The Museum of Industrial History’s mission is to celebrate our industrial heritage through preserving, collecting, and educating the public, with emphasis on Franklin County and Athol, Massachusetts. At the heart of it is the story—the people who created and lived this history, and how their work and lives can inform ours today.
The museum was founded by local resident, Leon Weeks, and incorporated in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The board and dedicated volunteers have been hard at work preserving, collecting, and documenting artifacts and related archival material—from the smallest tap and die to the large 19th century machines made right at our own site.
With its recent move to the Newell Snow factory site on Mead Street in Greenfield along the Green River (a site that has seen continued industrial use since John Parson’s 1690 sawmill), and our 2011 exhibit makeover, the museum is poised for growth and significant community involvement in the years ahead.
History Bites is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering various aspects of the history of Amherst and the lives of those who once lived here.
Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
About the Speaker
Don Campbell graduated from UMass in 1979 with a degree in anthropology. After a stint in the world of work he earned a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of South Carolina alias the USC.
Returning to this lovely valley he worked in GIS and transportation planning. Later he was instrumental in the development of PV Squared, a worker owned solar installation company. When he was introduced to Jim Terapane, now president of the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage (MOIH), he jumped at the chance to serve on the board. During this period he also began working a semi-retirement job at Historic Deerfield.
MOIH allows him to combine his education in culture and place with his love of this amazing place and its stories.