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September 2021

Tour: Special Tour with Elizabeth Melville

Sep 29 Wed @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Wednesday, September 29–Special Tour with Elizabeth Melville, 4 pm Join actress and Arrowhead docent Francine Ciccarelli as she portrays Herman Melville’s wife Elizabeth and leads a special tour of her house sharing anecdotes about life at Arrowhead, her children, her gardens, and her work as Herman’s copyist. This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union

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October 2021

Tour: Architecture and Landscape at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Oct 02 Sat @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Saturday, October 2–Architecture and Landscape at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, 11 am   Long-time Arrowhead tour guide John Dickson and Berkshire County Historical Society Executive Director Lesley Herzberg will conduct an enlightening walking tour of the Arrowhead grounds. Dickson will provide an overview and evolution of the architectural features of the building from the 1780s to the present. In her walk through the north field, Herzberg will discuss the cultural landscape where the entire Melville family participated in the cultivation of…

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Tour: Stockbridge Cemetery

Oct 13 Wed @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Stockbridge Cemetery, Main Street
Stockbridge, 01262
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Wednesday, October 13 – Stockbridge Cemetery Tour, 5 pm Join Bess Dillman for a tour of the Stockbridge cemetery on Main Street. Established in 1750, the cemetery is one of the oldest in the country and is the final resting of place of Elizabeth Freeman, the Sedgwick Family, and Norman Rockwell. This FREE Event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is…

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Lecture: “Mohican Experiences with Museum Repatriation Today” virtual lecture with Bonney Hartley

Oct 22 Fri @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Friday, October 22 –Mohican Experiences with Museum Repatriation Today virtual lecture with Bonney Hartley, Historic Preservation Manager for the Stockbridge-Munsee Community, 7 pm The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) offers certain criteria for the return of Tribal Nations’ ancestral remains and cultural heirlooms. After 30 years of this law, there are still staggering numbers of human remains that have not been returned. There are also often discrepancies between how Tribes and Museums determine if the NAGPRA categories…

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Tour: Pittsfield Cemetery

Oct 27 Wed @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pittsfield Cemetery, 203 Waconah Street
Pittsfield , MA 01201 United States
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Wednesday, October 27 – Pittsfield Cemetery Tour, 5 pm Join Berkshire County Historical Society Executive Director Lesley Herzberg for a tour of the Pittsfield cemetery on Wahconah Street, established in 1850. This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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November 2021

Film Screening and Lecture: “Call Us Ishmael” with Professor Michael Hoberman

Nov 05 Fri @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkshire Museum, South Street
Pittsfield, United States
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Friday, November 5–Call Us Ishmael film screening and lecture by Professor Michael Hoberman, 7 pm, Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum Call us Ishmael (2019, 1 hr., 19 min., directed by David Shaerf) chronicles Shaerf’s journey into the world of Moby-Dick through his encounters with artists, musicians, professors and performers including Laurie Anderson and Frank Stella. Call Us Ishmael gives viewers insight into a community devoted to Melville’s timeless text. Following the film, Michael Hoberman, author and Professor of English…

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Film Screening: “The Act of Reading”

Nov 06 Sat @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkshire Museum, South Street
Pittsfield, United States
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Saturday, November 6 - The Act of Reading, 7 pm, Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum   In this 2021 film directed by Mark Blumberg, a retired high school English teacher is confronted by a former student (Blumberg) who failed her class 15 years prior for failing to read Moby-Dick. He then involves her in a feature-length presentation on Melville’s classic novel and the science of reading. Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and the Berkshires are heavily featured in this film. Experience…

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Film Screening: “Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames”

Nov 13 Sat @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Berkshire Museum, South Street
Pittsfield, United States
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Saturday, November 13 - Borderland: The Life and Times of Blanche Ames Ames, 7 pm, Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum   Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames (directed by Kevin G. Friend) chronicles the life of a woman who was born in the 19th century, worked to change the 20th century, and whose wisdom still resonates in the 21st century. Blanche Ames Ames (1878–1969) was a woman of privilege who was not afraid to shock polite…

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December 2021

Tour: Holiday Lights

Dec 08 Wed @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Wednesday, December 8–Holiday Lights, 5 pm   This special tour of Arrowhead shows the house decorated for the holidays, and includes seasonal readings, 19th century holiday recipes, and a peek at holiday-themed objects from the museum’s collection that are not often on view.   This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union

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Reading: “A Christmas Journey: New Readings with Kevin O’Hara”

Dec 15 Wed @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Wednesday, December 15–A Christmas Journey: New Readings with Kevin O’Hara, 5 pm   Noted Pittsfield author and longtime columnist for The Berkshire Eagle Kevin O'Hara will read Christmas tales included in his new illustrated book, A Christmas Journey, recently published by The Berkshire Eagle. This will be a special evening of joyous and heartfelt tales from Kevin’s Pittsfield childhood.   This FREE event is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union

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