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Longmeadow Historical Society

2014-2015 Officers


President- Michael Gelinas
Vice President- Al McKee
Treasurer- Vacant
Assistant Treasurer- Terry Shotland
Recording Secretary- Betsy McKee
Corresponding Secretary- Laurie Hatch

Curator, Emeritus- Linda Abrams

Board Members

Ben Craft Eric Craven
Andrew Drummey Michael Gelinas
Laurie Hatch Margaret Humberston
Elliot Levy Betsy McKee
Al McKee Jim Moran
Terry Shotland  

Recent Events

The Longmeadow Historical Society held its annual treat for both children and adults- Ghosts in the Graveyard on Friday, October 24, 2013 at the Longmeadow Cemetery. See our Facebook page for photos of this event.

The Longmeadow Historical Society held its Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Williams Middle School, Longmeadow, MA. 

In addition to the usual business, the meeting included presentation of a gift of appreciation to Ms. Linda Abrams and Mr. Crawford Lincoln for their many years of dedicated work as they both retire from active roles.  There was also election of new officers and addition of one new member to the Board of Directors.

John Demos- Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University was the guest speaker who spoke to a large audience of 150- 200 people about his book The Unredeemed Captive which won the Francis Parkman Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Long Meddowe Days 2014 took place on May 17-18, 2014 on the Longmeadow Town Green.  Storrs House was open to visitors on both Saturday and Sunday and over 200 people visited and viewed the recently updated exhibits.

The Longmeadow Historical Society sponsored a exhibit at Storrs Library entitled Through the Lens- Longmeadow 100 Years Ago during the month of May 2014. During this exhibit a series of Emerson photos were displayed.  There was a Community Reception on May 12 at Storrs Library with invited speaker Bill Fournier speaking about vintage cameras and photography. Plans are in place to have permanent displays of some of these photos at Storrs Library, Longmeadow Adult Center and Longmeadow High School.



2014 Community Preservation Act Funding


The Longmeadow Historical Society and the Storrs Library submitted a request to the Longmeadow Community Preservation Committee for 2014 CPA funding of much needed repairs to Storrs House.  These repairs included conversion of the basement into a more suitable environment for storage of records and artifacts as well as a work space for research and cataloging.  The committee recommended funding of $37,207 which was approved at the Longmeadow Annual Town Meeting on May 13, 2014. 

Work is currently underway and is expected to be completed later this year.

Town residents at the Annual Town Meeting on May 8, 2012 approved the expenditure of $50,000 of CPA monies for the repair and upgrade of Storrs House.

A new cedar shingle roof as well as a new air conditioning and heating system were installed in November 2012 as part of this CPA project.

Longmeadow Historical Society

697 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
(413) 567-3600
LongmeadowHS@gmail.com


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