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Alvah Crocker: From the Rugged Hand of Poverty to Visionary Leader 1:00 pm
Alvah Crocker: From the Rugged Hand of Poverty to Visionary Leader @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cliff Schexnayder, author of Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel, presents why Alvah Crocker is an example of what today is termed a “lifelong learner.” Because of his lonely travels on bad roads to sell his paper he understood the importance of transportation. But during those travels he was observant of nature and the opportunities it provided. From personal experience he learned the physics of water to provide energy for mills and to destroy mills. As a visionary for progress he sought out and associated with similar hard working individuals. These relationships of mutual support benefited all and resulted in – a railroad across northern Massachusetts to New York and the creation of Turners Falls Company. Find out more about these two examples and Crocker’s early life, with plenty of time for Q & A.
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Power Town History Stroll 5:00 pm
Power Town History Stroll @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  Meet at the Main Entrance to the Center, and enjoy a walk back in time along the popular Canalside Rail Trail in Turners Falls. Join local historian Ed Gregory, Northfield Mountain’s Kim Noyes, and DCR’s Janel Nockleby to discover the rich and colorful industrial history along this scenic paved path. Historical maps and photographs will help bring the sights and sounds of our industrial heritage alive. Wear comfortable walking shoes and meet at the entrance to the Center. Total walking distance is about two miles on flat terrain. Wheelchair accessible. For ages 16 and up. Program is free. Pre-registration encouraged, but not required. Call 800-859-2960.
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