RECENT VISITORS ARCHIVE
Recent visitors and workers at the Historical Museum
Looking for Sandersons...
Professional genealogist Alexandra Stocker of Hanover, Mass., finds some records about her ancestors, the Isaac Sanderson family, during a fall 2012 visit. She also passes on some useful search information to us as well!
And for Fields....
Zechariah Field descendant George Lee of New York looks up information on his relatives and connects with other Field family members after an early summer 2012 visit to the Hill cemetery.
Civil War reenactor Stephen Raff visits the Hatfield Library and the museum's Civil War Exhibit as he publicizes the "Battle of the Seven Pines" at Look Park (Aug. 11-12), presented by the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. It sounds like an exciting schedule, complete with battle reenactments, medical tents, a train robbery and even a battle for kids. (If only he could always accompany our Civil War exhibit -- he looks so good there!)
Two great-granddaughters of Matt Klocko visit the Polish Immigration Exhibit and try out the large cabbage cutter. Matt emigrated from Poland around 1910 at age 14 (!) and went on to open the Hatfield Market in 1928 and operate it for the next 30 years. (Come see some artifacts of his life in the exhibit.)
Washington state comes to Hatfield
A former Hatfield resident, now hailing from Washington state, makes a fall visit to the museum with her Hadley relatives.
Wishing for central air...
With a fan at her back and a slit window at her front, Smith Academy senior Katie Keating tries to stay cool on 90-degree days as she inputs records from the Hill Cemetery from the late 1800s. This was just one of the many jobs Katie worked on as the museum's summer assistant.
First graders tour museum
Hatfield Elementary School students from Miss Wilby's and Mrs. Hudzik's 1st grade classes tour the Historical Museum in mid-June after visiting the library. Here, students check out the horn that was used to call the ferry man back from the Hadley side of the river.
Searching for clues
When Archaeologist Randy Daum last visited the museum, he looked through some of our early deeds, including a deed signed by Robert Bardwell from 1714.
Time to mortgage the cow?
Henry Kulesza, Smith Academy Class of '64, visiting from Florida, checks out a book of
records from 1954 for non-
real-property mortgages. These loans are not for houses -- but for items such as cars and even cows!
Visitors from Connecticut
The day before Fall Festival 2011, we were graced by a visit from New England historical consultant Bill Hosley (formerly chief curator of American Decorative Arts at the Wadsworth Atheneum for 17 years) and his wife Christine Ermenc, director of the Windsor (CT) Historical Society. Check out Bill's Housing History Facebook community page (5 photos).
Visitors from Oregon
The long-distance visitor award for June goes to this man and his wife from Ashland, Oregon, who were excited to find some documents relating to their ancestors.
Laws from the King and Queen
Farm Museum Curator George Ashley fills out intake sheets for a trio of leather-bound law books for the Massachusetts Bay town of Hatfield, under English rule in the mid-1700s.
Volunteers of all ages
Zach and Tia Lee help out up in the museum by loading stereoscopic cards into clear archival sleeves.
The late Frank Godek (former Hatfield Selectman and police officer) stopped by in the summer of 2010 and checked out our collection of U.S. flags and military uniforms.
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