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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 were like. It’s a great reflection on the power of connection in a community that turns up in the names given to villages and town. The very poignant exhibit: “What’s in a Name? Villages, Hamlets and Hollows of the Swift River Valley,” opens at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Feb 7th, offering primary source images that explores local history.

This weekend an exhibit of photographs of children from the Swift River Valley will be unveiled and celebrated in Turners Falls. Curated by the Swift River Valley Historical Society’s Elizabeth Pierce, “Children of the Swift River Valley” features early tintype photographs and carte-de-visites, as well as 20th century photographs taken not long before the community disappeared…

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