Thursday, February 2, 2017

Local Author Derek Strahan Presents His New Book at Holyoke Public Library


Join us as Derek Strahan presents his recently released book “Lost Springfield” at the Holyoke Public Library on Monday, February 13 at 6pm.

At the end of the nineteenth century, the U.S. Armory opened in Springfield, spurring rapid growth. With that golden age of progress came iconic buildings and landmarks that are now lost to time. Railroads brought workers eager to fill Springfield’s factories and enterprises like Smith & Wesson, Merriam Webster and Indian Motorcycles. The Massasoit House Hotel, the Church of the Unity and the Daniel B. Wesson mansion once served as symbols of the city’s grandeur. Forest Park grew into an upscale residential neighborhood of Victorian mansions. Join local historian Derek Strahan as he returns Springfield to its former glory, examining the people, events and—most importantly—places that helped shape the City of Firsts.


Derek Strahan, 30, is a lifelong resident of Western Massachusetts. He grew up in Monson, where he first gained an appreciation for local history. After graduating from Westfield State University with degrees in English and Regional Planning, he moved to Springfield, where he lives with his wife Melissa and their son, Isaiah. He currently teaches English at The Master’s School in Simsbury, Connecticut.

While living in Springfield, the city’s many historic buildings of the past and present inspired Strahan to start his blog, Lost New England, which features then and now scenes of Springfield and many other cities and towns across the northeast. This book expands upon the work that Strahan started with his blog, taking an in-depth look at some of Springfield’s most historically significant places that no longer exist.

Through this book, he seeks to celebrate the city’s rich history while at the same time inspiring an appreciation for the historic landmarks that are still standing in Springfield.

The event is free and open to the public; copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event on Monday, February 13th.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact library@holyoke.org or 413-420-8101.


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