Spring 2016: Histories of Greater Springfield

Spring 2016: Histories of Greater Springfield

Adult Education Spring Series

Histories of Greater Springfield

The Adult Education Team of First Church is hosted a two part series on the history of ethnic and religious communities of the Greater Springfield area in the Spring of 2016

Session #1:
Sunday, March 19, 11:30am in Bailey Hall

Making It in the New World:  A History of Ethnic Groups in Western Mass

With guest speakers:
Wayne Phaneuf , editor of the Springfield Republican, and
Joe Carvalho , freelance researcher, writer and former Executive Director of Springfield Museums

Springfield Republican Heritage History Series books will be for sale

Session #2:
Sunday, June 11, 11:30 am in Bailey Hall

The Interfaith Religious Heritage of Springfield: A program featuring a history of the faith communities of several immigrant groups.

With guest speaker:
Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, pastor, UCC Rep. of the Board for World Ministries to the United Nations, Author


Guest speaker biographies:

wayne-phaneufWayne E. Phaneuf is executive editor of The Republican and has been a journalist and historian for more than 45 years.  He has written or contributed to 10 books and developed The Republican Heritage Series to further understanding and history of ethnic groups throughout Western Massachusetts.  He is a trustee of the Springfield Museums and chaired the building committee for the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.  He serves on the Armory Alliance and is a lifetime trustee of Old Sturbridge Village.  His history column, Looking Backwards, ran in the daily News and The Republican for 10 years.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts and currently lives in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

joe-carvalhoJoseph Carvalho III, M.A., M.L.S., C.G.R.S. and Certified Archivist, retired President and Executive Director (1994-1010) of the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts. He currently is a freelance researcher and writer and has co-authored several of the Springfield Republican’s Regional History books with Wayne E. Phaneuf including Struggle for Freedom: The History of African Americans in Western Massachusetts. Carvalho served as Associate Editor of the Historical Journal of Massachusetts (1978-2003), and as the Book Review Editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (1987-1996). In 1996, he received the National Award for Advancing Genealogical Research Publications from the National Genealogical Society. He has written, or served as editor of over 45 historical, genealogical, and reference publications including The Guide to the History of Massachusetts (1988), and Black Families of Hampden County, Massachusetts,1650-1865 (2011).

robert-loeschRev. Dr. Robert Loesch is a graduate of Oberlin College, Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary. For more than fifty years, he been an ordained United Church of Christ clergy, having served congregations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. His special passions include his children and grandchildren, ecumenical and interfaith relations, peace and justice, and church history.  He is a volunteer representative of the UCC-Board for World Ministries (NGO) to the United Nations. He is the author of The Interfaith Religious Heritage of Springfield, MA 1636-1993,   The Day the Drum Stopped and Other Stories and One Year: The Ministries of One Parish and Pastor.   He lives in downtown Springfield and is a member of Foster Memorial Church in Springfield.