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Mt. Holyoke Summit House, Exhibit and Tours
From the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s Memorial Hall Museum, Skinner State Park Presents: The Time of My Life Summit House Parlor: Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, July 4 – September 29
Before cell phones and social media, the picture postcard reigned supreme. “Having the time of my life.” So wrote Bernice on a postcard sent to her “Ma” in the early 20th century—one among many cards from Memorial Hall Museum’s Collection that will grace the parlor room at the Summit House. Enlarged postcard scenes take visitors on an imaginary road trip, with stops at Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke Summit House, Sugarloaf, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail. Sit down and relax with reproduction postal souvenir albums, a hands-on stereoscope, and a Viewmaster with other area scenes that paint pictures of civic pride and new ideas about leisure and travel.
Summit House Tours Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
The advent of factory over farm work meant people had more time for leisure and more money to spend. In 1851, seizing upon this, a Northampton bookbinder and his wife built a tiny hotel on the peak of Mount Holyoke. Join us for a guided tour of the restored, 1861 version of what has since become known as the Summit House.
All Programs are free and open to the public. An adult must accompany children. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.