Annual Ice Harvest

Dennis Picard & Crew
Noble & Cooley Mill Pond, Granville, Mass.

Co-sponsored with the Suffield Land Conservancy and the Noble & Cooley Museum. Don't let the draft horses do all the work! Wear grips on your boots and help cut ice with antique tools. Dependent on weather conditions. Museum open.

Storm date for the harvest is February 2.

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop: Preservation Techniques and Advice

Kent Memorial Library

Whether you have antiques to display or store, this is a workshop for you. SHS Trustees Nancy Noble and Anne Borg, along with our Museum Curator Lester Smith, will demonstrate and explain techniques and products available to safely preserve your family treasures and your investment collections. Join us as they discuss best practices for preserving books, papers, photos, paintings, and clothing.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Show & Tell Night: How Did Suffield Celebrate?

Kent Memorial Library

Anyone can sign up for a short presentation. We will focus presentations on Suffield celebrations in our past - at the our 200th, 250th, and 300th anniversaries; the Sesquicentennial and the Bicentennial of the USA; or perhaps at the end of the Civil War and the World Wars? Family stories, photographs, programs, and mementoes are all welcome. Contact Art Sikes (860-668-0414) by March 1st to sign up and let him know if you need arrangements for showing digital photographs and graphics,

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Need Volunteers

Academy Students Focus on 350th Celebration

Bill Sullivan's Suffield Academy American Studies Students
Kent Memorial Lbrary

What public history skills do historians employ to create and celebrate a meaningful sense of place in any community? What part of our past should be showcased today? What are the best practices associated with the process of making effective public history that will best engage community members? Students delve into historical topics relevant to Suffield's 350th aniversary and share from this sustained inquiry. They will design public history projects that will hopefully benefit the town's process of commemorating this significant anniversary year.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Need Volunteers

Native Ecosystems of Suffield

Agronomist Todd Mervosh, PhD - Plant Scientist and Land Conservationist
Kent Memorial Library

Suffield encompasses a large area of land (>42 square miles) consisting of diverse topography and ecosystems. Much of it remains undeveloped as agricultural lands, woodlands, meadows, wetlands, and other open space. A long history of farm families, conservation-minded citizens and town leaders have maintained these lands for the benefit of ourselves, future residents, and the native plants and animals that live among us. Todd will discuss the ecosystems of Suffield and a brief history of land conservation in town. He will also address ecological threats caused by spread of non-native invasive species.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Anne Borg & Judy Quinn

Suffield's Past in Photographs

Anne Borg & Lester Smith
Kent Memorial Library

Lester Smith and Anne Borg have joined forces again to comb the Society's historical photograph collection for homes along the highways and byways of Suffield. With special thanks to the research done by our new president Art Sikes, they have new insight into the location and stories of many of these antique buildings. Come to see if you recognize your neighbor's home - or even your own - as it looked when photography first became a way to chronical the development of our community!

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Need Volunteers

Ice Cream Social

King House Lawn

Bring friends and family, pack a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social. Ice cream and entertainment provided by SHS.

Rain date: Thursday, July 16

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.