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1765 Act of Incorporation

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Talks | 0 comments

1765 Act of Incorporation

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Treadway Family & the Williams Inn

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

Treadway Family & the Williams Inn

We hope you’ll join us on Sunday, June 14 from 1 – 3 pm in the Heritage Room at the Williams for our Annual Meeting for Members at 1 pm followed by a lecture on the Treadway family and the Williams Inn presented by Carl Faulkner, former owner of the Williams Inn. L.G. Treadway opened his first inn in Williamstown, MA in 1912. By 1954 there were 14 Treadway Inns in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York State, and Vero Beach, Florida. Richard Fowle “Dick” Treadway was born (June 5, 1913) and raised in Williamstown, succeeded his father as chairman of the board at the same time he was a member of the Massachusetts Senate from 1953 to 1955. Dick Treadway graduated from Williston Academy in 1932 and from Dartmouth College in 1936 with a bachelor’s degree in English. While at Dartmouth, Treadway was also the business editor of the The Dartmouth and was a member of the Palaeopitus. Richard also served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee from 1969 to 1971. When Dick was chairman, his brother John, who was the manager of the Williams Inn, served as Assistant Managing Director, and the other brother David was Secretary of the Board, and Sales Manager of the Inns. Come here more about this fascinating Williamstown dynasty on June 14th from 1-3 in the Heritage Room at (where else?) the Williams...

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100 Years in White: Architecture of the First Congregational Church

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Exhibits, Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

100 Years in White: Architecture of the First Congregational Church

  100 Years in White: Architecture of the First Congregational Church  What do shirt collars and the current building of the First Congregational Church have in common?  How did Williams College create the circumstances making it necessary to redesign our building?  Some of this information is common knowledge in Williamstown, but you may be surprised by some information that has newly been connected to this story.  Moira Jones ties new information with the old in this exhibit to tell the whole story of why the 1869 Neo-Romanesque building was renovated before its 50th birthday. Exhibit curator, Moira Jones, is Moderator of the First Congregational Church (for more information on what a “Moderator” is, visit FirstChurchWilliamstown.org).  A native of California, who was born in a town which celebrated its bicentennial the year after our nation, Moira has lived in Williamstown, and been interested in our community history for more than 30 years.  She is indebted to the research of Carl A. Westerdahl (1937-2013) for much of the information that was in this presentation.  To view a video of this lecture click here:   “100 Years in White:  Architecture of the First Congregational...

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Biennial Historical House Tour ~ Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-4:30 pm

Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

Biennial Historical House Tour ~ Sunday, May 17th, 12:30-4:30 pm

Biennial Historical House Tour <style=”text-align: center;”>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 are available until Saturday afternoon at the locations listed below. There is also link to the online form to buy tickets at the bottom of this page, and please thank the following businesses who have been graciously helping us to distribute tickets: Where tickets will be sold: The Library Antiques   Where’d You Get That?!   Milne Public Library Circulation Desk   Wild Oats   Williams Inn     Tickets are also available online here!   Please say “Thank You!” to our sponsor for this year’s Historic House Tour: Here are some of the special houses on the tour: The 1753 House in the Rotary Ide/Phillips house (102 Ide Road) Reverend Seth Swift House (630 Water Street) Cluett Estate/Pine Cobble School (163 Gale...

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Photo Preservation Workshop for Members and Friends at the WHM

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

Photo Preservation Workshop for Members and Friends at the WHM

Photo Preservation Workshop with Collections Curator, Laura Staneff, MA Saturday, May 9th,  11 am at the WHM Do you have a collection of old family photos that are fading fast?  What can you do to protect them?  Should you tape photos into your scrapbooks?  Our freelance collections curator, Laura Downey Staneff, will answer your questions.  In this workshop Laura will discuss different types of photographic processes, their mounts, and how they deteriorate as they age.  She’ll also discuss how photographs should be displayed and stored.  Did you know that displaying a high quality facsimile reproduction of your favorite family photo is a great way to preserve the original?  Workshop participants are invited to bring individual photographs and plenty of questions for discussion about how to preserve your precious photos.  As a benefit for participating in this workshop, attendees will receive an acid-free protective sleeve for one of their photographs.  Don’t miss this exciting information-filled opportunity! Laura holds Master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and from the University of Arizona as well as having studied as a Mellon Fellow in the Advanced Residency in Photograph Conservation at the George Eastman House/Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, New York.  She has been involved in the fields of conservation and the history of photographs for more than 20 years. For more information or to let us know you’re coming, contact Sarah at sarah@williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org or at...

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

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

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!   Williamstown residents of 1765 may not have left us a literary or artistic legacy, but they did leaves us a valuable and informative Proprietors Book, which miraculously did not burn in the Meeting House Fire of 1866.  The Proprietor’s Book will be our point of departure for an illustrated fly-over of the year 1765 in Williamstown, Berkshire County, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as well as Boston, London, and...

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