A new book of historic postcards from the collections of the Berkshire County Historical Society, published by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, South Carolina. For over fifty years, we have collected artifacts, photographs, and documents that illustrate the history of western Massachusetts. This fascinating work is made possible by the many volunteers who step forward to organize the collections and make them available to the public.
Postcards illustrate our past. Pittsfield is the center of Berkshire County. For centuries, visitors have travelled trails, railroads, and highways across the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts to enjoy the serene beauty of Pontoosuc and Onota Lakes, to shop on bustling North Street, to stay at a fine hotel. Many more moved here from across the country and around the world to work in Pittsfield’s farms and factories. Since the early 19th century Pittsfield has been host to woolen mills and General Electric’s factories, hotels and motels, hospitals and schools, and much more. Cultural sites, such as Arrowhead where Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick, and Park Square, location of the first agricultural fair ever held in the United States, continue to attract visitors to the city.