Berkshire County History Titles make Unique Gifts

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The Berkshire Athenaeum has displayed various Berkshire County historical books that have been reprinted for use by modern students and researchers. Many of these volumes had been out of print for decades before being republished by The Berkshire Family History Association. In the course of republishing, complete name indexes were created for most of the volumes.

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The display can be viewed in the Blake Reading Room on the main floor of the Library. For the holiday season, copies of all of these books are available for purchase at the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum. All proceeds from the sale of these books will benefit the Library. Inquiries should be addressed to the Local History Department of the Library at 499-9480 x6.

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Books on display with the cost of the reprint are:

  • The History of Pittsfield (1844/2001) by David Field $15.00
  • A Guide to Berkshire County Cemeteries (1988) $10.00
  • History of the Town of Washington (1918/1992) by Crane & Thompson $22.50
  • History of the Town of Lanesboro (1905/1994) by Charles Palmer $25.00
  • Catholic Pittsfield and Berkshire (2 vols. In 1) (1897 & 1924/1992) by Katherine Mullaney $20.00
  • History of Lenox and Richmond (1904/1994) by Charles Palmer $7.50
  • The Western Boundary of Massachusetts: a study of Indian and Colonial History (1886/1994) by Franklin L. Pope $7.50
  • History of West Stockbridge 1774-1974 (1976/1990) by Edna B. Garnett $12.00
  • Taking the High Road (Savoy History pub. 1997) by Jane Phinney $18.00
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Booksale: Thursday, November 6; Friday, November 7; Saturday, November 8

booksale nov5The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum Fall Booksale is scheduled for this Thursday, November 6*, 4 – 8 pm; Friday, November 7, 10 am – 4 pm; and Saturday, November 8,  10 am – 4 pm.

Books for every age and interest, in well-ordered display for easy browsing. Many items in gift-giving condition. Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, records and games also offered. Bargain prices, as always.

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Special for this sale: Raffle of custom made afghan! The Berkshire Athenaeum Knitters  have created a machine washable, earth toned afghan, 30% wool and 70% synthetic fiber.   Each square has a distinct stitch; joined, the squares form a work of art which will be raffled to benefit the library on November 8th, the final day of the sale.  Tickets are available at the library circulation desk and at the booksale. The cost of a single ticket is $2.00.

*Thursday evening hours offered exclusively for members of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum. Not a member? Join at the door for as little as $10.

 

 

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Genealogy Classes return for October & November

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In response to continuing interest, we are happy to offer the following FREE Genealogy Classes for Novices.

Tuesday, October 28: 
10 am-12 noon: Organizing Your Records and Planning Your Research and Introduction to Census Research
1 pm-3 pm:  [Repeat of morning session]

Tuesday, November 4:
10 am-12 noon: Using Vital Records and Beginning Immigration Research
1 pm-3 pm:  [Repeat of morning session]

These workshops are free of charge and open to the public.  To register call the Local History Dept. at 413-499-9480 ext. 6.  We encourage you to register early, as sessions fill very quickly.

Sponsored by the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association.

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Custom-made afghan for raffle!

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The mission of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum is to enhance the library experience of the patrons of Pittsfield’s public library. Enhancement may involve the purchase of amenities not covered by the library’s budget or the sponsorship of free programs to entertain and educate adults and children. Occasionally, the Friends provide space and support so a good program, like the Berkshire Athenaeum Knitters, can thrive.

Two years ago, Ann Tierney, a nursing instructor at Berkshire Community College, came to the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum to volunteer to teach a class for novice knitters. The response was tremendous. We quickly filled one class. Because there was a lengthy waiting list, Ann added a second class.

The classes have continued to meet. Novice knitters developed skills.
Friendships were formed.

Last spring the knitters decided to thank the Athenaeum for bringing them together and providing them with a place to meet. Their thank you is a beautiful afghan. Each student knit a square; each square has a distinct stitch. Joined, the squares form a work of art which will be raffled to benefit the library on November 8th, the final day of the fall book sale.

The machine washable, earth toned afghan, which is 30% wool and 70% synthetic fiber, is displayed in the main reading room of the library. Tickets are available at the circulation desk. The cost of a single ticket is $2.00.

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Bartlett Avenue Construction October 9: Library will be open

HEADS UP! Berkshire Gas is replacing the old cast iron gas line on Bartlett Avenue with new plastic piping that won’t corrode. The installation crew estimate that they will be installing on the east side of Bartlett Avenue (across from the entrance and exit to the library’s parking lot) by Thursday, October 9.

While the crew foreman has assured us they would not need to shut down the library lot, there will be service disruptions resulting from making traffic on Bartlett Avenue temporarily one way to accommodate the construction. If you are planning a visit to the library, please be prepared for the disruption.

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Genealogy Classes return for September & October

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The Local History Department announces a new round of Genealogy classes for September & October.

A three part workshop for novices will be taught by Janet Rogge, Angela Rifkin and Vera Silva. The workshop series is  scheduled for Thursday, September 11; Thursday, September 18; and Thursday, September 25. A morning (10 -12) and afternoon (1-3) session is offered for each part; patrons should register for one session only.

  • Thursday, September 11: Organizing your Records and Planning your Research.
  • Thursday, September 18: Using Vital Records and Beginning Immigration Research
  • Thursday, September 25: Introduction to Ancestry.com (Library edition)

Alan Horbal returns to the Athenaeum to lead a four-week series, Continuing your Genealogy Research using Census and other Resources. Scheduled for four consecutive Tuesdays (September 30, October 7, October 14 and October 21), the series offers both a morning (10-12) and afternoon (1 – 3 pm) session. Patrons should register for one session only. Registrants must have a an established email account and  commit to attending all four classes.

Genealogy workshops are free and open to the public. Registration is required and may be made by contacting the Local History Department at (413) 499-9480 x6. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. Attendees may bring a personal laptop or request use of an Athenaeum device.

Sponsored by the Local History Department of the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Berkshire Family History Association.

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Food Zone work progresses: Flooring installation

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Work on the Athenaeum Food Zone brings this new area to completion over the coming weeks. Additional electrical outlets are installed in the newly finished window seating area; the walls are freshly painted.

This week the floor installation process began with removal of existing carpet and application of a a skim coat.

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Next week the flooring tile will be placed. We’re on our way!

Our designer’s rendering of the new Food Zone:

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