Chicopee Historical Society

Chicopee Historical Society Our mission to rediscover and preserve Chicopee's history.
Board members 2018-2019: Chet Kobierski, president Jacqueline Lynch, vice president Melissa Harms - secretary Cynthia Conklin - treasurer Brenda Maggi Nancy Kobierski Lori Jerusik Darryl Therrien Joseph Pasternak, Jr.
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03/24/2020

The Chicopee Historical Society must cancel its April speaker event due to the COVID-19 emergency. The PowerPoint presentation on early maps of Chicopee by Society president Chet Kobierski will be rescheduled for the autumn.

We expect at this point to be able to continue to hold our speaker event for Thursday, May 21st, with genealogist Dave Robison on the early families who settled Chicopee.

We're sorry we're going to miss you in April, but we hope to see everyone back in May, safe and well, for another interesting program on the history of Chicopee.

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...
03/18/2020

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...

Meet Eliza (Remington) (Sanderson) Mallory, Edward Bellamy's mother-in-law! In 1887, Mrs. Mallory was appointed the first police matron for the Springfield Police Department. According to state law, a police matron was required to attend to a woman who had been arrested until she was either released or sent to prison. At the time of her resignation in 1901, Mrs. Mallory had taken care of 2,185 women under arrest, 276 women who were detained, and 27 lodgers, as well as about 50 lost children per year. Born in 1836, she died in 1926 at the age of 89.

Our thanks to Jerre Hoffman for a fascinating talk last week on the local early auto industry!
03/16/2020

Our thanks to Jerre Hoffman for a fascinating talk last week on the local early auto industry!

Join us tonight for a talk by Mr. Jerre Hoffman, local automobile historian and docent for the Lyman and Merrie Woods Mu...
03/11/2020

Join us tonight for a talk by Mr. Jerre Hoffman, local automobile historian and docent for the Lyman and Merrie Woods Museum of Springfield History, who will give a PowerPoint presentation on the first gasoline-powered auto and the local early auto industry. He will also discuss the historical mysteries of set of photos of car manufacturing donated to the Historical Society. The event will be tonight, Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Chicopee Public Library.

Mr. Jerre Hoffman, local automobile historian and docent for the Lyman and Merrie Woods Museum of Springfield History wi...
03/09/2020

Mr. Jerre Hoffman, local automobile historian and docent for the Lyman and Merrie Woods Museum of Springfield History will give a PowerPoint presentation on the first gasoline-powered auto and the local early auto industry. He will also discuss the historical mysteries of set of photos of car manufacturing donated to the Historical Society. The event will be on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Chicopee Public Library. (Joseph Yargeau, whose family donated this photo, is second from the right in the dark shirt and overalls. Do you recognize anybody else?)

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...
03/05/2020

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...

In honor of Women's History Month, we're highlighting some of the women of the Bellamy family. First is Emma (Sanderson) Bellamy (1861-1956), Edward's wife. Following Edward's death in 1898, Emma not only raised their two children but also spent the rest of her life speaking and writing about her husband to ensure that his ideas were not forgotten. She corresponded with people around the world, and, in 1935, she even testified before Congress in support of the Lundeen Bill, which would have extended benefits to all workers.

Pictured here: Emma Bellamy with Representative Dunn and Senator Lundeen at the hearing in 1935.

Thank you to Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters, for a very interesting and enjoyable presentation as guest speaker for...
02/21/2020

Thank you to Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters, for a very interesting and enjoyable presentation as guest speaker for the Chicopee Historical Society on Wednesday, February 19th. Her talk included a retrospective of voting in Chicopee, the Commonwealth, and the nation, as well as all the many other activities conducted by her office, including the 2020 census. Ms. Surdyka brought along items from the archives, including early voter registration documents from the first women voters in Chicopee, as well as voters lists and juror information from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was an excellent event and we thank her for her delightful talk.

