by Westfield Athenaeum


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Nestled at the foot of the Berkshires, the city of Westfield, Massachusetts, was first settled in 1639. In its earliest days, Westfield was a farming community, but by the end of the nineteenth century the history of the town was marked by great industrial growth. With the Industrial Revolution came an influx of newcomers from faraway lands, and Westfield became home to many Irish, Lithuanian, Polish, and Slovak immigrants. The people of Westfield, with their varied backgrounds, ideals, and dreams, worked together to make the city well-known as the whip capital of the world and the home of the Columbia bicycle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781531658304
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/06/1996
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

With Westfield, authors Patricia Thompson Cramer and Joan B. Ackerman of the Westfield Athenaeum present a vivid and exciting photographic essay documenting the history of this dynamic community from the turn of the century to the late 1960s. Drawing from the collections of the athenaeum, the Western Hampden Historical Society, the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, and several private collections, the authors have put together a remarkable collection of over two hundred images of the city, all of which are accompanied by informative, researched captions. Westfield will surely delight the city's older residents and enliven interest in local history among the young.

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