There was a huge, great story about Susan Stinson in the Springfield Republican yesterday, “Writer Susan Stinson of Northampton honors theologian with Bridge Street Cemetery tours,” which included a couple of photos from a cemetery tour Susan took the author, Cori Urban, on. We’re going on the tour on Oct. 5—tickets available from Broadside Books (Hope to see you there!)
Bridge Street Cemetery was established in 1663. After the town voted that no more burials should take place next to the Meetinghouse, a portion of a 10-acre lot on the far edge of town, known as the “minister’s lott” at Pine Plain, was allocated for use as a burial ground, according to the website for Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center. In 1680, the bodies of those previously buried were moved to Bridge Street Cemetery.
The approximately 20-acre cemetery is an active non-denominational city cemetery.
A well-known theologian, Edwards has significant ties to the cemetery. He was minister at what is now First Churches in downtown Northampton from 1727-1750. Solomon Stoddard, his grandfather; Jerusha Edwards, his daughter; and other members of his family are buried in the cemetery.
Susan was also on the radio in Northampton on Bill Newman’s WHMP show:
Smith College food service employees speak out! Then, Susan Stinson on on her new book, “Spider in a Tree;” Rev Peter Ives & Annie Turner on Pope Francis.
The first interview with the Smith College food service employees is very much worth listening to. Smith College doesn’t see that it has an obligation to pay a living wage and hires lots of people into 32 hour jobs instead of full-time (defined by Smith as 37.5 hours/week) workers. Hmm. Hope the Smith College students take up with the employees.
Also, Susan will be on Writer’s Voice on October 2nd (the same day as her book launch!) and in the meantime Writer’s Voice Associate Producer Drew Adamek, in addition to the final episode in “The River Runs Through Us” series with artist and historian Russell Steven Powell, also includes highlights—including an interview with Susan—from previous episodes in the series.