Greenfield Notebook: June 11, 2024

“Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? Greenfield Women and Their Historic Businesses”

“Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? Greenfield Women and Their Historic Businesses”

Published: 06-10-2024 2:37 PM

Greenfield Historical Society hosting author talk

GREENFIELD — Local authors Sara Campbell and Shari Strahan will talk about their recently published historical book, “Did Grandma Have a Filling Station? Greenfield Women and Their Historic Businesses,” at the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Wednesday, June 12, at 6 p.m.

The talk serves as the Historical Society of Greenfield’s second speaker presentation for 2024. Attendees should park in the lot adjacent to the church’s east side.

Women in Greenfield have contributed to commerce, agriculture, social and religious life, education, and on the most basic level, raising each generation of citizens. This book reveals details of the lives of a dozen largely invisible women who filed Married Woman’s Business Certificates around the turn of the 20th century.

Campbell is the former Greenfield city engineer who dug into some of the historic City Hall records during her time there. The Married Woman’s Business Certificates in the City Clerk’s Office are the basis for this book.

Strahan is a lifelong Franklin County resident who has researched a wide range of local families over the years. The two met as census-takers in 2010 and have enjoyed collaborating on their research since then.

Learn basic bike repair methods

GREENFIELD — Representatives from Sadie’s Bikes will be at the Greenfield Public Library on Monday, June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. to present a drop-in session on basic bike repair with an emphasis on at-home maintenance.

Sadie’s Bikes is a full-service bike shop in Turners Falls owned by Nik Perry. Sadie’s Bikes staff will be available to answer basic questions about bikes and their upkeep. They will have a couple of bikes for illustrative purposes, and will demonstrate the answers to questions for the group to see.

June 18: Reliable Temps info session

GREENFIELD — Nicole Meyer and Lana Spera from Reliable Temps will be at the Greenfield Public Library on Tuesday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon to answer questions and provide information about their employment services.

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Located in Agawam, Greenfield and Orange, Reliable Temps provides services in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties, as well as northern Connecticut and southern New Hampshire.