In this year celebrating 275 years of Pelham, learn how to use Library of Congress resources to research a historical subject that interests you. Rich Cairn, director of Emerging America, will show attendees how to use the online Library of Congress and its links for historical research. Emerging America includes the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program. Cairn will use the topic “History of the Quabbin Reservoir” to illustrate the online resources that are accessible without a trip to Washington, D.C
Business Meeting at 7 p.m. Followed by Presentation at 7:30 p.m
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
April 2018 Time and Date TBD
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.
Children also will learn about life in a one-room schoolhouse.
“Private Mailing Cards” were invented in 1898. Since then, the design and technology behind postcards has changed several times, from the “divided back” to the “linen” and then photochrom. Postcards themselves depict scenes and document history. Learn more about the history of postcards from expert Gregory Wilson, who has worked with postcards both in his antique business and as a Librarian, cataloguing Theodore Roosevelt’s postcard collection. Wilson is an expert appraiser of postcard and trade card collections. As part of his presentation he will evaluate antique postcards from the audience. You are invited to bring your old postcards.
Meet at 10 a.m. at the Quabbin Memorial Cemetery for refreshments followed by a parade and service at 11 a.m., honoring individuals removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir. March behind the PHS banner with Pelham residents. Pelham Elementary School children plan to work on an art project for this occasion.
Celebrate Pelham’s 275th by learning about Shays’ Rebellion from UMass Professor of History Leonard Richards, author of “Shays’s Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle.” In the historic Town Hall, Richards will highlight the role of Pelham residents in that famed controversy. Following Richards’ presentation, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Museum next door will inaugurate the new interactive Conkey Tavern area where visitors can role-play historic tavern discussions and 18th century Pelham life.
This 18th century house at 24 Cook Road is named for a leader of the Pelham Quakers. The house is currently owned by Peter & Kate Lamdin, who graciously invite us to visit the house and property.
Following a New England boiled dinner, Senator Stan Rosenberg will entertain and delight us during the auctioning of our handcrafted homemade pies.
Join the Town-wide celebration of Pelham. Several sites in town will exhibit aspects of life in Pelham and/or host demonstrations by craftspeople representing life during different eras. Note when you and your family arrived in Pelham on the timeline display planned for the Library. Get involved in planning this event sponsored by PHS in partnership with the Library, the Elementary School and the Select Board by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.
Learn about the varieties of vegetables grown in New England since 1743 when Pelham was incorporated, many of which might be unfamiliar to you today. Ruth DiBuono, Coordinator of Horticulture at Old Sturbridge Village, will explain how vegetables have changed over the years both in how they were valued and preserved as well as in the actual varieties used. You are invited to bring your favorite vegetable seeds to share and exchange with other participants
We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham Library by providing treats for the Tea
The Pelham Museum and Historical Complex is FREE and Open to the Public.
Come see our small town’s big history!
YOU ARE INVITED to become Volunteer PHS Museum Greeters
Greeters are needed for each Sunday. Only one Sunday afternoon commitment required. Museum Greeter training/mentoring provided.