Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA Address: 12 Common Street, Granby, Ma 01033 413-467-3114
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04/28/2020

Greetings All. We hope you are all safe and well. Recently, the Historical Association was gifted a 'soldiers trunk' full of memorabilia from the 3d BN, 35th Infantry, 187 INF BDE SEP. This was initially an active Army unit and later became an Army Reserve unit in Springfield. Several men from Granby served in this unit. This collection will make a superb addition to our military room. Once the museum is clear to open, we will extend a cordial invitation to all of you to come in and view the photos and help us to identify the men in them. Also turned in was the recognition and award for our WW2 war dog Rex. We received that from the National War Dog Association. Terry will have a newsletter going out shortly, since we are unable to meet at this time.

04/10/2020

Greetings to you all. We hope everyone is healthy and safe. I was talking with Terry Johnson this morning and she suggested keeping some kind of records as to how this pandemic has affected us all. Please consider doing this. Write down a daily record of what you did or didn't do, how you felt or didn't feel, where you went or didn't go. You are welcome to forward to me OR you can hand carry to the museum once we are able to open again. 50 years from now, people will still be talking about this and will be interested in seeing what we have for records. Any questions or comments on this, please send to me: [email protected] Thank you all very much.

03/29/2020

Well folks, this isn't the update that I really wanted to write, so bear with me. We had a lot of activities planned and were looking forward to our meetings etc, but with the Corona Virus, most everything is on hold, so please bear with us until the world stabilizes and we can return to normal activity. Upcoming is the annual Charter Day celebration. On Saturday & Sunday, Terry will have a booth open and feature some field games that were played long ago: hoop & sticks, obstacle course, frisbee target, horse shoes & diablo. We will provide more information as we approach the June dates for Charter Day. Right now, with things, we are kind of in limbo, but rest assured, the entire collection is in capable hands. As our time allows, some of us will be in the museum performing routine cleaning and maintenance and setting up some new exhibits. The next time you come into the museum, please be sure to visit our Military room. We have recently received a large amount of memorabilia from the 3/35 Infantry, a local Army Reserve unit. Several residents of Granby were members, and we are pleased to have the memorabilia to care for. In the interim, our staff and management wish you all the very best. Stay healthy. Kind regards to you all.

12/24/2019

The staff and management of the Granby Historical Association send to all of you, the very Best Wishes for a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thank you for your interest and support in 2019. 2020 looks very promising.

11/27/2019
Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: On December 7, the Granby Historical Association will again host the very popular HOLLY TEA from 1 to 4 pm. Plan to come and enjoy some visiting or a cup of tea and some light refreshments.

11/26/2019
Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: On December 7, the Granby Historical Association will again host the very popular HOLLY TEA from 1 to 4 pm. Plan to come and enjoy some visiting or a cup of tea and some light refreshments.

11/26/2019

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: On December 7, the Granby Historical Association will again host the very popular HOLLY TEA from 1 to 4 pm. Plan to come and enjoy some visiting or a cup of tea and some light refreshments.

11/25/2019

The staff and management of the Granby Historical Association wish to extend the very best of wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

Regarding the Zippo cigarette lighter, I am satisfied that we have found the original owner. On November 7, Mark Johnson...
11/08/2019

Regarding the Zippo cigarette lighter, I am satisfied that we have found the original owner. On November 7, Mark Johnson and I travelled to Springfield, MA and attended a special Puerto Rican ceremony on the Springfield City Hall steps. During the ceremony, the microphone was handed over to Mark Johnson, who spoke openly and eloquently of his tour of duty in Viet Nam. It was an emotional time for all of us Veterans in attendance. The lighter was presented back to Heriberto "Herbie" Flores, who also spoke and gave sincere thanks. I would also like to acknowledge SFC Gumersindo Gomez of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center for his help in locating Herbie Flores.

11/06/2019

A couple of months ago, the Historical Association received a Zippo cigarette lighter from a local collector. It belonged to an Army soldier who served in Viet Nam 1968 - 1969. He served in a helicopter gunship with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company. Since the lighter has no ties to the town of Granby, we decided to try and locate the soldier and return the lighter to him or to his family. The 128th has a Facebook site but carries no roster of members who served in Viet Nam. I thought the lighter might belong to a local veteran. As a long shot, I reached out to SGT Gumersindo Gomez of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center in Springfield. He was very helpful, and it turns out he knows the owner of this lighter personally. On Thursday of this week, Mark Johnson and I are traveling to Springfield to meet with SGT Gumersindo Gomez and make a formal presentation of the light back to the owner: Heriberto Flores. This will be done at noon at the Springfield City Hall. If the weather is good, the presentation will be on the City Hall steps. If poor weather, it will be in the Chambers not he second floor. We look forward to meeting Mr Flores and returning the lighter. He says he hasn't seen the lighter since 1969.

10/01/2019

MEETING REMINDER:

Sunday October 6 at 2PM. Our speaker will be speaking on Quabbin houses, then and now. Don't miss this program. It is free and open to the public. Bring your friends and neighbors.

