Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
Author Alexander Wolff’s grandfather, the renowned book publisher Kurt Wolff, fled the Nazis. Alex’s father Niko, left behind, fought for them. Steven Sinding joins Alex in conversation about his journey to Berlin to unravel the many transnational and intergenerational aspects of his family's story and their implications for our times.
The Norcross-West Marble Company Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15
The Norcross-West Marble Company was formed by Orlando W. Norcross of Worcester, MA and Spafford H. West of Dorset, VT to provide the 500,000 cubic feet of pure white marble needed for the New York Public Library being built on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Operations began in 1901, with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent building the required infrastructure, with a state-of-the-art finishing mill at Manchester Depot and a railroad connecting to the quarrying operations in South Dorset. By 1934, the mill was gone and the rails torn up; today the swimming quarry along Route 30 remains the only visible reminder of this monumental undertaking. Join Bill Badger and MHS curator Shawn Harrington for a look at the legacy of this era, both in the Northshire and around the nation.
Archaeological Boots on the Ground – Part II Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: TBD Fee: $15
The catalyst for this talk is a comment made by an acquaintance of the presenter who asked, “Why do you study Afghanistan’s history? They have always been a country of hunters and gatherers.” Where to begin? This is not a talk about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Instead, it offers a memoir about the experiences of a female archaeologist whose first trip abroad was to Afghanistan in 1975 and over the years continued to visit and study the country, learning its origins and contributions to world history. This presentation will explore the country’s history and its people beginning at the end of the late 15th century with Babur, who founded the Mughal Empire and chronicled his travels to places he described as “situated on the edge of the world.”