VOLUME IV, NUMBER 1
A message from the President
Our 2007 reunion begins a series in which
we recognize the contributions of
also appears to be the first time on record that our reunion has been held on a college campus since the grand reunion of
Dickinson was one of its most illustrious presidents and indeed a major contributor to the development of education,
especially teacher education, in this country. We will be fortunate to hear more about John Dickinson from our main
speaker, Dr. Robert Brown, former chair of the history
department at WSC and now historian of the City of
During the historian’s report in the annual meeting we will also hear from Kenneth Haar, a current faculty member at
the college. Ken is a trustee of the Dickinson School of Southwick, Massachusetts. He will relate the interesting story of
that former school and its impressive trust fund which still exists.
We will be meeting in the large space on the ground floor of the New Residence Hall. It is very accessible and
handicapped parking spaces are nearby. An adjacent game room is available for children with a safe outdoor area nearby
for play if the weather is good. Our meeting room has comfortable chairs, is air-conditioned and has a view of the woods
which surround the campus. The college food service will cater the lunch, with a menu similar to those of recent years
including chicken, succotash and strawberry shortcake. Our past president, Bob Magovern, is a trustee at WSC and he
raves about the food, so it’s bound to be good!
Although the location is a bit removed from places we’re used to, I think you will find it very enjoyable, so I hope you
will decide to come. Bring along any materials you care to exhibit, and don’t forget to bring your children! I sincerely
hope that we will have a good showing at this year’s reunion.
137th ANNUAL REUNION SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JUNE 22
5 PM Board
6 PM Social
7 PM Dinner, School Street Bistro (Old building, new restaurant, great food!)
SATURDAY, JUNE 23
Gathering of Cousins, New Residence
Parking: Commuter parking lot off
12 Welcome and Lunch
1:15 PM Annual Meeting and Program
1:15 PM Children’s Activities, game room and/or college quadrangle or gym
Friday and Saturday
Just east of the college, on the south side
First Congregational Church (www.churchonthegreen.org) Center of town.
The church welcomes DFA members to attend the 10AM Sunday service.
The Berkshires (www.berkshires.org)
home of the Boston Symphony, the
, many other museums and a multitude of other attractions are in this beautiful region.
Please return your reservation card as soon as possible.
Driving directions will appear in the June newsletter.
State Normal School, later changed to Teacher’s College and in 1956 moved from downtown to its present location on
Western Avenue where it became Westfield State College.
an agricultural community, but the 19th century brought industrialization and Westfield became known as the “Whip City”
in reference to one of its early products. Since that time the town has been home to the Columbia Bicycle Co. and Stanley
Home Products among many others.
Today’s City of
Highway”). On the central green stands the Westfield Athenaeum, a very unique library dating back to 1830 which also
includes outstanding History and Art museums established in
the 1920s. North on rte. 202 is
Western Avenue, just before the college, is Stanley Park, a large, well-maintained recreation area open to the public which
is especially known for its gardens and fountains. Driving west on rte. 20 takes you to the
Massachusetts. We hope all who attend our 137th reunion will take advantage of the new venue and explore this beautiful
part of the state.
Over 320 forms were mailed in January and as of early March we had received 62 responses. A total of 43 persons
were hoping to attend the reunion and 16 the Friday dinner. More than 80% of our membership didn’t respond, and if you
are among them, we do hope you will decide to come. And we hope each of you will encourage others to attend as well.
Donations of about $1600 were also received with the response cards and we sincerely thank those who contributed.
While we are always grateful for contributions to our operating budget, regretfully this year’s contributions to the
scholarship fund were down from last year. We are trying to build up that fund so we can help more students each year. If
you haven’t yet contributed, please consider using the enclosed envelope to send in a contribution, even if you can’t attend
NEWS FROM THE EMILY DICKINSON MUSEUM
A new and exciting season has begun at
year’s new tour, “This was a Poet,” of the Homestead only, there will be two more new tours this year. One, “Grounds of
Memory,” is a self-guided landscape tour of the grounds of both the Homestead and The Evergreens. An audio “wand”
will direct visitors to eighteen stops, provide historical information and quote some of Dickinson’s poems. The narrator is
Richard Wilbur and it will be available starting in late April. The other new tour focuses on architecture. Some of our
current tour guides are being trained to give this tour which will be available in early June.
The major tour, “Emily Dickinson’s World,” which includes both houses, will be enhanced this year by the chance to
hear an excerpt from a historic radio broadcast made at The Evergreens in 1940 by Ted Malone. During the 1930s and
1940s, Martha Dickinson Bianchi, the poet’s niece, frequently hosted visitors at The Evergreens in the “Emily Room” to
share the story of her aunt’s life and work.
If you are anywhere near the museum this year, make it a point to stop in. It is about an hour from the site of our
reunion, but if you are in the area for an extra day or two, plan on visiting. For more information, call 413-542-8161 or
look online at www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP ALERT
The deadline of April 30 is fast approaching! Anyone who plans to apply for the DFA college scholarship and has not
already sent in the application should do so promptly. We plan to notify the winner in early June. Mail to scholarship chair,
Alan Dickinson, 6 Garden Lane, Wilbraham MA 01095. Questions: 413-596-9648; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web site: www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org
Newsletter editor: Dale Williams