The Berkshire Athenaeum is proud to have received a portrait of St Joseph High School by local artist Marilyn Larkin. The painting was given to the school in May 2015 by Michael J Nichols (Class of ’65) in memory of his sister, Judy Nichols Maniatis (Class of ’69). At SJHS it was displayed in the reception area outside the principal’s office.
We have chosen to hang this work in the Berkshire Authors Room of our Local History Department. We felt a fitting location was immediately above a circa 1855 lithograph by James Colt Clapp, a member of the Colt and Clapp families of Pittsfield. Clapp served as a map lithographer for Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. This print overlooks the area where the future SJHS would stand, as seen from the site of the Maplewood Institute.
We invite all SJHS alums to visit during library hours.