Upcoming Meetings 2022

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Meetings 2022

January 25, 2022 – “Gone A Whalin’: Western Mass Crews on Whalers” – Virtual Meeting

Presentation by Dennis Picard

Gone A Whalin’: Western Mass Crews on Whalers

When many of us imagine life aboard a 19th century whaling vessel we think of crews filled with men who had grown up with salt air in their lungs. Hear the true stories of inland crew members from Western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. Learn about the jobs they filled, their life on a whaler and how they fared. 

Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for forty years. He began his career in 1978 at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and spent twelve years filling various positions including lead interpreter, where he researched and designed many public programs which are still offered by that institution today. He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as historic trade craftsman and site interpreter.

Picard is the recipient of various grants that allow him to serve as project coordinator for research and implementation of programs and events at several historic sites and museums. He has served as a consultant for many historical societies and museums. His museum experience afforded him the ability to author many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England. He has edited film scripts and reviewed historic novels for accuracy of content. Picard held the position of Assistant Director and Director at several sites including Fort Number Four in Charlestown, New Hampshire and Sheffield Historical Society in the Massachusetts Berkshires. He recently retired after 27 years at Storrowton Village Museum, West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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February 22. 2022 – “The Maine-Canada-Ireland Connection – Seeking Rogers’ Roots” – Virtual Meeting

Presentation by Carol McCoy

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March 22, 2022 – “Paddy on the Railway: Irish Labourers and the Building of the Great Western Railroad” – Virtual Meeting

Presentation by Dennis Picard