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Biennial Historical House Tour ~ The Gale/Ide Area Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-4:30 pm

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Biennial Historical House Tour ~ The Gale/Ide Area  Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-4:30 pm

  Biennial Historical House Tour ~ The Gale/Ide Area Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-4:30 pm The saying goes, “If walls could talk what stories they could tell.” Every other year, the Williamstown Historical Museum arranges for these stories to be told on the Historical House Tour. Tickets for this year’s tour may be reserved by calling our office (see below).  Please call or email with questions or for more information.  Look for additional information @ WilliamstownHistoricalMuseum.org...

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Pat Leach ~ 1765 Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am, Milne Library

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Pat Leach ~ 1765  Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am, Milne Library

Pat Leach ~ 1765 Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am, Milne Library 1765 is the year the settlement of West Hoosac became Williamstown!  In 2015, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Williamstown’s incorporation. Although, in 1765 our town had yet to produce any major writers, painters, musicians, ballet dancers, or soccer stars, there is still a lot of history to talk about!   They did not leave us a literary or artistic legacy but they did leave us a Proprietors Book, which miraculously did not burn in the Meeting House Fire of 1866. The Proprietors Book will be our point of departure...

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Jim Kolesar ~ The History of Weston Field Saturday, March 14th, 11:00 am, Weston Field

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Jim Kolesar ~ The History of Weston Field  Saturday, March 14th, 11:00 am, Weston Field

The History of Weston Field   Saturday, March 14th, 11:00 am, at Weston Field Weston Field, one of the college’s two outdoor sports facilities, embodies much of the history of athletics at Williams. Come hear about the facts and the lore associated with Weston, from its 1884 acquisition to its 2014 renovation and expansion.  There will be time for a tour of the facility with this talk. Jim Kolesar, Williams class of 1972, has served as the college’s chief public affairs officer since 1984, following a career in journalism.  Since then he has chaired the college’s Communications Advisory...

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Shape Note Music, Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am, Milne Library

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Shape Note Music, Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am, Milne Library

Singing School ~ Shape Note Music Saturday, March 7th, 11:00 am, Milne Library Shape Note Music, sometimes known as Sacred Harp Music, is an indigenous school of choral composition which dates originally from the late colonial/early federal era in our country.  Singing masters, such as Justin Morgan, or William Billings (see photo on left), would travel the countryside teaching parishioners to read music to improve their singing of the hymns on Sunday.  Come hear more about this unique type of music! Singing School is a group of local amateur singers which can vary in number from four to a...

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Hyde Family Ancestral Home

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Hyde Family Ancestral Home

John Hyde ~ Hyde Family Ancestral Home Saturday, February 21st, 11:00 am, Heritage Room, Williams Inn As the poet wrote “A house is not a home until someone lives in it.” This is the story of a HOME in which 5 generations of one family lived with illustrations to show the house in various stages of its growth over a period of more than 200 years. The structure – both exterior and interior as well as the grounds around it – will serve as the “evidence” from which we can learn how and why the people who lived in it kept changing it to reflect changes in...

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Cherry Cottage: An American House

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Cherry Cottage: An American House

David Simonds ~ Cherry Cottage: the Story of an American House Sunday, January 18, 4:00 pm, @ First Congregational Church Sponsored by the Williamstown Historical Museum Built in 1782 by Judith Williams Thayer, the sister of Col. Ephraim Williams, Cherry Cottage, has housed a remarkable array of people of historical interest, most notably Mark Hopkins, president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, and who defined our ideas about small liberal arts education in America.  Other notable residents or owners include a chief of the Stockbridge Indians, Speaker of the House, Theodore Sedgwick,...

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