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The Williams College Archives – A Primer for Residents

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on The Williams College Archives – A Primer for Residents

The Williams College Archives – A Primer for Residents

Please join us on Saturday, October 22 at 11 am to learn more about the Williams College Archives. Katie Nash, Williams College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian will present a visual lecture where we will learn more about what the Archives hold and how we can access its excellent collections.

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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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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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1765 Act of Incorporation

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Talks | Comments Off on 1765 Act of Incorporation

1765 Act of Incorporation

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Treadway Family & the Williams Inn

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on Treadway Family & the Williams Inn

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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