OCTOBER 2018: On Sunday, October 14, the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation held the grand opening of the Rosenburg Interpretive Exhibit. The exhibit uses a touchscreen monitor and printed panels to tell the story of this quintessential New England farm family using video, slideshows, and still photos.
Art and Ella Rosenburg were pillars in the Williamstown community for many years. In the late 1920s, the Rosenburgs worked at Hopkins Forest as caretakers. In 1933, they bought the property that is now the WRLF’s Sheep Hill and ran a dairy herd for over 50 years. Their story is representative of farm life in the early- to mid-20th century. In addition to farming, the Rosenburgs leased the land in winter to the Williams Outing Club for downhill skiing, from 1933 to 1960.
The new exhibit will be housed in the Dietze Interpretive Center and the Tool Shed. Classic ski equipment from the period will be on display, along with an interpretive panel detailing the history of Sheep Hill as a ski slope.
This exhibit was made possible with the helpful contributions of Henry Art, Donna Manley, Leslie Reed-Evans, the Williams Community Chest, the Williamstown Grange, and others.
Come see the exhibit during WRLF’s regular business hours, or click here to view it from home.