Agawam Historical Association

Agawam Historical Association The Agawam Historical Association operates the Thomas Smith house (c1757) and the Agawam Historical & Fire House Museum.
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The Agawam Historical Association operates the Thomas Smith house (c1757) at 251 North West Street in Feeding Hills and the Agawam Historical & Fire House Museum at 35 Elm Street. The Association hosts speakers on a variety of topics and has events throughout the year including our Annual Banquet. All Association meetings are open to the public. We welcome any people interested in joining, you do not have to be a resident of Agawam. Your dues and your active involvement are urgently needed in our efforts to preserve Agawam’s past for future generations. We thank you for your interest and look forward to your visit.

Mission: The Agawam Historical Association is a private, non-profit organization working to preserve historic materials, documents, and landmarks pertaining to the Town of Agawam and to provide educational opportunities concerning Agawam’s history.

11/13/2019

Thomas Smith House
Open House, Nov. 9, 2019
Video courtesy of Will Clark.

For members of the Agawam Historical Association, we will be having our annual Pot Luck and Show & Tell night on January...
01/16/2019

For members of the Agawam Historical Association, we will be having our annual Pot Luck and Show & Tell night on January 23, 2019, at 6pm at the Cpt. Leonard House. This is a member's only event and is one of our best-attended events. So pull out those favored recipes, dust off your antiques and come join us for a night of food and fun!

10/24/2018

The Agawam Historical Association will be hosting their member meeting on Wednesday, October 24th at the Captain Leonard House at 7:00 pm. Carol Martin will be presenting the history of the Westfield Whip Factory. Carol is a member of the founding family, and the factory still makes whips to this day.
The public is welcome, and encouraged to join the Association.

Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm at the Cpt Leonard House on Main St, Agawam, the Agawam Historical Association will be ha...
10/17/2017

Wednesday, October 18th at 7pm at the Cpt Leonard House on Main St, Agawam, the Agawam Historical Association will be having our next meeting. Our speaker for the evening will be Mr. Stan Svec and he will be speaking to us about King Philip's War and the burning of Springfield. If you don't know who King Philip was, or your do and you just enjoy history, be sure to join us for what will be a fascinating evening! The meeting is free and we invite the entire town to come and enjoy some light refreshments with us!

Our annual tractor show has been greatly enjoyed and our next one is right around the corner! Be sure to bring the famil...
08/24/2017

Our annual tractor show has been greatly enjoyed and our next one is right around the corner! Be sure to bring the family by! If you have a tractor, farm implement, or antique truck, we'd love to have you exhibit.

06/27/2017

We had a wonderful day at the museum this past Sunday. A thoughtful resident stopped by and donated items she found (c. 1909) while cleaning out her attic. Wondering what they are? We'll be open again on September 10th. Come satisfy your curiosity!

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open this Sunday, June 25 from 1-4pm.  Limited time remaining to view...
06/20/2017

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open this Sunday, June 25 from 1-4pm. Limited time remaining to view our special exhibit celebrating 100 years of the Eastern States Exposition. Hope to see you there!

Whenever I think of museums, old books, and other historical items, I picture people in white gloves. But that might soo...
05/21/2017
The Myth of Wearing White Gloves

Whenever I think of museums, old books, and other historical items, I picture people in white gloves. But that might soon be a thing of the past...this is an excellent read for anyone, not just museum curators.
https://blog.eogn.com/2017/01/09/the-myth-of-wearing-white-gloves/#more-16681

Archivists and curators have long required the use of white cotton gloves for handling very old paper or old books, when the paper is brittle and threatens to crumble. In fact, on one episodes of t…

05/14/2017

What a fantastic opening day at the museum! The Connecticut Valley Regional Club of the Antique Automobile Club of America was among the visitors on this beautiful spring day. The museum will be open again on Memorial Day, May 29th from noon-3:00pm. Stop by for a visit!

Saturday morning is the first Dash for the Past 5K Race at School St Park! We have almost 40 racers! Be sure to stop by ...
04/29/2017

Saturday morning is the first Dash for the Past 5K Race at School St Park! We have almost 40 racers! Be sure to stop by and cheer the racers on. Race starts at 10am. We'll have popcorn, waterbottles, and baked goods for sale too. Come support the AHA and our runners!

