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NOTE: The Hampshire Gazette properly listed the event below for Sunday, Nov. 16th at 2 pm in one section, but also incorrectly listed it for Saturday in another section. There is NO Saturday performance. See below for details

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, November 16th at 2 pm in the Prescott Church on the museum’s property at 40 Elm Street, SRVHS is hosting a program funded by the New Salem Cultural Council. Katie Green presents the captive story, “Meet Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” Learn more about the program here, and about Katie Green’s work here. Appropriate for adults and mature students. Admission is free.
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The Swift River Valley Historical Society is now closed for the winter season, reopening in June 2015. We do have limited office hours, and can be available to researchers by appointment.

For 75 years the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Massachusetts,  has kept alive the story of the villages and four “lost” towns of the Swift River Valley. In 1938 the people of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott—and several nearby villages—were  forced to leave their homes, farms and businesses to allow the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir to provide clean water for the growing city of Boston to the east. No more straw hats would be made here, no sledding parties, celebrations on the town common, or worship at the churches built by the early settlers. The lives of 2500 people and their descendants were forever changed by this event.

Their towns are lost, but their stories are not. By caring for the objects and reminiscences once owned or told by farmers, shopkeepers, housewives, and children, the Swift River Valley Historical Society provides a look at life in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin—and  honors the sacrifice and sorrow of the many who once called it home.

Photo Credit: Quabbin Reservoir, courtesy of Dale Monette, DCR Vistitor Center