The Smithsonian has come to Franklin County!

Crossroads—Change in Rural America
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA

February 5 – March 18, 2023


The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA)/Memorial Hall Museum is pleased to join the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center (GFDC) and partners in bringing the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit to the center’s Great Hall in nearby Turners Falls. Sponsored by Mass Humanities, we are among six rural communities in the state chosen to host the exhibit and to provide accompanying programming with a local focus. Along with being a programming partner, PVMA has installed a companion exhibit in the GFDC Hallway Gallery: “Whose Viewpoint?” exploring the image-makers’ perspectives in reproductions of historic maps, illustrations, photographs, and paintings.

During the six weeks that Crossroads is on view, the partners are offering an exceptional array of programs touching on some of the themes explored in the exhibit. Learn more here and find the full event schedule here. All events are free (some require registration). Please join us!

Partners include the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, RiverCulture, Montague Public Libraries, and New England Public Media, with programming assistance from the Nolumbeka Project, Museum of Our Industrial Heritage, and Tilton Library.

Founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1870 as the first historical society in Western Massachusetts, today the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is a vibrant regional organization, supporting the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, Deerfield Teachers’ Center, Indian House Children’s Museum, and Community Outreach projects. Click the links on the sidebar to the right for information about each aspect of PVMA.

Memorial Hall Museum is open weekends in May; and Tuesday through Sunday from June through October. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2023. Keep up with events and musings by following us on social media. Use the Facebook links in the sidebar and find us on Instagram.

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