Rowe Historical Society
Kemp-McCarthy Museum
 
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Sunday October 4, 2015
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Carl Byron, author of "A Pinprick of Light" will be in Rowe on October 4th for Rail-Fan Sunday III. He is shown here discussing the Hoosac Tunnel with RHS Trustee Ellen Miller.
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Special Visitors

RHS benefactor Helen McCarthy's nephew Charlie Burke, and his sister, Carolyn Rhoads, recently visited the Kemp-McCarthy Museum. Charlie's wife, Suzy, also toured the museum.

"Helen and Ray would be extremely pleased," said Charlie.

Thanks to these very special people for visiting the museum!

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Dynamic, Never Static

Our Kemp-McCarthy Museum is anything but static. In fact, we're constantly upgrading, enhancing, and rotating our collection to make our museum a dynamic force for preserving and showcasing Rowe's past.

Pay us a visit on Sundays between 2-4.

Remember, there's always something new at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum!

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"HOW WE DO
WHAT WE DO"

There have been many recent improvements at the Rowe Historical Society.

If you have ever wondered how we do it, consider the following example.

All the trustees agreed we needed a railing beside the entrance to the Carriage House. We knew that doing it correctly would require quite an investment in time and resources, so here's what happened.

Clayton Miller donated his time, labor and the high-quality materials; J.S. Rae Construction allowed the use of their heavy equipment on the project; and the A.L. Avery store supplied the chain at no cost.

That's how we did it!

Thank you Clayton (for all the work done on the Fourth of July holiday), J.S. Rae, and A.L. Avery!

Pictures below

Here's another example of how we do what we do.

Have you ever wondered where we get all the delicious food we serve at our events, or how we stock our beverage table?

The answer is easy: volunteers bake at home and donate their delicious food to the museum, and they also donate a wide assortment of beverages.

Thank you for your generosity!

More "How We Do" examples will be added soon!
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THE AMERICAN
CIVIL WAR
SESQUICENTENNIAL
2015
April 21, 1861 - April 9, 1865

Remembering residents from Rowe who served in the American Civil War*

 Emory P. Andrews
James M. Allen
William Bemis
Abel C. Bliss
Carpenter Bliss
Waitsill Bliss
J. Franklin Brown
Newton L. Brown
Reuel Bullard
Everett E. Cressey
George Cressey
Rodolphus D. Fish
John Fitzgerald
Adinoram J. Gleason
J. H. Harrington
Charles H. Hathaway
John W. Haynes
David Henry
Hiland H. Hicks
George R. Jeffords
William Kelley
George R. King
John Leonard
Judson Lovely
William Lynet
Thomas Love
Jasper C. Miller
Houghton Paine
James H. Paine
Nataniel R. Rice
Albert Scott
Charles H. Scott
Thomas L. Scott
Lyman Scott
Russell Sears
Russell Stafford
Chauncey Stafford, Jr.
Luther Stafford
Joseph A. Sibley
Philo Sibley, Jr.
Leroy S. Stanford
E.M. Stephens
Royal W. Stone
Amos Temple
Andrew Thorrington
George A. Wilcox
Luman Wilcox
Alonzo M. Wilson
Richard Woffenden
Henry C. Wright
R.M. Wilson
         Samuel Woffenden             (Enlisted as a resident of Hawley)
*Partial list
Union Army at Washington

Welcome to the Rowe Historical Society


Rail-Fan III   Sunday, October 4, 2015

Photo: Ellen Miller
Meet Your Neighbors at Rail-Fan Sunday III on October 4
Welcome to our newest exhibitor:
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
(Click on the blue "RAIL-FAN III" tab on the left to learn more)
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ABOUT THE ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

 

The Rowe Historical Society owns and operates the Kemp-McCarthy Museum located at 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, Massachusetts. It opened on June 30, 1963.

 

The museum has an extensive collection of local artifacts and antiques. Highlights of the collection include antique quilts, 19th century dolls, period costumes, china and glassware, sleighs, furniture, photographs, cookware, tools, farm implements, and an original 19th century hearse. Exhibits are updated regularly.

 

The Kemp-McCarthy Museum also has many valuable photos of townspeople and local sites, as well as literature from the Davis Mine and the Yankee Atomic Electric Company.

 

The Rowe Historical Society publishes The Bulletin, dedicated to the preservation of local history by highlighting "bits of history, old letters, pictures, news clippings and anything of interest to the history of Rowe," and The Rowe Historical Society Newsletter, featuring information on upcoming events and programs.

 

Many books are published by the Rowe Historical Society, including The History of Rowe, Massachusetts by Percy Whiting Brown and Nancy Newton Williams.

 

The Kemp-McCarthy Museum is open to the public every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from July through mid-October, and at other times by appointment. Concerts, holiday celebrations, literary programs, and other cultural activities are held at the museum throughout the year.

 

Our website also provides useful information on membership in the Rowe Historical Society and directions to the Kemp-McCarthy Museum.



RAIL-FAN III "THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOOSAC TUNNEL" HAS MOVED FROM THIS PAGE TO A SPECIAL SECTION. JUST CLICK ON "RAIL-FAN III" ON THE MENU OF CHOICES ON THE UPPER LEFT.

Here's a preview of the Rail-Fan III Program: Cliff Schexnayder, PE, "The Hoosac Tunnel - Birthplace of Modern Tunneling"; Jerry Kelley, "Around the East Portal"; Tim Lawrence, "The Haupt Tunnel"; "What Goes Through the Hoosac Tunnel?" (special presentation); Meet Craig S. O'Connell, Hoosac Tunnel Photographer; Dirk Hertel, TCA, "Display Case of Bing Trains"; Meet key members of the following professional organizations: Amherst Railway Society, Boston & Main Railroad Historical Society, North Adams Historical Society, Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts; Hoosac Tunnel-related exhibits, Berkshire Scenic Railway Hoosac Valley Service exhibits (www.hoosacvalleytrainride.com)


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BUILDERS OF THE HOOSAC TUNNEL WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THE AUTHOR, CLIFF SCHEXNAYDER, AT RAIL-FAN III AT THE ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4. DON'T MISS THIS SPECIAL EVENT. PLEASE READ MORE BELOW.

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The Rowe Historical Society & Kemp-McCarthy Museum Join
 Time Travelers:
RHS Members Benefit

Members of the Rowe Historical Society now have an important bonus included free with all paid memberships: exclusive benefits and privileges at over 250 organizations in more than 40 states across the country, such as free or discounted admission and gift shop discounts. Time Travelers, a reciprocal membership network for historical sites and museums throughout the United States, now includes the Rowe Historical Society (and its members) in this network.

The Rowe Historical Society is one of seven Massachusetts museums to participate in the program; others include the Nantucket Historical Association, Falmouth Museums on the Green, the Jackson Homestead in Historic Newton, the Shirley-Eustis House Museum in Roxbury, the Westford Historical Society and Museum, and the Worcester Historical Museum.  Many Rowe members spend part of the year in Florida, and there are many museum in the "Sunshine State" that participate in this program, including historical society museums in Fort Lauderdale, Key West and Tampa Bay.

Time Travelers is sponsored by the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. To see other museums nationwide that participate in the network, visit www.timetravelers.mohistory.org.

Remember to have your Rowe Historical Society membership card with you when you travel in order to receive these benefits at network museums.