Unusual Reprints Make Unique Holiday Gifts

history books

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.  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.

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 $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

Catholic Pittsfield and Berkshire (1897/1992) by Katherine F. Mullany


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3D Printing: Wow!



The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library kicks off its Fall training series with classes on 3D Printing. 3D printing, a signature project of the Maker Movement, has arrived at the library with recent purchases of a SeeMeCNC Orion and two Ultimaker 2 printers.

Two types of instruction are being offered:

3D Printing, Wow! is a concept-based competency class. This conversational, two-hour, single session takes patrons through the foundations of 3D printing and printer management such as changing filament, navigating slicing software, submitting a design to the printer and low level troubleshooting. No design instruction is included. This class is a prerequisite for enrolling in advanced classes and using the library’s 3D printers. Please bring your general questions about the 3D Printing industry; we will address them as time permits!

Introduction to Tinkercad is a five part, skill-based series covering the design program Tinkercad. This series uses a learner-centered approach, with the librarian instructor introducing assignments and tutorials that provide hands-on learning. A significant commitment of time to outside class work is required; independent exploration is critical to learning and mastering design. Internet access is freely available at the Athenaeum for follow-up assignments. Pre-requisites for this series are: computer competency with a mouse, keyboard and web-browser; established e-mail account and password; familiarity with topics covered in 3D Printing, Wow!

Multiple sessions of 3D Printing, Wow!  are offered: Wednesday, October 26, 9:30 – 11:30 am; Thursday, October 27, 9:30 – 11:30 am; Wednesday, November 30, 9:30 – 11:30 am; and Wednesday, November 30, 1:30 -3:30 pm.

The Introduction to Tinkercad series is offered twice. The November Series consists of 5 classes taught Tuesday, November 1; Thursday, November 3; Thursday, November 10; Tuesday, November 15; and Tuesday, November 29, all scheduled for 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The December Series consists of 5 classes taught Thursday, December 1; Tuesday, December 6; Thursday, December 8; Tuesday, December 13; and Thursday, December 15, all scheduled for 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

Space is limited. Registration is required and may be made at the  library website, pittsfieldlibrary.org, or by contacting the Reference Department at info@pittsfieldlibrary.org or (413) 499- 9480 ext 202 during regular library hours.

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Preschool Halloween Parade: Friday, October 28, 11 am


Come Trick or Treat through the library in your Halloween costume!

Library staff will be giving out treats (no tricks!) as kids walk through all three floors of the library.
For babies and children up to age 5. Groups welcome. No registration required.  Children under age 10 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older, at all times.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum.



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Genealogy with Alan Horbal: October classes scheduled


The Athenaeum Local History Department announces a series of Genealogy classes scheduled for October. Basic Hands-on Genealogy with professional genealogist Alan Doyle Horbal will be offered on Tuesday, October 4, 11, 18, & 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Topics covered will include:

  • Outline and instruction on researching the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census.
  • Discovering how to find your ancestors’ emigration to the U.S. using the http://stevemorse.org website and the http://www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases.
  • Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using http://familysearch.org.
  • We will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.

All students must have an E Mail account and be computer literate. Limited space. We ask that you attend all four classes. You may bring your own laptop or use a library one.

This course is free and is sponsored by The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association. Register at http://tinyurl.com/jbx6kjw or call Local History and Genealogy Department at 499-9480 x6.

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Expanded Library Hours begin September 12


We are  delighted to announce that additional funding has been targeted toward extending library hours. Starting Monday, September 12, the Athenaeum is open Monday evenings until 9 pm. As we move into the start of this academic year, the Berkshire Athenaeum will be open Monday – Thursday each week, 9 am – 9 pm; Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; and all day Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. We are grateful that the support of Mayor Tyer and the City Council makes it possible for us to offer 63 hours of service each week to our city.

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Athenaeum Local History Department offers Genealogy Classes

genealogy_treeAthenaeum Local History Department Offers Genealogy Classes

The Athenaeum’s Local History Department has scheduled a series called New Beginner’s Genealogy Classes.

September 15, 2016 10am-12pm: Organizing your Family Research and Introduction to the Census. Learn suggestions on organizing your family research, along with what a census is and how to glean information from it.

September 22, 2016 10am-12pm: Using Vital Records/Beginning Immigration Research. Learn how to navigate through various vital record sites, as well as how to begin research on your immigrant ancestor.

 September 29, 2016 10am-12pm: Introduction to Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com is a database to help you discover your family history and build a family tree with the world’s largest genealogy website. Search birth records, census data, obituaries and more!

October 6, 2016 10am-12pm: Introduction to FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch.org is a resource to learn more about family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

Class instructors will be library volunteers, Janet Rogge and Angela Rifkin, along with Vera Silvia. The series is co-sponsored by The Berkshire Athenaeum and The Berkshire Family History Association. Limited to 10 participants. Registration is now open. Register online at The Berkshire Athenaeum website or http://tinyurl.com/36av7g3 or contact the Local History Department at 499-9480 x6 during regular library hours.

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3D Printing for Teens!


Come join us on  in the Young Adult Department  on Thursday, July 28, 2 – 4 pm to get started with 3D Printing. We will be printing your favorite sport’s logo in honor of Summer Reading.
This event is free, requires no registration, and is open to all ages from 12-18.
No prior 3D Printing design experience required!🙂

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