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100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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December 2018

History Talk Replay

December 16, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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The Supernatural World in the 1700s: Religion, Magic, Witchcraft and ‘Wonders’ by John Demos, Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. Broadcast of History Talk from June 2010. Held at the Monterey Community Center, 486 Main Road, Monterey.

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April 2019

Retracing Native Histories – A Walk Through Time

April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Long before the English arrived in what is now Massachusetts, the Mohicans lived on and worked with the land for thousands of years. During this walk through history, join Rob Hoogs to learn how the Mohicans used the local landscape for hunting, agriculture, maple sugaring and more. As you hike some of the four miles of trails on the 192 acre Bidwell House Museum property, the quiet beauty of the Berkshire upland forest will transport you to another time and…

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May 2019

Blooming at Bidwell

May 19, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Come to the Bidwell House for a stroll in the gardens, get together with your “best buds” and learn more about this Monterey treasure trove. We’ll have light refreshments and a brief presentation about the museum house and grounds. New members are especially welcome! People who attend will get a free pass to the museum’s opening concert on May 26th.

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A Free Woman: The Amazing Grace of Mum Bet with Diane Taraz

May 26, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15

In 1781, during the American Revolution, a slave named Bet sued for her freedom in a court of law in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She won her case and chose a new name: Elizabeth Freeman. Her fierce desire to be a free woman led her on a path that illuminates the experiences of women in the early days of our country. Diane explores the life of Elizabeth Freeman in the music of the time. She performs in the sort of clothing…

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A Free Woman: The Amazing Grace of Mum Bet with Diane Taraz

May 26, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Diane explores the life of Elizabeth Freeman in the music of the time. She performs in the sort of clothing Elizabeth wore, and accompanies her singing on lap dulcimer and an instrument similar to the English guitar played by women in the 1700s. Refreshments will be served.

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June 2019

History Talk: Coming to Terms with Colonial America

June 15, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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cholarly study of Native Americans before ca. 1800 has flourished recently, extending our knowledge of Indian peoples during that era well beyond Squanto and Pocahontas. Nonetheless, to a surprising degree, when talking about the continent’s first peoples we still use language that would be familiar to William Bradford and Capt. John Smith. In this talk, James Merrell, Professor at Vassar College asks is thinking about our loaded vocabulary an exercise in “political correctness”? Or is it simply “correctness”? At Tyringham…

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History Talk: Coming to Terms with Colonial America

June 15, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

Scholarly study of Native Americans before ca. 1800 has flourished recently, extending our knowledge of Indian peoples during that era well beyond Squanto and Pocahontas. Nonetheless, to a surprising degree, when talking about the continent’s first peoples we still use language that would be familiar to William Bradford and Capt. John Smith. In this talk, James Merrell, Professor at Vassar College asks is thinking about our loaded vocabulary an exercise in “political correctness”? Or is it simply “correctness”?

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Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk

June 22, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail on the gounds of the Bidwell House Museum as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years.  Part of the tour takes place in the Museum gardens while the last half takes you through some of the wooded trails on the property.  Dress for a hike and bring water and a snack.  

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July 2019

Bidwell Country Fair

July 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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The Bidwell House Museum is inviting everyone to their beautiful grounds for a free community celebration. There will be fun for the whole family all afternoon including live music, pie baking contest, children's activities food and more. Fun for the whole family!

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History Talk: A Little Rebellion Now and Then-A History of Shay’s Rebellion

July 13, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Shays Rebellion is viewed as an agrarian revolt pitting impoverished farmers in western Massachusetts against the wealthy merchant class of the coastal eastern part of the State, but there are accounts of the participants and events of this post-revolutionary uprising that both confirm and negate this long held perception. Dennis Picard will share the stories leading up to what was termed at the time, the “Regulators,” their activities in our area, a few personages of local interest – including Westfield’s own…

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History Talk: A Little Rebellion Now and Then-A History of Shay’s Rebellion

July 13, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

Shays Rebellion is viewed as an agrarian revolt pitting impoverished farmers in western Massachusetts against the wealthy merchant class of the coastal eastern part of the State, but there are accounts of the participants and events of this post-revolutionary uprising that both confirm and negate this long held perception. Dennis Picard will share the stories leading up to what was termed at the time, the “Regulators,” their activities in our area, a few personages of local interest – including Westfield’s…

