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The Story behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met
08:03AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Historian and author Francis Morrone via Zoom to the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to tell "The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met."     Morrone will give his visual presentation on Aug. 31 at 4:00 pm as part of the museum's Tuesday Talks.   Charles Wrightsman was an Oklahoma-born oil tycoon and polo player and Jayne Wrightsman was a Michigan-born beauty who for 40 years traveled the world acquiring French antiques and decorative arts for their 18-room apartment in New York, a home in London and a famed mansion in Palm Beach.   They eventually gave hundreds of works to the

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Berkshire County Historical Society Announces Melville Fellows
12:22PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has named Shawna Hennessy, Aylen Dominguez, and Hazel Richards Melville Fellows for 2021-22.    The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards  Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. The fellowship program does not restrict the type or subject of the works created, giving participants a breadth of creative freedom. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually

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Smithsonian Host Sites Sought for 2022 Tour
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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NORTHAMTON, Mass. — Through a partnership with the Smithsonian, Mass Humanities will select six local institutions to host "Crossroads: Changes in Rural America," a traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program.   Applications open Aug. 30 for museums, libraries, and other cultural centers interested in welcoming the Smithsonian to their communities. Organizations must be located in a town with a population of 12,000 or less to be eligible to host the exhibit. In October, Mass Humanities will select six sites for the "Crossroads" tour, which arrives in Massachusetts in September 2022.   "We're

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MCLA Professor Receives Irene Buck Award
12:02PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Arts|Learning, a state advocacy agency for arts education, has named MCLA Professor of Arts Management Lisa Donovan its 2021 Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award recipient.      According to a press release, the Irene Buck Award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. The recipient exemplifies commitment and service to, and support of the arts, and arts-education communities.    It was named to honor Irene Buck, President of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education for many years, who was the first recipient in 1998.      Donovan has published widely on arts

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Lifting The Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires
12:32PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires" is currently on view at Herman Melville's Arrowhead and explores historic mourning practices, focusing primarily on the nineteenth century.    The exhibition contains objects from Berkshire County Historical Society's (BCHS) collection including an array of mourning attire, an embroidered silk mourning picture, headstones and funerary items, and ephemera. Lifting the Veil is on view through October 2021 and is free and open to the public.   "This exhibition was well into the planning phase in 2020 when COVID-19 caused us to close for the year," said Lesley Herzberg, Executive

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The Weekend Beat: Fort Mass, Anthony Anniversaries
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021
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Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The biggest anniversary event this weekend is undoubtedly the Susan B. Anthony Celebration in Adams but the oldest is in North Adams on Saturday with the marking of the 275th anniversary of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts. 

The North Adams Historical Society is hosting the annual commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new museum space on the first floor of the Holiday Inn. The Museum of History and Science reopened in July after being closed much of last year because of the pandemic. 

Fort Massachusetts is believed to have been located on the Hoosic River somewhere near what is now Roberts Drive. Part of a line of forts built by the British to

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Dewey Hall Summer Photography Walk
10:49AM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Saturday Aug. 21 from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. join local professional photographer Thad Kubis and walk the town while learning to compose and design images of some of our town's landmarks and buildings.   The outdoor event starts at Dewey Hall. Participants will move from Depot Square, the railroad tracks, Sheffield Green, Bushnell Sage Library, and Center cemetery (off Berkshire School Road).   Bring whichever camera system you are most comfortable with; smartphone, tablets, DSLR's or film based systems. Kubis will be available to help you understand your system and expand your creative eye.   After the creative walk through town participants

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Ventfort Hall: The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour
08:55AM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Frequent flyer and author Rene Silvin will relay his experiences with "The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour."    His presentation will be available on Zoom only on Tuesday, August 24 at 4 pm. Silvin's program is part of the museum's Tuesday Talks.   The speaker flew on this technologically advanced plane 160 times and will present the history of this marvel of technology from an in-depth, personal point of view. As one of Air France's best customers, he was treated to a very early non-stop flight originating and ending in Paris.  It was akin to a 3½ - hour test flight over the Atlantic. He will also introduce us to the

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Summer Garden Party Fundraiser at the Bidwell House Museum
10:06AM / Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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MONTEREY, Mass. — The Bidwell House Museum is holding its annual summer garden party on Friday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the  gardens on the grounds of the Museum.    To celebrate 30 seasons of this historic mansion, the Museum is honoring the founders of the Museum Jack Hargis and David Brush and two of the founding Board Members, Bill Brockman and Jack Jefferson. The theme this year is "Hats Off" and attendees are encouraged to wear their best hats. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Bidwell House Museum.   Music will be provided by The Lucky 5 and hors d'oeuvres will be served by Kate Baldwin. There will be a silent

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Dewey Hall Invites South County Neighbors to Ice Cream Social
01:42PM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Dewey Hall will hold an "ice cream social" in its back yard to greet South Berkshire neighbors, new and old, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31.   The event is free, and ice cream will be provided by sponsor High Lawn Farm.    There will also be lawn games, a coloring table, door prizes, and live music from the Michael Junkins and Dan Broad Jazz Duo.    The first 50 families to attend will receive screen printed canvas tote bags filled with swag and information from Sheffield related businesses and organizations. The bags have the original Sheffield Friendly Union missions  statement " . . . to increase kindly feelings

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