Quabbin Valley: Life As It Was (2015) is the third volume in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing by Elizabeth Peirce. Ms. Peirce will present a slide program of archival photographs featured in the book. When the 1927 Swift River Act allocated funds to construct the Quabbin Reservoir, it signaled the demise of the towns of Enfield, Dana, Greenwich, and Prescott which lay in the Swift River Valley. A total of 2500 people lost their homes, towns, and life as it was.Elizabeth Peirce, curator of the Swift River Valley Historical Society, is the author of three books about life in the Swift River Valley before the Quabbin Reservoir. Quabbin Valley: Life as it Was, The Lost Towns of the Quabbin Valley, and Quabbin Valley: People and Places all draw on photographs from the Swift River Valley Historical Society in New Salem, Massachusetts. Since the 1960s, she has been a leader in the preservation of the memories and artifacts of the former residents of the four “lost towns.”
The author will sign books before and after the presentation.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea or cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.