North Adams Museum 

of History and Science
North Adams Historical Society




Exhibits and Events:

Temporary Exhibits:

Main Street Connections

The temporary exhibit takes a snapshot look at Main Street using maps, photographs, and postcards.  The most historical item is an 1853 map of North Adams (which is a reject from the Library so some liberties have been taken in displaying it).  We then include copies of the downtown area from 1869, 1900, and 1908 maps along with some overviews of Main Street.  Christine St. John loaned us three collages; two of Main Street buildings and one showing what was done to the Gatslick building (J. J. Newberry to most people) before it became Moulton’s General Store and now Shear Madness.

The exhibit is in our first floor temporary gallery. It will continue through April 9th.

Upcoming Events: Annual Meeting, Importance of the Hoosac Tunnel, and Old Peppersass.

Join us Sunday April 10th at 1PM at Boston Seafoods Restaurant for the Annual Meeting.  The guest speaker will be Dr. Paul Donovan who has published “North Adams Regional Hospital, A Historical Perspective, Part One; 1882-1910”.  He will talk about this and about his research into the next two books in this series.  If you wish to join us for lunch ($19 for one of 3 selections) please email for details or join us for the talk at 2:15. Admission to the talk is free.

On Saturday June 11, 2016, the North Adams Historical Society will sponsor a talk by Cliff Schexnayder, PE, author of the recently published “Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel: Baldwin, Crocker, Doane, Shanley” at 2PM at the North Adams Public Library.  The talk is free and open to the public.

On Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 2016, the North Adams Historical Society will host “Everything Trains – Peppersass Comes to North Adams at Western Gateway Heritage State Park.  The 150th anniversary of Old Peppersass occurs in 2016 and as a part of a nationwide tour there is a stop in North Adams.  A 48-minute video will be shown twice daily in Building 4N at the Park.  Admission is free and there will be a daily drawing for a family pack, four tickets usually priced at $60 each, to ride the actual Mt. Washington Cog Railway.


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