Date(s) - Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Northampton Senior Center
What: Mill River Greenway Initiative—Looking Toward the Future of the Mill River
An Illustrated Talk by Local historian and author John Sinton
When: Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton
Free and open to the public, his talk kicks off the second season of the popular Speakers Series, featuring prominent local and regional personalities, sponsored by Northampton Neighbors and the Senior Center.
John Sinton, author of the acclaimed Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape & History, and co-moderator of the Mill River Greenway Initiative, will share a fascinating history of the River and its impact on the city’s development. “We will see how the Mill River dictated Northampton’s street pattern and peculiar shape,” Sinton states. Other topics he plans to cover include the city’s frequent flooding, the location of “Little Venice” and the diversions of 1710 and 1940. “The 1940 diversion of the Mill River out of downtown Northampton,” he notes, “marked a turning point in the River’s story, but not its final chapter.” The presentation will end with his question: “Why does the Mill River matter?”