A Melville celebration: Saturday, February 27


On Saturday, February 27, The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum & The Berkshire County Historical Society invite you to join us for all or any part of this day’s events, honoring the literary legacy of our own Herman Melville:

10 a.m. Melville Scholar and MIT professor Wyn Kelley reprises a reading of her paper, Out of the Bread Box: Eleanor Melville Metcalf and the Melville Legacy.

Beginning at 11 a.m., tour the Athenaeum’s Melville Room to view family artifacts, including the bread box in which the manuscript of Billy Budd was found. Call 442 1793 ext 11 to reserve a tour time.

Beginning at 12 noon, hourly tours of Arrowhead, Herman Melville’s home at 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

2 p.m. Screening of Billy Budd, starring Peter Ustinov and Terrance Stamp (1962), with commentary by Attorney Arthur Stein, President of The Berkshire County Historical Society.

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