Southwick Historical Society

Southwick Historical Society Our mission is to preserve Southwick history, by offering educational programs, exhibiting and interpreting historical collections, and inspiring citizens.
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Celebrate Southwick 250
12/04/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm at Southwick Town Hall. The public is welcome. Victoria Yule will enact Christmas 1895. She will entertain us with readings from Dickens, and explain the history of many beloved Christmas traditions such as trees, cards, decorations, foods and caroling. Come visit with Victoria for what is sure to be a very enjoyable evening with Southwick neighbors and treats. Jointly hosted by the Southwick Historical Society, Southwick Cultural Council and Celebrate Southwick 250.

11/13/2019
Celebrate Southwick 250

Celebrate Southwick 250

Who transformed our Southwick downtown into a gorgeous art gallery celebrating our community this morning???
a. Band of Klingon warriors
b. Ghost of Amasa Holcomb
c. US Congress
d. Eastern European dark web hackers
e. ________________________
See next post for correct answer!

Celebrate Southwick 250
11/13/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Our Downtown became an art gallery today! A big thanks to our 50 donors who each contributed $250 per banner. Another big thanks to the Southwoods team of Buzz Caron, Martin Lee and Cole Ludorf who created these images. A special thank you to our DPW crew and their escort from the Southwick PD who braved today's Arctic blast to finish our Banner Way.

Celebrate Southwick 250
10/25/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Celebrate Southwick 250
10/20/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

A big thank you to the Southwick Historical Society for sponsoring the Joseph Moore House banner. We salute all that you do to preserve and tell Southwick's colorful history.

10/18/2019

Two Great Southwick History Events.

A Far Away War Comes Home: Southwick And Hatfield Soldiers in World War I
Presented by Rob Wilson
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm at Southwick Town Hall

A Walk with the Southwick Spirits - hear about local personalities from the grave. Guides will take you around to each grave. It's fun, educational afternoon so don't miss it!
Saturday, October 26 from 2 to 4 pm at the Southwick Old Cemetery. A $5 donation is suggested.

09/24/2019
Celebrate Southwick 250

Celebrate Southwick 250

"Where Two Worlds Met: Native Americans of Western Mass."
Presented by Gail White & the Southwick Historical Society

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Christ Church United Methodist, Fellowship Hall
222 College Highway, Southwick

No charge to the public. Free will donations always welcome.

09/12/2019
Celebrate Southwick 250

Celebrate Southwick 250

Seeking Southwick School alumni musicians of all classes and years. Yes, we're getting the old band and chorus back together! Our thanks to Southwick Regional School Band Director Rich Quinn. Our community concert will be May 2, 2020 in conjunction with another 250 Event. We need to start planning and recruiting NOW. Please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected] with name, contact info, instrument played/voice and grad year.

Celebrate Southwick 250
09/05/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Throwback Thursday. With Broadleaf harvest in full swing, some 1980s vintage photos. Broadleaf and it's cousin, Havana Seed, are grown without nets. In the past, dairy and other farmers often grew a few acres of outdoor tobacco as a cash crop as it required less investment and could be harvested by family and local labor. Photos are not in Southwick but certainly could have been. Courtesy of the Farm Credit Museum, Enfield, Conn.
Suggestions for those who wish to learn more about our tobacco heritage. 1. Visit the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor - https://www.tobaccohistsoc.org/
2. Rent the 1961 movie Parrish, a steamy drama set against the backdrop of the Conn. Valley shade industry. Lots of great footage of shade production in the 1950s/60s, including a dramatic tent fire scene. You may recognize some of the actors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parrish_(film)

Celebrate Southwick 250
09/05/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Beautiful street banners - sponsors wanted. Banners are 2 x 5 feet and each a work of art. These will be displayed in our downtown from Nov. 2019 to Nov. 2020. Then they will be donated back to their sponsor. $250 for a sponsorship, all of which goes to fund our Celebration. Here is an initial batch that are available...more to follow in the next 2 weeks. Pls inquire [email protected] or [email protected]

