The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Illustrated Talk by Local historian and author John Sinton: Mill River Greenway Initiative—Looking Toward the Future of the Mill River



What: Mill River Greenway Initiative—Looking Toward the Future of the Mill River
           An Illustrated Talk by Local historian and author John Sinton 
When: Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton

Free and open to the public, his talk kicks off the second season of the popular Speakers Series, featuring prominent local and regional personalities, sponsored by Northampton Neighbors and the Senior Center.

John Sinton, author of the acclaimed Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape & History, and co-moderator of the Mill River Greenway Initiative, will share a fascinating history of the River and its impact on the city’s development. “We will see how the Mill River dictated Northampton’s street pattern and peculiar shape,” Sinton states. Other topics he plans to cover include the city’s frequent flooding, the location of “Little Venice” and the diversions of 1710 and 1940. “The 1940 diversion of the Mill River out of downtown Northampton,” he notes, “marked a turning point in the River’s story, but not its final chapter.” The presentation will end with his question: “Why does the Mill River matter?”

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