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Hyde Family Ancestral Home

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

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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100 Years in White: Architecture of the First Congregational Church

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 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  Moira Jones Saturday, November 15th, 11:00 am 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 will tie new information with the old to tell the whole story of why the 1869 Neo-Romanesque building was renovated...

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The 1746 Attack on Fort Massachusetts

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The 1746 Attack on Fort Massachusetts

The 1746 Attack on Fort Massachusetts by Dusty Griffin Saturday, November 8th, 11:00 am Many local residents have heard about the colonial fort, once located in the current parking lot of Price Chopper on Rt. 2 in North Adams. They may even have heard about the attack by French and Indian soldiers in August 1746. But the episode has received little sustained attention from historians, and a number of questions remain without clear answers: Why was the fort built there? Why was it attacked? Why was it quickly overwhelmed? Who was responsible? Dusty Griffin taught English literature at...

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Living History Day with the Rural Lands

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Living History Day with the Rural Lands

  Living History Day with the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation   Saturday, November 1st, 11:00 am Do you enjoy working with hand tools?  Are you interested in preserving our cultural history?  If so, we invite you to join the WRLF and the Williamstown Historical Museum on Saturday November 1st at Sheep Hill in this hands-on project to restore an antique horse-drawn work sled donated to the WRLF by Henry Flynt.  These sleds were used to bring logs and firewood and sap collection barrels out of the woods in the winter and are an important part of our local heritage. We hope Mr....

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87 Marshall Street

Posted by on Mar 16, 2014 in Featured slider, Talks | 0 comments

87 Marshall Street

87 Marshall Street, John L. Sprague remembers it well.  Please come on June 8th to hear him talk about his experiences there.  John spent 11 years as the president of the Sprague Electric Company, founded by his father, Robert, who moved the company from Quincy to North Adams in 1929. He was in charge in 1984 and 1985 when new owner Penn Central moved the company’s international headquarters from the Berkshires to Lexington and eliminated 700 Sprague jobs in North Adams.  That move, the Berkshire Eagle later reported, “left a legacy of bitterness in the city,” even though Sprague didn’t...

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