ALSO: there will be a tag sale in the Historical Association BARN on October 12 and 14, each day 9 to 3.

We were open for the Dino Fest yesterday. Many people came into the museum and saw the amazing work Terry did inside. Ma...
09/15/2019

We were open for the Dino Fest yesterday. Many people came into the museum and saw the amazing work Terry did inside. Many comments were made to the additions to the military room, in particular the Desert Storm "welcome home" exhibit.

09/10/2019

A reminder that the Town House museum will be open this Saturday, September 14 during Dino Fest. If you are free, please come and see the new displays. We have received a LOT of new items for display. Our military room is filling up. Terry has done a wonderful job inside the building. Belinda continues her efforts to organize our records and paper items. We hope to see you on Saturday 10 - 3.

09/07/2019

The power of social medial is truly amazing. A lady who now resides in Chicopee, answered our request for photos of the troops being welcomed back home. We have 7 albums of photos. Please come to the museum on September 14 and take a look at these photos. See if there is someone you recognize. See some new displays. Terry has been working hard in the military room. Some new stuff has come in. Entrance to the museum is always free. Please come. Bring your family and friends. Lots to see and there will be someone there to answer questions you may have. We will be open from 10am until Dino Fest is over.

09/02/2019

We are researching the dog & handler (from Granby) that served in WW2. We think the dog was REX. Who may have some information on this?

09/02/2019

Does anyone have some photos of the soldiers being welcomed home from Desert Storm? The welcome was at Westover AFB.

08/30/2019

Well, this has been an interesting summer, to say the least. Terry Johnson is now retired and wants to spend more time in the museum. Terry and Belinda have been very active behind the scenes in the office with reviewing files and paperwork and organizing our records. This has been a huge effort on their part. We WILL BE OPEN September 14 during Dino Fest. Please stop by and see the new exhibits. Over the summer, we received many items from the estate of Joe Paulin. We received some military items and a lot of items from the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. For years, Joe was an active leader in Cub Scouts as well as Boy Scouts. Of notable interest, is the regalia from the Blue and Gold Banquet and the Order of the Arrow ceremony.

On October 6, 2pm at the fall meeting, we will have Jackie Tuthill as our speaker. She will share her research on the history of Quabbin homes - where the homes went, what they look like now and our Granby connection. Yes, we do have some Quabbin homes in town and a couple of barns as well. Please mark your calendars and bring your family and friends for this special meeting.

Today, July 27, Terry Johnson set up a display at the Granby Preservation Car Show. She featured old cars in Granby. The...
07/27/2019

Today, July 27, Terry Johnson set up a display at the Granby Preservation Car Show. She featured old cars in Granby. The accident photos we taken most likely by Ray Poulin or Warren Messenger. The old fire truck is the first fire truck the town bought. It is a 1938 Ford, Model 85, Open Cab. This truck was a pioneer in forest fire fighting. The front mounted pump could be engaged and the driver could drive the truck and fight a grass fire by himself.

07/17/2019

We are looking for banquet tables (plastic or wood) or card tables that you would like to get rid of for our tag sales. Please let us know. We can make arrangement for drop off or pick up. Thank you in advance.

07/16/2019

The Town House Museum will be open September 14 during the Dino Fest. Please come and see the new displays. There will be no Sunday openings due to renovation of the displays.

The meeting will be Sunday October 6 at 2PM. As noted previously, our speaker will be a lady who has researched the homes moved out of Quabbin. She will feature photos of the homes then and the homes today. Granby is fortunate to have some of those beautiful homes. This should be a very interesting program. Please mark your calendars and plan to come. Refreshments will be served.

Look for the Granby Historical Association tent at the Kellogg Hall Car Show June 27th. (10-2 pm).
07/06/2019

Look for the Granby Historical Association tent at the Kellogg Hall Car Show June 27th. (10-2 pm).

07/05/2019

The Granby Historical Association will have a meeting in October. Stay tuned for the date and plan to come to this meeting. Our speaker will be a lady who has researched homes and barns that were purchased and moved from the towns under Quabbin. Her discussion will feature homes of then to what they are today. Granby is fortunate to have some of those buildings. The displays are being re-arranged in town Town House. We will be open for "Dino Fest" and every Sunday thereafter until cold weather forces us to close. There is a lot happening with staff and management. We have received several requests for genealogical information that go back to our forefathers and previous town residents. I have spent considerable time to assist these folks and enjoyed the time spent. If there is anyone else who enjoys doing this research and has some time to spend doing this, please let us know. In the interim, please enjoy your summer and be careful in the heat.

07/04/2019

The management and staff of the Granby Historical Association wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 4th of July. I will post a message of the dates and times the museum will be open in July and August.

04/02/2019

Well, it has been a long winter. I've been cold since October. It is finally warming up around here. Over the winter, we have received several donations. Once catalogued, we will post an inventory here to share with you all. There will be a Trustee meeting on April 22 at 6PM at the museum Quirk House on Common Street. Items to be discussed will be the spring meeting, future tag sale and the antiquarian children's games to be played at Charter Day in June. It appears the museum will be open on Sundays in July and August. Information will follow on that. It should be noted that the "Town House" museum is in need of some refinish and that could prove costly. It has been many years since any exterior work has been done. The Quirk House remains in good condition, with the apartment rented.

