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I am the "Mass History" Program Officer at Massachusetts Humanities, where I also manage Mass Moments. I am also the Project Director of Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, a project that develops history/ecology adventures in Plainfield, MA. Before that I was a carpenter; drove a Freightliner Classic around the country; managed the Women, Enterprise, and Society project at Baker Library at Harvard Business School; and taught history and literature at Harvard University. My undergraduate degree is in history, women's studies, and photography from Montclair State College, New Jersey; my MA, in English, and PhD, in the History of American Civilization, from Harvard University. I was born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands, and live in Plainfield with husband Tee O'Sullivan and a dog named Sam.
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Environment, Geography, History, Jurisprudence, Local Studies

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Mass Moments suggestions go here!

I am in charge of Mass Moments. However, I have no budget to do much work on it. If you find a mistake, let me know.

The big one: if you find a MassMoment that is related to your organization, and you'd like your site linked to it, give me a shout and I'll see what I can make happen. Example: today's MassMoment is about Boston's elevated. It doesn't have an "If You Go" feature. However, if your organization has a website… Continue

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 10:29

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At 13:33 on May 31, 2011, Stephanie Pasternak said…

Yes, I am very much looking forward to the Mass History conference!

As I'm from the HC of your neighboring town of Cummington, I'd love to meet you sometime to talk collaboration. I missed the May 3 meeting.

At 18:22 on November 23, 2010, John W. (Jack) Larkin said…
Pleun - re barn colors. One thing I can say based on the evidence of landscape paintings and surviving historic structures, is that barns were almost entirely upainted in New England until well after the Civil War.. Ordinary farmhouses were mostly upainted until after 1800. Red "milk paint" of course, was comparatively cheap, and was may have marketed to farmers as a way to preserve barns better.
Best, Jack
At 16:14 on May 19, 2010, Joanne Riley said…
I'll dig up the curriculum materials and post them somewhere then link to that on the Commons.

Re/curric develpment - of course replicability is key - always helpful when a project goes the extra mile of thinking about how a teacher/group/org outside of their own could repeat the project. Maybe it shouldn't be an extra mile...
At 14:33 on May 19, 2010, Mary Concannon said…
Hi, Pleun ....

.... yet another way to stay in touch and share ideas :)

At 23:04 on September 1, 2009, Steven Strimer said…
Hi Pleun,

Just signed up for this network. Looks great. FYI We printed the Plainfield Calendar at Collective Copies. In the picture I'm the old guy on the left.

At 17:32 on February 14, 2009, George Ashley said…
Hi Pleun,
Sorry I did not get back to you months ago. I was out of the country for a while and forgot about this site until I got a message about it two days ago and began to read the messages left for me. I know almost nothing about the Hatfield Equiv. lands in Plainfield and would like to know more. I usually join the Hatfield Historical Society program committee meetings in late spring each year. Perhaps we can work on a program for some time in the future. Contact me here or by phone if you are interested (413-247-9349).
On a completely unrelated matter: Did you know Jay Beull when he lived in Plainfield? He now lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico and he has become a good friend of my wife and me when we live there several months each year.
George Ashley
At 13:38 on January 29, 2009, Emily A. Murphy said…
Hey Pleun -- thanks for the heads up about the filmmaker! Haven't heard from him yet, but I'll keep an eye out.

At 22:19 on January 11, 2009, Ninian Stein said…
Thank you for the comment. Professor Vander Merwe is great. Hidden Walls/Hidden Mills sounds like an amazing organization!
At 16:09 on June 27, 2008, Annie Valk said…
Hi Pleun:
Do you know Tom Lincoln at the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford? He might be a good person to pull into the "Traces" programming discussions. The Royall House is doing some fascinating work uncovering and integrating the stories of the history of slavery at the site. I can find his contact info, if you want to try to reach him. Annie
At 16:14 on June 25, 2008, Maggi Smith-Dalton said…
Sure, here are the links to the articles:

My column is "Naumkeag Notations" and the series is part of an ongoing project "Salem Navigates the Tides of Reform" to which I will be returning periodically.

The Gazette puts my articles up under both "history" and "columnists" online. Due to our schedule and my research workloads I usually publish something for the Gazette about once a month, unless it's a series and then they run more or less consecutively for a few weeks.

You can email me at my main email address: or you can email me at
Thanks, Pleun!


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