Hilltown Families

Learning about our local history through the lens of silk can help shed some light on understanding our regions industrial past, how local architecture relates to this past, and help us...

The Western Mass region has such an incredibly rich fabric and textile heritage. To take a trip along the fabric road reveals so much of the identity of the area. This...

Families can explore local connections to important moments in national history by participating in walking tours of Florence, offered by the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee. Held monthly, tours weave stories...

Centuries-old trash has become treasure at Historic Northampton, where the Digging Northampton's History will uncover artifacts from 1700's Northampton. Opportunities for learning about 18th century life, material culture, and archaeology...

Hilltown Families' Founder & Executive Director, Sienna Wildfield, joins Mass Appeal host, Ashley Kohl, to talk about ways to engage in your community while supporting the interests and education of...

Use music as a lens for learning about history - Lloyd Miller (of The Deedle Deedle Dees fame) has just released a new Civil War-themed album filled with traditional and original...

In the early spring, New England history and culture come alive with the arrival of newborn lambs and the shearing of sheep for the production of wool. The wool industry has...

Join the Plainfield Historical Society for five walks and talks exploring and interpreting our forested historical landscape this spring and summer, with the first one taking place this Saturday!

A part of cultures around the world for thousands of years, pottery is fascinating - both as an art form and as an entry point for studying history. Utilizing local resources,...

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and are essentially invaluable in studies of history! Families can take advantage of a local exhibit and online archives in order to use the power...

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...

Clark Art Institute's Machine Age Modernism exhibition explores groundbreaking printmaking and offers community-based learning opportunity on art history. Exhibition opens February 28, 2015 in Williamstown, MA.

Tying local history with important national and international events, the Springfield Armory provides visitors with a glimpse into the history of military arms manufacturing and the history of the industrial revolution....

Remembering the "lost towns," villages and hamlets that gave way to the Quabbin Reservoir, a new exhibit allows us to imagine what the daily lives of people in these towns...

Westfield State University will celebrate Black History Month by hosting a month-long celebration of events ranging from poetry performances, panel discussions, and interactive experiences.

Ice harvesting is an industry of the past, and one whose roots lie only in cold climates - like western Massachusetts! Done both as a necessity in early New England and...

Western Mass is home to an incredible array of community-based resources that offer a diversity of embedded learning opportunities. From historical societies to libraries, trails to art galleries, there are numerous...

Next week, the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 19th, 2015, presents families with a three-day weekend. Instead of spending your extra day off sleeping in and...

A new exhibit at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History traces the journey of Big Y Supermarkets from a small neighborhood grocery store to one of the largest...

The Pioneer Valley has a long and rich history, and clues to life in the past are everywhere - as long as we know where to look! Using online resources...

After all of the partridges in trees have been delivered and the lords have ceased their leaping, the lucky gift recipient in the carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has received...

The Lost Art of Cursive... new exhibit debuts at Hatfield Fall Festival this weekend. Visit the exhibit and learn interesting historical facts and the art of cursive writing, and check out...

Rich with community history, cemeteries across western Massachusetts offer families a variety of rich learning experiences this fall. From gravestone rubbings to tours of historic burying grounds, there are many...

Combining fact with artistic interpretation, living history creates learning opportunities that highlight not only important people and events, but also the sights, sounds, and general feel of a historic era....

The Berkshires are a gateway to a treasure trove of history and culture. The landscape is rippled with fingerprints and beauty from another age. The Housatonic Heritage Walks are a perfect...

The Clark Institute nailed it with a stunning exhibit, recently opened, "Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution." In celebration of this, they are hosting an film series that puts...

Western Mass has a strong bond to the fall season, through the seasonal foods we produce and the dynamic beauty that comes with the leaves changing color. At Historic Deerfield, all...

If you look closely at our local landscape here in western MA, there is almost always a hidden story that tells the historical tale of life long ago. One such story...

Western MA has always had a great attitude towards the preservation of history and amplifying the many events and stories of the state's rich historical past. Historical societies and museums are...

Remember the French movie "Amelie," when Amelie finds the hidden box containing a boy's memories behind the wall in her bathroom? Something similar happened in Hingham, MA, in 2008, except it...