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
was written in 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 stories.
Hopedale Community Menu More stories from the Utopian Community.
F.G. Atwell, Superintendent of Schools, 1911