PVHN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit consortium of historical institutions throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Membership is free for individuals and organizations in the Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties of western Massachusetts. We invite museums, historical societies, libraries, and historic sites in the region, as well as all history-minded individuals, to join.  That includes YOU!

Our Mission

To promote and provide effective communication and collaboration among the historical societies, sites, and museums of the Pioneer Valley and to foster a public appreciation for, and awareness of such repositories of history.

Our Board of Directors

President: Betsy McKee
Longmeadow Historical Society & Historic Deerfield

Vice-President: Cliff McCarthy
Wood Museum of Springfield History & Stone House Museum, Belchertown

Treasurer: Sheila Damkoehler
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield

Clerk: Zoe Cheek

Board Members

  • Andrea Caluori – former Trustees of Reservations
  • Juliet Jacobson – Digital Humanities designer, DigitalGizmo
  • Dennis Picard – private consultant, speaker, former Director, Storrowton Village, West Springfield

Associate Members

Barbara Mathews – Public Historian, Historic Deerfield

Brianne Zulkiewicz – Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke

Contact Us!


Mailing address:
Box 116
Belchertown, MA 01007

Racial Justice Statement

The members of the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network feel that it is critical in light of recent sobering incidents in our nation that we make the following declaration:

  • Prejudice and bigotry has been an unfortunate part of our country’s and region’s history and continues to this day. We support peaceful protests that promote dialogue and meaningful change.
  • We encourage all our members to expand their interpretation to include the voice of unrepresented or little represented individuals and groups of their area – whether that be race, class or lower economic populations.
  • We are stewards of our story and many voices broaden the perspective to make it more a relevant message to our audiences.
  • All our members should strive for inclusive training for themselves and their staff to insure diversity and equality in their interpretation.