Monthly Archives: October 2015

CHS on Instagram

The Charlemont Historical Society is now using Instagram to share highlights from the collection, photos of events, and more. You can see our first posts below.

If you have an Instagram account, you can follow us @charlemonthistorical. For those of you who don’t have an Instagram account, you can view our posts on the Instagram website.

 

Around 1920, before cars had built-in defrosters, “careful drivers” who wanted to avoid icy build-up on insides of their windshields could purchase one of these Clear Vision Sleet Removers, which was created in Charlemont by HS Kilgore & Company. What did such a device look like (other than “neat,” as the box declares)? It was a high-backed metal candle holder that could be affixed to the inside of a car windshield with two built-in suction cups. The high back of the holder would direct heat from a candle onto the windshield, melting away icy patches that prevented drivers from having a good view of the road ahead. (To see one of these devices assembled with a candle, search the online collection at thehenryford.org.) #inventions #automobile #modelt #westernma #westernmass #charlemontmassachusetts #historicalsociety

A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on

Charlemont High School Class of 1921. #charlemontmassachusetts #photograph #classpicture #1920s #graduates #westernmass #westernma #historicalsociety A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on

Starting over

OpenHouse

The Charlemont Historical Society lost its nonprofit status last year — something that happens automatically when annual reports are not filed for a few years with the IRS. Unfortunately, it is very common for small nonprofits, including historical societies, to face this problem. Membership and volunteer numbers dwindle until hardly anyone is left to run the organization.

The society has a wonderful collection, however, and a group of us who want to the organization to survive — and to thrive — has been working on ways to get it going again.

To that end, we held an open house at the CHS museum last weekend. Our hope was to find some new volunteers who would like to help move the historical society forward at this time of transition. We left feeling hopeful about the society’s future. We are now working on applying for nonprofit status again. Above all, we want to set up a sustainable organization that will be able to share the fascinating history of Charlemont well into the future.

We are looking for people who are interested in local history and who want to help out on the operations side of a nonprofit. Right now, we are drafting bylaws and a collection management policy, inventorying the collection, working on a strategic plan, and setting up some fun events for next year.

Would you like to help? If so, please send us an email at info @ charlemonthistoricalsociety.org. We would love to hear from you.

You also can stay up-to-date by following this blog and joining our email list (just fill out the short form below). We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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