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The institute will be based out of Wistariahurst, former home of industrialist William Skinner and current educational and cultural center for the City of Holyoke. The site consists of a preserved historic estate, a renovated carriage house museum and meeting space, a modern research archive, and three acres of manicured gardens. Wistariahurst’s textile collection, archive, and interpretive materials will also provide a rich environment for general hands-on study of the time period.

Housing

For our out-of-town participants, a group of rooms has been reserved at Homewood Suites in Holyoke. Each room includes a kitchen facility, breakfasts, four dinners, and shuttle transportation to nearby locations (including restaurants, grocery stores, and to and from the Museum). The room rate is $124.00 per night.

Meals

Breakfasts will be provided by the hotel, participants may utilize their kitchen spaces to prepare their preferred meals, or take the shuttle to nearby restaurants or diners. Lunch options correspond with the schedule of day. Lunch options in Holyoke range from $7 – 12 per meal. Participants are responsible for their own dinners, but have the option of the included meals at the hotel, utilizing the kitchen space in their rooms, or taking the shuttle to various nearby restaurants. Dinner in and around Holyoke offer a full range of options, from chain restaurants to fine dining at such places as the Delaney House or Yankee Pedlar Inn.

Additional Resources

Participants will have access to both the Holyoke Public Library/Holyoke History Room and the Wistariahurst Museum and Archive facility. Combined, the two institutions (in addition to their own scholarly holdings) offer internet access, online journal subscriptions, meeting room and conference room spaces, desks and tables for working, computer terminals,and all the supplies needed for the teachers to work and learn.

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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