will also likely attend & Diane Wentworth, caterer since 2010, once again caters the New England boiled dinner
Historic Town Hall - Tickets: Doris Holden, 253-5993

2013
Sunday
September 22
2:00 PM-4:00 PM
DEMONSTRATION OF SHAPE NOTE SINGING
Visitors` participation at this 12th annual event is encouraged, but not required. Books available. Participants may come and go as they please.
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m - Historic Town Hall
For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

Severe weather date: Sunday, September 29
2013
Saturday
September 21
10:30 AM
PELHAM HOLLOW - THE WALK
We'll hike* from Gate 11 through Pelham Hollow to the Quabbin Reservoir - a fairly strenuous hike. Bring water and lunch to enjoy at the shore. All DCR rules are to be observed
* WE HAVE BEEN GRANTED SPECIAL PERMISSION TO DRIVE VEHICLES DOWN TO PELHAM HOLLOW FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT MAKE THE WALK!
Meet at PHS Museum-corner Rte. 202/Amherst Rd.
Information and to sign up: Kathy Keyes, 253-2739

2013
Monday
September 16
10:30 AM
PELHAM HOLLOW - THE TALK
Pelham Hollow was a vital section of Pelham that was taken for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. It included a bobbin factory and charcoal kilns. We'll have recollections from attendees, oral histories and other documents
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairs: Kathy Keyes, 253-2739, Julie Rysnic,549-3823

2013
Saturday
June 29
9:30 AM-11:30 AM
VISIT TO EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM
Please join us in a guided tour of both of the houses and a self-guided tour of the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Cost is $11 per person. Group size limited.
For further information or to reserve a place by Saturday 6/15, contact
Blair Bigelow, 259-1117, blairf.bigelow@comcast.net.

2013
Saturday
June 15
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
VISIT TO HISTORIC JOEL GROUT HOMESTEAD
Robert Groves, restoration specialist and owner of this 18th C. homestead, invites us to make our fifth and final visit to this now fully restored Pelham property
Meet at Historic Complex, 12:45 PM, to car-pool
Information and to sign up: Linda Hanscom, 323-7377

2013
Saturday
June 1
10:30 AM
Pelham Graveyard Tour
Come explore some of the many 18th and 19th century burial ground hidden throughout Pelham. Let`s see what stories we can learn from Pelham`s earliest settlers. We`ll start at Pelham`s oldest cemetery, first set aside in 1739, and continue from there.
Meet at the Museum to carpool. Approx 3 hours.
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz 253-1601

2013
Sunday
May 26
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m. to car pool/11:00 a.m. for services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2013
Sunday
May 26
9:00AM-1:00PM
OUTDOOR WORK DAY
Please join in sprucing up the grounds around Pelham`s historic buildings. Bring gardening gear, food/drink and your energy.
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Historic Complex (rain date Monday May 27 )
Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, or just show up to help.

2013
Sunday
May 26
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m./11:00 a.m. services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Call to sign up: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601

2013
Monday
May 20
7:00 P.M
GRAVESTONE CSI: Causes of Death Found on Gravestones
Al and Betsy McKee, gravestone researchers, will present a slide show and talk about the causes of death recorded on early gravestones. The McKees have photographed hundreds of examples, from dramatic accidents to heart-breaking tragedies. There is much to learn from the stories carved in stone.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson, Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2013
Thursday
May 16
7:00 P.M
Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
Prof. Ronald Storywill give a talk titled: Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
Community Center - Ramsdell Room
Co-Sponsored with the Pelham Library

2013
Monday
April 15
7:00 P.M
IDENTIFICATION OF LOCAL BAMBOO RODS
Rick Taupier, bamboo fishing rod restoration specialist and thirty-year collector, will educate us about rods made in Pelham and Montague and also teach us how to identify rods that have no labels.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377

2013
Thursday
April 11
7:00 P.M
Clarence Hawkes (1869-1954)
Clarence HawkesClarence Hawkes was physically disabled at a young age; part of one leg was amputated when he was nine, and he became blind four years later after a gun discharged in his face during a hunting accident. Apparently destined for a life of sad passivity, he overcame these traumas.
Hawkes composed nearly 60 novels, poetry collections, essays and nature studies. His works found uncounted readers in America and, via translation, among French, Germans, Finns, Chinese, Japanese and the blind. Calvin Coolidge kept Hawkes` picture on his desk; TIME praised him; United Press Services alerted its 1400 newspapers on his birthday. More recently, Governor Patrick proclaimed Clarence Hawkes Day in Massachusetts.

