Find Your Voice: An Historical Perspective

July 12 @ 6:30 pm

Genealogy and a fascination with the past have a hold on many Americans. In New England, with the Puritan belief that everyone should be able to read the Bible, records have been kept since the first Europeans arrived. Records are hand-written, records are incomplete, and records are written about those individuals who did not or could keep their own writings. But they do give an intriguing glimpse into the past, what people thought about, and how they lived their lives.

This two-part event will focus on first-hand sources, written by people living in the time period, writing about their day-to-day life. On July 12, 2023, at the Athol Public Library, Elena Palladino and J. A. McIntosh will discuss online research and accessing archives without leaving home.

In the second part, on July 15, 2023, at the Swift River Valley Historical Society, they will produce original town meeting notes, correspondence between friends, and school records kept by the society.

Judy and Elena will talk about genealogy, how to use online sources such as Digital Commonwealth, how they got started with their research and writing, the value of local history.

This event is part of our summer reading program, Find Your Voice, and is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Athol Public Library and/or the Athol Cultural Council

Free and open to the public.

Register by calling 978- 249-9515 or by clicking