Here's a little piece of Agawam history that you don't see everyday!
04/12/2017

Here's a little piece of Agawam history that you don't see everyday!

Everyone is invited to attend our March Meeting. It will be Thursday, March 16th at 7pm at the Captain Charles Leonard H...
03/14/2017

Everyone is invited to attend our March Meeting. It will be Thursday, March 16th at 7pm at the Captain Charles Leonard House on Main St. Our speaker will be Jacqueline T. Lynch, Author of “The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts: A Northern Factory Town’s Perspective on the Civil War.”
The Ames Company played an important role as an arms manufacturer during the American Civil War and the Northern Civil War experience in the small, but dynamic, universe of a factory town.
This meeting is free and open to the public.
(Please note that this meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th but due to the weather it has been pushed up a day!)

I hope all of our members are ready for food and antiques! Because it's that time of year for our Pot Luck Dinner! Bring...
01/18/2017

I hope all of our members are ready for food and antiques! Because it's that time of year for our Pot Luck Dinner! Bring your favorite dish and treasured heirloom or antique to the Cpt. Leonard House on Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm. (All members should receive a phone call to coordinate the incoming food). This is always our most attended event so don't miss out!

One reason I personally enjoy being a part of the Agawam Historical Association is all that I learn about our town that ...
01/09/2017

One reason I personally enjoy being a part of the Agawam Historical Association is all that I learn about our town that I wouldn't learn otherwise. People often ask us questions that I don't know the answer to. One person recently asked about a picture of a school that was in town that was before my time. It's amazing what you can learn from a simple picture. Who remembers, or attended the Faolin Pierce School that was on Springfield Street? (The picture comes from Edith LaFrancis' book: Agawam Massachusetts, A Town History.

10/09/2016

The Second Annual Tractor Show, sponsored by E. Cecchi Farms was an overwhelming success! Many thanks to the exhibitors, visitors, volunteers and especially the Cecchi family.

Come join the Agawam Historical Association and the Agawam Public Library as they present the Gravestone Girls on Monday...
09/15/2016

Come join the Agawam Historical Association and the Agawam Public Library as they present the Gravestone Girls on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30pm!

09/09/2016

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum celebrates the Centennial of the Eastern States Exposition with a special exhibit. Noreen Tassanari, Marketing Director of the ESE, stopped by for a visit. She is pictured here with David Cecchi and part of his vast collection of memorabilia. WesternMass News reporter, Mary Cate Mannion also stopped by. Please join us on Sunday, September 11th from 1:00-4:00 pm. You'll be glad you did!

We have a wonderful announcement to make! Last year's Tractor Show was such a success, E. Cecchi Farms has decided to do...
08/15/2016

We have a wonderful announcement to make! Last year's Tractor Show was such a success, E. Cecchi Farms has decided to do it again! So be sure to mark your calendars early and come attend a family fun event!

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open this afternoon (Sunday) from 1-4pm.  Make sure you stop in to se...
06/26/2016

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open this afternoon (Sunday) from 1-4pm. Make sure you stop in to see the new exhibit on the Eastern States! Even Western Mass News will be coming to see it today!

06/19/2016

Looking for something fun and educational to do next Sunday? The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open from 1:00-4:00. This year, we are featuring a special exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Eastern States Exposition. Come take a stroll down memory lane. June 26th, 35 Elm Street.

06/11/2016

Our Banquet in May meant election night for officers. This year, along with several new board members, we welcome a new president! She would like to share a few words with everyone:

Dear Members:

I am very pleased to be the next president of the Agawam Historical Association and to follow in the footsteps of Marilyn Curry. She has been a dedicated and faithful leader and I am sure I will seek her counsel often.

I grew up in Granville and went to high school in Southwick. I received my BA from Saint Michael’s College and my MBA from UMass Boston. I am currently a Commercial Credit Analyst at Freedom Credit Union and have been a resident of Agawam for sixteen years. I am married to my husband Mike and we have two beautiful cats, Casey & Nicky.

I started my relationship with the AHA as a member after attending the annual banquet as a guest of Grace Tilden about six years ago. I worked on the Native American exhibit for the Firehouse Museum and volunteered at the Thomas Smith House. I plan to continue working at both locations. With the help of the board members, I hope I can bring the Association forward to provide fundraising programs such as the 5K race in 2017, spearheaded by Grace Tilden, to reduce the loan on the Thomas Smith House.

