Monday, June 30, 2008

UMASS Public History program and South Hadley


I can forward your email to the South Hadley Historical Commission, the South Hadley Historic District Study Committee, and to the South Hadley Historical Society. I have no doubt that South Hadley could propose an excellent “future preservation project” that would interest the UMASS Public History program.

Before I forward your email, can you provide guidelines about how South Hadley should propose a project? Would you want a written proposal first, or would you want a meeting first to discuss one or more project ideas? If you would want a written proposal, can you give me guidelines for a proposal? If the UMASS Public History program would want to meet with interested South Hadley residents first, when and where would be your preferences for such a meeting?

Bob Judge
Member, South Hadley Historical Society
From: Niki Lefebvre
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 3:10 PM
To: Bob Judge
Cc: Charles Johnson
Subject: Re: Invitation to view Hadley's Picasa Web Album - Hadley Barn Survey

Dear Mr. Judge and Mr. Johnson,

Thank you for your enthusiasm for our project! We did intentionally skip the Farm Museum because it is located in the center historic district. Per request of the historic commission we only documented three Hadley neighborhoods (Russelville, Plainville, and Hartsbrook), none of which is inside a historic district.

I would be thrilled to see another similar project in South Hadley. I passed along your email, Bob, to Marla Miller and David Glassberg. David will be teaching the Intro to Public History course this fall, which the perfect opportunity to get students involved. Have you heard from him?

I'm interested to hear more about your thoughts for South Hadley and future preservation projects.



PS - Thanks for spreading the word about the site!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Works Progress Administration


I got this email from a history listserv and I thought of you. Maybe you would be willing again to present the fine program that you presented to the S. Hadley Historical Society. If so, please feel free to contact Julie and/or Camille directly.

Bob Judge


When not at Forbes Library in Northampton, I am at the Holyoke Community College Library. A HCC colleague, Camille Close, is applying for a grant from the American Library Association to do programming and outreach to promote writers and artists from the WPA Federal Writer's Project. For details on the grant see:

We are wondering if anyone has or knows of anyone who has done any research on local WPA projects or artists and could do a program on this topic? Camille can be reached at or 552-2277.

Julie Bartlett

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Mill at Stoney Brook

Dear Ms. Cassinari:

Thank you for your email. A representative of the Society will soon respond to you further.


The South Hadley Historical Society

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From: "constance cassinari"
Subject: The Mill @ Stoney Brook
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 23:10:08 +0000

Recently, I joined your historical society & am most interested in old photos of the former paper mill on College St which is now a 29 unit condominium. The board or owners would be agreeble to purchase said photos to be exhibited in our common areas. Also, would the society be interested in a tour of the building or open house, showing off the wonders of this preserved mill?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Historic Oak Tree on Morgan Street

Dear Nancy/Lin,

Here is a picture of the plaque on the tree. I went up this weekend. It's still there, but pretty well hidden...

It says 'White Oak' (Latin name), 'Selected as South Hadley's Bicentennial Tree May 1976', and on the bottom it says 'determined to have been 1 foot in diameter in 1776'.

Pretty interesting.

Ben Haley

----- Original Message ----
----- Original Message -----
From: Ben Haley
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: 1776 TREE


Thanks a lot for looking at the tree. As of a year or two ago there was a metal sign on the tree trunk, sort of where the branches start, saying something about it being an 'Independence Tree'. I will try to find older photos I took of the tree that shows the sign.

I know next to nothing about the history of the tree, except that it was deemed historical in 1976, and the fact that any tree of that age (and it is obviously ancient) should be properly cared for. I think the College should take care of it regardless of whether it has a documented history or not... does that make sense? I'd be willing to write a letter as well to the College - to whom do you recommend I write?

Let's stay in touch!

Thanks for writing back,

Ben Haley

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Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 7:24:37 PM
Subject: Fw: 1776 TREE

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 6:53 PM
Subject: 1776 TREE

Hello Ben;
We are very involved with the South Hadley Historical Society and have an interest in the TREE you have described. Live not too far from the College.

We think we have found the tree you described but it is not across from the new dorm. It is on Morgan Street on the right going East (just before going up the hill) and next to a Fire Hydrant. It is also just in front of the College Maintenance Buildings. We just looked at this tree closely and it is grown in with brush and does have a large hole (5/6 Ft tall) in the bottom (road side) of it. There are no SIGNS, MARKINGS, PLACES ETC. on this tree at this time. We have the opinion that this tree is on College Property (more than six feet from the Street Edge).

We would be very interested in where you came up with the History. If you could perhaps give us some History on the tree we could talk to people at the College, to have it Cared For. I could clear the brush from around it but sealing up the hole is not in my range.

Thank You
Nancy & Lin Pickle (Curators)
South Hadley Historical Society

Ben Haley
date Mon, Jun 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM
subject Historic Oak Tree on Morgan Street

Hi there,

I am curious about the historic oak tree on Morgan Street, roughly opposite the new Mt Holyoke dorm. Has it ever been cared for? It has a plaque on it saying that it is our town's "Independence Tree" or words to that effect - that is, it was already fairly mature in 1776. I have written to both Mt Holyoke and to the town in the past about the tree, but no one has ever responded to me. It looks as though it is slowly dying, especially with the gaping hole in its trunk. Since it is such a massive tree and with such an interesting history, it seems terrible that it should be surrounded by scrub and not be kept up. Do you know who owns the land on which it sits? I'm guessing the college, but I'm not sure. Is there anything you can tell me about the tree? I'm interested in having it "saved" (that is, better taken care of). I've contacted a cultural landscape group about the tree and they're very interested in hearing more about it, so I wanted to check in and see what is known about the tree and whether any efforts have ever been made towards its upkeep. It's a shame that both Mt Holyoke and the town failed to respond to my messages (which were both sent more than one year ago).

We will be there in force, to show mother Hadley that we are surviving, despite the supposedly pool soil here!

From: Wayne Buckhout
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:20 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Re: FW: Invitation to Hadley's 350th anniversary celebration?

Hi Bob, I will send the application to you for the board and the community. Chief Shencker and his mighty team are putting the float used in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in the 350th for Hadley. The Legion is also marching. Looking for a strong contingent from the daughter town of Hadley.

Thanks, Wayne

Saturday, June 14, 2008



Our Curator, Lin Pickle, is the Society member who has seemed to me to the most interested in our dinosaur tracks. Lin and his wife Nancy (the Society Secretary) the museum much more often...They are often kind enough to arrange their schedules to meet someone at the museum who, like you, who has a special interest in something in our collection.

Bob Judge

P.S. Lin/Nancy:

I met Sarah on 6/9 at the Worcester history conference, information about which I assume you received through Sarah is working on an interesting project about western MA dinosaur tracks. I told her that the Society has some tracks, and a “dinosaur mural,” and she said she would be interested in seeing what we have.

Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 2:42 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Dino Tracks

Hello Bob,

I'm glad I got a chance to meet you at the conference on Monday. I'll be staying in Amherst during could easily make it down to see the museum on a Wednesday or Sunday. Will you be there?

All the best,

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