Berkshire County 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 County 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 County Historical Society is committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville, designated a National Historic Landmark.    Adopted by the BCHS Board of Directors, 1989; updated April 23, 2018

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

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

On Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Historical Society’s board meeting, members voted to approve an updated Financial Policy. This can be seen here.

On Friday, May 15th, the 2020 Annual Meeting was held. The 2019 Annual Meeting minutes were voted on and passed. See the slide show from the 2020 Annual Meeting here.

Questions or comments?  Contact us here.

Board of Directors  2021


Cynthia Farr Brown

Vice President:
John Dickson

Robert Salerno

Don Pfeifer

Board Members:

Valerie Anderson

Eileen Myers

Carol Nichols

Donald Pfeifer

Alex Reczkowski

Betsy Sherman

Sharon Coe

Laurie Werner

John Hamilton

Richard Matturo

Lesley Herzberg, ex officio