Friday, February 27, 2015

Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley

Were your ancestors immigrants? Are you finding a need to better understand the immigrant experience in Western Massachusetts? Wistariahurst Museum has lined up a series of historical lectures to examine carious immigrant communities in the Pioneer valley and to better understand the cultural enrichments these folks brought with them. 

Join us on Monday evenings in the carriage house, promptly at 6:00 p.m. from March 9 through May 11 as we listen and learn from historians, educators, museum professionals and writers. Admission is $7 general/ $5 members

Monday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m. – Introduction to Immigrant Communities in Western Massachusetts Our lecture series will kick off with an overview of various immigrant communities by executive editor of the Republican, Wayne Phaneuf and local author Joseph Carvallo, III. Their collaborative work has brought the publication of several in depth books on local immigrant communities. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. –Paddy on the Railway: Irish Laborers and the Building of the Great Western Railroad Dennis Picard tells the story of the challenges of building the Western Railroad of Massachusetts linking the Boston & Worcester Railroad to the New York state line. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. –Poles in the Land of the Puritans
Reba-Jean Shaw Pichette Admission $7 general / $5 members 

Monday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. –The Polish Community in Chicopee
Chicopee Historian Stephen Jendrysik will tell the story of an immigrant entrepreneurial class and its’ impact on the business, political and social history of a small New England City. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, April 6 at 6:00 p.m. –The Earliest Origins of African-American Families of Western Massachusetts: 1650-1865 Joe Carvallo III will present the history of African Americans in Western Massachusetts from the earliest days of colonial slavery to the civil war. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. –Our Stories: The Jews of Western Massachusetts
Jane Kaufman will read excerpts from her book and describe her research process highlighting Holyoke residents and featuring the stained glass works at Congregation Sons of Zion. Admission $7 general / $5 members 

Monday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m. –Polish Center of Discovery and Learning Collections
Stas Radosz will be speaking about the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning and how it seeks out and safeguards materials which illustrate the history and the lives of ordinary Polish immigrants and their children. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. –Meet Miss Anne Harding, French-Canadian Boarding House Operator History comes alive as Elizabeth Wood portrays Mrs. Anne Harding, owner of a boarding house in Holyoke, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. Admission $7 general / $5 members

Monday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. –Puerto Ricans: The Search for Prosperity in the Paper City
Like many immigrating groups, migrating Puerto Ricans came to Holyoke searching for prosperity. Unfortunately, the manufacturing industries were beginning to head south and overseas. Come hear Maria Salgado Cartagena share stories of a time of resistance and cultural celebration in Holyoke’s history. Admission $7 general / $5 members

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