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Travel into the Past
Wistariahurst, the Holyoke-based historical museum, and Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative art and design space in the Holyoke Innovation District, teamed up this spring to produce a traveling museum experience, comprised of installation space, protective cases for artifacts and objects, and a recording area where members of the community can document and share their memories. “We have a fantastic collection of objects, documents, photographs, maps, and multi-media pieces that we want people to be aware of,” said Wistariahurst Director Kate Preissler. “Our goal here is to physically take this material out into the city and use it to engage people the same ways we would at the museum. We want to interact with people who’ve never heard of Wistariahurst, those who can’t get here, and maybe even get some folks excited about history who would never before have thought that a museum was a place that would interest them.” Wistariahurst is working with several community partners and organizations to set up a schedule for the traveling museum after its debut this spring. Pictured at right: Holyoke City Historian Penni Martorell holds a ‘dandy roll’ once used to watermark paper products. At left: examples of some museum items that may travel.
Fit to Be Healthy
The annual Springfield College Fit Fest, held last week at the college’s Field House, recognizes National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day, an annual event of the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Assoc. More than 40 exhibits and activities representing Springfield College groups and area businesses addressed wellness topics including mental health, skin safety, nutrition, emergency preparedness, and healthcare. Attendees had the opportunity to receive a free chair massage, measure their body fat, participate in a functional movement screening, and learn about self-defense. Exhibitors included the Springfield North WIC Program, the Melanoma Foundation of New England, the American Cancer Society, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Boston Ski and Sports Club, and more. Pictured: 2016 Fit Fest organizers Kate (McMahon) Luscombe and Kristen Brosius, with a couple of canine companions, prepare for the festivities in the Field House.