Welcome Back to the PVHN Events Calendar! The Pioneer Valley is full of opportunities to explore local history. Please check the events calendar often.


7 January
Conversations on the Commons: “Teaching New England Slavery to Kids”
Massachusetts History Alliance, Virtual, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A conversation with Kristin Gallas, principal at Interpreting Slavery

Join us for our latest Conversation on the Common, where we tackle the topic of “Teaching New England Slavery to Kids.” Kristin Gallas is the project manager for education development at the Tsongas Industrial History Center and recently published Interpreting Slavery with Children and Teens. Her work offers advice, examples, and replicable practices for slavery-related school and family programs at museums and historic sites. Come and learn with Kristin and share your questions and knowledge. We’d love to hear about the challenges you’ve faced, as well as the great programs you have developed around this topic. Join us for an informative, practical conversation with public history folks from across the Commonwealth.

This event will be livestreamed. We will do our best to monitor questions and comments during the livestream. A recording will be publicly available in the Conversations on the Commons Archive.

Questions? Contact: commons@masshistoryalliance.org

Register here or visit the Mass History Commons to learn more.

9 January
Reception for “The Northfield Chateau – Remembered, Revisited” Exhibit
Great Falls Discovery Center, Great Hall, 1 – 3:30 pm

(Snow Date – January 16)

Get an introduction to the Northfield Chateau and meet the artist Jack Nelson. Light refreshments may be provided, depending on current Covid guidance.

The exhibit runs from 6 January thru 27 February.

Jack Nelson presents an architecturally accurate ceramic model of the Northfield Chateau. The exhibit includes interior and exterior photos, artifacts, a brief history of the architect Bruce Price, a brief history of the owner Francis Robert Schell, and, perhaps, most important, the usage of the Chateau as it evolved overtime to a most revered building with decades of memories. View a six-foot panorama photograph taken from the roof of the Chateau in 1906 upon its completion.