States of Incarceration: Pioneer Valley involves a collaboration of over 20 local organizations across 6 communities.

The community collaboration is facilitated by lead organizations:


Forbes Library, the public library for Northampton, Massachusetts, provides a wide range of information, materials and services to all of the people of Northampton and Massachusetts. Read More


Historic Northampton, which focuses on local history and the local community. They preserve objects and documents that illuminate the lives of past residents while creating structures through which contemporary residents can preserve and celebrate their own histories in ways that honor both tradition and change. Read more.


Wistariahurst, a cultural and educational center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Read more.

The exhibit and select programs are co-presented by:

feinberg_2cThe Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, an endowed series offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst. Each series focuses on a contemporary public policy or social issue in historical perspective and features a wide variety of events, from lectures and exhibitions, to performances, panel discussions and films. Read more.

PrintThe Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dedicated to cultivating students’ critical abilities, as well as their skills in core historical methodologies and analytical writing. The department prides itself particularly on its long-standing commitment to transatlantic and global history, gender and labor studies, public history and American history. The department is devoted to the idea that an understanding of the past is essential to a free and enlightened citizenry. Read more.

ph-logo-25-anniv-fwThe Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 1986, the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth’s wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.

States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories is hosted in Holyoke by:

waureganThe Wauregan, a former paper mill located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Built in 1897, it was originally part of a much larger complex of mill buildings that occupied the heart of the “Paper City.” Located in the center of the Arts & Industry Zone, the Wauregan is a mixed-use property sited directly alongside the Upper Level Canal Walk. Read more.


Hamptons & Holyoke Reads is presented by:

Edwards Library, Southampton

Emily Williston, Easthampton

Forbes Library, Northampton

Holyoke Public Library

Lilly Library, Florence

Westhampton Public Library

Additional community programming & events are presented by:

Amherst Cinema

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

City of Holyoke

Gándara Center

Hampshire College Gallery of Art

Holyoke Community College

Holyoke Council on Aging and Senior Center

Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts

Nueva Esperanza

Pa’lante Restorative Justice

Prison Policy Initiative

Voices from the Inside