Historic Northampton is closed for renovation January - June 2019.
Historic Northampton will renovate its programming & exhibition space to create a multi-use room with museum-quality cases, stunning exhibitions and an engaging play space.
The museum will reopen in late June 2019 with a new exhibition, Making It on Main Street.
A group shot kept by Dr. Starbuck in a personal photo album shows gay and lesbian couples holding hands outside the Big House, Middlefield, MA, circa 1930.
Stories of Our LGBTQ Ancestors:
Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens and the Big House
A presentation by the Sexual Minorities Archives
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7 pm
Flex Space, 33 Hawley Street
The Sexual Minorities Archives of Holyoke will present a new history talk about Dr. Amber Starbuck and Mabel Stevens of Middlefield. The two women were an out lesbian couple who ran a wellness resort called the Big House in Middlefield from the 1920s to 1960s.
Co-sponsored by Historic Northampton in partnership with the Northampton Center for the Arts
Stories of Bicycling History and Activism
A Public Talk by Lorenz J. Finison
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
33 Hawley Street, Northampton (Lower Level)
Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways (FNTG) and Historic Northampton invite you to a presentation by Lorenz Finison.
In the late 1800’s, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially. By 1900, the bicycling craze faded. Within the next few decades, automobiles became commonplace and roads were refashioned to serve cars first. Bicycling then experienced a renaissance in the 1970s as concerns over physical and environmental health coalesced.
Finison traces the activities of cycling environmental and social justice activists, and features topics of racing, touring, commuting, rails-to-trails, and how this history shapes our lives. His talk will introduce for the first time the Pedal Against Pollution of 1972 as it passed through Northampton, and the ill-fated Tour de Trump stage race which rolled through Northampton in 1990.
Firefighters of Northampton: Present Day Firefighting & Book Release by Peter Norman
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7 pm
Northampton Fire Station, 26 Carlon Drive
What does the Northampton Fire Rescue do? What do modern firefighters do? And how do they do it?
Three Northampton firefighters—Tim McQuestion, Natalie Stollmeyer and Daryl Springman —will address these questions.
Local author and photographer Peter Norman will introduce his new book Northampton Fire Rescue and show some of the photographs he took of the firefighters at work.
Back By Popular Demand
Exploring Northampton Series:
Big Trees of Look Park with Bob Leverett
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 10 am to 1 pm
Noted big tree hunter and expert Bob Leverett will lead participants on a 3-hour guided walk of notable trees found in and around Look Park. In addition to pointing out individual trees, Bob will share information about the species’ life history and ecology and also include information about the park’s history and earlier uses.
Registration limited to 20.
$8 members and donors | $12 non-members
Changes Afoot for 2019