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The Pride of Springfield vs The Pride of the Lakota

Florentine Films/Hott Productions finished two films this year that, at first blush, would appear to have no connection at all.  One is SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield, a half-hour film about a band in Springfield, MA that has a profoundly positive effect on the graduation rates of a troubled high school.  The graduation rates for […]

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Herencia Latina

Latina/os in Turners Falls

On Thursday September 17th, around twenty-five people gathered at the Shea Theater in Turners Fall to watch episode six of Latino Americans, the six-hour, 3-part documentary that aired on PBS in spring 2013. Facilitator Mari Castañeda, Ph.D., reflects on the gathering.

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Tax Stamps (London, 1765) Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society

Boston’s 1765 Stamp Act Riots, a 250-Year Perspective

Two hundred and fifty years ago this month—on August 14 and 26, 1765—tax riots convulsed Boston and changed the course of American history. As many as 3,000 people took to the streets to protest a tax recently enacted in London for “defraying the Expenses of defending, protecting and securing the British Colonies and Plantations in America,” territories vastly expanded by the 1763 Peace of Paris, which ratified sweeping British victories over France and Spain in the “French and Indian” or Seven Years War.

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History in Fiction, for Young and Old

In the thick of the Cold War in 1960’s America, young Juliet Klostermeyer’s mother finally agrees to sit down with her daughter to watch Mr. Ed on TV. It’s a big moment for Juliet, the eleven-year-old protagonist of Ellen Wittlinger’s This Means War. Lately, her mother has been too stressed managing the family’s failing store to spend much time with her daughter.

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Interview with Harley Erdman, Playwright for Nobody’s Girl

The Northampton Academy of Music Theater will debut the new play, Nobody’s Girl, a screwball-style comedy based on a true story from the early 1940s. The events involve Mildred Walker, a cashier at the Academy (then a movie theater), who was promoted to Manager when the Academy’s longtime manager was suddenly called to military service. The men leasing the Academy attempted to oust her, Mildred and the Academy’s Board resisted, accusations flew – and the case ended up in court.

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