19th Century Spiritualism in the Pioneer Valley
Friday, November 16th, 12:15-12:45
On Friday, November 16nd, Head of Special Collections and Archives at UMass Robert Cox will present a talk about the Spiritualist movement in the Pioneer Valley. A product of the “spiritual hothouse” of the Second Great Awakening, Spiritualism became the fastest growing religion in the nation during the 1850s, and was a religion centered around communication with the spirits of the dead, usually through a spirit medium who interpreted the messages of those beyond. How did this powerful movement manifest in the communities of the Pioneer Valley, and what impacts did it leave? What losses and comforts drew local residents to Spiritualism?
The 30-minute program begins promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.