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Textiles of Williamstown Exhibit: Selections from the WHM Collection

Visit the WHM to view a selection of textiles from the collection featuring a uniform from a woman who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps during WWII,  an Emancipation Period sampler, wool blankets from Mt. Hope Farm, a sheet made from flax farmed and processed in South Williamstown, and a velvet opera coat that once belonged to a well known town resident.  Most of the pieces in this exhibit were evaluated in 2016 by a textiles conservator that was funded through a board initiative, and were then conserved at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center with funding from the Community Preservation Act Fund.  The WHM is grateful to the town for its support of this conservation project.

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WHM Special Summer Exhibit, June to mid August 2018

Summer Special Exhibit
From Trash to Treasure…and Recently Acquired
June – August 2018

at the Williamstown Historical Museum
32 New Ashford Road


One of these trunks was once owned by Cole Porter. The curious story of its journey to the WHM will be told in the upcoming summer special exhibit.

What do a travel trunk from Cole Porter, spectacles from a local farmer, a popcorn machine from the Walden Movie Theatre on Spring Street, and smelling salts from the former Hopkins Funeral Home have in common?  These items and their stories are all a part of the summer special exhibit at the WHM:  From Trash to Treasure and Recently Acquired.  This examination of some the lesser known pieces of the WHM collection focuses on objects and ephemera that are unique to the WHM collection and help round out the story of Williamstown.  Many of the pieces featured were close to being discarded and lost indefinitely, but were, fortunately, saved by savvy local history loving donors and given to the WHM.  Visit the WHM’s summer special exhibit to learn more about everything from a collection of Eddies Supermarket food stamp voucher coins, a beautiful hay rake, and other intriguing objects that will broaden your understanding of Williamstown’s history.

Eddie’s Supermarket Food Stamp Tokens from the 1960s

WHM Annual Meeting 2018 Agenda for handout 6_23_2018

The WHM Annual Meeting was held before the special exhibit opening
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 11 a.m.
Williamstown Historical Museum
32 New Ashford Road
Williamstown, Massachusetts


1. Call to order and welcome
2. President’s Report
3. Executive Director’s Report
4. Membership Committee Report
5. Finance Committee Report
6. Minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting
7. Recognition of outgoing board members
8. Report of Nominating Committee
9. Adjourn

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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 legislation requiring a “settled and learned pastor” in order to incorporate a town. So, no matter what the religious fervor of the town in those early days, forming a Congregational Church (this is Massachusetts) was necessary for them to claim their land. So the story of the Church is the story of the town. Come hear about the significant events in the Church’s history, which show what was happening in town along the way.

MoiraInBlueMoira Jones has been Moderator of the First Congregational Church since February 2013. In this last fall of her term as Moderator, she has been researching the Church History, and really looks forward to sharing it with you.

Tour of exhibit May 18th 6 pm

Moira Jones would like to encourage you to see this exhibit on Wednesday, May 18th, and is offering to conduct a tour of the exhibit for you on that day at 6 pm. Please mark this on your calendars, and get this personal tour from the person who put together the exhibit, before she leaves town at the end of this month. Moira looks forward to seeing you on the 18th!

If you missed this talk in November, you can see it online here: