Past Events

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
August, 12 2017 ~ 10:00 am (Raindate: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 1 p.m.)

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.

For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377.

Tuesday
July, 18 2017 ~ 5:30 pm

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!

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
-presentation followed by walk at Buffam Falls
For more information contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

Sunday
June, 4 2017 ~ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Greeters are needed for each Sunday. Contact Sharrie Reydak at sreydak@quabbinwood.net or at 413-256-1097 to sign up for your Sunday.

Saturday
June, 3 2017 ~ 10:00 am
This event has been POSTPONED!!      Please contact us for more information about rescheduling

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.

This event has been POSTPONED!!     Please contact us for more information about rescheduling

For more information on the Tour contact Joseph Larson, 413-256-8256

Sunday
May, 28 2017 ~ 9:30 am Meet up with us at Quabbin Park Cemetery

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.

For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797

Saturday
May, 20 2017 ~ 10:00 am (Raindate: Sunday, May 21, 2107 at 1:00 pm)

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.

For more information, please contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

Wednesday
May, 17 2017 ~ 10:00 am

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.

Location: Community Hall
If you attended a Pelham primary school prior to 1980 and are willing to participate in this exchange, please contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377.

Tuesday
April, 25 2017 ~ 7:00 pm

How many of you recall the water dipper, filling the woodstove, the “outhouse” and pigtails in the inkwell? Step back into history with Dennis Picard, Director of Storrowtown Village and Museum, to learn about these practices and the education received in a single room with multiple grades and ages.

Location: Community Hall
For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377.

Tuesday
March, 28 2017 ~ 7:00 pm

Business meeting at 7 pm; followed by a presentation at 7:30 pm
Surrounding Pelham MA, potters, brick-makers and the general population made use of clay for utensils, homes and other products from the colonial period through the 19th century. These products employed colorful names that occasionally became slang. This history and their stories will be presented by Rick Hamelin, who has researched the Massachusetts clay industry since 1985 and is a Master Potter from Warren, MA.

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
For more information contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

Saturday
December, 17 2016 ~ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

We will again co-host this popular event with the Pelham library by providing tea, sandwiches, and sweets.

Location: Pelham Public Library
Co-sponsored with the Pelham Library

Tuesday
November, 1 2016 ~ 7:00 pm

Annual Meeting and Election of Officers 7 pm. followed by the program at 7:30 pm
Are you familiar with Monks Cave in Pelham or the Goshen stone tunnels? James Vieira, Ashfield stonemason, writer and Northeast Antiquities Research Association member, will introduce you to stone chambers, turtle effigies, serpent walls and cairn fields in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the theories, some controversial, explaining them.

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library.
For more information contact Paul Berube, 413-253-9621.

Saturday
October, 22 2016 ~ 10:00 am to Carpool

This begins a new annual tour, highlighting unusual Pelham structures, artifacts, and stories. Each year we hope to introduce you to 3 to 5 additional points of interest in Pelham. Join Bruce Klotz as he begins this series with a visit to one of Pelham’s horse troughs, the gravesite of a smallpox victim, Pelham’s Rocking Stone and other points of interest.

For more information and to sign up contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

Saturday
September, 24 2016 ~ 6:30 pm

Come join us for this longstanding community event, a traditional New England boiled dinner followed by a pie auction. David Jean will cater and Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be our auctioneer. State Rep. Ellen Story guest of honor.

Tickets: Blair Bigelow, 413-259-1117, info@pelhamhs.org. Tickets are on sale at The Pelham Public Library.

Tuesday
September, 13 2016 ~ 7:00 pm

Work up your appetite and become inspired for the Harvest Supper and Pie Auction later this month. Robert Cox will discuss his new book “New England Pie: History under a Crust.” Robert Cox explores the origin and evolution of popular pie ingredients, e.g., the Revolutionary roots of the Boston cream pie. His book, which will be available for signing, includes classic recipes and modern twists, celebrating seasonal fixings one month at a time. Head of special collections at UMass Amherst, Robert Cox has written previously about New England culinary history (chowder and cranberries).

