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Address: Northampton, MA
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Not so silent Cal

Nice museum and restored homestead. Worth a visit especially if your a history buff. Many artifacts from Coolidge term.

Reviewed 20 October 2016
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Mashpee
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the library and asked at the front desk. He directed us to 2nd floor and said it was off hours but if not too busy they could let us see the Coolidge library. When we got upstairs the door was open with others inside so we went in too. Then we got told we had to be silent... More 

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Pittsburgh
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Nice museum and restored homestead. Worth a visit especially if your a history buff. Many artifacts from Coolidge term.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

We were searching for something cultural to do in Northampton after lunch and stumbled on the Calvin Coolidge library. You can learn a lot about history going to one of these exhibits and this was no exception. We spent a good hours perusing the room in the Northampton Library devoted to Calvin Coolidge and his family. They opened the library... More 

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West Brookfield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

I am a huge Calvin Coolidge fan! Since a boy the allure of President Coolidge has been real. In March I discovered the Coolidge Museum at the Forbes Library in Northampton, Mass. It is free and totally informative.www.forbeslibrary.org. Julie Nelson is the Archivist.413-587-1014.

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Hurricane, Utah
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Reviewed 11 June 2016

We visited the Coolidge library on 5/16. It is a small library located on the second floor of the town (Forbes) library. The museum gives you an overview of Coolidge's early life, marriage, governorship and how he got to be President. Surprisingly, It doesn't tell you much about what his major accomplishments as President were. The library's archivist (Ms. Nelson)... More 

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Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Nice community library with lots of quiet areas to read, study, or write. The basement has a great collection of reads and resources for babies, toddlers, kids & teens. (Don't miss Paco the pacu in the aquarium!) Gallery and museum on the second floor are good complements for students and grownups.

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Thank Melissa R
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

The Calvin Coolidge Library is small compared to more recent Presidential Libraries, but worth the visit. Be sure to check hours, as they are very limited. If you are there on a Saturday, you might also get a tour of the Forbes Library with the Coolidge Library is hosted.

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Thank Perudemisamores
Chicago
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Reviewed 18 February 2016

Worth seeing if only to traverse the Forbes Library, what a public library with happy employees who genuinely like the readers who they help.

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Hollywood, Florida
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Reviewed 11 December 2015

Coolidge, a former mayor of Northampton, has a Presidential Library and Museum inside the local public library (a wonderful example of a Richardson building). The Coolidge library is full of items from the life nd presidency of Coolidge. An hour there will certainly illuminate, and perhaps change, ones perception about "Silent Cal."

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Thank Seth G
Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 October 2015

Not every presidential library merits a visit. There are many more interesting things to see and do in the Northampton area. An uninspiring legacy of an uninspiring president.

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