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Window cropped 2Welcome to the Pelham Historical Society and a fascinating glimpse into how Pelham, Massachusetts, helped shape the nation and the world we live in today.

A program of events throughout the year, archives for research, and a new museum exhibit—open on Sunday afternoons this summer—are your windows into the past. From early Scotch-Irish settlers to today’s citizens, Pelham residents have made an impact on the world far beyond their rural town’s borders.

Follow Pelham’s story. At times it echoes the history of other rural New England communities—at other times, it is quite unique. Attend an event, visit the museum, or share your talents as a volunteer!

Our Next Events:     (Full Event List )
Sunday
August, 20 2017 ~ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Pelham History Museum is Open EVERY SUNDAY from June through September.
The Historical Complex grounds are open DAILY All Year, Dawn to Dusk.



Saturday
September, 16 2017 ~ 10:00 am

Join us for a tour of the recent residential conversion of the U.C.C. Meetinghouse at 142 Amherst Road. The main structure was built in 1837 and it has evolved over the years. The tour will include some discussion of the building’s history as well as green building retrofit work. Architect/owner Carey Clouse will educate us on why she chose to take up residency in a church.

Location: 142 Amherst Road
For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377.

Saturday
October, 14 2017 ~ 6:30 pm

The Museum will be open from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Please join us for this annual community event, a traditional New England boiled dinner followed by a home-made pie auction. David Jean will again cater the dinner. Senator Stan Rosenberg returns to delight and entertain us as the “pie auctioneer.” Former State Rep. Ellen Story and current State Rep. Solomon Goldstein Rose will be guests of honor.

For more information and tickets contact Chris Gould at 413-253-9162 or Mick O’Connor at 631-903-4494.

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JUNE 3rd TOUR POSTPONED!

We regret to have to say that this event has been postponed to a later date. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we look forward to seeing you when the museum is open this summer, Sunday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30.

We will let you know as soon as we have a new date for the guided tour, and we apologize again.
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IT’S BACK!!! The Holiday Buffet has returned due to popular demand. Join neighbors and friends within the Pelham community to usher in the season with a social hour, sit-down potluck dinner and special holiday music. For reservations and to provide information on your contribution (appetizer, main dish, vegetable, salad, bread or dessert), please contact Connie Hoyack, telephone 301-751-1852, email chyack@verizon.net or Linda Hanscom, telephone 323-7377, email lindahanscom690@gmail.com. ...

Holiday Buffet

December 5, 2017, 5:30pm - December 5, 2017, 7:00pm

IT’S BACK!!! The Holiday Buffet has returned due to popular demand. Join neighbors and friends within the Pelham community to usher in the season with a social hour, sit-down potluck dinner and special holiday music. For reservations and to provide information on your contribution (appetizer, main dish, vegetable, salad, bread or dessert), please contact Connie Hoyack, telephone 301-751-1852, email chyack@verizon.net or Linda Hanscom, telephone 323-7377, email lindahanscom690@gmail.com.

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In anticipation of Pelham’s 275th Anniversary in 2018, Tom Fanning will provide an introduction to the Shays Rebellion, an event whose import went far beyond our town and foreshadowed the class struggles that occur even today. The Shays Rebellion has been both reviled and praised over the 235 years since the yeoman farmers of the western counties rose up to express their displeasure with the "coastal elite" in the east. This presentation will feature a timeline of forced court closings and other actions that constituted the actual rebellion. A lively discussion of this and other related events is planned. For more information contact Tom Fanning, 413-253-5404. ...

Pelham, Shays Rebellion, and Perfecting the American Revolution

November 14, 2017, 7:00pm - November 14, 2017, 8:00pm

In anticipation of Pelham’s 275th Anniversary in 2018, Tom Fanning will provide an introduction to the Shays Rebellion, an event whose import went far beyond our town and foreshadowed the class struggles that occur even today. The Shays Rebellion has been both reviled and praised over the 235 years since the yeoman farmers of the western counties rose up to express their displeasure with the "coastal elite" in the east. This presentation will feature a timeline of forced court closings and other actions that constituted the actual rebellion. A lively discussion of this and other related events is planned. For more information contact Tom Fanning, 413-253-5404.

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