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
For more information and to sign up contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

Saturday
August, 6 2016 ~ 1:00 pm (rain date August 7, 2016)

Shutesbury’s Historical Commission chair Leslie Bracebridge will lead us on an informative tour of the cellar hole remains of Shutesbury’s poor farm, an example of a town poor farm created to house paupers. We will be joined by the Shutesbury Historical Commission on our hike to the cellar hole, the hike will be about 45 minutes each way. Leslie will supply an oral history and photographs on site. Come learn about a pauper farm, an alternative developed in many New England towns to the “auctioning off” of paupers at town meetings.

Location: Pelham Historical Complex
Meet at Town Hall Complex for carpooling to site.
For more information and to sign up contact Linda Campbell Hanscom, 413-323-7377.

Tuesday
July, 19 2016 ~ 7:00 pm

Join Leverett historian and artist Louise Minks for a fascinating, interactive program about paupers in Pelham and surrounding towns. Paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s generally through the Civil War; many towns developed town poor farms as an alternative to that method primarily post-Civil War right up until the New Deal. Pelham and Leverett’s early warrant articles and town meeting minutes reveal the names of paupers, who “bought” them and for how much.

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
For more information contact Cynthia Weigel at 413-256-4606.

Thursday
July, 14 2016 ~ 7:00 pm

Learn from Rex Eads of Vancouver, WA how a key “player” in American football history played a central role in the growth and development of The Pelham Fish Rod Factory. Rex Eads is an avid fly fisherman, collector of bamboo fishing rods and a fishing tackle historian. Known as “The Monty Man” by other fishing tackle historians and collectors, he is working on a book about the history of the Montague Rod & Reel Company, with a focus on the bamboo fly fishing rods they produced. The Pelham Fish Rod Factory, run by Eugene Bartlett, represents the birthplace of this company and an important part of its history.

You are invited to bring any Pelham Rod Shop or Montague artifact or memorabilia to share with the group and to bring your fishing rods for identification and appraisal.

For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom at 413-323-7377.

Friday
July, 1 2016 ~ All Day

Learn from Rex Eads of Vancouver, WA how a key “player” in American football history played a central role in the growth and development of The Pelham Fish Rod Factory. Rex Eads is an avid fly fisherman, collector of bamboo fishing rods and a fishing tackle historian. Known as “The Monty Man” by other fishing tackle historians and collectors, he is working on a book about the history of the Montague Rod & Reel Company, with a focus on the bamboo fly fishing rods they produced. The Pelham Fish Rod Factory, run by Eugene Bartlett, represents the birthplace of this company and an important part of its history.
You are invited to bring any Pelham Rod Shop or Montague artifact or memorabilia to share with the group and to bring your fishing rods for identification and appraisal.

Location:
For more information contact Linda Campbell Hanscom 413-323-7377

Saturday
June, 11 2016 ~ 10:00 am

An opportunity to tour and learn about the local, state, and national importance of Pelham’s National Register Historic District. Joseph Larson, of the Pelham Historical Commission, will lead the tour of the site and buildings. Learn why LIFE Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Washington D.C.’s Governing Magazine have all published illustrated articles on the Town Hall. Find out why the leading expert on colonial town halls and meetinghouses states that Pelham’s is unique in New England. The interiors of both the Church/Museum and the Town Hall/Meetinghouse will be visited with attention to the features that are original to 1743 and more recent periods.
This Tour is highly recommended for this year’s Sunday Museum Greeters and anyone thinking about volunteering to be a Greeter.

Location:
For more information on the Tour contact Joseph Larson, 413- 256-8256.
For information on volunteering as a Museum Greeter contact Mikey Cutting, 413-695-4692.

