Conway Historical Society

Conway Historical Society Historical Museum, 50 Main Street, Conway, MA
Open in July and August on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. and during the Festival of the Hills. Other times by appointment. Contact [email protected].
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07/07/2020

This summer, the historical society museum will remain closed due to COVID-19.

However, there is a growing amount of information and digitized artifacts to explore on our website, and queries may be emailed to [email protected]

Conway’s 2020 town meeting took place yesterday, Saturday June 20th. Was it historic? Consider this: it was the first to...
06/21/2020

Conway’s 2020 town meeting took place yesterday, Saturday June 20th. Was it historic? Consider this: it was the first town meeting (since 1767) where everyone wore masks. First town meeting where everyone, except for couples/families observed social distance and sat six ft. apart. First town meeting to take place in the new 150’ long Highway Department Facility, and first town meeting in many years to take place on a Saturday. If you missed it, check out the FCAT recording.

03/09/2020

Our March program features "Cannabis Conversations" with John Moore & Lisa Gustavsen. Farming has changed a lot over time in Conway. 100 years ago, Max Antes was the first to grow tobacco here. John and Lisa have plans to build a craft marijuana cooperative. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday, March 10 @ 7:30 p.m. All welcome.

01/01/2020

With all good wishes for 2020!

Next Program: Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALLThirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the ...
12/04/2019

Next Program: Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL

Thirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down—the guarded barrier dividing a country and, symbolically, much of the world.

In their joint presentation, Conway residents Judith Wermuth-Atkinson, an author and literary scholar raised in communist Bulgaria, and Alan Greenfield, a retired senior Foreign Service Officer posted in Germany and the Soviet Union, will share their first-hand experiences of life on the other side of the Iron Curtain and offer insights on why the fall of the wall matters today.

10/02/2019

The Festival of the Hills is THIS weekend! Stop by the Boyden Schoolhouse on Saturday. Open House: 10 to 4. There will be some old-time school exercises with spelling bees and recitations with Mrs. Bussler from 10 to noon.

On Sunday, come visit the Historical Society Museum between 11 and 4 to see "Greetings from Conway-- A Pictoral History Through Postcards."

09/02/2019

Join us for "Stories of Conway’s Past" by Mark Fortier
Tuesday September 10, 7:30 p.m., 50 Main Street

Mark Fortier spent much of his childhood in Conway. He was especially close to his grandfather Ernest Staelens who was born at the turn of the last century and told many stories about Conway life and lore. Mark is a natural storyteller and has a prodigious knowledge of the natural world. Join us for an entertaining program about what has—and hasn’t—changed in Conway over the years. Free event. Refreshments will be served.

04/16/2019
The Beecology Project

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.

"Economics, Ecology, and the Plight of our Native Pollination Systems"

Come join Dr. Robert J. Gegear for a discussion on what you can do to help preserve our native pollinator diversity and assess the ecological “friendliness” of pollinator habitat at any spatial scale.

Pollinators are declining at an unprecedented rate worldwide. These declines pose a significant threat to our food supply and consequently, a major focus has been on the development and implementation of conservation strategies aimed to increase pollinator abundance in agricultural areas.

Dr. Gegear is a Professor in the Department of Biology at UMASS Dartmouth and Director of the New England Beecology Project. See: https://beecology.wpi.edu/website/team#page-title

Refreshments will be served.

03/11/2019

Weather looks good for John Wilson’s presentation tomorrow! Join us at 7:30 pm to hear about his discoveries on the Great Falls Battlefield.

11/13/2018

This morning, the Congregational Church was demolished. Photos may be forthcoming.

10/17/2018

Conway During Shay's Rebellion, A Little Known Story
Tuesday, October 23, 7:30 p.m., 50 Main Street, Conway

Marking the 230th anniversary of Shay's Rebellion, Philip Kantor will share evidence of the dramatic events that occurred in Conway during this turbulent time following the revolution. Kantor is a current Conway Selectman and a past president of the society. All welcome. A handout and refreshments will be provided.

09/27/2018

Come visit us this Sunday during the Festival of the Hills. See our exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of thewCongregational Church.

09/10/2018

Doug Harris's talk was fascinating! The video will be available at FCAT.tv shortly.

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. presentation:" Let the Landscape Speak: Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Structures in the...
08/21/2018

Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. presentation:
" Let the Landscape Speak: Indigenous Ceremonial Stone Structures in the Northeast."

Doug Harris, Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office will give an illustrated talk about the various forms of ceremonial stone landscape in our area and how you can help preserve them.

Along with representatives of the Pequot, Mohegan, and Wampanoag Tribe of Gayhead (Aquinnah), Mr. Harris has been working with the National Register of Historic Places to standardize the identification of Indigenous ceremonial stone features across the Northeast.

