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Hay Day: Family Fun for all on August 15!

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Hay Day: Family Fun for all on August 15!

The Williamstown Historical Museum invites you to our third annual Hay Day Fair! It will take place on Sunday, August 15 from 11-3 (rain or shine!) at the museum, 32 New Ashford Road in Williamstown. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for immediate family groups (up to 6 members). This year’s event will include many of the same attractions as 2019’s Hay Day, in addition to new ones! Look out for: Children’s activities like a maypole, three-legged race, and egg-and-spoon race with prizes for contestants Live music by Rosin the Beaux and Accordion Al A petting zoo and...

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Online Lecture: “Black People in 19th-Century White Oaks,” presented by Dustin Griffin

Posted by on Jul 25, 2021 in Talks | Comments Off on Online Lecture: “Black People in 19th-Century White Oaks,” presented by Dustin Griffin

Online Lecture: “Black People in 19th-Century White Oaks,” presented by Dustin Griffin

“Black People in 19th-Century White Oaks,” by Dustin Griffin Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m. You can now view this lecture online, thanks to WilliNet! This lecture will trace the lives of a number of Black families in the northeast corner of Williamstown, from their arrival there in the 1820s to their departure about 1900. This event is part of a lecture series presented by Dustin Griffin through the Williamstown Historical Museum; please look out for his next two talks on August 29 and September 25. The WHM is proud to regularly offer lectures on local history that are free and open to the...

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Baseball in Williamstown

Posted by on Jun 18, 2021 in Exhibits | Comments Off on Baseball in Williamstown

Baseball in Williamstown

By Larry Moore We are really excited to have our exhibit “Sliding Baseball Across Williamstown” at the Williamstown Historical Museum, in a town where there is so much baseball history. The history of baseball in the Berkshires goes back to 1791 in Pittsfield when the town wrote a by-law banning the playing of ball games within 80 yards of the newly built town hall. One of the games mentioned was baseball. This turned out to be the first mention of baseball in the United States in a government document. Being a game that has evolved over the centuries, baseball even has some ties to the...

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WHM’s Summer 2021 Newsletter

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WHM’s Summer 2021 Newsletter

Please enjoy the latest, summer-themed edition of WHM’s newsletter! Within it you will find: An update on the Dolan-Jenks Barn Restoration Project Several major announcements, including new opening hours and the return of the WHM’s annual Hay Day celebration An article about the long history of baseball in Williamstown, written by Larry Moore, one of the creators of our current temporary exhibit Information about an upcoming summer lecture series by Dustin Griffin, NYU professor emeritus, Williams graduate, and local historian A historical look at popular Williamstown swimming...

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An Update on our Dolan-Jenks Barn Restoration Project

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An Update on our Dolan-Jenks Barn Restoration Project

By Kendall McGowan This article was published in our Summer 2021 newsletter. Read more of the newsletter here. If you’ve been down Route 43 recently, you will have noticed that the barn located at 1101 Green River Road has been taken down. But it will not be disappearing from the Williamstown landscape. The Williamstown Historical Museum has embarked on a special project to preserve the iconic Dolan-Jenks barn, which was generously donated to the museum by Carole and Peter Dolan. Now that it is fully dismantled, the components will be restored and then moved and reassembled behind the WHM at...

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Online Lecture: “Writing Local History,” presented by Dustin Griffin

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Online Lecture:  “Writing Local History,” presented by Dustin Griffin

Join us online on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. for an informative illustrated lecture on researching local history by Dustin Griffin.

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