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It’s official! Preserving Traditions is now an official activity of the Pittsfield Union Grange!

This is a really exciting development: the Grange is one of the oldest rural organizations in the US, with a long history of creating community and sharing resources in rural areas, especially in the eastern half of the US.

As part of the Grange, Preserving Traditions gets financial support and a solid administrative structure. Money raised by PT will defray costs of building maintenance, utilities, and equipment that will be used in our activities and by anyone else using the Grange hall’s kitchen. In return, the Grange gets an influx of people interested in its programs, and hopefully new active members, as well.

Benefits for Members

If you are interested in Preserving Traditions events, I strongly encourage you to become a member of the Grange. Membership is $40/yr for individuals or $70/yr for families. All people over the age of 14 are considered full voting members.

  • Free admission to Preserving Traditions events (that alone will pay for your annual dues!).
  • Earlybird RSVPs for Preserving Traditions events. Grange members will be able to sign up for events a few days before the general public…especially handy since every event so far has filled to capacity!
  • Ability to reserve the Grange kitchen for your own canning, preserving, or large cooking projects for a nominal fee
  • Input on Preserving Traditions equipment procurement. Should we buy a grain mill or a cabbage shredder? Should we have a fundraiser for a new stove? Can we find someone to donate a pressure canner? Grange members will have a place at the table in these discussions.
  • A voice in the future of the Pittsfield Grange, as well as the State and National Granges.
  • Discounts on admission to other Grange events, like dances
  • Discounts on hotels, car rentals, cell phone service, and more (see the National Grange’s pages on Member Benefits)

You can download a membership form and become a member before our next meeting!

About the Grange

The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry is a national organization of farmers and rural citizens. The Grange was instrumental in breaking up railroad monopolies in the 19th century and securing rural mail delivery, among other power-of-the-people actions. It’s also a social organization, serving as a community center for rural folks, sponsoring dances, potlucks, and the like.

The Pittsfield Union Grange is a local (“subordinate”) Grange that’s been active since 1867. Unlike many Granges, our local Grange is quite active and our Grange Hall is is very good shape, due in large part to the strong communities of dancers who rent the hall for dances.

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