Three representatives of the company came to the Library on March 3 to scope out the space in the Teen Room that will become the 18th hole. Conklin owners Franco and Rosemary Arnold and marketing coordinator Mike Morin met with Sandy Ward, chair of the 2017 Mini Golf Planning Committee. Here are photos taken while they putted golf balls into a temporary "practice hole" that Sandy had set up for their visit.
What will Conklin bring this year? In 2016, for the 2nd Hole, which wended through stacks on Level 4, they added a fabulous chair festooned with bright balloons.
... long enough to be called a "SANDy Trap" by players trying to navigate that corner!
Meanwhile, a different Conklin chair donated to the 2016 Silent Auction (Friday night in conjunction with the Mini Golf fundraiser) drew many admirers.
We thank Conklin Office Furniture for such generosity. Funds raised by the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library are used to support and enhance library programs and services.
After visiting the Teen Room Friday, Franco, Rosemary, and Mike explored other parts of the Library. They especially enjoyed meeting Archivist Eileen Crosby and learning from her about resources relevant to their company's history. She pulled out old maps of Holyoke's canals and the mills along them, including the mill building at 56 Canal Street now owned by Conklin.
Only some of the original mill buildings owned by American Thread Company remain today. Nevertheless, the portion now owned by Conklin is huge – the area the size of "three football fields," says Franco.
See more photos below. Sandy followed the Conklin officers back to Canal Street and explored not only that building, but their other facility on Appleton Street.
|Click on this 1876 image to enlarge|
|Compare the photos above: 1892, from Picturesque Hampden, Part II, and 2017 (lacking cupola).|
The building in the right foreground now belongs to Hadley Printing, another of our Mini Golf sponsors.
|56 Canal Street, Holyoke|
|75 Appleton Street, a huge Conklin building now capped with SOLAR panels.|
|Conklin is very proud of the extensive array of solar panels recently added to their Appleton building.|
|If you stand on Bowers Street near Kelly School, on the hill above Sullivan Scrap, |
you can catch a glimpse of the solar panel layer on the Conklin roof.
Conklin is an environmentally-friendly business, recycling and refurbishing office furniture. See their website for more information: www.conklinoffice.com