Talk: 'Western Mass to the World: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Genesis in Great Barrington'

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February 8, 2018
6:00 pm-7:30 pm

Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot St
Holyoke, MA 01040
United States
42° 12' 17.0604" N, 72° 37' 2.4312" W
Free admission
Kate Preissler

Wistariahurst hosts a talk titled "From Western Mass to the World: W. E. B. Du Bois’ Genesis in Great Barrington" presented by Camesha Scruggs.

This February marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois, considered one of the most well-known men and renowned figures in African-American history. Known for his writings and activism, Du Bois is an intellectual luminary throughout the world. However, he is lesser known as a native son of Massachusetts with humble beginnings and local connections. This lecture will highlight his birth city of Great Barrington in addition to stories regarding family, community, childhood life and his connections to western Massachusetts, distinct experiences and his global impact. Most importantly, this lecture will inform and instruct the audience to visit the site and archives in hopes of inspiring further exploration of personal and local African American histories.

Camesha Scruggs is a doctoral candidate in the history department at UMass Amherst. A Texas native, she was fascinated with listening to stories from her family and community elders regarding African American life during the late Civil Rights era. With research interests in 20th century, U.S., African-American, gender and public histories, she desires to present lesser-known narratives to broader audiences, making them palatable for public consumption.

This talk is open to all. An optional donation at the door will support the on-going presentation of historical lectures at Wistariahurst.

This program is presented as part of the Black Holyoke Project, a 2018 endeavor which aims to increase the historical record of African-Americans in Holyoke and provide the community with opportunities to collectively deepen our understanding of regional African-American history. More information about the project can be found at

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