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March Events

Many Latinos and Latinas hit early brick walls in their family history research because they are not familiar with Family Search online records.  Church Records, Census Records, Notarial Records, Immigration & Travel records can be found, but you need to know where to look. Iris will help participants learn to navigate FamilySearch and discover what they can find out about their ancestors.  Irisneri Alicea Flores began researching her family history 11 years ago and is now a professional genealogist and the author of the Descubre Tu Historia blog.  She is committed to helping others discover their own histories and preserve the shared history of the Latino and Puerto Rican diasporas.

Muchos Latinos y Latinas chocan con una pared genealógica bien temprano en su investigación de historia familiar porque no están familiarizados con los registros en línea de Family Search.  Se pueden encontrar registros eclesiásticos, censos, documentos notariales, y de inmigración, pero hay que saber dónde buscar. Iris ayudará a los participantes a aprender a navegar por FamilySearch y a descubrir lo que pueden averiguar sobre sus antepasados. Irisneri Alicea Flores comenzó a investigar su historia familiar hace 11 años y ahora es genealogista profesional y autora del blog Descubre Tu Historia.  Está comprometida a ayudar a otros a descubrir sus propias historias y a preservar la historia compartida de las diásporas latina y puertorriqueña.


February-March Genealogy Events





All History Room programs are Free of charge.  All are welcome. 
Todos los programas de la Sala de Historia son gratuitos  Todos son bienvenidos. 



Both Hillary and Iris will be offering full workshops in the winter and spring. Stay tuned! Tanto Hillary como Iris ofrecerán talleres completos en invierno y primavera. Esté atento.

Hillary Schau brings a background in programming and education and has worked as a professional genealogist since 2014.  Iris came to professional genealogy after unraveling a family mystery and is committed to empowering others by helping them connect to their family histories.  Both are members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and additional professional associations.

Hillary Schau tiene experiencia en programación y educación y ha trabajado como genealogista profesional desde 2014.  Iris Alicea Flores llegó a la genealogía profesional después de desentrañar un misterio familiar y está comprometida a empoderar a otros ayudándoles a conectarse con sus historias familiares.  Ambas son miembros de la Asociación de Genealogistas Profesionales y de otras asociaciones profesionales.

Coming up – March 26th, 5:30 PM

H.H. Richardson's Last Train Station


Widely recognized as the greatest American architect of the 19th century, Henry Hobson Richardson and his firm were commissioned to design more than two dozen railroad stations in New York and New England. The Holyoke station, one of the last of the stations designed under Richardson's direction, opened in February 1885.  Join us in the Community Room as Will Melton tells the story of its history, including its new owner’s recent renovation and hopes for its future.

Retired from a career in higher education development, Will Melton pursues local history, gardening, and mandolin.  In 2017, he published his father’s memoir about life in the Merchant Marine during WWII. 

Free and open to the public. 

Thursday, November 16, 6:00 PM


A House in Holyoke Through Time: 159 Chestnut Street, a talk with Robert Comeau

The elegant building at 159 Chestnut turns 155 years old in 2023.  It was once the home of James Newton of the entrepreneurial Newton brothers and later the Holyoke Club.  It is currently the Holyoke Day Nursery. Come learn about the biography and residents of one of Holyoke’s oldest homes in this second annual “House through Time” presentation by local historian Robert Comeau. In the Community Room.

Missed the talk?  View it here. 

Thursday, November 9, 4:00 PM

Blue Ghost:  A helicopter pilot writes home from 1968 Vietnam

As a child, Holyoke native Tom Pueschel (1945-2019) dreamed one day of flying.  What he didn’t know was that he would learn to fly, during his 423 days as helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War.  His letters home, published in 2023, capture “a raw, unfiltered journey that navigates not just the perils of war but the emotional and ethical turbulence that comes with that.” Join us in on November 9 in the Community Room at 4:00 PM as Tom’s brothers and sons read from his letters and share stories of his life.  A recording of this event is available here. 

Ciudad de Historias / City of Stories

Read all about our newest Holyoke History project HERE.