Dr. Freeman`s talk will explain his phenomenal popularity and ponder why he has slipped from public notice.
Jim Freeman, professor of English at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, is the author of Clarence Hawkes, America`s Blind Naturalist and the World He Lived In and has written on topics as diverse as John Milton, Joan of Arc, Donald Duck and the Angel of Hadley.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room
Co-Sponsored with the Pelham Library
Information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2013
Monday
March 18
7:00 P.M
WHAT'S COOKIN' IN PELHAM?
Join us for a discussion about what our neighbors would have been eating in Colonial Pelham and beyond. We will look at the growing, cooking and preservation of foods from the 1700s through the early 20th century. Please bring a family recipe to share from any region of the country. Samples of New England dishes will be available for your enjoyment.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Kathy Keyes, 253-2739

Postponed from Last October
2013
Monday
February 11
7:00 PM
A Woman's Place is In the Home: The Archaeology of Race and Gender at the
W. E. B. Du Bois Homesite, Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
A talk in recognition of Massachusetts Archaeology Month (but postponed because of weather):
Prof. Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Dept. of Anthropology, UMass, Amherst
JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE PELHAM LIBRARY AND THE PELHAM HISTORICAl SOCIETY
Community Center - Ramsdell Room

2013
Tuesday
January 1
2:00 P.M
Emancipation Proclamation Commemoration - Public Bell Ringing
Help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by ringing the bell at the Pelham Historical Society Museum (the former Pelham Congregational Church 1840) on New Year's Day. On January 1 at 2:00 pm, churches and towns throughout the valley will ring their bells to recognize the moment the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, the document that led to the permanent end of slavery in the United States. Join us at 2:00 PM up the hill at the museum and help us ring our bell. Please dress warmly, as there is no heat at the museum. At 2:00 pm on New Year's Day, January 1, 1863, using his war powers as president, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, providing that all persons held as slaves would be 'then, thenceforward, and forever free'. The Emancipation Proclamation made the permanent abolition of slavery a Union war aim and provided the legal framework for the emancipation of nearly all four million slaves as the Union armies advanced. Hearing of the Proclamation, many slaves escaped to Union lines as the army units moved south. At the end of the Civil War, slavery was forever outlawed in the United States with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in December, 1865.
Pelham Historical Society Museum

2012
Saturday
December 22
2:00 PM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We'll again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing tea, sandwiches and sweets.
Tea begins at 11:00 a.m. - Program begins at noon --Pelham Library
For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2012
Monday
November 19
7:00 PM
IDENTIFY YOUR MYSTERIOUS HISTORIC PHOTOS
Doug Kimball, Kimball Auctions, and Justin Kimball, photographer and associate professor of art at Amherst College, will help us learn about old photos, so please bring your own intriguing photos
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Annual Meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377

2012
Monday
October 22
7:00 PM
Highlights of Massachusetts Archaeology
A talk in recognition of Massachusetts Archaeology Month:
Prof. Eric Johnson, Dept. of Anthropology, UMass, Amherst
Bring artifacts you have found in Pelham for identification!
JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE PELHAM LIBRARY AND THE PELHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Community Center - Ramsdell Room

2012
Saturday
October 20
10:00 AM
WHAT'S SO NICE ABOUT PELHAM GNEISS A Geological History of Pelham
Mount Holyoke College Professor of Geology Steve Dunn will first presents a talk & then will guide a field trip. Come back 600 million years before Daniel Shays and visit the real birth of Pelham! We will car pool to visit examples of our geology, including some old quarries and an asbestos mine.
The talk begins at 10:00AM in the Ramsdall room of the Pelham Library immediately followed by the field trip (approx. 11 AM.)
For more information contact Bruce Klotz @ 413-253-1601 or email programs@pelhamhs.org

2012
Monday
October 1
7:00 PM
An Archaeology of Native American History in Western Mass.: 10,000 BC to 1700 AD.
A talk in recognition of Massachusetts Archaeology Month:
Prof. Elizabeth S. Chilton, Dept. of Anthropology, UMass, Amherst.
JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE PELHAM LIBRARY AND THE PELHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Community Center - Ramsdell Room

2012
Saturday
September 29
6:30 PM
HARVEST SUPPER AND HOWARD D. BARNES MEMORIAL PIE AUCTION
Rep. Steve Kulik auctions pies, Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Rep. Ellen Story will also likely attend & Diane Wentworth, caterer since 2010, once again caters the New England boiled dinner.
Historic Town Hall - Tickets: Sara Van Steenburgh 413-549-2944

