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The History of Oblong Road

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 in Featured slider, Talks | Comments Off on The History of Oblong Road

The History of Oblong Road

Oblong Road was one of the earliest parts of Williamstown to be settled, and is the focus of Dustin Griffin’s latest lecture for the museum. Please join us on Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. for an online lecture, “The History of Oblong Road.”

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WHM’s Late Winter 2021 Newsletter

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WHM’s Late Winter 2021 Newsletter

Please enjoy the latest, refreshed edition of WHM’s newsletter! Within it you will find: An article about the first Williamstown summer theater, which preceded the Williamstown Theater Festival by almost 20 years An article about the Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Williamstown’s 1965 Bicentennial An article previewing Patricia Leach’s upcoming lecture on Williamstown’s meetinghouses Information about other upcoming lectures, like Christine DeLucia’s on the meaning of local place names Books on local history available for sale through the WHM… and...

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Williamstown’s First Meetinghouse

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Williamstown’s First Meetinghouse

By Patricia Leach This article was published in our Winter 2021 newsletter. Read more of the newsletter here. In 1765, at the incorporation of our town as “Williams Town,” there was not a true meetinghouse, per se. Services featuring our newly settled minister, Yale graduate Whitman Welch, were held in the young settlement’s log schoolhouse. But soon, as early as 1766, the need for a dedicated meetinghouse was realized. Although it  was not an expensive project—its cost was approximately $600 and many white oak trees, a primary building material, were available nearby—construction went...

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Many Stories in the Land: Revisiting “Williamstown” and its Meanings

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Many Stories in the Land: Revisiting “Williamstown” and its Meanings

View a video of Chrisine DeLucia’s lecture that offers possibilities for critically rethinking both history and geography and their enduring meanings by clicking the “Read More” tab.

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Another Look at the 1965 Bicentennial

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Another Look at the 1965 Bicentennial

By Kendall McGowan This article was published in our Winter 2021 newsletter. Read more of the newsletter here. As an intern getting my first experience in cataloging with the WHM this winter, I was hoping to encounter surprises in the archives.  Almost immediately, I struck upon a small mystery. It came in the form of photos of Williamstown’s bicentennial, celebrated by residents in 1965, to commemorate the town’s incorporation, which included acquiring its current name. The bicentennial planning committee arranged a number of activities, including parades, shows, and historical...

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