THE MAKING OF A “HISTORY NERD”

Submitted by Penni Martorell, Wistariahurst Museum Curator and Holyoke City Historian. In recent years, I have proudly brandished the title of “history nerd.” It was only recently that I realized that I was not like most of my peers. I have always been the one who wanted to know more about an item or artifact--who … Continue reading THE MAKING OF A “HISTORY NERD”

THE EMPEROR’S TOY SOLDIERS: CHINA’S TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

By Cliff McCarthy, Museum of Springfield History Zheng was only thirteen when, in 246 BC, he became King of Qin, the westernmost state of China.  By his thirty-eighth year, he had achieved what no other warlord before him had done -- he had conquered and unified all of the "warring states" of China, proclaiming himself … Continue reading THE EMPEROR’S TOY SOLDIERS: CHINA’S TERRA COTTA WARRIORS