With the assistance of the membership, I plan to continue to organize activities for both the Firehouse Museum and Thomas Smith House. Also I look forward to finding ways to increase our membership to ensure the growth and sustainability of the Association. I hope we can work together as a group toward these
goals.

Thank you,

Sue Scantlen

AHA President

The museum will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th from 12:00-3:00.  Stop by after the parade and ceremony at Vet...
05/24/2016

The museum will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th from 12:00-3:00. Stop by after the parade and ceremony at Veteran's Green.

05/17/2016

Spring is already flying by! And with spring comes our Annual Meeting and Banquet Dinner! All members should have received notification and bought their dinner tickets by now. As a reminder the dinner is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th at St. Anne Country Club in Feeding Hills. Dinner is at 6pm, followed by our yearly elections and business meeting and then our guest speaker: Mr. Wayne Phaneuf will be speaking to us about the Civil War and it's impact. This is always a wonderful evening with great food, socializing and history. Not to mention the importance of the nights elections. We hope to see all of our member's there!

Here's a few pictures from our joint meeting with the Ramapogue Historical Society on March 16. Mr. Elliot Levy presente...
04/01/2016

Here's a few pictures from our joint meeting with the Ramapogue Historical Society on March 16. Mr. Elliot Levy presented us with a fascinating look at the the Battle of Gettysburg and the important roll that that the 9th Mass Light Artillery played in it.

Just because the museum is closed for the season, it does not mean that we are not busy.  A new exhibit celebrating the ...
02/15/2016

Just because the museum is closed for the season, it does not mean that we are not busy. A new exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Eastern States Exhibition is in the works. If you have any items of interest that you would like to include in this special exhibit, please call 786-3031. (Photo courtesy of ESE)
The museum will reopen on Sunday, April 24 from 1:00-4:00.

This is one of the antiques I'll be bringing to the Pot Luck Dinner and Show & Tell this year. Anyone want to hazard a g...
01/11/2016

This is one of the antiques I'll be bringing to the Pot Luck Dinner and Show & Tell this year. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what it is (a hint: it is not a medieval torture device!)?

It seems a bit quiet around here so it must be time for a Fun Fact of the Day!  As we all know, our town's name is Agawa...
12/04/2015
Massachusetts Indian Tribes - Access Genealogy

It seems a bit quiet around here so it must be time for a Fun Fact of the Day!
As we all know, our town's name is Agawam. A good solid Indian/Native American name! And if we were to take a poll on where the name came from, 75% of the town would probably answer, it's Mawaga, the name of the Indians who lived in this area, spelled backwards! And although it's true that Agawam backwards is Mawaga, the other half of that statement is not true. So where does the name Agawam come from?
The most detailed history book on Agawam is by Edith LaFrancis. And this is what the paragraph about the name says:
"Indians obviously did not name towns, they named areas and contours of land. Thus the above described land was Agawam. The word comes from two Algonquin words, "Aggu," low land: and "wame," meaning wholly low or all surrounded by higher ground.
The descendants of people who had been living here for a thousand years, these Agawam Indians were Algonquins and a branch of the Pocumtucks at Deerfield. Their tribal territory extended into Enfield, Suffield, Granby, Hartland (Connecticut), and Southwick, with the two chief villages in Agawam and at Congamond Lakes in Southwick. On the east it extended to the Nipmuck country and on the west to the disputed land."
There's a whole chapter on the Indians in the book, and this website I found interesting and it confirms what the book says. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/massachusetts-indian-tribes.htm

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Food is cooking and music is playing!
10/23/2015

Food is cooking and music is playing!

Last minute reminder about the big meeting tonight! Don't forget to remember to come!
10/21/2015

Last minute reminder about the big meeting tonight! Don't forget to remember to come!

Upcoming events: The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open for the last time this year on Sunday, October 18, from 1-4pm. We also have a big meeting for all Association members on Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm at the Captain Leonard House on Main St. If you've wanted to be more active in the group, this is the meeting to attend. I hope to see every one of our members there! Plus David Cecchi will be our guest speaker for the evening (and there will be refreshments!). And to finish off the year, we have our Stone Soup and Serenade on Friday, October 23rd, from 6-8pm. It's always a winner so don't miss out!

