Caroline Hellman, “Children of the Raven and the Whale: Visions and Revisions in American Literature”

Join us on Sunday, July 11th, at 3pm for a talk with author Caroline Hellman.

Children of the Raven and the Whale: Visions and Revisions in American Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2019) looks at how contemporary United States writers have responded to texts that were historically central to the American literary canon – including Melville’s Moby-Dick. In their rewritings and layering of new stories over older ones, contemporary writers chronicle a spectrum of American experience, and appraise the project of the United States. This talk will explore Melville’s influence on the work of author Ta-Nehisi Coates, in addition to discussing the larger landscape of American literature today.

$10 BCHS members, $15 not-yet-members: tickets available ONLINE or by phone at 413.442.1793

Exhibit – Lifting the Veil: Mourning in the Berkshires

July 10 through October

This exhibition, located both in our small barn and in the main house, examines mid-19th century rituals and objects related to death and dying in the Berkshires and beyond. Lifting the Veil looks at the historic practices surrounding death, burial, and those left behind. BCHS collections will be featured in this exhibit, including objects not regularly on view to the public.

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.

Mastheads Final Reading

July 10, 2021. 6pm-7pm.

Join us in the barn as the writers from this year’s Mastheads residencies read their new work, written on-site here at Arrowhead. Includes playwright Sam Mayer and poets Helene Achanzar, Christine Larusso, Amanda Smeltz, and Keith S. Wilson.

Free program.

Concert: Victorian Quadrille Orchestra

Join us on Sunday, June 27th, at 7pm in the Arrowhead Barn.

The Victorian Quadrille Orchestra presents dance music from the Civil War and Victorian era.  The orchestra invites you back to a time before electronics and recorded music as they perform original music written in the 1800s using authentic instrumentation. Hear Quadrilles, Lancers, Polkas, Waltzes, Reels, and more.

FREE event

Program sponsored by the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank

Melville Biographical Research Lecture: Warren Broderick

Thursday, June 17 – Melville Biographical Research Lecture: Warren Broderick, 6:30 pm

Join Melville scholar and New York State retired archivist Warren Broderick as he presents newly discovered original source documents that will shed light on Melville’s life and work. Learn about previously unknown records that bear Herman’s signature as well as the first published reference to a missing novel.

FREE for BCHS members, $10 not-yet-members: tickets available online HERE or by phone at 413.442.1793

MOBY-DICK Audiobook Release & Fundraiser

We are thrilled to invite you to join us IN PERSON at Arrowhead for a very special event celebrating the release of Alison Larkin Presents’ MOBY-DICK, narrated by Jonathan Epstein.

The evening will include a live reading by Mr. Epstein, a Q&A with Mr. Epstein and Alison Larkin, along with wine and dessert in the 1840s barn here at Arrowhead!

When: June 7, 2021

Time: 7pm

Where: Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA 

Tickets are limited, so get yours now.  $20 Members, $25 Not-yet Members

Read by consummate Shakespearean actor Jonathan Epstein, Moby Dick is a revelation. Jonny reads this epic tale as if performing Shakespeare, embodying each and every character with precision and grace, the intensity and scope of the story narrated with an innate understanding of its humor, nuance, madness and love. As one who had the honor of writing in Melville’s chair, looking at the mountain that inspired this bit of literary genius, I envy the hours of pleasure that await you. ~ Jana Laiz, Writer-In-Residence Emeritus, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead

Jonathan Epstein (Narrator) Jonny has directed or acted in more than 60 Shakespeare & Company productions since 1987 including Creditors, Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Cymbeline, Midsummer, Merry Wives, Private Eyes, Brief Lives, Heroes, An Iliad and the title roles in King Lear, Henry IV, Richard III and Macbeth. In 1990 he created the role of The Men in Tina Packer’s original Women of Will. He has performed on and off-Broadway and at scores of regional theatres around the country including Berkshire Theatre Festival (Amadeus, Cuckoo’s Nest, Via Dolorosa, Educating Rita…) and ART (Merchant of Venice, Phaedra, Paradise Lost). He is a two-time recipient of the Elliot Norton Award and is Teaching Professor of Classical Performance at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training where this year he adapted and directed their hybrid video production of Caesar. Jonny and his wife Ariel Bock met onstage during The Aspern Papers (1991).

Arrowhead Opening May 15

We are happy to announce the opening of Arrowhead, Saturday, May 15! Our grounds and gift shop open 9:30-4:30

Open Thursday through Monday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) with tours every hour beginning at 10am, last tour at 3pm                                       No reservations required

Tour groups limited to 6, masks required                                                            $16 adults, $14 seniors, $10 students (13-18), children 12 and under free

For information call 413-442-1793


The Reverend Samuel Harrison Talk

Thursday, April 15, 4pm

Join Ann-Elizabeth Barnes, author of “The Reverend Samuel Harrison.” In honor of the birthday of Samuel Harrison, chaplain of the famed Massachusetts 54th Regiment, this presentation will illuminate this famed Abolitionist, Activist, and Chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th, the First Black Regiment Raised in the North to fight in the Civil War. Barnes highlights the unrecognized roles Blacks played in the events and outcome of the Civil War as well as the role the Black soldiers played in securing their own future, fighting with resolve, dedication, valor and dignity, while also standing up for their right to the same pay as the white soldiers.

FREE Virtual Program – contact for Zoom link

Sponsored in part by a generous grant from Mass Humanities

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Mr. Noble Melancholy – Performance

Friday, April 23, 4pm

Join the Berkshire County Historical Society and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College (OLLI) as we present “Mr. Noble Melancholy”, starring John Trainor as Nathaniel Hawthorne. A virtual event, viewers will step into the North Parlor at Arrowhead to hear from Herman Melville’s friend and mentor, Nathaniel Hawthorne as he shares thoughts about his life, friends, writing career, and his brief sojourn in Berkshire County in the “little red cottage” for 18 months of his life. Following the hour-long performance, there will be a Q&A period with Trainor, and playwrights Karel Fisher and Maryanne Sherman.
FREE Virtual Program –  Zoom link

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