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Wistariahurst Museum

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238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 322 5660 https://wistariahurst.org

ABOUT WISTARIAHURST


Wistariahurst is an educational and cultural center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer and was built in 1874.

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Today, Wistariahurst offers a wide variety of public programs and events including: workshops, concerts, lectures and demonstrations and serves the community through educational programs, community partnerships, history projects, and outreach activities.

From I-91 North:
Take Exit 16 (Route 202/Soldier’s Home exit)
Bear right off the exit

From I-91 South:
Take Exit 16 (Route 202/Soldier’s Home exit)
Turn left at the end of the ramp

You will be on Cherry Street–it turns into Beech Street. Proceed through 6 Traffic lights – Hillside Avenue, the Yankee Pedlar, Holyoke Hospital, Holyoke High School, Franklin Street & Sargeant Street. After the sixth light you will go through the Intersection of Hampshire and Beech Streets. Wistariahurst Museum is on the right. The building and grounds occupy an entire block; the property is surrounded by a stone wall with wrought iron fencing.

There is on-street parking only.

September 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, Quilting Classes

September 24
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Would you like to hug someone in fabric? Make a quilt! This is an unstructured quilting class, for beginners and experienced quilters alike. It allows you to learn to quilt while you learn about various tools and techniques that make quilting fast and fun! Start a project of your own choosing, or bring a project you are already working on. If you are undecided, a beginner project is ready to welcome you to the satisfying art of quilt making. This…

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Wistariahurst Museum, Talk

September 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Western Massachusetts Baseball: Kevin Larkin has been going to baseball games since he was five years old. He is a baseball fan who loves the Yankees but loves to watch the sport no matter who is playing. He has authored/co-authored five books on baseball and writes articles for the Society of American Baseball research. He has presented all over Western Massachusetts about the sport he loves. His first book, Baseball in the Baystate is a history of the sport in the Commonwealth. Berkshire County’s…

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October 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, Quilting Classes

October 1
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Monday, repeating until September 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Would you like to hug someone in fabric? Make a quilt! This is an unstructured quilting class, for beginners and experienced quilters alike. It allows you to learn to quilt while you learn about various tools and techniques that make quilting fast and fun! Start a project of your own choosing, or bring a project you are already working on. If you are undecided, a beginner project is ready to welcome you to the satisfying art of quilt making. This…

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Wistariahurst Museum, Talk

October 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Handwrought Gravestones in Holyoke and vicinity, c.1720 to 1840:  An Introduction to Some of the Men Who Made Them: During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, most of the gravestones in what is now Holyoke were made at stonecutting shops in surrounding towns.  Until around 1800, all of the work was done manually – the mannerisms of each stonecutter enable one to differentiate the work of one stonecutter from another.  In this presentation Bob Drinkwater will introduce you to some…

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Wistariahurst Museum, Cemetery Tours

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Monuments, Markers, Crypts and Crosses are but a few of the sights you will see on this insightful walk through Forestdale Cemetery led by Wistariahurst Staff. Find out the history of some of Holyoke’s founding families, and learn some of the facts of death and dying in the 19th century. We will gather at the Entrance to Forestdale Cemetery at the corner of Sycamore and Pleasant Streets. Parking is available along Sycamore Street. Please note, this tour may require some walking…

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Wistariahurst Museum, by Candlelight (If You Dare!)

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Wistariahurst will host rare nighttime tours of the Skinner Mansion. Creep through darkened hallways and rooms. Explore the home by candlelight and feel the energy of those who lived there and those who worked there. Learn about the Skinner family, how the house came to Holyoke, and how silk, wisteria, and antique musical instruments transformed the building. Listen to stories of happenings in the house sure to make you shudder. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online…

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Wistariahurst Museum, by Candlelight (If You Dare!)

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Wistariahurst will host rare nighttime tours of the Skinner Mansion. Creep through darkened hallways and rooms. Explore the home by candlelight and feel the energy of those who lived there and those who worked there. Learn about the Skinner family, how the house came to Holyoke, and how silk, wisteria, and antique musical instruments transformed the building. Listen to stories of happenings in the house sure to make you shudder. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online…

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Wistariahurst Museum, Haunted!!

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Holyoke High Theater Company Presents: Haunted Wistariahurst! For one spooky night only the Holyoke High School Theater Company will take over the historic mansion at Wistariahurst to turn it into a fearsome and frightening haunted house for your Halloween delight! Special guest tour guides will take you through the old Skinner house, transformed into a nightmare! We expect this experience will sell out so advanced ticket purchases are encouraged. Ticket sale proceeds will benefit the HHS Theater Company and 2020 programs…

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Wistariahurst Museum, by Candlelight (If You Dare!)

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Wistariahurst will host rare nighttime tours of the Skinner Mansion. Creep through darkened hallways and rooms. Explore the home by candlelight and feel the energy of those who lived there and those who worked there. Learn about the Skinner family, how the house came to Holyoke, and how silk, wisteria, and antique musical instruments transformed the building. Listen to stories of happenings in the house sure to make you shudder. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online…

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Wistariahurst Museum, by Candlelight (If You Dare!)

October 30 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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Wistariahurst will host rare nighttime tours of the Skinner Mansion. Creep through darkened hallways and rooms. Explore the home by candlelight and feel the energy of those who lived there and those who worked there. Learn about the Skinner family, how the house came to Holyoke, and how silk, wisteria, and antique musical instruments transformed the building. Listen to stories of happenings in the house sure to make you shudder. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online…

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