Celebrate Southwick 250
08/30/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Throwback time. And welcome to a new school year! Southwick has always stepped up to invest in its school system. The Consolidated School was dedicated in 1929 and was the largest consolidation of one-room school houses accomplished in New England. This served the town well until the combination of Baby Boom and new home building occurred after World War II. The Greatest Generation stepped up to the challenge with 4 major building projects in less than a dozen years. A 6-room addition to the Consolidated was opened in 1950. In 1954 a 12-room Junior High School was built. In 1958, the 20-room Woodland School was opened. In 1960, a 500-pupil high school was added to the Junior High School. That laid down the school campus footprint that still serves our 3 Regional communities to this day. A new High School was built in the early 1970s and several major renovations and additions to all of the buildings more recently.
Thanks to all of our present and past educators for teaching and developing the potential of our children.

Celebrate Southwick
08/16/2019
Celebrate Southwick

Celebrate Southwick

Why 250? On November 7, 1770 the Massachusetts colonial legislature chartered Southwick as a separate town, setting it off from Westfield, making 2020 our 250th birthday.

Celebrate Southwick 250
08/16/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

This week's throwback post. The 1955 Flood (August 17-19) was a defining event for Greatest Generation Southwickians. It destroyed crops and washed out bridges. The biggest event, however, was the washout of the dike at the north end of North Pond along the old canal route. North Pond drained, creating a devastating washout of South Longyard and beyond. Those of you who lived in town in 1955 are invited to add comments and your own photos. More photos of the 1955 Flood the next 2 weeks.

Celebrate Southwick 250
08/01/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

Throwback Thursday. In April 1991 Southwick was featured in a Yankee magazine article which produced some iconic images of various of our Greatest Generation Southwickians. Photographs by Susan Lapides who is working with us to find additional photos from her shoot. Yankee Magazine, April 1991, page 56.

Celebrate Southwick 250
07/13/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

This week's throwback memory.
Babb's Beach...it was a gem of a resort back in the heyday of Congamond as a destination for tourists eager to escape the summer heat. Did you know that the beach and buildings are in Suffield, but the water is in Southwick? The state line is the water line dating back to the border compromise in the late 1700s. Kudos to our Suffield neighbors for their efforts to preserve and restore this landmark to usefulness over the past several years.

Celebrate Southwick 250
06/28/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

This week's Throwback; photos from Picturesque Hampden in 1892.

Celebrate Southwick 250
06/20/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

The number of vintage postcards of the Congamond Lakes from a century ago certainly speak to their popularity and renown at that time.

Celebrate Southwick 250
06/02/2019

Celebrate Southwick 250

This week's Throwback photos of Miller's Beach which was on South Pond east shore where Sunset Drive is now located. Thanks to Dianne Seaman for sharing.

12/21/2018

There was an event typo in the December Southwoods. The correct event is the following.

"Not so Good Life of a Colonial Wife" Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at 2:00pm. Snow date is February 10th, 2019 at 2:00pm. The event is at the Southwick Town Hall Auditorium, 434 College Highway.

Here are some of items for sale during the month of December.  Please let us know if you have any questions. 413-569-043...
12/20/2018

Here are some of items for sale during the month of December. Please let us know if you have any questions. 413-569-0436

There's still time left to help us on Valley Gives Day! If you haven't already, please click on the link below to help s...
05/02/2018
Support Southwick Historical Society in #ValleyGives!

There's still time left to help us on Valley Gives Day! If you haven't already, please click on the link below to help support us in preserving history and creating our community events!

https://www.valley-gives.org/organizations/southwick-historical-society

I’m ready to support Southwick Historical Society on May 1, 2018 during Valley Gives. Learn more about Southwick Historical Society and all the other organizations participating in #ValleyGives.

It's Valley Gives Day! One of the most important fundraising days for us here at Southwick Historical Society, Inc! This...
05/01/2018

It's Valley Gives Day! One of the most important fundraising days for us here at Southwick Historical Society, Inc! This year Valley Gives is offering prizes to participants and all donations can potentially help us to win these prizes. We ask all our neighbors to help us by giving what they can so we preserve our history and continue our community events! Please click the link below to read more about Valley Gives and support us on our donation page! Thank you for your support!

