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Civil War Sketch Book Returns Home to Holyoke
June 30, 2022

Civil War Sketch Book Returns Home to Holyoke

Drawn by Joseph M. Perkins, Company D of the 34th Massachusetts Division In 1862 Joseph Perkins left his home in Holyoke and enlisted as a private with Captain Thompson’s Company…

Radio Interviews & Podcasts
Connecting Threads
August 1, 2021

Connecting Threads

103.5 WCCH show host StevieC reunites with Penni Martorell of Wistariahurst to take a tour of the latest gallery show, Connecting Threads: Bridal Gowns from the Wistariahurst Textile Collection. We…

Letters from the Front
January 27, 2020

Letters from the Front

Penni Martorell, archivist for Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, reads letters sent from a Holyoke soldier from the front during World War II. She and show host Stevie C. discuss…

Erika Slocumb’s Black Holyoke Project
February 28, 2019

Erika Slocumb’s Black Holyoke Project

In this third episode of the Wistariahurst Series on 103.5 WCCH’s Monday Mash with Stevie C., scholar, educator and UMass PhD candidate Erika Slocumb is our guest along with City…

Reliquary of Blackness
November 5, 2019

Reliquary of Blackness

The Black Holyoke experience was recently on display at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, with an arts expo, curator’s talk and more. The newest exhibit “Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit…

Spirits of Wistariahurst
September 5, 2019

Spirits of Wistariahurst

Celebrate the season of ghosts, graves and darkened hallways with show host Stevie C. and Wistariahurst Archivist Penni Martorell. Penni gives a rundown of all the fascinating October events happening…

Stitch by Stitch
July 11, 2019

Stitch by Stitch

Maybe you’ve seen them in flea markets or on the walls of antique houses or museums. Framed pieces of cloth with what may look like embroidered figures of people and…

Hoop Skirts, Zoot Suits, and Flappers
July 2, 2019

Hoop Skirts, Zoot Suits, and Flappers

A fun romp through Holyoke’s history of textiles with City Historian and Wistariahurst Archivist Penni Martorell.

Holyoke’s Frog Circus
June 4, 2019

Holyoke’s Frog Circus

A frog on a trapeze? City of Holyoke Historian and Archivist at Wistariahurst Museum Penni Martorell joins Valley View show host Stevie C. for an intriguing and delightful discussion about…

Wistariahurst Gardens
April 29, 2019

Wistariahurst Gardens

As we head into the spring season, Penni Martorell, archivist at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA, talks with 103.5 WCCH show host Stevie Converse about the spectacular display of wistaria…

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