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2018- Year in Review

2018 has been a year of both returning favorites and newly expanded programming initiatives for the Longmeadow Historical Society as listed below:

  • Shared interesting research on Longmeadow homes through our weekly “Throw Back Thursday” Facebook posts and email blasts.
  • Collaborated with The Storrs Library and the Longmeadow Adult Center to bring speakers to the public.
  • Shared stories of Longmeadow’s history in first person presentations to Longmeadow school students.
  • Entertained patrons at our annual Ghosts in the Graveyard and Long Meddowe Days events.
  • Given architectural tours of the Green.
  • Assisted visiting scholars and hobbyists with research.

All of this outreach helps to fulfill our mission.

Reaching further, our new Finding Aid “catablog” gives researchers around the world unprecedented access to archival documentation about Longmeadow.

With rapt attention, Center School students watched Sarah W. Storrs, as channeled by Board Member Melissa Cybulski, explain what it was like to be a deaf woman growing up in Longmeadow in the 1800s. The story of Sarah Storrs is also part of our new exhibit, “Through the Lens: Longmeadow Into the New Century 1890–1920.” Since May, hundreds have toured the Storrs House Museum to view “Through the Lens” and our collections as the Longmeadow Historical Society has opened its doors to visitors 3 or 4 days each month.

2018 Event Highlights

January Responsible Strategic Deaccessioning (William Hosley)
Massachusetts in the Gilded Age (Guy McLain)
April History of Photography (William Fournier)
May Long Meddowe Days
Opening of “Through the Lens” Exhibit
(funded with grants from The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation and Historic New England)
June Petticoats to Pantaloons (Lynne Zacek Bassett)
August Treasures in the Attic II (Dennis Picard)
September Redware pottery demonstration (Rick Hamelin)
Dr. Chapman and 19th Century Longmeadow (Al McKee)
October Ghosts in the Graveyard Event
A Peddler’s Pack of Spooky Tales
(Dennis Picard)
Completion of Basement climate control (CPA grant)
November Architectural Tour- Town Green (Andrea Taupier)
An Evening with Sarah Storrs (Melissa Cybulski)
December Completion of Finding Aid catablog, accessible at http://chc.library.umass.edu/longmeadow-historical/
(funded with a grant from The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts)

 Coming in 2019

Please see our events calendar for details of the many programs and events that are already on our schedule for the new year including:
 
January: "In Flew Enza’: the 1918 Flu Epidemic & Beyond"  by Reba Jean Shaw-Pichette 

February: "Discovering New England Stone Walls" by Kevin Gardner

April: "Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement" by Barbara Berenson. 


Past Events

Long Meddowe Days 2018- May 19-20, 2018
This was our 39th year for this annual event which is the primary fund raiser for our organization. Check out our event website at www.LongMeddoweDays.org and our event Facebook page for additional information.


This Longmeadow Historical Society event was held on January 22, 2018 at Storrs Library . This program was supported in part by a grant from the Longmeadow Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council , a state agency. The Longmeadow Historical Society is very appreciative for this financial support.
  


CPA Funding

2015 Community Preservation Act Funding
The Longmeadow Historical Society submitted a request to the Longmeadow Community Preservation Committee for 2015 CPA funding of improvements to Storrs House.  These improvement included the completion of work in the basement initiated in 2014 to convert it into a more suitable environment for storage of records and artifacts as well as a work space for research and cataloging. The committee recommended funding of $18,345 which was approved at the Longmeadow Annual Town Meeting on May 12, 2015.  Work has been completed.

2014 Community Preservation Act Funding
The Longmeadow Historical Society and the Storrs Library submitted a request to the Longmeadow Community Preservation Committee for 2014 CPA funding of much needed repairs to Storrs House.  These repairs included conversion of the basement into a more suitable environment for storage of records and artifacts as well as a work space for research and cataloging.  The committee recommended funding of $37,207 which was approved at the Longmeadow Annual Town Meeting on May 13, 2014.  Work has been completed.

