Glenmeadow Learning Offers a Look at the American Primary System

Final installment in spring program series scheduled for June 14

WILBRAHAM– Glenmeadow Retirement will offer a discussion that examines the unique challenges Donald Trump has placed on the American system for electing a president. This presentation is the fifth and final program offering in the free Glenmeadow Learning education series and will be held on Tuesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Country Club of Wilbraham.

As part of “Presidential Challenge: An Historical View of the Primary System,” political scientist Donald L. Robinson will discuss how the primary system has evolved and assess the likelihood that political parties can regain control over the process. He will also discuss how the system is stacked against third parties and independents.

Robinson is the Charles N. Clark Professor Emeritus of Government and American Studies at Smith College, where he taught for nearly 40 years. His academic research focuses on American constitutional development. He has authored and edited several books, and he writes a monthly column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

The discussion will be held at the Country Club of Wilbraham, 859 Stony Hill Road. It is free but seating is limited, and registration is required; call (413) 567-7800 or email Visit for more information.

Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited continuing care retirement community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.

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About Glenmeadow

In the 1800s, elderly individuals without family or means were sent to live at what was called “the poor farm.”  In 1884, a group of civic leaders raised funds among themselves and other area families and purchased a house on Main Street in Springfield’s south end. Quickly outgrowing that house, land was purchased on the corner of Chestnut and Carew streets, where a new home was constructed and opened in 1900.  In 1960, the name was changed to Chestnut Knoll, and in 1992, it began to admit men.

In 1993, the organization purchased a 23-acre parcel in Longmeadow to build a new community that would provide both independent living and assisted living in one building with various common areas.  This was a new concept known as a continuing care retirement community.  Existing residents from the old Chestnut Knoll property were moved to the new campus in 1997.  Shortly after the move, the board voted to change its legal name to Glenmeadow to coincide with the name being used by the developer of the property.