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front Marbles
c. 1900
Unlike glass marbles of today, these are made of clay.
front Avery Oxen Show Admission Ticket

James Avery of Buckland, Massachusetts, made a business from showing his record-breaking oxen at county fairs and shows.
Page 1 WWI letter to Emily Gladys Bartlett
May 14, 1918
Edward Wirt's first letter after being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War I describes the life at Camp Devens at Ayres, Massachusetts. Wirt was one of thousands of New England troops organized into the 76th "Liberty Bell" Division.
Page 1 WWI letter to Emily Gladys Bartlett
Jul 5, 1918
Edward Wirt's unit has at last been shipped out, and he wrote this letter aboard the transport taking them to England and then to France. He writes that his ship is safe from German submarines.
Page 1 WWI letter to Emily Gladys Bartlett
Jan 12, 1919
The war is over, but Edward Wirt is still in France. Although the Armistice had been signed in November, a final peace treaty was still being negotiated. Wirt's fiancée, Gladys, had participated in the joyous celebrations in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
Cover Excerpts from the Diary of Ellen Louisa Arms (Sheldon)
Twelve-year-old Ellen Louisa Arms (1847-1913) began her diary with the notation that an eleven-year-old neighbor boy, John Sheldon (1848-1908), was coming to visit.
Cover Excerpts from the diary of Elizabeth Babcock Leonard
When Elizabeth Babcock Leonard (1810-1892) wrote her diary, she centered it on the activities of her daughter.
document "Thanksgiving Assembly"
Nov 5, 1845
People in Massachusetts, like the rest of the New England states, held annual Thanksgiving parties. Though regionally known, Thanksgiving would not become a national holiday until 1863.
document "Washington Ball"
Feb 12, 1844
A Washington's Day celebration was held in Deerfield in February, 1844. The veneration of George Washington began even before his death and the day quickly became one of the nation's first holidays.
front Avery Oxen Postcard
The Avery Oxen, raised by James Avery of Buckland, Massachusetts, broke the world record in the weight haul twice, as pictured in this postcard.


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