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‘A generational healing experience’: Exhibit documents the struggles of Cambodian families fleeing the Khmer Rouge who found refuge and a new community in Amherst
05-28-2024 10:39 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not long after 20 years of war finally ended in Vietnam in 1975, another wave of horrendous violence erupted just to the west.The Khmer Rouge, the Communist party of Cambodia, seized control of the country and began a brutal “reeducation” campaign...

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Meet the dinosaurs of western Mass: The Rock Fossil and Dinosaur Shop makes the prehistoric accessible for kids and adults
07-11-2024 8:49 PM

By PAIGE HANSON

Driving down the road on Route 5 in South Deerfield, commuters are met with a prehistoric surprise: a giant volcano with a huge dinosaur statue smack in front of a bright-green shack. Most find themselves asking, “What in the world is this...


Amherst Historical Commission not ready to OK demos on South Pleasant without more info
02-23-2024 9:55 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Appeals for more documentation of a historic performance space in a downtown building, possibly used by an Amherst College fraternity in the 19th century, are being made before the three-story brick structure is razed.The rear ell at 45...


Student project shines light on ‘alternate perspective’ of Deerfield history
06-28-2023 7:57 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Native American history is a standard element of the fourth grade curriculum. However, with Deerfield celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, Jennifer Smith’s class went one step further.Throughout the year, Smith’s students at Deerfield...


North Leverett sawmill preservation project underway
06-15-2023 10:45 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

LEVERETT — A community-led project to preserve and rehabilitate the 263-year-old North Leverett sawmill for future generations, as well as making it an integral part of the community for cultural, educational and recreational activities, is...


Antiques show returning to Deerfield on June 17-18
06-08-2023 11:19 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — For the first time in six years, Historic Deerfield and the Antique Dealers’ Association of America are bringing the annual antique show back to Deerfield.The show will take place in Deerfield Academy’s Hale Family Gym on Saturday, June...


A big cup of co-op: After 30 years, Dean’s Beans in Orange to become worker-owned
05-30-2023 9:01 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Change is brewing at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co., which is set to become a worker-owned cooperative on July 1.Dean Cycon founded the business in 1993 and, having recently turned 70, is ready to hand the reins to his 16 employees.“Who...


‘It’s a God thing’: Once shuttered and condemned, Shutesbury Community Church shines anew after years of upgrades 
04-05-2023 7:57 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

As a member of the Shutesbury Community Church for 30 years, Chris Footit is relieved to be back participating in and attending services, something he can do after a three-stop lift recently was installed at the 1827 meetinghouse on the town...


New app tells hidden history of Pocumtuck people at Historic Deerfield 
03-16-2023 7:16 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With the launch of its new mobile app, Historic Deerfield is inviting the public to learn about indigenous history through a walking tour placing the museum’s main street in its original context.Now available on the Apple App Store and the...

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