Paupers in Pelham and Surrounding Towns

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(2 South Valley Road)
[ 42.378065 , -72.468994 ]
When: Tuesday Jul 19 2016 ~ 7:00 pm

Join Leverett historian and artist Louise Minks for a fascinating, interactive program about paupers in Pelham and surrounding towns. Paupers were “auctioned off” at town meetings in New England from the 1600s generally through the Civil War; many towns developed town poor farms as an alternative to that method primarily post-Civil War right up until the New Deal. Pelham and Leverett’s early warrant articles and town meeting minutes reveal the names of paupers, who “bought” them and for how much.

Location: Pelham Library Ramsdell Room
Program co-sponsored with the Pelham Library
For more information contact Cynthia Weigel at 413-256-4606.