Of special note, we have been contacted recently by a biomedical student who is researching Abbie Lathrop (the mouse lady) for a book he is writing on her. Also another recent inquiry comes from a lady (also writing a book) seeking information on the infrastructure of Granby circa 1910-1912. So our archivist will be busy assisting with these requests.

If you have any specific subject that should be discussed at the Trustee meeting, please reply to my email directly: [email protected]
Thank you.

12/23/2018

Well, this has been a fun year. A lot has happened. The war room exhibits have expanded, the Town House was open in July and August thanks to the efforts of Terry Johnson and so many. Our records continue to be reviewed and inventoried thanks to Belinda Johnson. We received a unique gift of a diorama of a New England farm. It is on display in the Quirk House. Our following on Facebook is now over 500. Thank you to all who follow this page. For any of you wishing to become a member, please send an email to my private email: [email protected] and I will see that you receive an application. We will notify you all of our next meeting as soon as a date has been set. In the interim and on behalf of the staff and management of the Granby Historical Association, I wish to extend to you all, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

12/12/2018

Granby’s 250th Anniversary Christmas on the Common

This year celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Granby on Saturday, December 15th from 1- 4pm. with Christmas on the Common.
-Scaled down replicas of key, historical town buildings illuminated from within.
-Candlelight Vigil gathering at 3pm. Candles will be provided.
-Hot cocoa
This event is free and open to the public.

The contact for this event is Cindy Watson.

12/04/2018

Thank you to all who attended the Holly Tea. It was a huge success. We received many compliments on the diorama display. We have also received a generous donation of a WW2 era Army uniform from a couple in Ludlow. We extend sincere thanks for this to add to the display in the military room in the Town House. We have also received many "likes" to our page. As of tonight, we have 506 followers. This is amazing and we THANK YOU ALL all for your continued support. We will keep you all posted posted on the activities in the Quirk House and the office. On behalf of the staff and management of the Granby Historical Association, we wish to extend to everyone, the best of wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Granby Library Children's Room Page
11/29/2018

Granby Library Children's Room Page

Granby’s 250th Anniversary Christmas on the Common

This year celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Granby on Saturday, December 15th from 1- 4pm. with Christmas on the Common.
-Scaled down replicas of key, historical town buildings illuminated from within.
-Candlelight Vigil gathering at 3pm. Candles will be provided.
-Hot cocoa
This event is free and open to the public.

The contact for this event is Cindy Watson.

Granby Library Children's Room Page
11/28/2018

Granby Library Children's Room Page

Granby’s 250th Anniversary Christmas on the Common

This year celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Granby on Saturday, December 15th from 1- 4pm. with Christmas on the Common.
-Scaled down replicas of key, historical town buildings illuminated from within.
-Candlelight Vigil gathering at 3pm. Candles will be provided.
-Hot cocoa
This event is free and open to the public.

The contact for this event is Cindy Watson.

11/28/2018

Saturday December 1, from 1 to 3, the Granby Historical Association house at 12/14 Common Street will be open for an old fashioned Holly Tea. We will be featuring our most recent donation: a farm village that was displayed at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. This diorama was handmade by a Granby resident and took 40 years to make. Please try to come. Enjoy some old fashioned hospitality and refreshments. There is no charge and is open to the public.

Todd Carpenter preparing to pipe: "When the Battle's O'er"
11/11/2018

Todd Carpenter preparing to pipe: "When the Battle's O'er"

11/07/2018

This coming Sunday, November 11 at 6 AM, there will be a ceremony in the Town House Museum, military room, to celebrate WW1 ending 100 years ago. There will be a short ceremony and then the bag piper will play. This is open to the public. The Legion will be there as well. This event will be filmed by GCAM. We are very grateful for their involvement. There will also be a short ceremony at the Church of Christ during their regular service.

10/28/2018

The fall meeting of the Granby Historical Association will be TODAY, October 28, 2 PM at the Quirk House on Common Street. We have recently received a spectacular donation which will be on display. Please come and see this exhibit. The public is cordially invited to the meeting.

10/27/2018
Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

Granby Historical Association, Granby, MA

On Sunday, November 11 at 6 AM, the Historical Association Museum will open for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1. At 0600 on November 11, 1918, the Armistice of Campiegne was signed between the Allies and Germany. It marked the end of the fighting on the Western Front and ultimately the end of the Great War, that terrible, grueling four year conflict that saw millions killed and wounded. Countries all around the world were affected in what was one of the largest wars in history. Countries around the world will be participating in this ceremony. Bag pipers from around the world will also be participating. The Granby Legion will join us. GCAM will film the ceremony. We extend a cordial invitation to all who wish to come and observe this solemn event. Dress warm. There is no heat in the building.

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12 Common St
Granby, MA
01033

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(413) 467-3114

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