Title: The City that William Pynchon Built Presenter: Dave Robison Description: From landing on the banks of the “Great River” to “Tower Square” attendees will meet the founders, the growth of a colonial plantation to a city and the historical people and events that influenced its growth.
Rather than slides, here are the stories from which the presentation was drawn. Title: Freedom Stories of the Pioneer Valley Presenter: Cliff McCarthy Description: This presentation will tell the stories of several African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley and achieved their freedom in remarkable ways. We will learn about Jupiter Richards, who fought[…]
Title: Union & Emancipation – Conflating Revolutionary Heritage with Abolitionist Practice Presenter: Darren Barry Description: This presentation examines Fitchburg’s powerful Unionist and emancipationist Civil War memory from 1861 to 1930. It will argue that Fitchburg’s dual memory of the war was the product of the community’s deep connection to their Revolutionary War heritage and the[…]
Title: Thomas Jefferson’s Anonymous Translation of Volney’s Ruins of Empires Presenter: Thomas Christian Williams Description: Jefferson risked his chance of winning the presidency by translating this controversial book. Volney’s Ruins refutes the Social Contract of Jean Jacques Rousseau. The book also provides a solution to the world’s enduring religious conflicts. The Massachusetts Historical Society has[…]
Title: How the British Empire Lost New England Seven Months Before the War Presenter: J. L. Bell Description: Though the Revolutionary War started in April 1775, New England had actually slipped out of the British government’s control months earlier, with the resistance beginning in western Massachusetts. This talk analyzes what prompted New England farmers to[…]
Title: Civil War Letters: Resurrecting Lost Voices — DIY Digital Archiving Presenter: Stan Prager Description: A chance encounter with the previously unpublished Civil War letters of a Massachusetts soldier killed at the battle of Cold Harbor led to a project that digitized & transcribed this correspondence, and the creation of a website to share it[…]