2012
Sunday
September 23
2:00 PM
DEMONSTRATION OF SHAPE NOTE SINGING
Visitors' participation at this 11th annual event is encouraged, but not required. Books available. Participants may come and go as they please.
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m - Historic Town Hall
For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2012
Sunday
September 16
2:00 PM
Robert Lord Keyes Memorial Service
A gathering to remember the life and public service of Robert Lord Keyes, Town Archivist, Pelham Historian, Constable, Library History Room Coordinator and loyal native son of Pelham will be held in the historic Pelham Town Hall. There will be some brief introductory accounts of his life and service to Pelham by co-workers and family members, followed by comments, stories, etc. from audience members who wish to participate. Refreshments will be available at the end.
Historic Town Hall (Rt 202 & Amherst Road)

2012
Monday
September 10
7:00 PM
Harvesting History
Ruth Owen Jones and Sheila Rainford will show slides and talk about their book featuring stories and illustrations documenting the rich agricultural history in the Amherst area from 1700 - 2010.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2012
Saturday
July 7
10:00 AM
VISIT TO EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM
Please join us in a guided tour of both of the houses and a self-guided tour of the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum. Cost is $9 per person. Group size limited.
For further information or to reserve a place by Saturday 6/23, contact
Blair Bigelow, 259-1117, blairf.bigelow@comcast.net.

2012
Saturday
June 16
1:00 PM
WALK AROUND WELL-AWAY FARM
Join us for a walk along the new conservation trails at the Shaw-Keyes Farm on South Valley Road. The walk may include a visit to the horse burying ground, old steam saw mill site and the largest well in Pelham.
Meet at Pelham Library Parking Lot to carpool
For information call Bruce Klotz, 253-1601.
(Rescheduled from last year)

2012
Sunday
June 3
9:00AM-1:00PM
OUTDOOR WORK DAY
WE HAVE GONE TO THE RAIN DATE
Please join in sprucing up the grounds around Pelham's historic buildings. Bring gardening gear, food/drink and your energy.
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Historic Complex (rain date Sunday June 3 )
Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, or just show up to help.

2012
Sunday
May 27
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m./11:00 a.m. services at Quabbin Park Cemetery
Call to sign up: Chris Gould, 253-9162.

2012
Monday
May 21
7:00 PM
UNCLUTTERING THE ARCHIVES: A Close Look at the Work of an Archivist
In Memory of Robert Lord Keyes
Martha Noblick, who worked in the Jones Library Special Collections, will explain and demonstrate some of the intricacies of archiving historical documents and artifacts. She will also help us to understand and appreciate the work that Rob Keyes did for Pelham. A quick tour into the library's local history room and a peek into the Pelham archives will conclude the evening.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Chris Gould , 253-9162

2012
Thursday
April 26
7:00 PM
PURITANS AND JEWS IN EARLY NEW ENGLAND
Presented by Michael Hoberman of Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg State Univ. Professor Michael Hoberman will read from and discuss his new book New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America (UMass Press, October 2011)
JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE PELHAM LIBRARY AND THE PELHAM HISTORICAl SOCIETY
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Blair Bigelow, 259-1117 blairf.bigelow@comcast.net

2012
Monday
April 9
7:00 PM
FLORA OF THE MOUNT HOLYOKE RANGE:
Karen Searcy, Senior Lecturer in the Biology Department and Curator of the Herbarium at UMass will present a talk and slide presentation focusing on current vegetation and how the flora has changed.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377

2012
Monday
March 19
7:00 PM
FROM VALLEY TO RESERVOIR:
This talk and slide show presentation by Clif Read, Supervisor of Interpretive Services, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Quabbin Reservoir will combine information on the history of the metropolitan Boston water supply and the history of the Swift River Valley with a particular focus on Pelham.
Community Center - Ramsdell Room - following the Business Meeting
Chairperson: Linda Campbell Hanscom - 323-7377

2011
Sunday
December 18
Noon-6:00PM
HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
We'll again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing tea, sandwiches and swee
Pelham Library -- Program begins at noon - Information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929.

2011
Monday
November 21
7:00 PM
HISTORY OF WELL-AWAY FARM
We will present a talk on this 250-year-old farm with some 60 acres conserved through the Kestrel Trust. Eunice Keyes Hannigan will share her memories of the house in which she was born.
Community Center Ramsdell Room after Annual Meeting - Chairperson: Julie Ryznic, 549-3823

POSTPONED
2011
Saturday
October 29
1:00 PM
POSTPONED
WALK AROUND WELL-AWAY FARM
The woods walk along the new conservation trails at the Shaw-Keyes Farm on South Valley Road has been postponed. The walk will include a visit to the horse burying ground, old steam saw mill site and the largest well in Pelham.
Postponed until the spring - For information, check PelhamHS.org or call Bruce Klotz, 253-1601.

