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Event Series Event Series: Wistariahurst Museum, Exhibit

Wistariahurst Museum, Exhibit

September 25

View Holyoke’s history with a new lens in “A Reliquary of Blackness Chapter 2: A Legacy of Hope.” This immersive exhibit invites you to explore the vibrant tapestry of Holyoke’s Black heritage. The collection includes a rich mosaic of photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, short stories, sketches of forgotten buildings, and evocative recordings. As you wander through the exhibit, you’ll uncover the powerful stories of resilience and determination that have left an indelible mark on the city. This amazing exhibit will have a soft opening on September 18th, followed by a gallery talk being held on September 19th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Wistariahurst. Join us for a captivating discussion featuring Erika Slocumb, Dian McCollum, Doug Griffin, and Trudy Monson, the passionate individuals behind the “Reliquary of Blackness Chapter 2: A Legacy of Hope” exhibition.”Through these particular stories, I aim to exhibit not only the work that folks have done for Holyoke but also to show the fullness of their humanity,” says Erika Slocumb, the exhibit’s curator and scholar. “While the information presented in the exhibit is bountiful it is only the tip of a vast historical iceberg.”This exhibit celebrates the legacy of Black individuals, families, and organizations that have shaped Holyoke’s culture, industry, and commitment to community betterment. Their enduring impact is a testament to the spirit of hope and progress that continues to thrive in Holyoke today. Join Wistariahurst Museum and the community in honoring these remarkable contributions and exploring the intricate threads woven into the vibrant tapestry of Holyoke’s history. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend this inspiring event. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with history and celebrate the profound influence of these unsung heroes.

September 18th-October 10th | Mondays, 10am-2pm and Tuesdays, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Monday Oct 9th, closed for Columbus day, Indigenous People’s Day.


September 25


Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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