Whately History Presentations

Some recent Whately Historical Society presentations are available online thanks to FCAT community television.


“Whately Farm Tales,” with Jim LaSalle, WHS presentation, May 4, 2017

“Whately Tobacco,” by Harold Swift, WHS presentation, Nov. 3, 2016

“Whately Cemetery Preservation” by Darcy Tozier and Paul Fleuriel, WHS presentation, March 3,2016

“Whately’s Farming History”   by Dereka Smith, WHS presentation, Oct. 6, 2016

“When the Roads Came Through: The Building of I-91” by Barry Dietz, WHS and Hatfield Historical Society presentation, March 5, 2018

“An Evening with Lois Bean,” WHS presentation, April 4, 2018

“Curtains Without Borders”  the story of the 1930s theater curtain in Whately Town Hall by Chris Hadsel, WHS presentation, September 11, 2019


The Whately Town Hall Curtain (c. 1938) was designed as a backdrop for the stage in the second-floor auditorium of Whately Town Hall. In the early 20th century, such painted murals and scenic landscapes were installed at hundreds of stages across New England. Whately’s curtain was painted by Robert Naves (1916-1944) of the Crystal Arts Studio in Exeter, N.H., which made individualized curtains for theaters and auditoriums in many towns. Mr. Naves used a standard design format, the Advertising Street Scene shown below, for his curtains. More information

“Whately’s Post Offices”  by Judy Markland, WHS presentation, Nov. 7, 2019

“Whately Stories from the Civil War”  by Dereka Smith, WHS presentation, Februrary 6, 2020.

“A Canterbury Tale of Whately’s Evolving Natural and Human Landscape,” WHS, Whately 250, & Mass Cultural Council Presentation, June 19, 2022

Anthropologist Peter A. Thomas discusses 12,000 years of climate change and its impact on the settlement patterns of Native peoples in Whately and the Connecticut River valley.

See Peter Thomas’s slides