Thursday, December 3, 2009

Creating Holyoke: Voices of a Community

Creating Holyoke: Voices of a Community Documentary Premiere

Thursday December 10, 8 pm at Barnes & Noble in Holyoke!

You are invited to see the Creating Holyoke: Voices of a Community documentary in its first public showing!

Once considered the Paper Capital of the World, and home to premier cotton and silk mills, the history of Holyoke, Massachusetts offers a microcosm of American industrial development. Founded in 1848 as one of the nation's first planned industrial cities, Holyoke attracted successive waves of Irish, French Canadian, German, Polish, Jewish, and Italian immigrants who worked in the mills, established small businesses, raised their families, and created communities defined largely by ethnic and religious affiliation. However, by the mid-twentieth century, Holyoke, like so many American cities, found its industrial base rapidly disappearing. In the 1960s the most recent wave of people began re-creating Holyoke. Puerto Rican migrant farm workers, attracted by jobs in Western Massachusetts, began settling in old tenement houses once inhabited by earlier immigrant groups.

Join us as we tour Holyoke and learn how it has re-created itself throughout its rich history!

This documentary was funded in by The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nan and Matilda Heydt Fund, the City of Holyoke and WGBY.

The show looks amazing and we could not be more thrilled to invite you to attend!

Please pass on to anyone you think would be interested!

Kate Thibodeau
Holyoke City Historian

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