Posts by Kendall McGowan

“Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years”: Our New Temporary Exhibit

Posted by on Dec 18, 2021 in Exhibits, Featured slider | Comments Off on “Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years”: Our New Temporary Exhibit

“Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years”: Our New Temporary Exhibit

The Williamstown Historical Museum is excited to present its latest temporary exhibit, “Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years.” The exhibit features 5 intricate dollhouses created by former Williamstown resident Lynn Laitman, each with a unique theme and charming details. Stop by through the winter to learn about the various school buildings used through the centuries, to see old-fashioned childrens’ books and toys, to learn about popular summer camps in town, and more! The WHM’s winter hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10-2.

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Register Now: A Tour of the Original Clark Building

Posted by on Dec 7, 2021 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on Register Now: A Tour of the Original Clark Building

Register Now: A Tour of the Original Clark Building

This Saturday, December 11 at 11 a.m., the WHM will present “Down Memory Lane: Looking Back at the Early Years of the Clark Art Institute,” a tour of the original Clark building by Jock Brooks. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute opened to the public in 1955 and delighted the few museum goers who visited it back then. What was it like to view this new museum and experience its ambiance and art in the 1960s and ‘70s? Walk with us through those early years, recreated by Jock Brooks, former Associate Director, who came to the institute in 1968 from the National Gallery of...

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WHM’s Fall 2021 Newsletter

Posted by on Nov 22, 2021 in Talks | Comments Off on WHM’s Fall 2021 Newsletter

WHM’s Fall 2021 Newsletter

Please enjoy the latest edition of WHM’s newsletter! Within it you will find: A preview of one of the displays in our upcoming temporary exhibit, “Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years” Recaps of this year’s successful Hay Day Fair, and of an event celebrating our prior temporary exhibit on baseball Information about upcoming events, including a tour of the original Clark building by former Associate Director of the Clark Jock Brooks (registration required!), and our history book group … and more!

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December 9: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

Posted by on Nov 21, 2021 in Featured slider | Comments Off on December 9: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

December 9: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

On Thursday, December 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. we will be meeting via Zoom (see link below) to discuss Women of Privilege: 100 Years of Love and Loss in a Family of the Hudson River Valley by Susan Gillotti. The book traces the decline of a once-privileged Hudson River Valley family whose neighbors were Vanderbilts, Delanos, and Roosevelts. Based on diaries and journals, and written by a family descendant, it combines biography and memoir with social history. Copies are available through your local library or at most bookstores! Topic: WHM December Book Club Meeting Time: Dec 9, 2021 01:00 PM...

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Haunted Williamstown? Read some spooky local stories!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2021 in Featured slider | Comments Off on Haunted Williamstown? Read some spooky local stories!

Haunted Williamstown? Read some spooky local stories!

By Effie Skinner, Volunteer As Halloween comes around, you may be wondering if there are any ghosts in Williamstown. There is, in fact, a history of haunted buildings and ghosts being reported in the area. On Mount Greylock, the place deemed to be North America’s wizarding school, there are rumors of a ghost named “Old Coot.” A man named Bill Saunders from Adams fought in the Civil War and did not immediately return. When Saunders came back after several years and discovered his wife had married another man, he became a hermit in the woods of Greylock. He lived there for several years. “When...

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