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Genealogy and Historical Research

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in | 0 comments

Our wonderful volunteers are happy to help you do some family research.  While we wish we could assist all out-of-town genealogy researchers free of charge, we are a small organization with limited resources and must rely upon volunteers for most of our genealogy searches.  Please fill out an online Research Request form by clicking on the tab below and we will contact you to follow up. Research Request Form In an attempt to meet the needs of as many people as possible, we have instituted the following policy. In Our Own Archive We will research material, photocopy, and mail it to you or email if more appropriate. This service is free for WHM members. We will charge you only the amount needed to cover our costs: ten cents per page for photocopying, plus whatever the postage is for mailing what we find. For non-members in addition to copying and postage fees, the charge for research service is $15 per hour. In Other Local Archives Sometimes information is not in our files, but we feel we could find it in other local archives – for instance on microfilm at the Williams College or North Adams Libraries, at the Registry of Deeds in Adams, or at Probate Court or the Local History Collection of the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield.  Traveling to other archives takes a good deal of volunteer time as well as incurring costs for gas and car wear and tear. In order for this to be feasible for us, we must charge $15 per hour to members and non-members alike who wish us to travel beyond our archive to research. Photocopies of materials found in these archives will be charged at the copy rate of the archive in question. Since these requests are handled by volunteers, the length of time to complete the research will depend on volunteer availability, and there may be times when we are unable to provide this serviced at all. Our experienced volunteers will be able to estimate for you the likelihood of finding information in any other archive they might visit, but there are no guarantees. The fee for research time/mileage will be charged whether or not any information is found, although clearly if there is no information there would be no copying or mailing fee. If we find that requests are exceeding our capacity to fill them, we may need to put a limit on the amount of time we can spend on any particular request. Alternatively, we can offer you the names and contact information for local genealogists. Above and Beyond While the fees attempt to cover basic costs, they are intentionally kept low so that no one who needs assistance fails to receive it for financial reasons. Research is not a money-making service for us at these rates.  If you are able we would appreciate an additional donation of whatever amount you feel you can afford to help support our small organization and the services we provide. We look forward to working with you!   Research Request Form   We have numerous resources on site.  We are happy to facilitate your own research and can direct you if you  would like to do research on your own.  Please contact the office to make an appointment to visit the WHM to carry out your own research. Names Index: An index to names found in the manuscript collection. Under each name is a list of relevant documents in which the name can be found, as well as the location of each document. Any letters or diaries are indexed here under the name of the...

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Volunteer

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in | 0 comments

Do you enjoy history?  Do you have a passion, or even an interest in genealogy?  The Williamstown Historical Museum counts on volunteers to keep our doors open to the public, and to do the various tasks that need to be done each week.  You might find yourself working with adults or children.  We have jobs for all skill levels.  Please contact us and volunteer your time to help us help our community! Volunteering at the Williamstown Historical Museum is a great way to learn about the town and gain a deeper understanding of local history and its importance.  We have a number of volunteer positions that have been designed to suit different time commitment levels and training will be provided for all volunteer positions and tasks. Our goal at the Williamstown Historical Museum is to help you to use your talents and interests in a way that allows our organization to maintain a diverse collection of photos, artifacts, documents and manuscripts, and use our materials to educate the public about the town. As a volunteer you are a valued member of our team.  You will provide new perspectives and approaches to history while developing a greater connection to the community around you as your understanding of our local history grows.  With your help, our organization will be able to accomplish more by augmenting the time and talents of our staff and other volunteers. We’re looking for help with the following: ● Indexing manuscripts, books, documents and bound volumes of newspapers. ● Cataloging our collection of material using Past Perfect Museum software. ● Fulfilling research requests. ● Grant research and fundraising. We can always use help with our Oral History collection and are currently seeking the following Oral History volunteers: ● Transcription Volunteer – This volunteer will help transcribe digital versions of older oral history interviews. ● Digitizing Volunteer – This volunteer will help us convert audio and visual tapes to digital format on the computer. ● Indexing Volunteer – This volunteer will help us index transcribed interviews. ● Oral History Interviewer – This volunteer will help carry out interviews. ● DVD/CD Burning Volunteer – This volunteer will help us burn the digital copies of our interviews onto DVDs and CDs. Please call or email Sarah if you would like to learn more [email protected] or...

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Volunteer

Posted by on Sep 14, 2013 in | 0 comments

Dear WHM Members and Friends, We invite all members of the community to give back by serving as a docent so we may keep our doors open for visitors throughout the year.  If you are interested in history, would like to be part of a friendly small-town organization, and have been looking for a way to give back to the community, the WHM has a volunteer job for you!   At the museum we provide free access to excellent research resources, charming exhibits, and free public programs related to local history.  With your help as a docent you will contribute to this valuable town resource. Our docents help to welcome visitors to the Williamstown Historical Museum at the historic South Center School in South Williamstown.  To serve as a WHM docent, no experience is required and our Executive Director, Sarah Currie, will provide training and support to all volunteers.  In addition to spending time greeting visitors to the museum, our docents are invited to assist with projects, help plan events, and carry out their own research or personal projects while they are at the museum.  Our docents will also receive the benefit of training on useful research resources like Ancestry.com, Newspaperarchive.com, Newspapers.com, and the WHM online catalog. From April through November, the Williamstown Historical Museum is on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  From December through March, the museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Most of our docents work once a week for a two-hour shift, while other WHM docents work once a month or twice a month for a two-hour shift.  If you are interested in volunteering at the museum, we will find a place for you! If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Sarah and we look forward to seeing this year! Do you enjoy history?  Do you have a passion for, or an interest in genealogy?  The Williamstown Historical Museum counts on volunteers to keep our doors open to the public and help our community members connect to history!  We have jobs for all skill levels, interests and talents.  We invite you to volunteer your time to help our town’s history center! For more information  contact us at 413.458.2160 or [email protected] Adult Internship Opportunity: If you love history and learning new things, and if you would like a closer connection with the Williamstown Historical Museum, we can make that possible. We want INTERNS of all ages! There are lots of opportunities for independent study, teamwork, contributions to ongoing research, assisting the Director with special projects, and simply learning how a small non-profit museum operates.  This unpaid internship is available to adults between ages 21 through retirement age. Whether you are a recent grad or a life-long learner, we need your special talents and experience! To request an interview:   Call Sarah at the WHM at  413.458.2160 or email...

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What We Do

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in | 0 comments

Programs & Events During the academic year Williamstown Historical Museum presents monthly programs on the history of our area. Follow the links to learn more about our upcoming programs: Upcoming Programs Cable Mills Roundtable: The Mill’s History, Industrial Life, and Adaptive Reuse A Tale of Two Cities…. and a Country Town: Boston, New York and Williamstown, Here is the current exhibit: Before & After; the Story of a Small Town’s Artifacts and Their Conservation   Research: Year round we are available for research into more information on your family or community.  The materials in our collection document the diverse people and buildings, the associations and businesses, and the institutions and events which form Williamstown’s rich history from the earliest days to the present time.  We work to increase the public’s knowledge of Williamstown’s past by using our materials to mount exhibitions, present educational programs, facilitate research and enhance community events. Resources for Teachers Genealogical...

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