A reminder that tonight, the Chicopee Historical Society will feature guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters ...
02/19/2020

A reminder that tonight, the Chicopee Historical Society will feature guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters for the City of Chicopee. Ms. Surdyka will discuss the various duties of her office, touching upon the history of voter registration in Chicopee with some artifacts from the city hall archives as well, as we commemorate this year the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in all state and federal elections.

The talk will be held tonight, Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee.

02/18/2020

Tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Golf Channel will air “The Ball That Changed a Town,” a 30-minute documentary chronicling the 100-plus year history of the Callaway ball plant (formerly the Spalding facility) here in Chicopee, the long-standing employees who bring the facility to life, and the cutting-edge technologies that produce Chrome Soft golf balls, used by some of the best golfers in the world, including Phil Mickelson.
The documentary will air on the Golf Channel on Feb. 18 at 10:30 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. (Latest information is the broadcast times are Eastern Time and not Pacific Time) https://twitter.com/i/status/1229419443966496768

Guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters for the City of Chicopee will discuss the various duties of her office...
02/13/2020

Guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters for the City of Chicopee will discuss the various duties of her office, touching upon the history of voter registration in Chicopee and share some interesting artifacts from the past as well, as we commemorate this year the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in all state and federal elections.

Join us Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee!

The Chicopee Historical Society will feature guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters for the City of Chicopee....
02/06/2020

The Chicopee Historical Society will feature guest speaker Janina Surdyka, Registrar of Voters for the City of Chicopee. Ms. Surdyka will discuss the various duties of her office, touching upon the history of voter registration in Chicopee as well -- as we commemorate this year the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in all state and federal elections.

The talk will be held Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee.

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...
02/03/2020

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...

Among the local history-related items in our collections are the William A. Santos Fisk Records. While many of the photos show employees at work, there are some images from around the Fisk plant as well. Here are a few that relate to workplace safety.

An interesting history of the Dutch Elm Disease which decimated trees all over New England, including here in Chicopee. ...
01/14/2020
Dutch Elm Disease, the Nightmare on Elm Street - New England Historical Society

An interesting history of the Dutch Elm Disease which decimated trees all over New England, including here in Chicopee. The once prevalent tree is lauded in the name of the College of Our Lady of the Elms.

Dutch elm disease came to Connecticut in 1933, and it struck very deeply into the hearts of New Englanders who feared the extinction of their beloved elms.

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...
01/12/2020

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...

On this day in 1878...Edward Bellamy and his brother, Frederick (pictured here), arrived in San Franciso on their way to Hawaii. Both were taking a trip for their health. Although he didn't write much in his journal about what he personally saw and experienced, Edward was inspired two years later to publish the short story, "A Tale of the South Pacific."

01/03/2020
Edward Bellamy Memorial Association

From our friends at the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association...

We are still looking for one or two people who can help out with shoveling our sidewalk this winter. Please email or message us if you are interested in helping around the house.

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Chicopee Historical Society!  Here's an ad from 1954 inviting us to make our New Year's Eve part...
12/31/2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Chicopee Historical Society! Here's an ad from 1954 inviting us to make our New Year's Eve party reservations at the Red Barn...

This advertisement card from Noyes Marden, a jeweler on Exchange Street, depicts an ice castle in Montreal. Happy winter...
12/21/2019

This advertisement card from Noyes Marden, a jeweler on Exchange Street, depicts an ice castle in Montreal. Happy winter solstice! The ice castle might melt a little in the rising temperatures this weekend...

Thank you to our guests for coming to our first holiday party open to the public last night.  We had 1950s Christmas mus...
12/19/2019

Thank you to our guests for coming to our first holiday party open to the public last night. We had 1950s Christmas music, a fun slide show of photos and store ads from Chicopee and neighboring towns in the 1950s, and a great buffet that has left us all ten pound heavier.
Preserving our city history is only one part of our mission. The other is to celebrate a wonderful feeling of community. The holiday season reminds us of that spirit. Here's hoping for a great 2020 and keeping that community spirit alive all year long.

