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Holyoke was founded in 1848, it was known as a paper mill town. Immigrants from Ireland were some of the first employed workers at the mills. Later the Puerto rican community came to find work. Your family will enjoy the downtown area with its canals, galleries, merry go round, children's museum and the Wistariahurst Museum. Bring your sketchbook. While you are here capture the old warehouse buildings, Nick's nest and The Cottage. After drawing check out the imported gifts from Ireland.
I've spent the last two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia with this host family. This map is a reminder of favorite people, animals, flowers & fruit.
This is based on a book by my GGGrandfather Edwin Rainbow. He was a journalist, author and Registrar of Birth and Deaths in Coventry, UK at the turn of the last century. He wrote this book in 1916 as a turn by turn description of several walks through his (and my) home city. It's like a time capsule as he describes elegant tree-lined avenues, the tram system and industries of the time. Most of the city was destroyed in WWII and it's fascinating to read what's still there and what's long forgotten.
The places on the map are where I lived and specifically where I spent the bulk of my time. I was truly a small town girl, even though I was living 14,000 miles away from Texas. Naga is my home. The Filipino people are my family. I never forget them. This was a great way to remember my roots.