Fall 2015 Fieldtrip

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The History Department's Fourth Annual Field Trip

This year, history majors, minors, and faculty will be heading north up the Connecticut River to explore an important locale: the village that some call Turners Falls today, also known in indigenous terms as Peskeomskut. This stretch of the “Great River”—a 400-mile water highway running the length of New England—has been an ancient fishing (and gathering) place for the area’s Native American residents over thousands of years. It was a highly contested site of violence in the face of English colonization in the 17th century. By the 19th century, a planned industrial community harnessed the river current for hydropower to run mills. Today it is a community rich in artistic, cultural, heritage, environmental, and social justice commitments, as well as a place grappling with the effects of post-industrialization. As a land- and river-scape full of movement—of fish, diverse people, technology, commodities—the Falls offer a powerful site for exploration by history-minded visitors. 
We will be taking a bus from campus to the area and back. To help us plan, please RSVP directly to Holly Sharac via email if you intend to come (hsharac@mtholyoke.edu). The bus has limited capacity (32 people) so those who RSVP first will have priority in attendance. Others will be put on a wait list in case space opens up. The bus will depart at approximately 8:30 a.m., and return to campus at approximately 3 p.m. 
As this is an open-air field trip, taking place primarily outdoors rain or shine, be advised to wear shoes suitable for walking and clothes appropriate for mid-autumn weather in New England. The Department will provide lunch and drinks for participants. You are welcome to bring your own snacks.
Here’s one overview of this multi-layered site: