May Programs

The Story of Japanese-American Internment During World War II
Tuesday, May 30 at 6:15pm on Zoom
Watch the recorded program here:

June Programs

Chatham Roots: Genealogy Club
Your Ancestors Are More Than Just Names
Chatham Roots Genealogy Club meets on Zoom at 3pm the first Thursday of the month. The group is open to all who are interested in their family history. Each month we start with a topic and never know where we’ll end up! We discuss types of records, what they mean, where to find them and how to get the most out of them—all to make you a better researcher. Members range from beginners to advanced and are happy to help others along the way. Michelle LeClair leads the group. She’s been researching her family since an 8th grade school project here in Chatham—we won’t say how long that’s been…but she has many years of experience. She’s volunteered at the library for four years and at the National Archives in Pittsfield for five years before its closure.
There’s always a story to tell you just need to uncover it. Join us on June 1st to discover your family’s tale.

Qigong with Curt Anthon
Thursdays at 12pm, June 15, 22 & 29
In Curt’s class you will learn various Qigong sets and then work on a traditional TaiChi Form – a set series of movements and postures. This is a gentle practice that enhances coordination, balance and circulation.
Curt is a member of the Yang Family Tai Chi Association ( and certified through the association’s Teacher Training Academy. He continues to pursue his personal education in TaiChi (Taijiquan) and Qigong, and is currently participating in a Nei Gong Program.

The Art of Japanese Bookbinding
Come spend two Saturday afternoons in June at the Chatham Public Library and learn Japanese Bookbinding with art teacher, Roberta Nelson. You will create a book that can be used as a journal, sketch book or anything you choose. Our first class will focus on making covers using a wax resist method. You will create your design by making wax rubbings using raised templates and then go over them with a watercolor wash. In our second class we will assemble the book parts and sew them together using a traditional Japanese sewing method.
Roberta Nelson studied fine arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Center for Book Arts, Dieu Donné Paper Mill in NYC, and Empire State College. Roberta has taught bookbinding for 30 years. Class size limited to 8 adult students. To register send email to