Brightside and the Sisters of Providence

by Laurel | January 5th, 2012

Just a reminder that the blog archives are available for searching on the blog (home) page, as well as the many sources on the history page. You can see the blog search form at the upper right on the site.

As an example searching for Brightside will give you two Brightside related blog posts:

Brightside’s New Asylum (published 26 May 2010 on


Home for Infants at Brightside (published 27 July 2009 on

My images below (plus others not shown here) are contained in the above two posts:

Floorplan of Proposed Infants' Asylum at Brightside

Floorplan of Proposed Infants' Asylum at Brightside

Infants Home at Brightside

Infants Home at Brightside

Proposed New Building at Brightside

Proposed New Building at Brightside

In addition, searching the History page will give you a nice article on Brightside and the sisters of Providence called “Holyoke’s Greatest Charity” — an adaptation of an article published in 1912.

Searching the History area is easy, look for the “Google” search bar in the upper right, under the header or browse the material here.

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