Events

Apr
28
Sat
Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape @ The Bidwell House Museum
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am

A Colonial History Museum on the National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Before it officially opens for the season, visit the Bidwell House Museum for a special guided tour of the gardens and grounds with Board President and land-use expert Robert Hoogs. As you explore the Native American presence that pre-dated early settler history—this was not the “howling wilderness” often portrayed—you can consider how Mohicans lived on this land for centuries before and after the English settlers. Sitting on 192 acres, this tour will show you some of the 4 miles of forest trails and stone walls on the Bidwell grounds.

Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape–During Spring 2018 Artweek Festival @ The Bidwell House Museum
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before it is officially open for the season, visit the Bidwell House Museum for a special guided tour of the gardens and grounds with board president and land-use expert Robert Hoogs. As you explore the Native American presence that pre-dated early settler history–this was not the “howling wilderness” often portrayed–you can consider how Mohicans lived on this land for centuries before and after the English settlers. Sitting on 192 acres, this tour will show you some of the 4 miles of forest trails along with stone walls and artifacts built on the Bidwell grounds by farmers in the 18th and 19th centuries. This special guided tour of the grounds will be a fascinating look at the land and how the Berkshire upland forest has been used and maintained for many centuries.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth.

Pittsfield, MA–Hancock Shaker Village: Inventing the Shaker Aesthetic–Industrial Photography, Museum Exhibitions, and American Modernism, 1923 -1939 @ Hancock Shaker Village
Apr 28 @ 2:00 pm

$15.00 – $25.00
Shaker Museum & Mount Lebanon and Hancock Shaker Village co-present this event

A preeminent photographer of the Shakers from 1923 until his death in 1939, William F. Winter, Jr. created an extensive body of modernist photographic images that allowed curators, collectors, writers, and other enthusiasts to claim the Northeast’s Shaker communities as vital American predecessors of modernism. In the last 20 years, a burgeoning literature has begun to analyze 20th-century representations of the Shakers. Born in Albany, New York, in 1899, Winter worked at General Electric as an industrial photographer where he fashioned Machine Age images of manufacturing equipment, products, and processes for corporate public relations use. By analyzing Winter’s oeuvre, exploring his relationships with museum administrators, and placing his images within their historical and institutional contexts, this talk explores the manner in which curators, journalists, and designers have used the idea of Shaker design to epitomize supposedly national traits of frugality, functionality, and simplicity.

William D. Moore is Director of the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University where he also serves as Associate Professor of American Material Culture in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture. He is the author of numerous publications concerning American artifacts, buildings, and landscapes, most notably Masonic Temples: Freemasonry, Ritual Architecture, and Masculine Archetypes. Formerlythe executive director of the Enfield Shaker Museum, he is currently completing a manuscript entitled Shaker Fever: America’s 20th Century Fascination with a Communitarian, Celibate Sect.
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May
5
Sat
Kent, CT–The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Presents Our 14th Annual Spring Power-Up and Open House @ Conn. Antique Machinery Assoc.
May 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Our 2018 Spring Power-Up will be our 14th Anniversary of this celebration to the re-opening of CAMA after a cold, snowy winter. This show has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception 14 years ago.

Northwestern Connecticut winters can be notoriously bad, so the Spring Power-Up will be a good chance to bid the cold weather goodbye. Unlike the Fall Festival, our Spring Power-Up will be a showcase of our own extensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines, tractors, the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School and the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.

That being said, either member or non-member outside exhibitors are welcome to bring their machinery and set up for the day. Show off that new purchase or that fresh restoration project.

Pittsfield/Hancock, MA–WALK AND WONDER @ hancock shaker village
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on the Farm and Forest Trail for a guided family-friendly (and stroller-friendly) walk to explore the plants and creatures that live there. Included in admission/FREE to members

 

May
6
Sun
Kent, CT–The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Presents Our 14th Annual Spring Power-Up and Open House @ Conn. Antique Machinery Assoc.
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Our 2018 Spring Power-Up will be our 14th Anniversary of this celebration to the re-opening of CAMA after a cold, snowy winter. This show has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception 14 years ago.

Northwestern Connecticut winters can be notoriously bad, so the Spring Power-Up will be a good chance to bid the cold weather goodbye. Unlike the Fall Festival, our Spring Power-Up will be a showcase of our own extensive collection of steam and internal combustion engines, tractors, the historic Cream Hill Agricultural School and the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.

