The Ashfield Historical Society will be open each Saturday from 10 AM to 12 Noon, June 6 to October 11, except on June 20, for tours of the museum and to purchase items from the museum store.
To do research, please call Grace Lesure, Curator, at 413-628-3900, for an appointment. We do not charge for research, but encourage donations to AHS to help maintain our collection. We encourage researchers to donate a hard copy of their documented work to our archives.
SPECIAL EXHIBITS AND EVENTS: This year we will feature a joint exhibit with Ashfield Needles and Threads. The exhibit, titled Textiles: Then and Now, will show what was and is being done in a variety of textile-related arts. One museum window will feature items from the past, while the other window will display works by current residents.
JUNE 20 — AHS will be closed, due to the many events celebrating the Town's 250th anniversary.
JULY 12 — OPEN HOUSE AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL from 1 to 5 PM, with a concert by the ASHFIELD COMMUNITY BAND, to honor the SANDERSON ACADEMY ALUMNI. All are welcome. We encourage donations.
JULY 19 — HOWES FAMILY REUNION with picnic on our schoolhouse grounds. If you are a Howes family descendant, contact Lewis Howes or Paul Allis for more information.
SEPTEMBER 29 — ANNUAL MEETING FOR ALL AHS MEMBERS AND GUESTS. See program below.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — We continue to need volunteers to help with the following: guides when the museum is open; exhibits and cataloging; planning of programs; fund raising; yard work; lawn mowing. We need anyone with carpentry skills to help build the accessibility ramp and do inside renovations at the schoolhouse. Please call Grace Lesure, curator, at 413-628-3900 to volunteer.
To save money on postage, we are using the spring newsletter to notify all members about the Ashfield Historical Society Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at St. John's Corner House. There will be a business meeting at 7 PM, followed by a program at 7:30.
This program will begin a series of conversations titled “New Ways of Looking at Ashfield's History.” The theme for this first program is “Our Migration Stories.” From where did each of us, or our ancestors, come? What is our individual heritage? Bring a treasured object, which embodies something important about you and your family heritage, and share your story with us.
In a series of programs over the fall and winter we will explore how each of its citizens, past and present, contributes, through heritage and experiences, to Ashfield history. We will explore the role of the Historical Society in preserving and displaying this heritage.
Join us to share and to listen as we explore the history of Ashfield through the diverse heritage of its citizens from the earliest settlers to the most recent ones. Please check our website for future programs.