The 1937 Project Exposition

The 1937 Project Poster –

The 1937 Project Exposition: Thursday March 24, 2016, 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Dear Friends,

The Applied Humanities Learning Lab (AppHuLL) cordially invites the Five College communities and guests to this year’s class event – The 1937 Project Exposition – and exhibition opening on the evening of Thursday March 24, 7 – 9:30pm, in the UMass Student Union Ballroom and Gallery.

This year’s program – “Resurrecting the Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley” – was created in partnership with the Swift River Valley Historical Society (SRVHS) with the generous support of the Five Colleges Inc./Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Bridging Initiative in the Public and Applied Humanities.

The event is free and open to the public.


Join us at The 1937 Project Exposition!

View the Exhibit and experience the “lost towns” creations at the Expo as AppHuLL students bring the Swift River Valley back to life for one evening in an event inspired by the Valley’s demise in the face of the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir to provide drinking water to Boston and Enfield’s 1938 Farewell Ball, but at core it’s a story about the nature of home, community, loss, displacement and public health, as well as finding paths forward into the future.

7 – 8 pm – Past and present reunite as guests wander the Ballroom into Team Advancement, Team Communication, Team Exhibition and Team Programming’s assemblages to experience how they have brought their humanities skills to bear upon real world projects with the SRVHS – in style. Guest’s can listen to podcasts about the lost towns, grab some 1930s dress (or wear your own!) to take a glam shot in a “photo booth,” reminisce about moments of leave-taking around a Swift River Valley kitchen table, browse a local farmers market, create your very own story bracelet at a craft fair, play with time, etc… AND wander down the hall to the Gallery to find the vestiges of those affected by the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, circa 1937.

8 – 8:59 pm – Door prizes awarded (including for best 1937 inspired dress), a public humanist will be honored, and students will offer brief remarks about their process before keynote speaker Matthew Christopher (photographer, social media professional, and author – Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences) takes the stage. Christopher’s work:

9 pm – Ringing of bells and singing of Auld Lang Syne as the towns sink back into the past.

Appetizers, desserts, and refreshments will be available for all, as well as a cash bar on site.

We hope you can join us for this exciting evening. Students need not register but we ask that faculty members and humanities professionals to please RSVP here.


Cheryl Harned, Mark Roblee & the AppHuLL 2016 students