Historic Northampton focuses on local history and the local community. We preserve objects and documents that illuminate the lives of past residents while creating structures through which contemporary residents can preserve and celebrate their own histories in ways that honor both tradition and change.
Through our programs, exhibits and public projects, Historic Northampton encourages ongoing conversations between past and present.
We create opportunities for our visitors, researchers and collaborators to engage with ideas that are often all the more powerful for being embodied in tangible objects: how previous generations presented themselves, how they worked, and what kind of a community they built.
Because civic identity grows out of the way we interpret and articulate our community's past, Historic Northampton is a critical institution in the city. While legally organized as a private non-profit corporation, we are deeply rooted in the community, charged with safeguarding, interpreting and articulating our common identity.
For more information about us, see the following:
J. Michael Moore speaking with guests at the launch of his book Images of America: Northampton State Hospital, co-authored with Anna Schuleit Haber
Carl Walter speaking with guests after his lecture on the Hampshire Hampden Canal, March 2015