Who is NeVar and NeVara?

Nevar© and his mate NeVara© are a not so common raven pair. Together, they have become the mascots and narrators for this website.

Ravens were chosen for their intelligence, sociability and adaptability. They have been companions to humankind for all of recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To some ravens are evil. To others they are revered as noble spirits. And so ravens were chosen to tell the story of Mount Tom and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Should you have skills in animation, graphic arts, audio and video recording, photography, voice-overs, research, law, and would like to help tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range, please leave a comment under Recent Posts.


035summithouseHistorically, the Mount Tom area is rich in places and events of note.  This image is of the second hotel on the summit of Mount Tom, where President Mckinley and his wife dined after taking the Holyoke Street Railway’s counter-balance* train to the summit. For a more detailed historical record spend some time with the reservation’s interpreter at the Nature Center in Mt. Tom State Reservation.  Or, viewers can make arrangements to read the 13 volume in-depth Robert Schwobe Mt. Tom History Collection located in the reservation’s management office, as well as a collection in the Holyoke Public Library’s History Room.

034navarFor Bob Schwobe comments click here:  http://vimeo.com/nevara/vimeocomnevarahttpvimeocombobschwobe

Train, Mt. Tom Top

*Two train cars, one traveling to the top of Mt. Tom and one traveling down, were cabled together.  With assistance of electric motors, gravity and the weight of the trains counterbalanced one another, making for a smooth quiet ride. The illustration and photograph are courtesy of the web.

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