Events

May
26
Sun
Concert and Opening Celebration. A Free Woman: The Amazing Grace of Mum Bet with Diane Taraz @ Bidwell House Museum
May 26 @ 3:00 pm

– 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 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.

Free for members, $15 for non-Members.
Please note: the museum is closed for tours this day.

Jun
7
Fri
Monterey, MA–Open-Mic Fest at the Bidwell House Museum @ The Bidwell House Museum
Jun 7 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Whether you are musician who loves to play or a music lover who enjoys listening to a live band, join us for the second annual Open-Mic Fest at the Bidwell House Museum. Enjoy the sounds of a local band while relaxing in the park-like setting in front of the Museum and cheer on friends and family as they participate in the open-mic. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Sponsored in part by Tyringham Cultural Council.

$10 per person, youths 18 and under are free.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Jun
11
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Margo Miller on Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay @ Ventfort Hall
Jun 11 @ 4:00 pm

Former Boston Globe reporter and Pittsfield native Margo Miller is the author of a new book titled Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay, 1870 – 1920, the subject of her lecture. She will center on Henry Lee Higginson (1834- 1919), founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra among other major accomplishments. Family members, friends, the tastes, culture, economics, architecture, society, public health, entertainment and more create a full picture of the times.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jun
18
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Dr. Bob Brier on Egyptomania @ Ventfort Hall
Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm

Recognized as a foremost Egyptologist, Dr. Bob Brier (“Mr. Mummy”) will examine the fascination with the ancient world along the Nile and the events that fanned the flames of “Egyptomania” including Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign that led to a new decorative arts trend, the Suez Canal Big Dig, the carting of gigantic obelisks to Paris, London and New York and the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb. The speaker will also present images of the collectibles inspired by this rage.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Jun
25
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: René Silvin on The Tragic Story of the Majestic Normandie Ocean Liner @ ventfort hall
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm

A child with happy memories of crossing the Atlantic on ocean liners with his parents, author René Silvin will focus on the subject of his latest book the Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner. The French Line’s glorious and glamorous flagship first set sail from Le Havre on May 29, 1935 and died an inglorious death on February 10, 1942 at a New York dock on the Hudson River, two months after Pearl Harbor and with war raging throughout Europe.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jul
2
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Catherine Jean Golden on Posting It, or Networking, Victorian Style @ ventfort hall
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm

Prof. Catherine Jean Golden will reveal the story of a little-known revolution with her presentation. It started in early 19th century Britain when the recipient, not the sender, paid to receive a delivered letter. By 1840, the Penny Post was established – a penny stamp for a ½ ounce letter paid for by the sender. In London by 1860, there were 12 postal deliveries from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Stamps and prepayment quickly became the norm worldwide.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Jul
9
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Susan J. Jerome on Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925 @ ventfort hall
Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm

Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925 is the subject behind what historic textile and costume expert Susan J. Jerome calls “the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing” – the dramatically social, technological and political developments of the period’s broader world. She will take a look at the work of some of the influential designers and what was fashionable, or not, as a clue to why people wore what they did.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Jul
13
Sat
Monterey, MA–History Talk- A Little Rebellion Now and Then: A History of Shay’s Rebellion @ Tyringham Union Church
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am

. A talk by Dennis Picard, former Director of Storrowtown Village Museum. Shays Rebellion is considered an agrarian revolt pitting impoverished farmers in western Mass. against the wealthy merchant class of the coastal eastern part of the State. Hear an account of the participants and events of this post-revolutionary uprising that both confirm and negate this long held perception.

Mr. Picard will share the stories leading up to the “Regulators,” their activities in our area, a few personages of local interest and the effect on our nation’s early history.

