Former attendees of Pelham schools and current Pelham Elementary third graders will share their school experiences at Community Hall, a former Pelham one-room schoolhouse.
Explore the cellar holes of Gate 11. Learn about the Quabbin and everyday life along Pelham Hollow Road prior to the Quabbin’s creation. Quabbin interpreter Nancy Huntington together with William Pula, Pelham resident and former Regional Director of the Quabbin, will lead our Tour. There will be limited vehicle access. Dress for the weather, wear long pants and bring bug spray. It will be a lovely walk.
Meet early at Quabbin Park Cemetery for refreshments followed by a parade and service at 11 am, honoring individuals removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir. March behind the PHS banner with school children and Pelham residents. Pelham Elementary school children are working on an art project for the occasion.
This year’s tour of the Pelham Town Complex (Town Hall, Church/Museum, Cemetery, and former Militia Ground) incorporates the exciting findings of the Interior Preservation Study completed in 2016. Learn not only about the local, state and national importance of Pelham’s Town Complex, a National Register Historic District, but also about the original color of the Town Hall’s interior paint and about other features original to 1743 and more recent periods examined by the preservation experts. Joseph Larson of the Pelham Historical Commission will lead the tour of the site and buildings. The tour will conclude with highlights from Pelham’s newly-renovated Museum, housed in the Church of the Town Complex.
This Tour is highly recommended for this year’s Sunday Museum Greeters and anyone thinking about volunteering to be a Greeter.
Join Ruth diBuono, Pelham resident and Old Sturbridge Village Lead Interpreter of Countryside Gardens, in discovering 19th century applications of medicinal woodland plants. Learn through personal accounts of 19th century families and period advice books while exploring Buffam Falls. Practice skills in plant identification and botany with Ruth’s guidance. Come along for the presentation, walk, or both!
The farm at Meads Corner dates back to 1780. The buildings underwent extensive renovation in 1820 to create the home and barn as they appear today. The farmhouse is rumored to have functioned as a tavern, complete with dance hall on the second floor. The Tyler Bergeron family purchased the property in 2011, resulting in much of the home’s interior being returned to its 19th century layout. Dexter cattle and numerous other farm animals have taken up residency throughout the restored pastures. Come see this exquisite piece of history.
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.
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.
Annual Meeting at 7 pm; followed by a presentation at 7:30 pm
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.
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.