Welcome to Holyoke, Mass

by Laurel | January 14th, 2007

As you can see, the site has been redesigned with the home page appearing in blog format. All of the former content is still very much available for viewing by selecting the links you see on this page or by accessing through the Sitemap.

If you are wondering about the format change, the purpose is to make the site more interactive. I’d like to hear more often from readers, encourage contributions and sharing of Holyoke history though photos, stories, biographies, genealogies — whatever you have to offer. With this type of format, it has the potential to become a dynamic and fun.

You will be seeing me add a few posts weekly — bits and blurbs of whatever strikes my fancy — but all related in some way to Holyoke.

I do hope to see you participate — I only ask that people act like respectful adults. No brickbats allowed here — I am of the opinion that people have the ability to express a dissenting opinion without anger, profanity, name-calling and the like. To that end I will be moderating comments — not censoring, but with the goal of spam avoidance and testing the waters (until I am able to get some of these elements automated).

Thank you — and welcome to the new HolyokeMass.com site.

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Suggested Holyoke Books

Mountain Park -- The Holyoke destination we all loved.

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Holyoke College, Postcard History by Donna Albino. Many Holyoke women have attended Mount Holyoke. Author also maintains an amazing MHC website based upon her personal collection.

Holyoke - Chicopee, A Perspective

Holyoke-Chicopee: A Perspective, by Ella Merkel DiCarlo. DiCarlo, a former Transcript columnist offers a fascinating compilation of her essays. Published in 1982, this out-of-print book is worth looking for in the aftermarket.


Holyoke, by Craig Della Penna. The first Holyoke book in the Arcadia series, published in 1997.

Belle Skinner Collection

Belle Skinner Collection, by Ruth Isabel Skinner. Published in 1933, this book is long out of print but copies are still available in the aftermarket.

Mitch Epstein: Family Business

Mitch Epstein: Family Business Published in 2003, available in the aftermarket. Epstein's furniture.