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

The Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA 01245
413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Jul
16
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Ronald Epp on Lenox Rusticators on the Maine Coast @ ventfort hall
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm

Historians Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Ronald Epp will join together to present the story of the impact the Berkshires had on the development of the Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island led by George Bucknam Dorr, the legendary conservationist, landscape designer and founder of the Mount Desert Nurseries. He was also an advisor to gardening friends Beatrix Farrand in Maine and Edith Wharton at her Lenox estate.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Jul
23
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Julie Dobrow on After Emily: The Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson @ ventfort hall
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm

Mabel Loomis Todd was the woman who brought to light the work of a reclusive but highly talented poet. Prof. Julie Dobrow will discuss After Emily: The Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson, the subject of the presenter’s new book. The shadowy and scandal-laced Amherst, Massachusetts surroundings include Mabel’s lover, Emily’s brother, Austin, who was 30 years older, and Mabel’s daughter Millicent Todd Bingham – a complex tale indeed.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Jul
30
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tea & Talk Series: Mary Anne Goley on John White Alexander: An American Gilded Age Artist @ ventfort hall
Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm

July 30, Considered on a par with John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, the once acclaimed portrait painter John White Alexander is especially recognized for his figure paintings of women striking evocative poses and elaborately arranged in flowing gowns. Art historian and Alexander author Mary Anne Goley will introduce us to the artist’s career and his exceptional talent for movement and gesture. She fortunately had early access to the untouched Alexander estate for her book.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Aug
6
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Robin Jaffee Frank on Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland @ ventfort hall
Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm

Wadsworth Atheneum chief curator Robin Jaffee Frank will take us on a ride with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008. The lead author and editor of the groundbreaking book, Frank will cover “America’s playground,” the world-famous entertainment mecca for the masses and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, paintings, photography and films. Her focus will be the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Aug
13
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Francis Morrone on Archer Milton Huntington & the Hispanic Society of America Museum @ ventfort hall
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm

Historian Francis Morrone will uncover the life of an intensely private personality, Archer Milton Huntington, founder of the Hispanic Society of America Museum. Due to reopen this fall, its collection rivals that of the Morgan Library. Morrone: Huntington is “truly one of the most remarkable Americans” of the Gilded Age, “and his story is almost unbelievable.” His former home at 1083 Fifth Avenue, for which Morrone is detailing, is one the great New York extant mansions.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Aug
20
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Suzanne Hinman on The Grandest Madison Square Garden @ ventfort hall
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

There is a cast of fascinating characters in The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York by art historian and museum director Suzanne Hinman. Her remarkable story centers on the most beautiful of the Gardens (1890) and the controversial 18-foot nude sculpture of Diana, Virgin Goddess of the Hunt that crowned it. The prominent players are pals; architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Aug
27
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Daniel Czitrom on New York Exposed: A Gilded Age Police Scandal @ ventfort hall
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm

Prof. Daniel Czitrom latest book New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Movement reveals several key themes that resonate today: vote fraud and suppression, police brutality, stubborn resilience of partisan politics and anti-urbanism in American life during the early 1890s involving the NY Police Department and Tammany Hall. Explosive charges and a crusade leveled against them rooted out corrupt cops and crooked politicians.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
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Aug
31
Sat
Monterey, MA–Retracing Native Histories on the Landscape – Guided Walk @ The Bidwell House Museum
Aug 31 @ 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. Non-Members: $10. Children and Members are free. A guided tour of the house can be added before or after the guided walk. The price for the walk and tour together will be $15 for non-members.

413-528-6888
email: bidwellhouse@gmail.com
www.bidwellhousemuseum.org

Sep
7
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 7 all-day

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Sep
8
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 8 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

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Sep
10
Tue
Lenox, MA–Summer Tear & Talk Series: Pieter Estersohn on Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Livingston Country Estates @ ventfort hall
Sep 10 @ 1:45 am

Leading international photographer Pieter Estersohn captures the beauty of thirty-five sublime country estates for his book Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Livingston Country Estates. The houses came from the drawing boards of Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore and others, built on land once owned by the Livingston clan. This scenic stretch of properties offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design.

Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Cost is $28.00 with an advance registration and $32.00 the day of. Member cost is $28.00.
Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Sep
14
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 14 all-day

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Sep
15
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 15 all-day

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Sep
21
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 21 all-day

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Sep
22
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 22 all-day

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Sep
28
Sat
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 28 all-day

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Sep
29
Sun
2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS – 60+ FREE EVENTS IN THE BERKSHIRES, MA & LITCHFIELD COUNTY, CT
Sep 29 all-day

FOR DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ALL EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE –“2019 HOUSATONIC HERITAGE WALKS”—-

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