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History Talk: Navigating 17th Century England and New England

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

Set sail with Mayflower passengers, arrive in Boston Harbor on a Winthrop Fleet ship, settle new lands in southern New England and start a new life alongside Puritans, Pilgrims, or the forebears of Revolutionary War patriots all without leaving your seat. This time travel is possible through the storytelling of Katherine Dimancescu. Hearing her talk in advance of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival next year and well in advance of the 400th anniversary of the Winthrop Fleet’s arrival in 2030 means…

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History Talk: Navigating 17th Century England and New England

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

You can set sail with Mayflower passengers, arrive in Boston Harbor on a Winthrop Fleet ship, settle new lands in southern New England and start a new life alongside Puritans, Pilgrims, or the forebears of Revolutionary War patriots all without leaving your seat. This time travel is possible through the storytelling of Katherine Dimancescu. Hearing her talk in advance of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival next year and well in advance of the 400th anniversary of the Winthrop…

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Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk

July 27, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail on the gounds of the Bidwell House Museum as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years. Part of the tour takes place in the Museum gardens while the last half takes you through some of the wooded trails on the property. Dress for a hike and bring water and a snack.

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August 2019

Summer Garden Party

August 3, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Live music by the Eric Martin and Karen Axelrod, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by The Old Inn on the Green, silent auction and mini-tours of the Museum first floor. A benefit for the historic 1760s Bidwell House Museum.

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History Talk: An Unhappy Marriage in Puritan Boston

August 24, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

In this talk by author Allegra DiBonaventura. Hear the remarkable story of the marriage of Edward and Hannah Lane in 1650s Boston.  Hannah, a wealthy heiress and child abandoned by her divorced parents, was just seventeen when she married Edward, a merchant twenty years her senior. But it only took a few disastrous days in the marital bed for her to realize that her marriage simply would not work.  In a world where wives were expected to be obedient “helpmeets”…

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History Talk: An Unhappy Marriage in Puritan Boston

August 24, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

In this talk by author Allegra DiBonaventura. Hear the remarkable story of the marriage of Edward and Hannah Lane in 1650s Boston. Hannah, a wealthy heiress and child abandoned by her divorced parents, was just seventeen when she married Edward, a merchant twenty years her senior. But it only took a few disastrous days in the marital bed for her to realize that her marriage simply would not work. In a world where wives were expected to be obedient “helpmeets”…

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Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk

August 31, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail on the gounds of the Bidwell House Museum as you retrace the steps of the Native Americans—specifically the local Stockbridge Band of the Mohican Tribe—who lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years.  Part of the tour takes place in the Museum gardens while the last half takes you through some of the wooded trails on the property.  Dress for a hike and bring water and a snack.  

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January 2020

History Talk Replay

January 12, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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James Merrell asks “is thinking about our loaded vocabulary political correctness or just correctness?” Scholarly study of Native Americans before ca. 1800 has flourished recently, extending our knowledge of Indian peoples during that era well beyond Squanto and Pocahontas. Nonetheless, to a surprising degree, when talking about the continent’s first peoples we still use language that would be familiar to William Bradford and Capt. John Smith. Is thinking about our loaded vocabulary an exercise in “political correctness”? Or is it…

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June 2020

Bidwell House Museum Online – Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War

June 13, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
Free – $10

A Reading from Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War with author Lisa Brooks. Members: Free. Non-members: $10. Only one registration required per household. Reading will be held via Zoom. 10:00 a.m. Bidwell House Museum Online—A Reading from Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War Join the Bidwell House Museum for our first online history talk! Amherst College English and American Studies professor Lisa Brooks will read from her book, Our Beloved Kin: A…

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She Called Him Adonijah – An Online Concert with Diane Taraz

June 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
FREE

This is an online event.  Join the Bidwell House Museum at 7 pm on Saturday June 27th for a live stream concert of She Called Him Adonijah with beloved local musician Diane Taraz. Through a selection of 18th century folk songs that tell us much about life in early New England,  Diane explores the world in which little Adonijah Bidwell grew up, and his eventful life as a teacher, shipboard chaplain, husband of three, father of four and minister of Township No.…

