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img_1653The Pioneer Valley, located in Western Massachusetts, is one of New England’s most beautiful and vibrant locations. The Valley’s unique character draws upon the cultural, social, and academic presence of the Five Colleges (University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College and Amherst College) as well as the beautiful setting of the Connecticut River within the hills of the Holyoke range.

Holyoke is located 30 minutes north of Bradley International Airport  in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.  The Homewood Suites Hotel, where rooms for this institute have been reserved, is in Holyoke and easily accessible from the highway. 

Wistariahurst, the home location for this institute, is just 4 miles from the hotel.

There are several options for getting from the airport to the hotel:

Car rental is available from the airport with all major brands. However, you may not need a vehicle once you arrive at the hotel.  Transportation will be provided to and from the hotel daily for program and activities. A shuttle is available at the hotel for personal excursions. (Directions from Airport to Hotel)

Uber from Bradley Airport to Homewood Suites – estimated fare $40

Taxis are readily available at the Bradley Airport terminals.  Please confirm fare with your driver prior to your trip.  – estimated fare $80 plus gratuity

Door-to-Door Shared Van Service: $53 for 1 person one-way. Valley Transporter (advance reservations required) 413.253.1350,

Group Rates available if you would like to coordinate with other participants.


The Women Making Change Teachers Institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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