That being said, either member or non-member outside exhibitors are welcome to bring their machinery and set up for the day. Show off that new purchase or that fresh restoration project.

May
12
Sat
Norfolk, CT–ANDY GROSS – AMAZING ILLUSIONIST & COMEDIAN @ INFINITY Music Hall
May 12 @ 8:00 pm

Ever wonder how a magician cuts himself or his associate in half? Yah same here….well how about one who does it, and then can walk around too? Andy Gross goes above and beyond. He’ll split in two, walk around, tell some jokes, and get them room laughing and contemplating all in one show. We are excited to bring some magical comedy to our stage in Norfolk. Come out and support this incredible performer!

May
27
Sun
Concert and Opening Celebration—A Silver Dagger: Exploring Women’s History Through Folksongs with Diane Taraz @ The Bidwell House Museum
May 27 @ 3:00 pm

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Passed down for generations, folk songs show centuries of attitudes and beliefs that have fascinating echoes in our lives today. Through music that brims with energy and humor, determination and despair, Diane looks at ordinary people in centuries past, finding in old songs many clues to the inner lives of people in Europe and America from about 1500 to 1850. Women left few written records, but we can learn much about them through the music they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. With a sparkling voice and wry humor, Diane performs songs of love, childbirth, marriage and adventure in traditional dress and accompanies her singing with lap dulcimer and English guitar (the type of instrument played by women back then). She often sings with voice alone, the most authentic style, exploring the joys and sorrows of a world lit only by fire.

A reception to celebrate the end of a successful capital campaign and the newly completed restoration of the house will follow the concert. Refreshments will be served. No charge but donations are welcome. Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Jun
2
Sat
Tyringham, MA–History Talk Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum—The Silver Mountain: The Forgotten Story of the Most Extraordinary Place in all of Colonial America @ Tyringham Union Church
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

A talk by John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of American History Emeritus at Yale University and award-winning author. Listen as Professor Demos describes the remarkable history of Potosi during its heyday as the world’s greatest silver mine and fulcrum of the Spanish colonial empire. Founded in what is today southern Bolivia during the mid-16th century, Potosi quickly rose to become by far the largest human community in the Western Hemisphere, a source of wealth that transformed the international economy, and, not least, the mother of all boom towns. But it was, at the same time, virtually genocidal for the indigenous population. Thus it stands, in all respects, as an epitome of the massively consequential invasion of the New World by the Old.

Held at, Main Road, Tyringham.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15. 10 a.m.

Jun
9
Sat
Tyringham, MA–History Talk Sponsored by the Bidwell House Museum:  Ministers, Merchants and River Gods: The Williamses of Western Massachusetts, 1680-1780 @ Tyringham Union Church
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

A talk by Kevin Sweeney, Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Amherst College. Noteworthy and notorious, the Williamses of Deerfield and Stockbridge were the most prominent of the powerful eighteenth-century families that came to be known as the River Gods. The story of the Williams clan’s rise and fall was shaped by and helped shape the western region’s relations with Native peoples, military establishment, distinctive religious traditions, and critical political ties to Boston.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

Jun
16
Sat
Monterey, MA–Archaeology on the Bidwell House Grounds @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

What artifacts were found outside the Reverend’s door and what do they tell us about the lives of the former residents of the house? Join University of Massachusetts Archaeologist Kerry Lynch for a walk and talk as she reports on the August 2017 archaeological dig at the Museum, the types of items that were found and their significance to the 18th, 19th and 20th century residents of the Bidwell House.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

Monterey, MA–A Guided Walk: Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jun 16 @ 1:00 pm

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail 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.

Adults $15, Seniors $10 and children are free. This fee includes a guided- tour of the house either before or after the guided walk. Call the Museum to pre-register, 413-528-6888.

Jun
30
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Bidwell House Museum History Talk: The Sun Ever Shines on Them–The Global Reach of William and Jemima Bidwell Partridge’s Family @ Tyringham Union Church
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am

A talk by Bidwell descendant, Russ Taylor. William Partridge’s brother, Dr. Oliver Partridge of Stockbridge, marveled that, with the exception of 40 minutes each day, the sun shone somewhere on a member of William and Jemima’s family. From missions in the Middle East and the Sandwich Islands to the establishment of religious communities in the Midwest, the impact of some of Rev. Adonijah’s grandchildren has been vast … and enduring.
Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

Jul
7
Sat
Monterey, MA–Bidwell House Country Fair @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jul 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A free community celebration with colonial re-enactors, live music by Moonshine Holler and The Adams Brothers, pie-baking contest, food & drink, children’s activities, historic craft demonstrations, garden tours and more… For details and individual event times, please check www.bidwellhousemuseum.org or call 413-528-6888.

