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by Laurel | December 1st, 2011

1924 Yearbook

1924 Yearbook

01 December 2011

This blog is only one small part of history available for viewing on

The website was started in the mid 1990s when I began to digitize some material in my personal Holyoke collection for online viewing. Around the same time I also began creating cemetery inventories (a list of names and gravestones in a database) for Holyoke and other cemeteries.

The reason why is pretty simple. I love Holyoke and like having an element of preservation available to the online community. For a number of years I maintained genealogical websites for a non-profit national organization that focused on western MA counties. The sites essentially offered some assistance to people researching from distant locations. As a genealogy researcher myself, I know how difficult it can be to work on family history from a distance.

Today I want to highlight one online resource you may enjoy looking at, the Holyoke High School Yearbook for 1924. You may find some of your ancestors in this class — a few of my extended genealogical connections are depicted — in addition to my grandfather (A former player for the Falcos) who may be seen in the soccer team photo.

You can see a list of all the history resources at this link:



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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.