Genealogy & Local History

Presentation will take place in the museum theater. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Admission is free. We all have formed in our minds a picture of a perfect early New England Christmas. This image might include families decorating an evergreen tree, bedecking their houses with garlands, attending church services, giving gifts, and Santa Claus. It is amazing how many of us have these elements in our mental image of this festive time of the year. The reality of Christmas in early New England may be disappointing to some and unbelieveable to many, but the historical actuality of that celebration — or lack of celebration — of Christmas is a very interesting tale and one that blends the heritage and spirit of many cultures and many lands. Dennis Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for forty years. He began his career at Old Sturbridge Village and was on staff at Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter. Back when you could go out in Hatfield and find dancing and music several nights a week.

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But when it comes to dairy, things start to get complicated. The hardy few farms that have navigated the regulatory and financial challenges to processing milk on-farm represent just a sliver of the dairy industry in Massachusetts. For a host of historical and practical reasons, most of the dairy farms in the state sell their milk wholesale. These dairy farms have an enormous impact on land preservation, the agricultural economy, and everything else that a healthy agricultural system means for our community.

The problem for dairy farms is in the pricing. The wholesale price for raw milk is set at the federal level using a deeply complex system, based on how demand for a range of dairy commodities interacts with international supply, and decided by bidding at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and some federal price support programs. The price farmers receive for their milk is only tenuously connected to the price you pay for milk at the grocery store.

In recent years, wholesale prices for dairy have stagnated, creating a serious gap between the cost of milk production and the amount farmers are getting paid for their milk. Many dairy farmers run diversified businesses and have income streams from other agricultural products. Dairy farms, like all agricultural businesses, are seasonal in nature. The costs of production and the wholesale price do vary throughout the year, and when support programs are factored in, the picture from month to month can shift significantly.

So what can conscientious consumers do about all this? Wholesale dairy pricing does, even with its complicated mechanisms, reflect consumer demand, so we can all don our milk mustaches and drink more milk.

Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop

About five years ago, friends from New York City who had essentially used my house in Northampton, Mass. Once again, the Pioneer Valley was not merely a detour, but a destination, just as it had been in the 19th century, when Jenny Lind was so taken with the Northampton countryside that, according to local lore, she called it ”The Paradise of America. Today visitors come here to enjoy the pleasures of the Pioneer Valley towns of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties as much as the scenery of this Massachusetts section of the Connecticut River Valley in the foothills of the Berkshires.

Starting in the ‘s, a new wave of pioneers began to trickle into the Valley, founding many of the galleries, shops and restaurants that now line local streets. In Northampton alone there are more than 60 restaurants, and Thorne’s Market has some 50 boutiques in the 19th-century building that once housed McCallum’s Department Store.

The tradition, dating back to the late s and also celebrated at Smith College across the river, is a nod to how profoundly the landscape.

The Pioneer Valley is the colloquial and promotional name for the portion of the Connecticut River Valley that is in Massachusetts in the United States. The upper Pioneer Valley region includes the smaller cities of Northampton and Greenfield , the county seats of Hampshire and Franklin counties, respectively. Historically the northern part of the Valley was an agricultural region, known for growing Connecticut shade tobacco and other specialty crops like Hadley asparagus ; however, since the late 19th century its economy has become increasingly a knowledge economy , due to the prominence of the Five Colleges in Hampshire County.

Similarly the Springfield – Chicopee – Holyoke economies transformed from volume producers of goods such as paper and armaments , into a combination of specialized manufacturing and distribution services for Boston and New York. The Holyoke Range , Mount Tom Range , and numerous rolling hills, bluffs, and meadows feature extravagant homes from the Gilded Age , many of which surround New England’s longest and largest river, the Connecticut River , which flows through the region.

The Pioneer Valley is a popular, year-round tourist destination—a role that it has played historically, prior to its deindustrialization from approximately The region features alpine skiing at resorts such as Berkshire East and Blandford Ski Resort and seasonal festivals that draw millions of visitors, such as The Big E —all six New England states’ collective, annual state fair in West Springfield —and Bright Nights at Springfield’s Forest Park —an elaborate, high-tech lighting display during the holiday season.

The Pioneer Valley includes approximately half of the southern Connecticut River Valley —an ancient rift valley created by the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge during the Triassic and Jurassic periods of the Mesozoic Era.

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The dig was triggered by a construction project in the area. Because the roundabout project is government-funded, Leslie said, a study of its impacts will need to be completed. The transportation elements of the project will be federally and state-funded, 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively. After the archaeologists found evidence that people had lived there thousands of years ago, they did a more intensive dig.

During that time, archaeologists found several fire pits, which Leslie said are often associated with living spaces, indoors or outdoors.

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission and Economic Development District However the Valley, with its history of immigration dating back to the industrial mills.

Top Choice Museum in Springfield. It was Springfield where, in , a young Canadian physical education instructor called James Naismith first invented basketball. The game is celebrated at this state-of-the art museum. Though the emphasis at Top Choice Books in Pioneer Valley. This place promises ‘books you don’t need in a place you can’t find. Housed in a converted cedar gristmill from , the Bookmill’s maze of rooms are packed with This innovative museum is dedicated to the life and work of Springfield native Theodore Geisel, aka Dr Seuss.

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Sports Sports. McCrory Gymnasium. We had 21 points at the half and we should have had You turn the ball over that many times in a big game, it makes it tough. The Bruins , PVL got into a hole early after sloppy play on the offensive end that opened opportunities for the Falcons. He also nabbed six steals in the game.

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On this special family-friendly visit, revel in holiday traditions as we trace the history of Christmas celebrations in the two Dickinson households. Evocative decorations, seasonal music, and new objects on exhibit will delight your holiday senses during A Dickensian Christmas with the Dickinsons, and the words of Emily Dickinson and her family will bring their Christmas experiences to life. A Museum guide will serve as your host for this special holiday trip through the Homestead and The Evergreens.

Tickets can be purchased on the Museum website or by calling Several of the poets included in A Mighty Room will read from their work throughout the day, and the book will be available for purchase in the Museum store. All are welcome to this free event, and no reservations are required. No admission charge.

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