An executive committee of five organized the centennial celebration for the town of Enfield, Massachusetts in 1916. Includes minutes of some of the public and committee meetings held to plan the celebration, letters received by committee members, historical sketches prepared for distribution at the event, programs of the entire celebration and sports events, the official invitation, a committee member's badge, and news clippings.
The collection is open for research.
Background on Creator:
The town of Enfield, Massachusetts sent invitations across the country to former residents and natives to come celebrate its centennial July 2, 3, and 4, in 1916. Private contributions supplemented the $1000 appropriated by the town for festivities, which included a parade of "floats, automobiles, horribles, etc."; religious services; sports events; band concert; and fireworks. Executive committee members were: Dr. Willard B. Segur; R.W. Hewitt; J.W. Flint; D.W. Howe; and Charles W. Felton.
Enfield was among the Western Massachusetts towns abolished in 1938 to allow the Swift River Valley to be flooded, thereby creating the Quabbin Reservoir to provide Boston with water.
Contents of Collection
The records consist of minutes of some of the public and committee meetings held to plan the celebration; letters received by committee members, chiefly from vendors of services for such celebrations; historical sketches prepared for distribution at the event; programs of the entire celebration and sports events; the official invitation; a committee member's badge; and news clippings.
Acquired from Donald Howe, 1960.
For photos see MS21.
Processed by Linda Seidman, 1985.
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Cite as: Enfield Centennial Celebration Records (MS 63). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.