Two new exhibits are planned for the coming season at the Kemp-McCarthy Museum.One
exhibit is devoted to Rowe's original town doctor, Pardon Haynes. The
museum recently acquired a very impressive collection of treasures once
owned by Dr. Haynes, and they will be featured at the museum next
summer.The other display
focuses on Rowe's important and interesting history of generating
electric power. Rowe Yankee is legendary as a pioneering atomic energy
plant, and "Bear Swamp" is a massive pumped storage facility. An exhibit
incorporating the history and importance of these sites is in the
planning stages as well.
Please check this website for future updates.
Happy Valentine's Day!Below are some favorite photos of Rowe couples from the archives of the Kemp-McCarthy Museum. What a nice way to celebrate February 14th!
Jack and Nan Williams on their wedding day
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.
ROWE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
(We are closed for the season. Please visit us when we re-open in July.)
Please scroll down to see:
* A photo essay on past programs
*Some of our favorite posters
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."
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.
Here is a photo essay highlighting some of our past programs
Last Night's Fun, Celtic
Katherine First, Celtic
Bill Knittle, Country, Rock
Northampton Flutes, Classical
John Root, Traditional American
Dennis Ainsworth, Classical on antique piano
EXHIBITS HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF FAMOUS
ANTIQUE CLOTHING PROGRAMS
(with Antique Cars)
Joan DeGusto, Costume Historian
Lynda Meyer, Costume Historian
John Magnago, Norm Cousineau and Jim McKee
Professor John Anderson as
Robert Frost and
Joe Manning and the Lewis Hines Project
Hoosac Tunnel experts Tim Lawrence, Jerry Kelley, Carl Byron
and Chuck Cahoon
Cliff Schexnayder, Hoosac Tunnel author
History of Rowe's Fort Pelham with Michael Coe and
RHS Historian Nan Williams
Robert Osterhout, University of Pennsylvania professor and prolific author about Rowe archaeologist John Henry Haynes
Tom and Nan, preserving our antique clocks
Bonnie Nugent, handwriting analyst
Photo Essay Continues Below
The end of the year is a time to reflect on the past. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite posters from several of our many successful programs.
A special thanks to the Massachusetts and Rowe Cultural Councils for helping us fund many of our programs, and to you for supporting our efforts over the years!
Posters 1 and 9 above, courtesy of Leon Peters. Remaining posters by website editor.
Remembering Rail-Fan III - October 4, 2015
The Weather - Perfect!
The Audience - Standing room only and very enthusiastic!
The Speakers - Talented, knowledgeable, inspired!
The Exhibits - New, interesting and very well done!
The Exhibitors - Enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable!
The Food - Hot, fresh and delicious!
Rail-Fan III In a word - Perfect!
Thank you to everyone who made it a day to remember!
Thank you to our "standing room only" audience at Rail-Fan III. We scheduled repeat performances to accommodate everyone.