Montague Massachusetts and Neighbors – ca. 1929

Here is a half hour glimpse of pre-Depression era Montague and it’s neighbors. This 800 (!) feet of 16 mm movie film is provided courtesy of your Montague Historical Society.

Our photographer, director and editor was very skilled in using a home movie camera. This unique print was carefully edited and even includes poetic titles to narrate the story. Many of us will recognize it’s past and present Franklin County landmark surprises! Other scenes paint a picture of our past lifestyle and community.

This is an important film survivor, from our local history, and I hope you find time to enjoy it!

Alan of the Allagash – 1989

This is the epic backyard movie I made with friends, starting in 1989. The VHS video took two years to produce.

It is a slapstick adventure with droll humor.

My talented friend wrote, produced and starred in the tale, while I directed, shot, edited, special effects, and post-produced.
It may start slow, but the pace picks up quickly!

The Victory Garden – 1943

Our past neighbors, Dr. Henry A Rys and family, left us a legacy of home movies. These were mostly made during the 1940s and 1950s. Much of it is personal and travel, but some shows our community as it appeared 60+ years ago. This first post is of the family’s Victory garden, June 30, 1943. It is also Henry junior’s 10th birthday.

I made this video from an original 8mm movie print. Please let me know if you may be holding local history on film. These fragile movies are chemically unstable and will crumble and disintegrate over time. All this history will be lost if we don’t do something, soon!

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