Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England Text Size

Event takes place on February 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM until 7:15 PM
Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Historian Dennis Picard will be at the Holyoke Public Library to tell the story of the ice harvesting industry in New England. The event takes place in the Community Room and is free and open to the public.

The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century. By the end of that century ice harvesting was the ninth largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually.

Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers. He will display some of his antique tools of that trade including several invented in Massachusetts. He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory. Picard also invites and guides would-be ice harvesters to try their hand at working with some of his antique implements, including a “pond saw” and the breaker bar.

The Holyoke Public Library is located at 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, 01040. This event is sponsored by the Holyoke History Room. (413) 420 – 8107.



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