The Swift River Diary

Greenwich MA tree

Young woman and child in a tree (Greenwich, Mass.), ca. 1910. Burt V. Brooks Photograph Collection. Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

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We have all heard the expression “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute!”

In the year 1816 summer never came.

In the year 1888 the great blizzard hit on March 11, and lasted until March 14, leaving 30 to 40 inches of snow distributed by high winds. Many stories have been passed down about this event.

In 2017 the big storm hit Massachusetts. But this time the media had alerted us in advance, and tho’ inconvenienced, we were prepared.

And now, mid-March 2017 it is foggy, damp and the thermometer shows 68 degrees. “What next” we say. New Englanders are tough!

E. Peirce, Historian

Message from the President:

We eagerly look forward to opening our doors to visitors old and new alike. Nearly all of last summer’s docents will return to help Elizabeth “Zib” Peirce provide tours of the Society starting at 1:00 on June 11. Zib and Cheryl Harned, a graduate student at UMass, provided a refresher workshop for the returning docents. Special thanks to Pam Morrisey, Christina Rini and Martha Hanks-Nicoll for sprucing up the Whitaker Clary House and Prescott Museum in May.

Historic postcard

Historic postcard from the SRVHS Collection

Megan O’Loughlin continues to work on an inventory of the archives material at the Prescott Church. She describes one of the highlights of her work elsewhere in this newsletter.

Dot Frye, our administrative assistant, continues to keep our organization humming along. She has also republished our brochure and a 2017 program card for racking with the brochure. We look forward to sharing these with the Quabbin Visitor Center and other groups to help tell our part of the story to visitors.

After last summer’s successful theater production (Immersion: The Water Project) at SRVHS, producer Emma Ayres will offer a week long youth drama program at SRVHS for 8 to 15 year olds. More details are coming, but mark your calendars as the culminating performance of their original work will be open to the public July 28.

Be sure to also note on your calendar our annual fall meeting, on September 10, 2017. All members are welcome and we look forward to sharing an interesting program and connecting with other folks who sustain this organization and the memory of the Swift River Valley as it was. Our Board of Directors meets monthly, on the third Friday of the month at 4pm. (next meeting June 16). We invite all members to attend!

–Shelley Small