Dr. Robert Weir will talk about his new book, Who Knew?, which tells the fascinating tales behind places and objects that we pass by but barely notice, including the West Street monument and the Adams Farm memorial on Florence Road. He will describe his sleuthing methods for separating fact from fiction. Who Knew? is a travel guide, an accessible history, and an offbeat love letter to Western Mass wrapped into one volume. In 32 succinct chapters, it identifies some local oddities, explodes a few tall tales, and suggests places in plain view to stop and admire.
Dr Robert E. Weir obtained his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; he recently retired. He has also taught at Smith College, Bay Path University, Mt. Holyoke College, Westfield State University, and as a senior Fulbright scholar in New Zealand.
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