The Cabot Street firehouse was ready for Christmas - join us for a 1950s Chicopee Christmas tomorrow night.The Chicopee ...
12/17/2019

The Cabot Street firehouse was ready for Christmas - join us for a 1950s Chicopee Christmas tomorrow night.
The Chicopee Historical Society presents for a holiday party celebrating Christmas in the 1950s. We'll have refreshments, photos, and memories to share.
Did you attend a Uniroyal or Savage Arms children’s party? Were you in the school or church pageant? Where did you get your Christmas tree? Where did you shop? We’re celebrating the ghosts of Christmas Past and we hope you can join us.
A 1950s Chicopee Christmas will be at the Chicopee Public Library Community Room, 449 Front Street, Chicopee on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The event is free to the public. Make your reservations by emailing us at: [email protected]

SIX DAYS TO GO!  Have you reserved your spot at the 1950s Chicopee Christmas?Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a ...
12/12/2019

SIX DAYS TO GO! Have you reserved your spot at the 1950s Chicopee Christmas?
Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a holiday party at the Chicopee Library Community Room—Christmas in the 1950s, that is. We’ll have a buffet, music from that era, but more than that, we’ll have memories…photos, store ads, and images of Chicopee in the 1950s. We invite you to bring along your own photos from 1950s holiday seasons to share, or you’re welcome to submit them to us ahead of time and we’ll include them in our slide show.
Did you attend a Uniroyal or Savage Arms children’s party? Were you in the school or church pageant? Where did you get your Christmas tree? Where did you shop? We’re celebrating the ghosts of Christmas Past and we hope you can join us.
A 1950s Chicopee Christmas will be at the Chicopee Public Library Community Room, 449 Front Street, Chicopee on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The event is free to the public. Please reserve early, as space is limited. Make your reservations by emailing us at: [email protected], or by mail to:
Chicopee Historical Society
P.O. Box 115
Chicopee, MA 01014

Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a holiday party at the Chicopee Library Community Room—Christmas in the 1950s, ...
12/08/2019

Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a holiday party at the Chicopee Library Community Room—Christmas in the 1950s, that is. We’ll have a buffet, music from that era, and raffles of prizes as well as a 50-50 raffle,but more than that, we’ll have memories…photos, store ads, and images of Chicopee in the 1950s. We invite you to bring along your own photos from 1950s holiday seasons to share, or you’re welcome to submit them to us ahead of time and we’ll include them in our slide show.
We’re celebrating the ghosts of Christmas Past and we hope you can join us.
A 1950s Chicopee Christmas will be at the Chicopee Public Library Community Room, 449 Front Street, Chicopee on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Members are free to attend, but the cost for non-member guests is $5 per person. Please reserve early, as space is limited. Non-members may submit a check in advance, or may pay at the door. Make your reservations by emailing us at: [email protected], or by mail to:
Chicopee Historical Society
P.O. Box 115
Chicopee, MA 01014

12/07/2019
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Article on the Chicopee Historical Society in the Chicopee Register, November 28th edition. Dalton Zbierski interviews president Chet Kobierski and vice president Jacqueline T. Lynch - read the article here at the Chicopee Register website:http://www.turley.com/chicopeeregister/cr_archive/cr11.28.19.pdf

Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a holiday party at the Chicopee Library Community Room—Christmas in the 1950s, ...
12/02/2019

Join the Chicopee Historical Society for a holiday party at the Chicopee Library Community Room—Christmas in the 1950s, that is. We’ll have a buffet, music from that era, but more than that, we’ll have memories…photos, store ads, and images of Chicopee in the 1950s. We invite you to bring along your own photos from 1950s holiday seasons to share, or you’re welcome to submit them to us ahead of time and we’ll include them in our slide show.

Did you attend a Uniroyal or Savage Arms children’s party? Were you in the school or church pageant? Where did you get your Christmas tree? Where did you shop? We’re celebrating the ghosts of Christmas Past and we hope you can join us.

