Spring Meeting -- Please join us on Saturday, April 25 -- we will meet at 10am in the social hall of the Hadley Congregational Church in Hadley, Massachusetts. The morning program will include presentations by Dennis Picard, Arthur Mange, Jim Freeman and Bob Drinkwater.
Dennis, Director of Storrowtown Museum in West Springfield, will present:
"A Search for Soprona: or How a Westfield Archive Holds the Clues to a Western Massachusetts Gravestone Carver, a Radical Religious Leader and the Final Tribute by a Grieving Husband and Father in 1835 Northwestern Connecticut. . . ."
Arthur, a retired biologist and current member of Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists, will share a selection of his gravestone/cemetery images.
Jim, an English Professor at UMass, Amherst, and editor of the AGS Quarterly, will present:
"Cemeteries and Metanoia -- How Gravestones Convert Onlookers"
Bob will preview the 2015 AGS Conference to be held at Westfield State University this June.
Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided (we request a modest donation to help cover costs).
After lunch, we will visit the Old Hadley Cemetery (est. 1661).
DIRECTIONS: The Hadley Congregational Church is located on Rte. 9, in the center of town, next to the Town Hall. From Rte. I-91 northbound, take Exit 19 and bear right, onto Rte. 9 east, across the Connecticut River. From Rte. I-91 southbound, take Exit 20, onto Rte. 5; turn left at the traffic light, onto Damon Rd., then turn left at the second traffic light, onto Rte. 9 east. The Town Hall and the Church will be on the right, at the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 47.