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.
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was an organization of Union veterans of the American Civil War. In 1890, the GAR reported a membership of over 400,000, including former Presidents Garfield, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, and McKinley. The GAR was active in national politics, an activity perhaps motivated by postwar concerns over government pensions to Civil War veterans. As an organization, the GAR held great influence over national politics; Albert E. Smith Jr. writes that the "GAR became so powerful that the wrath of the entire body could be called down upon any man in public life who objected to...
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