On behalf of the Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum, I would like to the thank the many visitors who came to view ou...
10/19/2015
Agawam Historical Assocation

On behalf of the Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum, I would like to the thank the many visitors who came to view our wonderful Riverside Park exhibit. Many had fond memories of the park and were eager to share them. We also received an eclectic collection of memorabilia from the public to use in the exhibit. Special thanks to David Cecchi for sharing his personal collection as well as for being present on occasion to speak with visitors. Thanks also to the volunteers who staffed the museum whenever we were open.

We are now closed for the season and will spend the upcoming months preparing new exhibits. Among them will be an exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Eastern States Exposition. This is sure to be a trip down memory lane for so many of us.

I would also like to thank the Agawam Advertiser News, especially Teri Machia, for their help in spreading the word about the museum.

We will reopen in April 2016. In the meantime, you can follow us on Facebook or online at: www.agawamhistoricalassoc.webs.com

Thank you,
Anne Liptak
Archivist

Upcoming events: The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open for the last time this year on Sunday, October ...
10/14/2015

Upcoming events: The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open for the last time this year on Sunday, October 18, from 1-4pm. We also have a big meeting for all Association members on Wednesday, October 21 at 7pm at the Captain Leonard House on Main St. If you've wanted to be more active in the group, this is the meeting to attend. I hope to see every one of our members there! Plus David Cecchi will be our guest speaker for the evening (and there will be refreshments!). And to finish off the year, we have our Stone Soup and Serenade on Friday, October 23rd, from 6-8pm. It's always a winner so don't miss out!

Agawam Historical Association
10/14/2015

Agawam Historical Association

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open on Sunday, October 18th from 1-4pm. Be sure to stop in! Our Riverside Exhibit will be closing after that day as we prepare for a new exhibit!

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open on Sunday, October 18th from 1-4pm. Be sure to stop in! Our Rive...
10/03/2015

The Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum will be open on Sunday, October 18th from 1-4pm. Be sure to stop in! Our Riverside Exhibit will be closing after that day as we prepare for a new exhibit!

09/21/2015

AGAWAM HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR 2ND
“SCARY STORY”
WRITING CONTEST

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT…..

Once again the Agawam Historical Association will sponsor a “ Scary Story” writing contest.
Get your creative juices flowing to create a story of no more than 4 pages, typed and double spaced, and set in the 1700’s at the historic Thomas Smith House.
The contest is open to 3rd through 6th graders, with prizes going to the best story in each grade. Each story must start with “It was a dark and stormy night…” and or end with “…. And they were never seen again.”
Submit stories between September 21st and October 9th in the red box at the Agawam Public Library. On a separate page, but attached to the story, include the author’s name, grade, school, phone number and parent’s email address.

Winners will be notified by October 16th. The winning stories will be read at the “Star, Serenade and Stone Soup” Candlelight Evening at the Thomas Smith House, 251 North West St. on Friday evening October 23rd from 6-8 P.M.

In cooperation with the Agawam School Department, contest rules will be available to all students in grades 3 through 6 in their respective schools.

For information about Agawam/Feeding Hills history or the Thomas Smith House please visit the Agawam Public Library or speak with a member of the Historical Association.
Please e-mail questions to [email protected]

Congrats to Christina Litchfield for her 1st place apple pie! We had a great turn out Saturday! It was wonderful to see ...
09/13/2015

Congrats to Christina Litchfield for her 1st place apple pie! We had a great turn out Saturday! It was wonderful to see so many new faces stop by the Thomas Smith House. Stay tuned for our next event in October!

Alright pie bakers, I hope everyone who is going to compete in our Apple Pie Contest has registered by now! The competit...
09/08/2015

Alright pie bakers, I hope everyone who is going to compete in our Apple Pie Contest has registered by now! The competition is this Saturday and I think it'll be a hefty battle this year! So everyone rev up those ovens and prepare your best! And remember that we're also having a bake sale that day (there will be a large variety!) so everyone in, and out of, town should stop in to support the AHA. And of course the Thomas Smith House will be open for visitors!

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