Saturday
June, 11 2016 ~ 10:00 am

An opportunity to tour and learn about the local, state, and national importance of Pelham’s National Register Historic District. Joseph Larson, of the Pelham Historical Commission, will lead the tour of the site and buildings. Learn why LIFE Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Washington D.C.’s Governing Magazine have all published illustrated articles on the Town Hall. Find out why the leading expert on colonial town halls and meetinghouses states that Pelham’s is unique in New England. The interiors of both the Church/Museum and the Town Hall/Meetinghouse will be visited with attention to the features that are original to 1743 and more recent periods.

This Tour is highly recommended for this year’s Sunday Museum Greeters and anyone thinking about volunteering to be a Greeter.

For more information on the Tour contact Joseph Larson, 413- 256-8256. For information on volunteering as a Museum Greeter contact Mikey Cutting, 413-695-4692.

Sunday
May, 29 2016 ~ 9:30 am

March behind the PHS banner together with Pelham Elementary school children and members of the Pelham Historical Society at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.
Moving first through the Quabbin Park Cemetery we will arrive at the War Memorials and markers from the former Swift River valley towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. In addition to honoring Veterans and those who lost their lives in service to our country, this ceremony also recognizes the sacrifices made by former residents of the Swift River Valley so that the Quabbin Reservoir could be built.

More information about the Quabbin Park Cemetery can be found at the Department of Conservation and Recreation – Quabbin Park Cemetery WEB site.

For more information and to sign up contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

Sunday
May, 29 2016 ~ 9:30 am Meet at Museum at 9:30 am to car pool/11 am for services at Quabbin Park Cemetery

March behind the PHS banner together with Pelham Elementary school children and members of the Pelham Historical Society at this service honoring individuals removed from their original resting places for the building of Quabbin Reservoir.

Moving first through the Quabbin Park Cemetery we will arrive at the War Memorials and markers from the former Swift River valley towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott. In addition to honoring Veterans and those who lost their lives in service to our country, this ceremony also recognizes the sacrifices made by former residents of the Swift River Valley so that the Quabbin Reservoir could be built. More information about the Quabbin Park Cemetery can be found at the Department of Conservation and Recreation – Quabbin Park Cemetery website here.

For more information and to sign up contact Cynthia Weigel, 413-256-4606.

Saturday
May, 14 2016 ~ 9:30 am to carpool to site

Explore parts of old Enfield during its Bicentennial year with a special tour led by Quabbin interpreter Nancy Huntington. Learn about the former Hanks Farm and Martindale Farm and the stories they tell as you encounter cellar holes near Hanks Meadow and old Webster Road. If time permits we may explore the Quabbin Park Cemetery as well.

For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797. S

Saturday
April, 30 2016 ~ 10:00 am Meet at Pelham Library Ramsdell Room for presentation followed by tour

Learn the historical significance of the Bartlett and Allen Dams in Pelham as well as their impact on Amethyst Brook. The Allen timber dam may be one of the oldest dams of its type in Massachusetts. The dams were removed to promote ecological restoration of the brook and to address public safety issues. Informative, interesting speakers will guide you through the history of the dams, their removal, and how the stream is responding. Speakers include Alex Hackman, project manager and restoration specialist from Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game; Robin MacEwan engineering design manager from Stantec; Boyd Kynard, an authority on sea lamprey; Keith Nislow from UMass/US Forest Service on stream ecology; and James Dietrich from Dartmouth College on high-tech survey techniques using drones.

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Co-sponsored with the Pelham Conservation Commission.
For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797.

Tuesday
March, 22 2016 ~ 7:00 pm The 7:15 pm celebration will be preceded by a PHS business meeting at 7 p.m

Come celebrate Pelham Historical Society (“PHS”)’s 50th Anniversary. Enjoy cake and a trivia quiz! Learn about our 2016 programming, our plans for reopening and upgrading the Pelham Museum, and how you can become involved. Meet our new consultant, Sheila Damkoehler. Bring your ideas and let us know how PHS can better serve you. Help us shape PHS for the future.

For more information contact Blair Bigelow, 413-259-1117