All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.Edward and Orra Hitchcock: Religion, Science, and Art in Conway and AmherstEdward and Orra H...
05/08/2018
Impressions from a Lost World

Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Edward and Orra Hitchcock: Religion, Science, and Art in Conway and Amherst

Edward and Orra Hitchcock spent the first four years of their married life in Conway, where Edward was pastor of the Congregational Church and Orra fulfilled the role of minister's wife. In 1825, they moved to Amherst where Edward became a Professor at Amherst College, and Orra's work in scientific illustration turned from botany to geology.

Sarah Doyle, project coordinator of the PVMA's "Impressions from a Lost World," www.dinotracksdiscovery.org, will talk about the intersection of these three key interests for the Hitchcocks. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

08/03/2017

Our annual picnic takes place rain or shine tomorrow at the Conway Inn, starting at 6:00 p.m. Barb will have tables set up in garden - and inside, just in case. Bring a dish to share and enjoy getting together with friends and neighbors from all Conway's districts.

07/12/2017

CHS Summer Picnic @ the Conway Inn garden, Friday, August 4 at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and enjoy this very social annual gather.

07/12/2017

We are open on Sundays in July and August from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Escape the heat - and view our summer Exhibit: "250 Years of Conway History".

06/12/2017
Conway Historical Society

Our beautiful new website has launched. Check out the collection as well as news and events: http://conwaymasshistory.org/

Pen and ink map, 16 x 17", on parchment showing a survey of Conway Mass. land plots in 1836. The parchment is in fair condition with folds and tears. Inscription: "Courses by the needle & plan of lot and…

Join us for a special program on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. “10,000 years of Tribal Presence and Persistence in the Co...
05/05/2017

Join us for a special program on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“10,000 years of Tribal Presence and Persistence in the Connecticut River Valley” by David Brule with David Tall Pine White

David Brule will explore the tribal presence in our region from the time of Lake Hitchcock to the present with reference to local tribes names, tribal terms for certain topographical features, and the lifeways of the first inhabitants of the valley.

David Tall Pine White, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the haubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians will join Brule to share insights into contemporary tribal cultures and lifeways in our region.

David Brule is president of the Nolumbeka Project, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to furthering education about Native American history, culture, and presence in the Connecticut River Valley. He is the author of several books including two volumes of essays entitled “West Along the River”, and his most recent work, “Looking For Judah: Adventures in Genealogy and Remembrance”. Brule also serves as project coordinator for the National Park Service American Battlefield grant studying the massacre at the Great Falls of Peskeompskut (Turners Falls) on May 19, 1676. Refreshments will be served.

03/19/2017

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Conway Historical Society Program - all welcome

Conway in Context: 18,000 Years of Conway History

Jeremy V. P. Rogers will draw upon his in-depth study of the history of Deerfield and its environs, in particular Conway. His talk will include discussion of the evolution of the landscape; the experiences of early pioneers and the well-organized tribal societies that the English first encountered. Rogers teaches Humanities, World History and Psychology at Frontier Regional School in Deerfield. He holds degrees in Anthropology, Special Education and Counseling. Refreshments will be served.

Reminder Tornado Relief Fundraiser is today
03/19/2017

Reminder Tornado Relief Fundraiser is today

02/27/2017

TRIVIA NIGHT at the Conway Inn
Saturday March 11 at 7pm
Compete for fame, fortune, prizes, and the satisfaction that comes with knowing more useless
information than your friends and neighbors! Trivia Night is like the Trivial Pursuit board game but more fun and without the board. Question categories may include: Sports, Conway Then and Now, Geography, Arts, American history, Sciences, and Alternative Facts.

No preregistration required. Teams of 1 to 4 persons can enter. Suggested entry fee is $10 per team. All proceeds will go to the Conway Historical Society in support of the Lester Stevens Art Exhibition, June 15-18; part of the town's 250th celebration.

Our next program is "Mary Todd Lincoln" - a one-woman show on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. Kathy Kennedy Llamas por...
11/13/2016

Our next program is "Mary Todd Lincoln" - a one-woman show on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Kathy Kennedy Llamas portrays the wife of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, with reflections on her early life, courtship, the White House years, the deaths of her children and the assassination of her husband. Refreshments will be served. 50 Main Street in Conway.

03/07/2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Conway Roads: Some Origins and Names

Natalie Whitcomb who chairs the Conway Board of Assessors will share her research into how roads developed across town, and the many interesting stories she has come across about the people associated with them. Refreshments will be served.

01/25/2014

Historical programs of local interest take place on the second Tuesday of alternating months, in January, March, May, July, September and November.

View from Pine Hill down towards Baptist Church, early 20th century.
01/11/2013

View from Pine Hill down towards Baptist Church, early 20th century.

Conway Historical Society's cover photo
01/11/2013

Conway Historical Society's cover photo

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50 Main St
Conway, MA
01341

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Historical Programs: 2nd Tuesdays in January, March, May, July, September, November.

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Here is the fcat video I shot and edited documenting last weeks talk: