The Swift River Valley Historical Society
Museum open Wednesdays and Sundays, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M., June 21st through September 13th. Admission to the museum is free.
SRVHS depends on donations to sustain their mission of preserving the history of the taking of the Swift River Valley
Sunday, April 30th: EARLY SPRING HIKE Gate 26 area
East Main Street, New Salem. Meet at New Salem Common for 11:00 a.m. departure. Carpool may be necessary.
Sunday, May 21st: SPRING HIKE Gate 33 area
Meet at SRVHS, 40 Elm Street, New Salem for 11:00 a.m. departure. Carpool may be necessary.
Sunday, May 28th: MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATION at Quabbin Park Cemetery.
Refreshments at 10:00 a.m. Parade and services at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 21st MUSEUM OPENING DAY
Wednesday, July 12th: FINDING YOUR VOICE – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
With Judith McIntosh and Elena Palladino. This first session will be held at the Athol Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Continues on Saturday) Pre-registration required at athollibrary.org. No Fee
Saturday, July 15th: a continuation of FINDING YOUR
VOICE – A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
This event will be held in the Archives Room at the Prescott Church on the grounds of SRVHS from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required at athollibrary.org. No Fee
Sunday, July 16th: DANA REUNION – Dana Common
Gate 40 opens at 11:00 a.m. Event concludes at 3:00 p.m. Free Admission
Sunday, July 23rd: DANA VESPERS
In the Prescott Church on the grounds of SRVHS at 2:00 p.m. Cake and lemonade served after the concert. Free Admission
Saturday, July 29th: BIRDS OF PREY with Tom Ricardi
On the grounds of SRVHS at 1:00 p.m. Free Admission
Sunday, August 6th: VISIT WITH LURA BERRY BARNES
Presented by historical interpreter Karen Traub. Program will be held in the Prescott Church on the grounds of SRVHS at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. Free Admission
Sunday, August 27th: EXPLORING THE HISTORY OF THE QUABBIN VALLEY THROUGH GRAVESTONES
Presented by Maria Beiter-Tucker, Interpretive Services Supervisor, MA DCR Division of Water Supply & Protection. Program will be held in the Prescott Church on the grounds of SRVHS at 1:00 p.m. Free Admission
Saturday, September 9th: ANNUAL FRIENDS MEETING
On the grounds of SRVHS at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9th: LOST TOWNS OF THE SWIFT
Presented by author Elena Palladino. Program will be held in the Prescott Church on the grounds of SRVHS at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 13th: MUSEUM CLOSING DATE
Sunday, September 24th: EARLY FALL HIKE Gate 37 area/North Dana
Meet at Petersham Town Common for 11:00 a.m. departure. Carpool may be necessary.
Sunday, October 15th: PRESCOTT HIKE Gate 17
Exploration of Sherer Road/farm area and Hill Street in Enfield. Meet for 11:00 a.m. departure at Cooleyville Crossing (field at intersection of Gate 17 road and Route 202).
Carpooling will be necessary as only a limited number of vehicles are allowed in the restricted area. All hikers must enter and leave together due to DCR restrictions. This hike is limited to 25 guests. You must pre-register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 978-544-6882.
General information about hikes
Light scattered showers do not cancel, steady rain does. Bring a lunch (optional) and prepare for insects/ticks. Follow all DCR rules. Dogs not allowed. All hikes meet for 11:00 a.m. departure. Hike lengths and times vary, due to either weather, “cellar hole poking”, conversations, and terrain difficulty. The general window for most hikes is 4-6 hours. Donations to SRVHS for these hikes would be greatly appreciated.
ANY NECESSARY CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS OR POSTPONEMENTS IN SCHEDULING WILL BE POSTED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.