The Pelham Historical Society
Pelham, MA
Pelham Historic Complex
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The Pelham Historical Society Calendar of events for 2013
The society is proud to host a number of programs and events each year. Programs presented in the Pelham Library's Ramsdell meeting room often immediately follow our business meetings. Pre-registration for field-trips is highly recommended, but not required. All events are free for members unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. For more information about each program, please call or email programs@pelhamhs.org or the chair of the event. Thank you, and enjoy.

OUR NEXT PROGRAM:

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

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
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
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
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
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 Monday May 27 )
Call or email Bruce Klotz, 253-1601 brucek@pelhamhs.org, or just show up to help.

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
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
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
Tuesday
September 23
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 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: Doris Holden, 253-5993

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
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.introduce us to the world of the paranormal.
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


Our Past Events:

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)
`ClarenceClarence 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

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