2013 Community Preservation Act Funding

Town residents at the Annual Town Meeting on May 8, 2012 approved the expenditure of $50,000 of CPA monies for the repair and upgrade of Storrs House.
 A new cedar shingle roof as well as a new air conditioning and heating system were installed in November 2012 as part of this CPA project.

Past Events

Ghosts in the Graveyard
The Longmeadow Historical Society held its annual treat for both children and adults- Ghosts in the Graveyard on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Longmeadow Cemetery.  It was a great success, with eight educational ghosts entertaining hundreds of visitors on a beautiful fall evening.  See our Facebook page for photos of this event.

Long Meddowe Days 2017
This annual event took place on May 20-21, 2017 on the Longmeadow Town Green.  The event featured period crafters, architectural tours, Storrs House Museum tours, cemetery tours, and a visit from Abraham Lincoln in addition to the many regional modern crafters, artists and food venders, community booths and entertainment.  Storrs House was open to visitors on both Saturday and Sunday and over 200 people visited and viewed the recently updated exhibits.

Storrs Library Exhibit
The Longmeadow Historical Society sponsored an exhibit of old Longmeadow maps and photographs entitled Longmeadow- A Small Town Becomes a Suburb in the Betty Low Room at Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, MA. during the month of May 2015.

In addition to a series of five maps covering the period from 1831 through 1920 there was a collection of old photographs on display- some of which were taken by Paesiello Emerson during the 1900 - 1925 time period and donated to the Longmeadow Historical Society. The late 19th century through the early 20th century was a dramatic period of change for Longmeadow including its separation from what is known as East Longmeadow.

Architectural Walking Tour
The Longmeadow Historical Society conducted an exterior Architectural Walking Tour of 18th and 19th century homes with a variety of architectural styles located around the Longmeadow Town Green on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Interested people met at the First Church of Christ (763 Longmeadow Street) at 1 PM where a brief history of the First Church buildings was presented.

Following that there was an exterior walking tour of The Old Parsonage (1857) at 777 Longmeadow Street and The Old Red House (1734) at 787 Longmeadow Street (the building that is on the Longmeadow town seal). The tour continued traveling south to the Jonathan Hale House at 873 Longmeadow Street (1756), the Stephen Hale House (1831) at 891/893 Longmeadow Street and the Bliss/Keep House (1713) at 909 Longmeadow Street.  From there the tour crossed Longmeadow Street to the Downing House (1850’s) at 826 Longmeadow Street (1850's) and the Daniel Colton House (1829) at 788 Longmeadow Street. 

The tour then concluded in the Buxton Room at First Church for some light refreshments.   This event was FREE and open to the public.

2014 LHS Annual Meeting
The Longmeadow Historical Society held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Williams Middle School, Longmeadow, MA. 

In addition to the usual business, the meeting included presentation of a gift of appreciation to
Ms. Linda Abrams and Mr. Crawford Lincoln for their many years of dedicated work as they both retire from active roles.  There was also election of new officers and addition of one new member to the Board of Directors.

John Demos- Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University was the guest speaker who spoke to a large audience of 150- 200 people about his book The Unredeemed Captive which won the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Long Meddowe Days 2014
This annual event took place on May 17-18, 2014 on the Longmeadow Town Green.  Storrs House was open to visitors on both Saturday and Sunday and over 200 people visited and viewed the recently updated exhibits.

Storrs Library Exhibit
The Longmeadow Historical Society sponsored an exhibit at Storrs Library entitled Through the Lens- Longmeadow 100 Years Ago during the month of May 2014. During this exhibit a series of Emerson photos were displayed.  There was a Community Reception on May 12 at Storrs Library with invited speaker Bill Fournier speaking about vintage cameras and photography. Plans are in place to have permanent displays of some of these photos at Storrs Library, Longmeadow Adult Center and Longmeadow High School.

 

Longmeadow Historical Society

697 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
(413) 567-3600
LongmeadowHS@gmail.com


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