Donate Here:
https://www.valley-gives.org/organizations/southwick-historical-society

More Info:
https://www.valley-gives.org/

Prizes Southwick Historical Society is eligible for:

-Most $50 donors by county between 3:00-4:59 pm (raffle)
$1,000 - one per county

Donations of $50 or more that are made between 3:00-4:59 pm will be entered into a raffle. One donation from each county will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

Notes:
Multiple donations by the same unique donor to an organization will be considered as one entry into the raffle.

-Dinner time - 5 or more donations between 6:00-7:59 pm (raffle)
$2,500

Organizations that get 5 or more donations between 6:00-7:59 pm will be entered into raffle for a $2,500 prize.

Notes:
Multiple donations by the same unique donor to an organization will be considered as one entry into the raffle.

-Most new night-time donors between 9:00-11:00 pm (raffle)
$2,500

An organization that gets the most new donors between 9:00-11:00 pm will win $2,500. Ties will be entered into a raffle.

Notes:
Multiple donations by the same unique donor to an organization will be considered as one entry into the raffle.

*The winner of this prize will be announced on morning of Wed. May 2

-Last 30 minutes - between 11:30 pm to closing of Valley Gives (raffle)
$5,000

Donations made in the last 30 minutes, between 11:30 pm up to the closing of Valley Gives, will be entered into a raffle for a $5,000 prize.

Notes:
Multiple donations by the same unique donor to an organization will be considered as one entry into the raffle.

-Donors from most PV towns & cities
$5,000 - one each for small and medium sized organization

One small budget and one medium budget organization with donations originating from the most towns/cities in the Pioneer Valley will win a prize. Ties will be selected by raffle. [number of prizes: 2; 1 per budget category]

-Most new donors to small and medium organizations (top 3 per category)
1st: $1,500; 2nd: $1,000; 3rd: $500. - for each small and medium budget category

Top three organizations in the small budget category and top three organizations in the medium budget categories that have the most new donors during VG will win prize. Ties will be by raffle. [number of prizes: 6; 3 per budget category]

1st: $1,500;
2nd: $1,000;
3rd: $500.

-Most donors acquired for organizations new to Valley Gives (top 3)
1st: $1,500; 2nd: $1,000; 3rd: $500. in the small and the medium budget categories combined

Top three organizations in both the small budget and the medium budget categories that is new to Valley Gives AND has the most unique donors will win a prize. Ties will be selected by raffle.

1st: $1,500;
2nd: $1,000;
3rd: $500.

-Donors by decade - for small or medium organizations (raffle)
$5,000

One organization in either the small OR the medium budget category that gets donors representing at least 4 different decades of age will be entered into a raffle and be eligible for a $5,000 prize. At least one donor must be in the 20's age range and one donor in the 30's age range. [number of prizes- 1]

-Most Donations Received by Peer Fundraiser
1st: $1,000; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500 - most donations received

Peer fundraisers help support the organizations they care about by spreading the word and asking for donations on behalf of the organization. The peer fundraiser with the most donations received will win an additional $1,000 for their organization. The fundraiser with second most will win $750 for the organization and third highest $500.
(Note: if there is a tie, it will be resolved by random drawing)

-Matching prize for matches between $1,000-$5,000 to small and medium organizations (raffle)
$1,000 - $5,000

15 small and medium organizations that meet their self-determined matching gift goals will be selected in a raffle to have their match challenge amount matched by the Community Foundation. Matching gift challenges must be between $1,000 and $5,000. [number of prizes 15. If an organization has multiple matching gift challenges, all matches that are met can be entered into the raffle. However, an organization can only win one match prize. The amount of the organization's match will be the amount that the Community Foundation awards as a prize.

5 Days until 5/1/18 donate to the Southwick Historical Society through Valley Gives.
04/27/2018

5 Days until 5/1/18 donate to the Southwick Historical Society through Valley Gives.

Come hear the tales of yore... the memories of Southwick's past. Journey to the Old Southwick Cemetery on College Highwa...
10/05/2017

Come hear the tales of yore... the memories of Southwick's past. Journey to the Old Southwick Cemetery on College Highway on Saturday Oct.28 from 2-4pm and meet some of Southwick's famous Spirits as they spin tales of their life and accomplishments. Suggested donation of $5 - Children Free. For more information, please call 413-569-2012. We hope to see you there!

