Berkshire Historical Society

Since its founding in 1962, the Berkshire County Historical Society has preserved and shared the memories of our communities.  Photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and oral histories all illustrate the amazing histories of this region.

And for over forty years, the Historical Society has also preserved Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. We are honored to share this National Historic Landmark with the world.

The Berkshire Historical Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating the history of Berkshire County in western Massachusetts. In addition, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, the first National Historic Landmark to be so designated in Berkshire County.

The Historical Society depends on the hard work of dedicated volunteers.  Volunteers help staff the museum shop, give tours, maintain the collections and the grounds, and work at the farm. If you would like to join us, learn more here.

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Historical Society’s annual meeting member voted to approve an updated set of bylaws. These can be seen here.

Questions or comments?  Contact us here.

Board of Directors  2016-2017


Charles Kaminski

Vice President:
Charles Flint

Katharine C. Westwood

Nancy McGill

Past President:
Al De Maio

Board Members:

Mary Catherine Murphy

Kathleen Reilly

John Dickson

Ralph Cianflone, Jr.



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