Originally called Masacksic (translated as “Long Meddowe” by early settlers), Longmeadow was settled by Puritans in 1636, and became independent from Springfield in 1784. Famous residents include Stephen Williams, the “boy captive” of Deerfield, Richard Salter Storrs, Nathaniel Ely, Eleazer Williams, Samuel “Marchant” Colton, Reverent Samuel Wolcott, John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, and Mary Ida Young. Longmeadow’s rich history was documented by Paesiello Emerson, bootmaker and Civil War veteran who took up photography in retirement, and captured more than 1,500 glass-plate images of Longmeadow between 1900 and 1927. Dr. Higgins will illustrate the history of Longmeadow with selected images from his recent book “Images of America: Longmeadow” published by Arcadia in 2018.
Presented by Thomas L. Higgins MD, MBA, Physician and Historian, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Case Management, and Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.