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Thursday, June 19 2014

Orange Community Day at Valley Museum

Adapted from a Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum press release:

Emma Woodcock wishes to welcome fellow residents of Orange to a Community Day at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Emma, a life-long resident of Orange, is interning at the museum for the summer.  On Community Day, all are welcome at the museum from 10AM to 4PM.  Free tours will be given on the half–hour and, afterward, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the Orange community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley, and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

An American History major, and rising junior, attending Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Emma is thrilled to be working at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum this summer. “So often we learn about the events that comprise American History on the national stage—ranging from the Revolutionary War to the changing face of American culture,” Emma says. “Working at the museum presents a chance to contextualize what happened on a local level.” Emma has been interested in history from a young age, and first heard of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum through family friends who used to live in Sunderland. “I want to continue looking into local history,” Emma remarks; she hopes to participate in a program at Historic Deerfield next summer, which would allow her to conduct original research, give tours, and produce her own scholarly work on regional history.

The Porter–Phelps–Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family over the span of 200 years in the Connecticut River Valley and allows guests to experience the evolution of a nation through the family’s eyes. The house was built in 1752, with the last structural additions completed circa 1800. It is maintained in condition of last use and the interior décor is composed entirely of original objects, furniture, and artifacts. Visitors can witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War and the abolition of slavery, as well as learn about the changing role of women and the influence of various theological movements on local society.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is not only host to historical interpretation, but also to weekly concerts and teas. Every Wednesday evening the museum presents Wednesday Folk Traditions, an annual concert series featuring talented musicians working in a vast array of traditions, cultures, genres, and sounds, ranging from traditional American folk singers to diverse international ensembles. Every Saturday afternoon beginning in July, the Museum hosts “A Perfect Spot of Tea,” where guests are invited to relax on the back porch, sample desserts and tea from local restaurants and bakeries, and listen to talented local musicians.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Drive (Route 47) in Hadley, two miles north of the junction of Routes 9 and 47 North. The museum is open for guided tours Saturday through Wednesday, from 1PM to 4:30PM, and by appointment. For further information about the museum and its programs, visit our website at or call the museum at (413) 584-4699.