Tuesday, May 22, 2018
10 am - 12 noon
Exploring the Former Pasture of Northampton's Poor Farm
(aka Barrett Street Marsh Conservation Area)
Co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders will lead a walk of this 25-acre island of green, located just a ten-minute walk from downtown.
RSVP | $8 members | $12 non-members
Walk filled to capacity
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Teri O'Brien, Reading and Book Signing
While I Danced Alone with the Moon Across the Front Yard
While I Danced Alone with the Moon Across the Front Yard is Teri O’Brien’s new memoir of growing up in a large family in the small town of Haydenville in the 1950s and 60s. Teri weaves stories of her daily life and those of her rambunctious seven brothers and sisters as they roam the village making their own fun and sometimes seeing things they shouldn’t.
She recollects the telling details and notable quirks of the village personalities and relates the pleasures and anxieties of growing up in a financially pinched but loving family in a small New England town.
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 2 pm | Film Screening
The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator
A film by Stan Sherer
A film by Stan Sherer
Northampton's Masonic Block (sometimes referred to as the “Fitzwilly Building”) on Main Street, which opened in 1898, featured an ornate water-powered elevator, state-of-the-art engineering at the time. But it was more: the elevator and its chatty, cheery operators created a community of building's shops, offices, denizens and visitors. This came to an end in 2017, when the elevator was decommissioned. To preserve this fascinating bit of Northampton's history, documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer interviewed former operators and the repair service person who maintained it from the mid-1980s until the end. We learn how elevators work and why they matter, and what this one, and its operators, meant to the people and the City of Northampton.
Water powered elevator in use 1898-2017
in the Masonic Block at 25 Main Street, Northampton
Single Room Occupancy: Portraits & Stories of Northampton Lodging, 1976-2016
Curated by Cassandra Holden featuring portraits by photographer Paul Shoul
March 9 - June 10, 2018