In 1910, ten people who spent their childhood in the Hopedale Community in the 1840s and 1850s
were asked by the Hopedale Ladies' Sewing Society and Branch Alliance to write their memories of
those years. The stories were published by The Hopedale School Press in a little booklet titled
Hopedale Reminiscences. Below are links to each of the chapters.
The Old House of Hopedale - Sarah Daniels
The Post Office - Susan Thwing Whitney
Community Life as Seen by One of the "Young People" -Sarah Bradbury
Anti-Slavery, and Other Visitors to the Community -Anna Thwing Field
Recollections of Hopedale - Ida Smith
Reminiscences of the "Home School" and the Village - Imogene Mascroft
The Burglary - Susan Thwing Whitney
Our Community School and its Teacher - Ellen Patrick
Christmas in the Old Days - Frank Dutcher
Childhood Days in the Hopedale Community, and Other Recollections - Nellie Gifford
Hopedale Community, Founded in 1841, in its Origin and Early History - Abbie Ballou Heywood
1910. My guess is that it was written to be included in Reminiscences, but was considered by the
editors to be too harsh on the Drapers to use. (See the next-to-last paragraph.) Instead, it was printed
in the Springfield Sunday Republican on October 30, 1910. The paper even refers to it as "Mrs
Aldrich's Reminiscences." I found it in a scrapbook at the Bancroft Library.
General Draper: Boyhood in Hopedale - While not part of Hopedale Reminiscences, this chapter from
the general's autobiography was written in the same decade and about the same period as those
Hopedale Community Menu More stories from the Utopian Community.