A 1950s Chicopee Christmas will be at the Chicopee Public Library Community Room, 449 Front Street, Chicopee on Wednesday, December 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is free to the public. Please reserve early, as space is limited. Make your reservations by emailing us at: [email protected], or by mail to:

Chicopee Historical Society
P.O. Box 115
Chicopee, MA 01014

Some 20-odd years after the Pilgrims landed in the New World, a family called Chapin began to settle in what is present-...
11/27/2019

Some 20-odd years after the Pilgrims landed in the New World, a family called Chapin began to settle in what is present-day Chicopee. The image below is from the 1723 Proclamation issued in New England. In 1746, a Chapin descendant, Deacon Edward Chapin, wrote in his diary on November 27th: "This day was celebrated a day of Thanksgiving through this Province, news of the remarkable & very terrible disappointment of the formidable French fleet which arrived & lay at Jebueta Ec." He refers to the news that had just reached the colony of the failure of the French fleet to retake Louisburg from the English on a disastrous expedition. Two years later, his Thanksgiving notation was much less climactic: "This day Province Thanksgiving. Cousin Eleazer married this evening." The following year in 1749, he remarks only: "Annual Thanksgiving." The Chicopee Historical Society wishes you an equally peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Many thanks to Lee Pouliot, Director of Planning & Development for presenting a fascinating and detailed look at the Cit...
11/22/2019

Many thanks to Lee Pouliot, Director of Planning & Development for presenting a fascinating and detailed look at the City Hall renovations at our event this past Tuesday. Here is only one example of the many photos he provided in a terrific PowerPoint slide show: a view of the ceiling exposed in the Auditorium.

Don't forget to join us tonight, November 19th - Lee Pouliot, Director of the Chicopee Planning and Development Departme...
11/19/2019

Don't forget to join us tonight, November 19th - Lee Pouliot, Director of the Chicopee Planning and Development Department, will speak about the City Hall renovation and some new findings that were discovered! - 6:30 p.m., Community Room, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street.

Join us at our next event on Tuesday, November 19th - Lee Pouliot, Director of the Chicopee Planning and Development Dep...
11/18/2019

Join us at our next event on Tuesday, November 19th - Lee Pouliot, Director of the Chicopee Planning and Development Department, will speak about the City Hall renovation, and some new findings that were discovered! - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 6:30 p.m., Community Room, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street.

We join with the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association in congratulating our former president as well, Stephen Jendrysik, ...
11/13/2019
Stephen Jendrysik to be honored by Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

We join with the Edward Bellamy Memorial Association in congratulating our former president as well, Stephen Jendrysik, on receiving an award from the Kosciuszko Foundation as a distinguished Polish American in New England.

Jendrysik is being recognized for his achievements as a Pioneer Valley historian.

Here's another photo commemorating Veterans Day.  It's a send-off party for some new recruits about to leave for World W...
11/11/2019

Here's another photo commemorating Veterans Day. It's a send-off party for some new recruits about to leave for World War II. Recognize anyone?

A salute to our veterans on Veterans Day -- with a postcard of our own Westover Air Force Base as it was depicted in the...
11/11/2019

A salute to our veterans on Veterans Day -- with a postcard of our own Westover Air Force Base as it was depicted in the 1940s.

As a reminder for us to vote on this coming Tuesday, November 5th, here is a souvenir of the 1873 governor's race. Willi...
11/02/2019

As a reminder for us to vote on this coming Tuesday, November 5th, here is a souvenir of the 1873 governor's race. William B. Washburn, listed at the top of this card, actually did win for the Republican party that year. Way down at the bottom you see a couple of Chicopee candidates, one, George Robinson, for representative to the General Court; and one, Jerome Wells, who ran for state senator. George Robinson served as the principal of Chicopee High School during the Civil War, and later practiced law here. Nine years after this race, in 1884, Robinson would run for governor himself and win, the only Governor of Massachusetts from Chicopee. He would serve for three years until 1887. As Mr. Robinson might very well remind you himself, DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

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