It’s been a long time since I did a Then and Now post! This time, I have the Carnegie Library in Turners Falls, Massachusetts to share with you – my first Then and Now post for Massachusetts.
Turners Falls is a village in the town of Montague and is in western Massachusetts. I don’t really have a lot of family ties to Turners Falls, although one ancestor did get married there. However, the village is right across the Connecticut River from where an entire line of my family is from.
The message on the card reads, “Just a few lines to let you know that we are in the best of health and hope to find you the same. I didn’t have time to writer sooner because we had so much company so I thought I would take the pleasure to write. Love from Anna and Phyllis” and sent to Miss Marie Fichter in Buffalo, NY on September 30, 1914.
Today, the Turners Falls library is still in use, and is the main branch of the Montague Public Library System, which consists of three branches. Built in 1906, the library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and restored in 1985.
The library is open daily and is the only branch with wifi. They have interesting events and programs, including a monthly genealogy club meeting, activities for homeschooled children, and lots of programs for kids. Their library director of over 30 years recently retired. Their website is a little redundant, with pages for schedules, calendars, and programs, which all have mostly the same information. I couldn’t find any information on their collection, circulation or other services, but it looks like a pretty library with a vibrant children’s program.
All of the town’s newspapers are also available online thanks to a grant they received to digitize the newspaper collection. On a personal note, I just did a search for one of my family’s names and found a bunch of hits. What a wonderful resource!
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