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Jul
14
Sat
Monterey, MA–One Woman Play: A Revolution of Her Own! @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm

Deborah Sampson was the first woman to enlist, to fight and to be honorably discharged from the American Military. Travel back in time as you watch Judith Kalaora portray this American Heroine and veteran of the Revolutionary War.

Tickets $10 for members and $15 for non-members if purchased in advance, $15 for members and $20 for non-members if purchased the day of the performance. Children under 12 are free.

For more information check www.bidwellhousemuseum.org or call 413-528-6888.

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

 

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Jul
21
Sat
Tyringham, MA–Bidwell House History Talk- Frenemies: Relationships between European colonists and Mohicans in 18th Century New England @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am

Join Judy Putnam Hartley, Stockbridge Munsee Mohican tribal elder, as she discusses the “friendly” Indians who encountered and fed  Henry Hudson in 1609. By the time the Mohicans moved to Stockbridge in the 1730s they had a history of navigating European interactions. The Mohicans willingly served alongside the Colonists in wartime, yet the failure of English-Mohican shared governance in Stockbridge and unsatisfactory court petitions regarding land disputes repeatedly called into question whether the relationship was one of friends, enemies or both? Ms. Hartley will share some of her ancestors’ own words in reflecting on these encounters.

Members: $10. Non-members: $15.

Monterey, MA–A Guided Walk: Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail 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. Adults $15, Seniors $8 and children are free. This fee includes a guided house tour either before or after the guided walk

Call the Museum to pre-register, 413-528-6888.

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

 

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Aug
25
Sat
Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk @ The Bidwell House Museum
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm

Join guide Rob Hoogs to explore a new interpretive trail 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.

Adults $15, Seniors $8 and children are free. This fee includes a guided house tour either before or after the guided walk. Call the Museum to pre-register, 413-528-6888.

A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s

Sep
8
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 8 all-day
Sep
9
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 9 all-day
Sep
15
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 15 all-day
Sep
16
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 16 all-day
Sep
22
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 22 all-day
Sep
23
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 23 all-day
Sep
28
Fri
Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Sep
29
Sat
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 29 all-day
Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Sep
30
Sun
2018 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 80 FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTRY, CT
Sep 30 all-day
Kent, CT–Conn. Antique Museum Assoc’s 34th Anniversary of our famous Kent Fall Festival @ CAMA (CT Antique Museum Assoc) museum grounds
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

This event is held rain or shine. We have plenty of indoor shelter.

Our restored drag saw will be demonstrated, as well as our American #1 sawmill. Both have plenty of logs to be cut. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend of the sawmill, as well as our other wood handling machinery including an antique planer and a splitter.  All this in our consolidated wood handling area at the north end of the exhibit field.

Skip Kern, our lead man in the Blacksmith Shop, plans a full weekend of demonstrations along with a number of other area blacksmiths setting up shop in and near ours.

There has been much cosmetic improvement in our Industrial Hall of Steam. Come see the improved appearance and stay for the live demonstrations of our various antique steam engines.  We will be running the Nagle-Corliss engine that saw its operational debut at our 2015 show.

Take a ride on Hawaii Railway #5, a restored 1925 Baldwin narrow gauge locomotive.  As always, the ride is free and as always the running of #5 is subject to weather  and the will of the machinery gods.

See the now completed addition to the CT Museum of Mining and Mineral Science.  John Pawloski and a dedicated team have been hard at work preparing special new exhibits for this substantial addition.

Besides all of CAMA’s permanent exhibits, the grounds will be filled with vendors and outside exhibitors that have brought items to be sold, or shown off.

Nov
17
Sat
Monterey, MA–Colonial Thanksgiving Party @ The Bidwell House Museum
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Bidwell House Museum

Benefit for the museum with live music, refreshments, silent auction and good cheer.
For tickets: 413-528-6888.
A Colonial History Museum–a National Register of Historic Places
An authentic experience in lifeways of the Berkshires in the 1750s