Holyoke Public Library Event Calendar

Date: 2/27/2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Title: Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England
Contact: Eileen Crosby, (413) 420-8107
Location: Community Room
Description: With: Dennis Picard
The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century.  By the end of that century ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually. 

Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers.  He will display some of his antique tools of that trade including several invented in Massachusetts.  He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory.  Picard also invites and guides would-be ice harvesters to try their hand at working with some of his antique implements, including a “pond saw” and the breaker bar.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Holyoke History Room.


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