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Historical Society announces next in lecture series

LONGMEADOW The Longmeadow Historical Society proudly announces the second lecture of our third Historical lecture series.

It will take place at the Storrs Library's Betty Ann Low Meeting Room, on Wednesday October 19, at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to all the lectures. Admission is $5 at the door for non-members; members of the Historical Society are admitted for free.

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On Wednesday, October 19, Joshua Lane, Assistant Curator of Furniture at Historic Deerfield, Inc., will speak about neoclassical furniture made in western Massachusetts between 1795 and 1825, focusing on the work of Springfield, Massachusetts cabinetmaker William Lloyd, and Greenfield, Massachusetts cabinetmaker, Daniel Clay.

Lane joined Historic Deerfield's curatorial team in 2000 after serving as Curator for the Stamford (Connecticut) Historical Society.

Prior to his work in the museum field, he taught in the American Studies and History Departments at Miami University of Ohio and at Yale University, where he is completing a doctorate in American Studies.

Having grown up in the 1774 house that cabinetmaker Aaron Chapin built on Old Main Street in South Windsor, Connecticut, Lane came to appreciate early New England architecture and material culture at an early age.

In his recent work, he has returned to early Windsor in co-curating the 2003 exhibition at Historic Deerfield, "The Woodworkers of Windsor: A Connecticut Community of Craftsmen and Their World, 1635-1715."

This exhibition, and accompanying catalog, undertaken in collaboration with research associate Donald White, explored the genesis of a distinct regional furniture style for which the Connecticut River Valley is nationally known.

Lane's talk for the Longmeadow Historical Society will explore later expressions of regionalism in Connecticut River Valley furniture by comparing the lives and work of two cabinetmakers working at opposite ends of the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.

The final lecture will be Wednesday, November 16, with Dennis Picard, Director of Storrowton Village Museum in West Springfield.

His talk will be,"A Little Rebellion Now and Then: A History of Shay's Rebellion.