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First Church & Williamstown: 250 Years Together ~ on exhibit through Autumn, 2016

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Exhibits, Featured slider, Talks, Video | Comments Off on First Church & Williamstown: 250 Years Together ~ on exhibit through Autumn, 2016

First Church & Williamstown: 250 Years Together ~ on exhibit through Autumn, 2016

It is no coincidence that First Congregational Church, Williamstown, and the town itself share a birthdate. In 1750 Massachusetts General Assembly passed …

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Bruce MacDonald: The History and Renovation of the Smedley House

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bruce MacDonald: The History and Renovation of the Smedley House

Bruce MacDonald: The History and Renovation of the Smedley House

On Saturday, October 10th Bruce MacDonald, will talk on The History and Renovation of the Smedley House. The Smedley House is the striking 1772 house at the corner of Colonial Village currently under…

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Before & After; The Story of a Small Town’s Artifacts & Their Conservation

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in Exhibits, Featured slider | Comments Off on Before & After; The Story of a Small Town’s Artifacts & Their Conservation

Before & After;  The Story of a Small Town’s Artifacts & Their Conservation

We hope you will join us! Saturday, October 3rd, 11 am at the Williamstown Historical Museum for the opening of our exhibit: Before and After; The Story of a Small Town’s Artifacts and Their Conservation This exhibit was created by you and for you. Williamstown residents and friends donated the artifacts in this exhibit, voted at the 2014 Annual Town Meeting to have these artifacts conserved, and your interaction with these objects makes them meaningful. Materials donated over the years helped us build a narrative for the objects that allowed us to tell some of the stories of the people and places of our little town. You are an important part of that story. We hope you’ll come admire some of your work. The exhibit focuses on the objects that were conserved at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center using CPC funds. The Pine Cobble Seventh Graders (now eighth graders) contributed descriptive paragraphs detailing some of the objects. This exhibit couldn’t have been done without you. Thank you! We will have delicious treats for you upon your arrival. We look forward to seeing you next Saturday! For questions please email [email protected] or call...

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Conservation in Williamstown: Its Historic Roots with Phillip McKnight

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on Conservation in Williamstown: Its Historic Roots with Phillip McKnight

Conservation in Williamstown: Its Historic Roots with Phillip McKnight

Phil McKnight will give a lecture complete with pictures of 19th century American Romantic paintings…

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The West Hoosuck Blockhouse with Dusty Griffin

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Talks | Comments Off on The West Hoosuck Blockhouse with Dusty Griffin

The West Hoosuck Blockhouse with Dusty Griffin

At 2 pm on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015 Dusty Griffin presented the opening lecture in the 2015-16 Williamstown Historical Museum lecture series. His topic was “The West Hoosuck Blockhouse,” the history of the “blockhouse” or small fort built near the site of the present Williams Inn in 1756, when the little settlement here was still called West Hoosuck. Shortly after the blockhouse was built, at the beginning of the French and Indian War, three of its defenders were killed by a force of Indians moving through the Hoosac River Valley. But the real story behind the blockhouse concerns local disputes about the siting and building of the blockhouse, disputes that sharply divided the settlement and reached the floor of the provincial legislature in Boston, where it was known as the “West Hoosuck Affair.” The lecture was designed as a companion piece to a talk Dusty gave in 2014 on “The 1746 Attack on Fort Massachusetts.” Dusty is a frequent lecturer at the Williamstown Historical Museum, having talked in recent years on “The Short History of Treadwell Hollow,” “The History of Flora’s Glen,” “The Cincinnati Connection,” “Two Williamstown Soldiers in the 37th Massachusetts,” and “Three Eph Generals in the Civil War.” He has also curated exhibitions at the Museum on “Williamstown in the Civil War” and “Big Days in a Small Town.” Dusty’s lecture can be viewed on WilliNet by following this link:  The West Hoosuck Blockhouse   Dusty is Professor of English Emeritus at New York University, and a past member of the board of the Williamstown Historical...

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