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March 2021

Virtual: Hidden Women with Tammy Denease – Clo Pratt, Life After Slavery

March 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201 United States
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Although born into slavery, Clo Pratt is willed her freedom by her late mistress. As a free woman, Clo earns her living by hiring herself out, making clothes with her loom, cleaning local homes or traveling throughout the Colonies to assist her friends with work. Join Tammy on a trip to Colonial Connecticut, where you will learn about some of the events that led to freedom for the Colonies, including the meeting between George Washington and Rochambeau at Joseph Webb’s…

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April 2021

Virtual: Hidden Women with Tammy Denease – Belinda the African, Compelled to Servitude

April 9 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201 United States
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Belinda the African was born into the Asanti Kingdom.She was kidnapped from her homeland and sold into slavery to the Royall Family on the island of Antigua and then to Medford, Massachusetts. Although denied the ability to read and write, Belinda the Afrikan would petition the government for what was rightfully hers- reparations for her slave labor. Tammy Denease takes you from the Volta River to the Boiling houses of Antigua to Medford, Massachusetts where the drama unfolds.  See website…

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Virtual Saturday Talk with Paranormal Investigator David Raby

April 10 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Join paranormal investigator and author David Raby when he presents “Walking Amongst the Shadows” on Zoom. Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum has been host to Raby’s group paranormal investigation events since 2017 and the mansionhas proven to be quite haunted during those events. In this special online presentation, Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences and showcase some of the exciting evidence gathered at Ventfort Hall. This fast-paced presentation will include both audio and video clips that will…

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Virtual: Samuel Harrison

April 15 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201 United States
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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…

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Virtual: Mr. Noble Melancholy

April 23 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201 United States
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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…

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May 2021

Paranormal Investigation:Walking Amongst the Shadows at Ventfort Hall

May 1 @ 7:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20 – $38

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the our historic and haunted mansion. A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. Undaunted, he enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain. Reservations required.

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June 2021

Virtual: History Talk- Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

June 19 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

A conversation with author Simon Winchester. Published in January 2021, Land examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land—and why does it matter?

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Victorian Quadrille Orchestra

June 27 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Arrowhead and Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, 01201 United States
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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.

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July 2021

Lee Earns a Living Exhibit

July 1 - July 31
Lee Chamber of Commerce, 3 Park Place
Lee, MA 01238 United States
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The Lee Historical Society presents “Lee Earns A Living” at the Scolforo Gallery of the Lee Library. The exhibit will trace the development of the local businesses and services from the first 1760 settlements through nearly 100 years of homespun living to the arrival of peddlers and general stores and then to retail stores and professional services. The exhibit will be liberally illustrated with photos, ads, business artifacts and correspondence.  Free and open to the public. Inquire at 413-243-0385 for…

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In the Shadow of the Founders “Greatest Generations” in American History

July 10 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

A talk by John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University and award-winning author. At several strategic points in the American past, events have cast a particular generational cohort in a special, outsize role. Demos will discuss how Their lives and deeds have given a distinctive shape to our history, a recurrent and transformative charge of renewal. Onsite & via Zoom.

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