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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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Downtown Pittsfield StoryWalk And Treasure Hunt
08:03AM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and the Berkshire Athenaeum will continue the Downtown Pittsfield StoryWalk of Ty Allan Jackson's book "When I Close My Eyes" through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.    They have partnered with CozQuest for a free, family-friendly Treasure Hunt along the StoryWalk route from Saturday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Kids will be able to solve "Spot Cozmo" picture puzzles to find hidden QR codes that will unlock treasure at local businesses. If they find all of the QR codes, they'll be entered to win one of five limited edition "When I Close My Eyes" posters signed by the author, and one

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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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Ventfort Hall Presents "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon"
09:49AM / Monday, August 16, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — "The Gibson Girl:  A Gilded Age Icon" exhibit is now on view at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum with an accompanying event to take place on Saturday, Sept. 25 as part of the ArtWeek program.     Comprehensive signage will allow visitors to view the exhibit at their own leisure.   Charles Dana Gibson, a commercial artist who was active between 1890 and 1920, created the Gibson Girl. One of Gibson's images for satirizing the social scene of the Gilded Age.    A collection of Gibson's illustrations representing some of these and other subjects will be on view.    According to a press release, the

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Pittsfield Mayor's Office To Air New Podcast and Radio Program
04:23PM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. The City of Pittsfield's Mayor's Office is pleased to announce the release of its new podcast and radio program, "Backstory – Let's Hear It" scheduled to air on 89.7 WTBR-FM Pittsfield.    The podcast is hosted by Roberta McCulloch- Dews, director of Administrative Services and Public Information Officer.   The first show is scheduled to air at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13. For now, the show will air monthly on the radio. It will also be available for download as a podcast via Apple and Google.   "In this line of work, I am privileged to meet a vast array of interesting individuals who contribute to our community in many

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Art Briefs: Music, Performances on Tap for August
04:16PM / Monday, August 02, 2021
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Barrington Stage Company, as part of its Black Voices Matter initiative, is sponsoring "Celebration of Black Voices," a free five-day festival on Pittsfield's West Side, with free events celebrating the local Black community through artistic engagement.    The festival will take place in an outdoor pavilion at the Polish Community Club, Linden and Center streets, from Wednesday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 8. Seating is limited, and reservations are strongly encouraged and may be made here.    Community involvement is a key element to this weeklong event, and there are ample opportunities for everyone to participate — from talent show to

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Schedule and Policy Changes at the Berkshire Museum
04:27PM / Friday, July 30, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Special hours will be in effect next week as the Berkshire Museum prepares for the Aug. 6 grand reopening of its fully-renovated second floor.    The museum will close early at 4 pm on Sunday, Aug. 1, and will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday, Aug. 2 through 5. The Berkshire Museum reopens Friday, Aug. 6, with an all-new second floor complete with five new exhibitions.   Beginning with Member Preview Days on Aug. 2, all Berkshire Museum visitors ages two and older will once again be required to wear protective face coverings throughout their visit and will not be permitted inside the building without a mask or other suitable face

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