UMass Amherst Libraries Host Tenth Annual Social Change Colloquium: "A Long and Winding Road: The Legacy of the Back-to-the-Land Communes of the 1960s"

The UMass Amherst Libraries host the Tenth Annual Social Change Colloquium on Monday, November 3, 2014, at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow, in the Learning Commons (Lower Level), W.E.B. Du Bois Library, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “A Long and Winding Road: The legacy of the back-to-the-land communes of the 1960s,” will explore the nearly 40-year history of some of the region’s best known communes, which are documented in the Library’s Special Collections and University Archives. The event is free and open to the public.

The back-to-the-land movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s included Montague Farm and Wendell Farms in Massachusetts; and Packer Corners and Tree Frog Farms in southern Vermont. The speakers, poet-in-residence, performer, and writer Verandah Porche; civil rights and anti-war activist Susan Mareneck; Emmy award-winning film director, producer, and radio broadcaster John Scagliotti; and award-winning filmmaker Daniel Keller, represent each of these idealistic enterprises and will discuss their experiences of the counterculture era. For speaker bios, visit:

Professor Timothy Miller of the University of Kansas, whose major research focus is the history of intentional communities in America, will moderate the discussion. Miller, whose books include The Encyclopedic Guide to American Intentional Communities (2013); The Sixties Communes: Hippies and Beyond (1999), The Quest for Utopia in Twentieth-Century America (1998), and The Hippies and American Values (1991), has been recognized by the Communal Studies Association as a distinguished scholar.

The Famous Long Ago archive in Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available materials related to the communes at Montague Farm, Packer Corners, Johnson Pasture, Wendell Farm, and Tree Frog Farm. To view the archive, visit:

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