2011
Saturday
October 1
6:30 PM
HARVEST SUPPER AND HOWARD D. BARNES MEMORIAL PIE AUCTION
State Rep. Steve Kulik will be the auctioneer for the pie auction. Diane Wentworth, caterer from 2009, will once again cater the New England boiled dinner
Historic Town Hall - Tickets: Elva Anderson, 253-3970; Doris Holden, 253-5993.

2011
Sunday
September 25
2:00 PM
DEMONSTRATION OF SHAPE NOTE SINGING
Come experience this music that has its roots in early New England. Visitors' participation at this special tenth anniversary Pelham exhibition of shape note singing is encouraged, but not required. Books available. Participants may come and go as they pl
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m - Historic Town Hall - For information: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2011
Saturday
September 24
1:00 PM
FROM HAWLEY FARM TO HAWLEY RESERVOIR - THE WALK
During this walk, we'll visit the site of the former Hawley Farm and learn about the history of the farm and the creation of the Hawley Reservoir. The walk will possibly include a quarry site.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m - Meet at United Church Parking Lot - Information, inc. rain date if necessary: Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 or email programs@pelhamhs.org

2011
Monday
September 19
7:00 PM
FROM HAWLEY FARM TO HAWLEY RESERVOIR - THE TALK
Before the Hawley Reservoir on Amherst Road was constructed in 1897, the Ezra Brown-John Hawley farm dating to the mid-1700s stood across the road from the reservoir. Robert Lord Keyes will talk and share documents from the archives to help us learn about
Community Center Ramsdell Room after Business meeting - Chairpersons: Linda Campbell Hanscom, 323-7377 and Julie Ryznic, 549-3823

2011
Thursday
September 8
Noon
LES CAMPBELL'S PRESENTATION OF MEETING OF THE WATERS
Les Campbell, renowned Quabbin photographer, will show his slide presentation, Meeting of the Waters, the story of the Quabbin Reservoir creation. Please bring a lunch so that we can picnic on the grounds at beautiful Sky Meadow and then browse afterwards
Noon-3:00 p.m. - Sky Meadow, Route 9, Belchertown.

2011
Saturday
June 18
2:00 PM
VISIT TO SCARBOROUGH BROOK CONSERVATION AREA/PELHAM COUNTRY CLUB
We'll tour this 19th C. farm house and barn on Gulf Road, in Belchertown (once home to the membership of the PCC) along with the gardens, fish pond and meadows. This property has been meticulously restored by Chris Krueger and Jane Bryden who cordially in
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. - Leave from Pelham United Church parking lot by 1:50 p.m.

2011
Saturday
June 4
9:00 AM
OUTDOORS WORK DAY
Please join in sprucing up the grounds around Pelham's unique historic buildings. Bring gardening gear, food/drink and your energy.
9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. Historic Complex (rain date Sunday June 5 ) - Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, to help.

2011
Sunday
May 29
9:30 AM
MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVENCE
March behind the PHS banner at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting-places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir
Meet at Museum at 9:30 a.m./11:00 a.m. services at Quabbin Park Cemetery Call to sign up: Elva Anderson, 253-3970.

2011
Monday
May 16
7:00 PM
THE FISH ROD FACTORY DAM: HISTORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY
This last mill dam in Pelham will soon be dismantled. Here is your chance to learn the history of and view scenes of this famous site where the first bamboo fly rods were made in the United States. Joseph Larson, Pelham Historical Commission Chairperson,
Community Center Ramsdell Room after Business Meeting - Chairperson: Joseph Larson, 256-8256

2011
Monday
April 11
7:00 PM
PELHAM'S EXCEPTIONIAL MEETINGHOUSE
Our historic town hall is one of only ten meetinghouses that survive from four hundred built in New England before 1743 and only one of two that would still be recognized by its builders. Learn more about why historians praise this unique building in our
Community Center Ramsdell Room after Business Meeting - Chairperson: Barbara Jenkins, 253-2929

2011
Monday
March 21
7:00 PM
SIGNATURE QUILTS: THE STORIES THEY TELL
Jane Crutchfield, talented quilter from Belchertown and past co-chair of the Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project, will talk about signature quilts, including the Packardville Signature Quilt (ca. 1890s) from the PHS collection.
Community Center Ramsdell Room after Business Meeting - Chairperson: Julie Ryznic, 549-3823

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