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Athenaeum Local History Department offers Genealogy Classes

Athenaeum 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, … Continue reading

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“THE HEART OF THE SEA” at the Berkshire Athenaeum Explore the Reality!

  Visit the Herman Melville Memorial Room where the world’s largest collection of Melville Family Treasures, Whaling Artifacts and Scrimshaw are always on display. Ron Howard’s new film “In the Heart of the Sea” will open in theaters on December … Continue reading

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Historical Reprints Make Unique Holiday Gifts

In need of an out-of-the-ordinary gift? On display in the Blake Reading Room on the Athenaeum’s  main floor are various Berkshire County historical titles that have been reprinted for use by modern students and researchers. Many of these volumes had … Continue reading

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Join us for our book launch of Bernard A. Drew’s new work, “Literary Luminaries of the Berkshires”!

The Berkshire Athenaeum on is adding a new book to its collection of works by local authors. History Press and local historian Bernard A. Drew will launch his newest work, Literary Luminaries of the Berkshires: From Herman Melville to Patricia … Continue reading

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Genealogy with Alan Horbal

The Local History Department has announced the following schedule of  Genealogy Classes: On four Tuesdays in March (March  8, 15, 22 & 29) professional genealogist Alan Doyle Horbal will lead hands-on sessions on using the census and other resources. Outline … Continue reading

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New Colonial Theatre History Available at the Athenaeum!!

After more than a dozen years of exhaustive research by a team of dedicated authors, the History of the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Massachusetts has been published in both hardcover and paperback editions. Copies of the 524 page, beautifully illustrated hardcover … Continue reading

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Shaker Gift Drawing to be exhibited

The Athenaeum has loaned a rare Shaker Gift Drawing to the New York State Museum in Albany for inclusion in an exhibition entitled The Shakers: America’s Quiet Revolutionaries. Inscribed “From Holy Mother Wisdom to Betsy Bates” and dated April 11, … Continue reading

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