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Remember the days when music was only available on vinyl. Nowadays, used record stores are a vanishing subculture and understanding why they are disappearing can offer a unique opportunity for older students to learn about culture, economics and history. Check out this screening of “I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store” at Historic Northampton for a tour-de-force tale of greed, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, downloading, and technological shifts in the music industry told through candid interviews, crestfallen record store owners, startling statistics, and eye-popping animation…

Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center features two contemporary art exhibits this month by local western Massachusetts artists. Each artists draws on Northampton and its history for inspiration. The exhibit and can lead patrons their own comparisons between the stitching samplers of the 19th century and these contemporary iterations of documentation and demonstration – and should consider the ways in which we each carry out the work of documentation and demonstration in our own lives…

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