Creator: Frederic A. Chapman.
Artist's representation of the legend of the Angel of Hadley. Oil on canvas, unsigned and undated. Displayed in the Reading Room of Forbes Library, Northampton, MA.
Mark Majeski photographed the Northampton State Hospital buildings in 2002 after they had been abandoned in the early 1990s, and several years before they were finally torn down. The result is a series of exterior and interior views showing the buildings' architecture and how it was affected by years of neglect. The color images include the former theater, kitchen, cafeteria, visiting area, doctor's office/apothecary, among others. The buildings and rooms, even while uninhabited and in a deteriorated condition, give the viewer a sense of the people and activities that took place there during a period of over 100 years. The life...
150 Years of Northampton Photography documents the evolution of the photographic process, a place and a people. We set out to select, scan, print and display 70 images of Forbes Library's own from a collection of more than 50,000. This frame of time begins with steam as the motive power of industry, horses were the local transport of choice, from a time long ago when men wore hats. It spans two World Wars, Vietnam and the current conflict in Iraq. The list of changes is immense and profound from birth control to mass production and beyond. This approach at explaining...See all exhibits