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August 2020

The Many Trails of the Stockbridge Indians – Talk and Walk

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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One event on August 16, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Explore the Native American Lands in the Berkshires. In this 2-part program Rob Hoogs will take you on a journey to learn about the Mohicans and the history of the lands around the Bidwell House Museum. On Saturday, Rob will give a 1-hour lecture via Zoom. This lecture will give highlights about the local history of the Stockbridge Indians, as well as a brief overview of the Bidwell House Museum’s Native American Interpretive Trail Exhibits. A Q&A will follow at…

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Time Travelling with Trees

August 22, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10 – $15

Have you ever wondered the stories trees could tell if they had words? How do trees grow and change over their lifetime and what are the ecological roles of different species? Answers to these questions can help us travel through time and understand the history and stories written in the trunks of trees and the ever-changing canopy. On this walk with an Educator from Mass Audubon, learn how to interpret the language of trees so we can open our minds…

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Bidwell Virtual Party

August 22, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Our Summer Fundraising Party Goes Virtual! Join us for the YouTube premier of the Bidwell House Museum’s annual summer fundraising party. We wish we could be together in person, but in 2020 that is not possible, so instead we are planning an hour of music and fun.

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October 2020

Virtual: Ghosts of the Berkshires: Colonial Spirits

October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

Join the Bidwell House Museum for a Zoom talk with Robert Oakes, author of the new book Ghosts of the Berkshires. Before it became a haven for arts and culture, the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts was rugged and sparsely populated. From the early days of revolutionary fervor and industrial enterprise to today’s tourism, many chilling stories remain. Residents and visitors alike have felt fear and awe in these hills, telling tales of shadow figures, disembodied voices and spectral trains. Robert…

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December 2020

The 12 Days of Bidwell Bidding

December 1, 2020 - December 12, 2020
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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The Bidwell House Museum is excited to announce their fall fundraising auction, “The 12 Days of Bidwell Bidding.” The auction is filled with a wonderful collection of gifts, experiences and Museum programs you can bid on; the funds raised from this auction will help the Museum work through the winter and plan for a fun-filled 2021 season. Included in the auction are artworks, furniture, gift certificates, experiences and more.

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Virtual: Jonathan Edwards and the Stockbridge Mohican Indians

December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join us for the first of three Zoom lectures in our new off-season series Hidden in Plain Sight: Native Peoples and the Struggle to Recover Their History in New England. Our first speaker will be Dr. Roy M. Paul who will talk about his book Jonathan Edwards and the Stockbridge Mohican Indians. The story of the Stockbridge Mohicans is one of tragedy and deceit, and yet also a story of endurance and strength. In his book, Dr. Paul chronicles the…

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January 2021

Virtual: Finding A Place Again: Honoring the Mohican Story of Stockbridge

January 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

Though indigenous history in Stockbridge stretches back at least 12,000 years, the colonial-era Mohican story is bookended by two key events: the 1739 construction of the Stockbridge Meetinghouse, and the 1783 Ox Roast feast to thank Stockbridge Mohicans for Revolutionary War service—as they were simultaneously forced to leave these lands for the west. Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation is investigating both of these important and complex sites through archaeology and historical research, awakening new perspectives on these events. The Meetinghouse and Ox…

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February 2021

Virtual: Cultivating Memorial Geographies and Collective Memories

February 4 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

Though the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans were forced to leave their homelands in 1783, they have never relinquished their ties to the Mahicannituck River Valley and have continued to return to this region over the last 238 years. In this talk, Dr. Rose Miron discusses the heritage tourism trips organized by the tribe’s Historical Committee in the late 20th century, which brought busloads of tribal citizens back to the Northeast to learn about Mohican history. The trips allowed tribal citizens to recreate…

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March 2021

Maple Sugaring Through the Centuries

March 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join Rob Hoogs as he demonstrates the Native American techniques for collecting and cooking the sap and then describes how maple sugar was made both before and after contact with Europeans.

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April 2021

Virtual: The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World

April 8 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join the Bidwell House Museum for a lecture with Garden historian John Forti. In this program, he will talk about his upcoming book The Heirloom Gardener: Traditional Plants and Skills for the Modern World.

