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- Once recognized as the "Queen of Industrial Cities" and the "Paper City of the World", Holyoke was a powerhouse in the industrial revolution.
- The sport of volleyball was invented in Holyoke on February 9, 1895 by William G. Morgan.
- Holyoke is home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
- Holyoke was one of the first planned industrial communities in the United States.
- Holyoke is home to the second largest annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the nation.