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Weekend planner: Books

South Carolina-based Arcadia Publishing is best known for its iconic “Images of America” series, which chronicles the history of small towns across the country via vintage photographs and commentary compiled by local historians. Western Massachusetts is well-represented in Arcadia’s catalog, with volumes on Northampton, Deerfield, Easthampton, Amherst and Hadley, among others. The latest addition to the list is “North Amherst and Cushman,” a collection of photos assembled by Patricia Holland, a retired history editor who’s lived in Amherst since 1967, and William Robinson, who ran a shoe repair business in downtown and grew up in North Amherst. A fascinating aspect of the project, Holland says, was learning about the many mills that once lined the Mill River — 26 in all — manufacturing everything from paper and textiles to wooden toys and cutlery. “The main reason people settled here was because of the Mill River,” she notes.

Holland and Robinson will give a presentation about their book Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library in Amherst. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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