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May 2021

Top to Toe – A Concert with Diane Taraz

May 29 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$10

In this program, Diane Taraz explores the hats, shoes, and everything in between that have been an intrinsic part of cultures around the world. The ancient origins of spinning, weaving, and sewing are fascinating, and there are many songs and stories about them. Taraz will detail how clothing has both created and responded to social issues through history.

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June 2021

Virtual: All That She Carried with Tiya Miles

June 9 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join the Bidwell House Museum for our first summer lecture of the 2021 season with Historian and Author Tiya Miles as she discusses her new book All That She Carried.

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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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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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July 2021

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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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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History Talk – Prisons in Colonial America

July 17 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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A talk by Princeton Professor Wendy Warren. We think of the current carceral crisis in the United States as a purely modern phenomenon. This talk will explain the long history of prisons in North America, and examine what has not changed between the earliest prisons and today. Onsite & via Zoom.

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Maker Day at the Bidwell House Museum

July 17 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Spend an afternoon at the Bidwell House Museum watching local artisans perform traditional craft demonstrations. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the Native American Interpretive Trail, view the gardens and hike on the trails.

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August 2021

Summer Fundraising Party – Hats Off to Thirty Years

August 27 @ 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join us for our annual fundraising party in the Museum gardens with wonderful music, hors d’oeuvres by Kate Baldwin and a fantastic auction.

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September 2021

Royal Hemlock Trail Hike at the Bidwell House Museum

September 11 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join Bidwell House Museum Trustee Richard Greene as he leads you on a walk on the Bidwell House Museum grounds as well as the BNRC’s Hudson-Howard property. This hike traces the route of the early residents of Township No. 1 from their homes to the 1st meeting house on a hill near the Museum. This walk will take you down old roadways, past foundations and stone walls of long-ago homesteads, and allow you to explore flora and fauna along the…

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Raid on Township #1 – Reenactment Weekend

September 18 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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One event on September 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15 – $20

Experience a recreation of raids conducted by British Regular Forces along with Native and Loyalist allies in the Mohawk Valley after the Saratoga Campaign, 1778-1783. Reenactors will put on two public battle demonstrations to show how the raids were conducted, as well as provide visitors an idea of what the military camps looked like when both the British and Continental Armies were in Campaign. Cooking and sewing projects as well as fatigue duty will help bring to life a camp…

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Raid on Township #1 – Reenactment Weekend

September 19 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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One event on September 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15 – $20

Experience a recreation of raids conducted by British Regular Forces along with Native and Loyalist allies in the Mohawk Valley after the Saratoga Campaign, 1778-1783. Reenactors will put on two public battle demonstrations to show how the raids were conducted, as well as provide visitors an idea of what the military camps looked like when both the British and Continental Armies were in Campaign. Cooking and sewing projects as well as fatigue duty will help bring to life a camp…

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October 2021

A Walk Through History

October 2 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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Join Rob Hoogs, President of the Bidwell House Museum Board of Trustees, as he leads you on a historical hike along old, rough colonial roads. You will investigate cellar holes, a charcoal hearth, and beautiful old stone walls, ending on a hillside overlooking Stedman Pond, with filtered views into the Tyringham Valley. The walk is approximately 3 miles and will take around 3 hours. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water and a snack. This walk does not include a tour…

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The Ghost of Green River

October 9 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15 – $20

Join Robert Oakes, author of the recent book Ghosts of the Berkshires, as he shares readings on Berkshire Colonial-era history and ghost lore and tells the tale of “The Ghost of Green River.” Following the outdoor fireside presentation, Robert will lead a candlelit ghost walk through the house. There will be some scary elements and the program is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Part of this program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Cider and donuts will…

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The Ghost of Green River

October 10 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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One event on October 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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$15 – $20

Join Robert Oakes, author of the recent book Ghosts of the Berkshires, as he shares readings on Berkshire Colonial-era history and ghost lore and tells the tale of “The Ghost of Green River.” Following the outdoor fireside presentation, Robert will lead a candlelit ghost walk through the house. There will be some scary elements and the program is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Part of this program is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Cider and donuts will…

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Maker Day

October 23 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bidwell House Museum, 100 Art School Road
Monterey, MA 01245 United States
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At Maker Day, you will have an opportunity to see traditional crafts being practiced by local artisans as they might have done in the 18th century and you will get to see these skills as practiced by both the Native Peoples of early New England and the European settlers.

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