08/23/2017
Southwick Historical Society - Raise the Roof

The Joseph Moore House is in need of a new roof! Watch the video to learn more about this historic property and help us keep the home and our museum as historically accurate as possible! You can send a tax deductible donation to Southwick Historical Society, Inc. P.O. Box 323 Southwick MA, 01077 or join our roof raising event September 16th, 6:00 PM at the Cove Banquet Hall. Learn more at http://www.southwickhistoricalsociety.org/events.html#roof-raising-event

The Joseph Moore Museum Music provided by: We simply ask that you credit us as follows: Music: http://www.purple-planet.com

Join us for an Ice Cream Social from 1843, Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM at the Southwick History Museum. 88 Co...
08/02/2017

Join us for an Ice Cream Social from 1843, Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 PM at the Southwick History Museum. 88 College Hwy, Southwick, MA 01077! We will be using a hand-cranked ice cream maker at the museum and visitors are encouraged to assist with the cranking. A variety of toppings will also be available to create a Sundae! It is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.southwickhistoricalsociety.org/events.html or call Ruth at 413-569-2012.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! This Sunday, June 11th, the Southwick Historical Society will have a Timber Frame Construct...
06/07/2017

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! This Sunday, June 11th, the Southwick Historical Society will have a Timber Frame Construction Presentation by Paul Cigal! Please join us from 2-4pm at the Southwick History Museum for an exhibition of tools and an explanation of the art of peg framing and basic joining techniques. We hope to see you there!

Image source: "By Vermont Timber Works Inc. [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons" https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACHISEL.JPG

Please help us preserve Southwick's history, by offering educational programs, exhibiting and interpreting historical co...
05/01/2017
Valley Gives

Please help us preserve Southwick's history, by offering educational programs, exhibiting and interpreting historical collections, and inspiring citizens to protect and understand our past.

Donations to our 24-hour fundraising event on Valley Gives is open. Our fundraising event ends May 2nd, 2017 at Midnight EST.

Click the link today to make your donation and be sure to Like and Share this event.

We thank you for your support.

Valley Gives is a 24-hour fundraising event to support the important work of charitable organizations in Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin Counties of W. Mass.

Join us and Dennis Picard at the Southwick Town Hall Auditorium, Thursday, January 26 at 1 pm to see how kids played in ...
01/09/2017

Join us and Dennis Picard at the Southwick Town Hall Auditorium, Thursday, January 26 at 1 pm to see how kids played in the 19th century before technology took the world by storm! From physically challenging to mentally stimulating; the ingenuity of children looking for something to play will astonish.

If you're looking for a last minute gift for a reader or historian in your life, come to the Southwick Historical Societ...
12/20/2016

If you're looking for a last minute gift for a reader or historian in your life, come to the Southwick Historical Society! We have two books for sale that are sure to intrigue!

We would like to invite all of our friends and neighbors to join us for our Christmas Party! Please remember if you are ...
12/01/2016

We would like to invite all of our friends and neighbors to join us for our Christmas Party! Please remember if you are coming to bring stories and a wrapped gift worth $10. We hope to see you all next Thursday!

Join us this Saturday at the Southwick Congregational Church! Come say hi and pick up something for your loved ones this...
12/01/2016

Join us this Saturday at the Southwick Congregational Church! Come say hi and pick up something for your loved ones this Holiday Season!

Southwoods Magazine, Printing, Signs & Web
09/23/2016
Southwoods Magazine, Printing, Signs & Web

Southwoods Magazine, Printing, Signs & Web

Join Southwick Historical Society for a book signing this weekend! Meet the author Brianna Dunlap and get her new book "Connecticut Valley Tobacco"! Click the link below to learn more! #SouthwickHistory #BookSigning #ConnecticutValleyTobacco #SouthwoodsCommunityCalendar

Address

P.O. Box 323
Southwick, MA
01077

Opening Hours

Monday 15:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 15:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 15:00 - 22:00
Thursday 15:00 - 22:00
Friday 15:00 - 22:00
Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
Sunday 12:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(413) 569-0436

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