Posts by Kendall McGowan

Haunted Williamstown? Read some spooky local stories!

Posted by on Oct 17, 2021 in Featured slider | 0 comments

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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Join us for a celebration of local baseball history!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2021 in Featured slider | Comments Off on Join us for a celebration of local baseball history!

Join us for a celebration of local baseball history!

The WHM will be hosting an event focusing on local baseball history on Saturday, October 16 from 11-1 pm. Our temporary exhibit on the history of baseball in Williamstown, presented by Baseball in the Berkshires will be coming to a close in the next few weeks. Please join us on the 16th for an event featuring: A Q&A and remarks from prominent local baseball figures A chance to meet baseball pros and Williamstown natives Jonah Bayliss and Ryan Cameron A guided tour of the temporary exhibit Refreshments … and more! The event will be held at the museum, 32 New Ashford Road in...

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October 14: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

Posted by on Sep 29, 2021 in Featured slider | Comments Off on October 14: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

October 14: WHM’s Next History Book Group Meeting

Back to school season is a great time to join WHM’s history book group! On Thursday, October 14 at 1 pm we will be meeting via Zoom to discuss Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly. The book offers an intriguing synthesis of American cultural and economic developments in the early 19th century, all culminating with the completion of the Erie Canal, which has shaped our region. Copies are available through your local library or at most bookstores!

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Job Opening: Executive Director

Posted by on Sep 26, 2021 in Featured slider | Comments Off on Job Opening: Executive Director

Job Opening: Executive Director

The Williamstown Historical Museum seeking an Executive Director! The museum is the official repository of historical documents belonging to the Town of Williamstown.  In addition, it showcases a vast collection of artifacts and provides a variety of programs for all ages that spark an interest in how our past influences our lives today.  The museum is located at 32 New Ashford Road (Route 7 South) in the Williamstown Five Corners Historic District. The Executive Director provides visionary leadership in all aspects of the Williamstown Historical Museum’s programs and services: supervising...

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A message from the Board of Directors

Posted by on Sep 15, 2021 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on A message from the Board of Directors

We regret that the Museum’s August 28 lecture, “Native Americans in Williamstown” was cancelled.   We believe Dustin Griffin’s lecture, as written and as always, is well documented, respectful, and culturally sensitive, and deserves to be heard or read.  For this reason we are attaching here a link to the lecture (except for the slides). We welcome and encourage people of diverse backgrounds to approach the Museum about presenting future lectures. Board of Directors Williamstown Historical Museum

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