Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College
  • The Evolution of the Turners Falls Power Canal GCC event

    The Evolution of the Turners Falls Power Canal

    Friday February 26 - 7:00pm

    Sloan Theater


    Lecture presented by Ed Gregory. The Turners Falls Power Canal can be considered the physical engine that drove the early development of Turners Falls. Its construction and implementation provided water to power the mills of this burgeoning industrial city.

    $5 in advance, pre-register online.

    Silent Presence: The French in New England GCC event

    Silent Presence: The French in New England

    Friday April 1 - 7:00pm

    GCC Downtown


    For over 25 years Jeanne Douillard has probed the history of the French in New England. In researching her own genealogy she discovered she had Québecois, Acadien, Native American and English roots. Her passion to learn more led her to delve into conflicting historiographies. English, French and American historians offered up irreconcilable views of La Nouvelle France.

    $5 in advance, pre-register online.

    Spring into Springfield: The Early Auto Industry in the Valley (Another Memorable Bus Tour!) GCC event

    Spring into Springfield: The Early Auto Industry in the Valley (Another Memorable Bus Tour!)

    Sunday April 10 - 10:00am


    Join this tour led by GCC Professor Emeritus Richard Little! From GCC travel by deluxe motor coach to the History Museum at the Quadrangle in Springfield. One highlight: the magnificent, green single-owner 1928 Springfield-made Phantom 1 Rolls Royce; also see vintage Indian motorcycles. Your admission covers all the museums on the Quadrangle. At 4pm we head to the famous historic German restaurant the Student Prince for dinner (your expense). A Northampton pickup may be arranged, otherwise bus departs from Greenfield.

    $50 includes transportation and museum tickets. Register in advance online.

    Barton Cove and Its Wonders GCC event

    Barton Cove and Its Wonders

    Saturday May 14 - 10:00am


    Join naturalist Nancy Goodman, local historian Ed Gregory, and geologist Richard Little for a wonderful day along the Connecticut River, an area filled with unusual geology, spring wildflowers, local history and dinosaur prints. Bring your lunch and water on this 2-mile hike along a forest trail from Barton Cove to the end of the peninsula.

    $10 in advance, pre-register online.

    Chesterfield Gorge: Its Biology & Geology GCC event

    Chesterfield Gorge: Its Biology & Geology

    Sunday May 22 - 10:00am


    A nature hike led by Professor Emeritus Richard Little and naturalist Nancy Goodman. This remarkable natural formation allows visitors to experience the region’s geologic past. This dramatic rock canyon features 70-foot-high walls carved by centuries of rushing water from the East Branch of the Westfield River. On our hike of the half-mile trail along the cliff tops, we will take in breathtaking views of the gorge, the river, and the surrounding forest, which nurtures hemlock, ash, and oak, and is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys.

    Bring a lunch and water. $10. Pre-register online. Not handicap accessible.

    Visions of Peace: Art, Music and Living in Our Valley GCC event

    Visions of Peace: Art, Music and Living in Our Valley

    Sunday May 22 - 7:00pm

    Bernardston Unitarian Church



    Opening event for PVI’s annual collaboration with the Deerfield River Art Association, Arts & Activism at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse, and the Interfaith Council of Franklin county, which runs May 22-June 19 at the Bernardston Meetinghouse.

  • We publish a print program guide twice yearly that we distribute to our members.  You can download a print brochure below, or call 775-1671 or email to request one to be mailed.

    Download the Spring 2016 program guide

    Or join our email list for occasional updates about our programs!

  • We urge everyone fascinated by our local history, concerned by the future direction of life in the Valley or entranced by the geology or biology of our river basin to join the Pioneer Valley Institute today! In an effort to help those hit hard by rising fuel and energy costs, we offer a “rollback” price of just $5 for individual memberships. However, PVI relies on the generosity of its public audience so, if you can, we hope you will continue to support us with the suggested rates on our membership form.

    Join today – download a membership form to print and mail!