Rowe Historical Society
Kemp-McCarthy Museum
 
VALENTINE
GREETINGS
TO YOU!

Please scroll down and enjoy some antique valentines


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Thank you to the Rowe and Massachusetts Cultural Councils for supporting many of our programs.
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Winter is a great time of the year to read some of the fine publications produced by the Rowe Historical Society.
Looking Ahead
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
Mr. and Mrs. B. Henry
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Furlon
Mr. and Mrs.Davenport
Mr. and Mrs. Foster
Mr. and Mrs. Magnago
Mr. and Mrs. Woffenden
Mr. and Mrs. Newton
Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle

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 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."


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.


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Here is a photo essay highlighting some of our past programs

MUSIC
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
ROWE ARTISTS

John Marin

Thomas Enneking

ANTIQUE CLOTHING PROGRAMS
(with Antique Cars)
Joan DeGusto, Costume Historian

Lynda Meyer, Costume Historian

John Magnago, Norm Cousineau and Jim McKee

DRAMATIC PERFORMANCES
Professor John Anderson as
Robert Frost and
Washington Irving



LOCAL HISTORY
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
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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.

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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.