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Berkshire Historical Society

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July 2022

ReWritten

Jul 22 Fri @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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ReWritten

Jul 23 Sat @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Prices vary

ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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ReWritten

Jul 24 Sun @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Prices vary

ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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Lace in American Culture

Jul 26 Tue @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Free

Lace came to America more than 400 years ago. Lightweight, easy to pack, it was an expression of civilized European lifestyle, and brought with it the optimism for a similar life in the New World. Over time, lace defied hardship, celebrated socio-economic advancement, indulged the wealthy, often in unexpected format. During this talk, Irish lace expert Beverly Wolov will discuss how lace became so deeply imbedded in American material culture. FREE This event is sponsored by MountainOne Insurance.

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Berkshire County Historical Society Summer Fundraiser

Jul 27 Wed @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Enjoy a summer evening at Herman Melville’s historic Arrowhead and support the work of the Berkshire County Historical Society. The evening includes heavy hors d’oeuvres; a silent auction of wonderful packages that highlight the best in Berkshire arts, outdoor experiences, and creations; and a special performance by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie based on their work ReWritten. A cash bar is available.      Tickets Friend - $85 ($160 for 2) Supporter - $125 ($240 for 2) About ReWritten: ReWritten…

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ReWritten

Jul 29 Fri @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Prices vary

ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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ReWritten

Jul 30 Sat @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Prices vary

ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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Monument Mountain Hike

Jul 31 Sun @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Monument Mountain, Rte 7
Great Barrington, MA United States
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Celebrate the day (August 4, 1850) Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorn on a hike up Monument Mountain by joining BCHS for a similar hike and reading of local poet William Cullen Bryant’s Monument Mountain. The guided hike takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is appropriate for families. Hikers should meet at the Monument Mountain Reservation Parking lot on Route 7 and should be prepared with their own water, proper footwear, hiking gear and bug repellent. FREE This event is sponsored by…

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ReWritten

Jul 31 Sun @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Prices vary

ReWritten is an immersive performance that explores the often-silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature. Through dance, live music, visual art, projection, and text this performance questions what happens when we say no to dreams when we want to say yes. Co-created and performed by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie. $10 for BCHS members, $15 for non-members,…

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August 2022

Opening Reception for Moby-Dick exhibition

Aug 05 Fri @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
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Free

Join artists Jim Jasper and Christopher Volpe for the first look at their exhibition, Moby-Dick, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Downtown Pittsfield. The exhibition is a fascinating dialogue around Melville’s work, how it has inspired generations of artists, and the current relevancy of many of the novel’s themes. FREE This event is sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Image: 32. Cetology (2019), James Jasper (b.1962). Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper.

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Jim Jasper Artist Talk

Aug 10 Wed @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
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Free

Jim Jasper Artist Talk Join artist Jim Jasper for a walk-through of drawings from his work, Moby Dick, a chapter-by-chapter reading of Melville's novel in 140 drawings. Jim will talk about the visual references in the drawings and their relationship to the chapters they represent. This event takes place at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Downtown Pittsfield. FREE This event is sponsored by Berkshire Bank. Image: 32. Cetology (2019), James Jasper (b.1962). Pencil, ink and watercolor on paper.

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Reflections on the Marble Corridor of Western New England

Aug 17 Wed @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Historian William Hosley will discuss the history and economic impact of the western New England’s “marble corridor.” As early as the 1780s, western New England stonecutters, discovering high quality marble in the Berkshires and Vermont, soon began exporting artfully finished products to points south and beyond. At its height the marble industry along the Taconic Range (today’s Route 7 corridor) was a beehive providing thousands of monuments, gravestones, and architectural features to buildings, cemeteries, and town squares. Rutland, Vermont, Pittsfield,…

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Artist talk with Christopher Volpe – Loomings: Melville, Art, and the Climate Crisis

Aug 24 Wed @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
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Free

Moving quickly past general background, process, and materials, this illustrated art talk highlights how Loomings addresses our world’s instability through the metaphors at work in Moby-Dick, Herman Melville’s apocalyptic vision of the American quest. Volpe finds in Melville’s account of the doomed commercial whaling voyage of the Pequod a dark, foundational myth of American materialism (and an even darker apocalyptic prophecy of what's to come). He also finds a “terrible beauty” - and the hope that pairing tragedy and human shortcoming with beauty can redeem our faith in…

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