Berkshire County Historical Society's Annual Meeting - with poetry!
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Join us at the Pittsfield Country Club for the Berkshire County Historical Society's 54th Annual Meeting - with poetry! Delicious food and drink in a beautiful setting.  
It will be held Thursday, May 5. Cocktail hour at 5, dinner at 6, program at 7.

The Country Club was formerly a farm owned in the 19th century by the Melvill family (before the "e" was added to the name).  Herman Melville visited his Uncle Thomas here as a boy, falling in love with the Berkshires.  Here in 1850, Melville began writing "The Whale," which he finished at Arrowhead, re-titling it Moby-Dick.  

After dinner and a brief business meeting, we will hear poetry from the new publication from Melville Press: Weeds and Wildings, chiefly: With a Rose or Two. Copies available at the meeting. But if you can't wait, copies may be purchased at the Arrowhead shop or ordered online from Melville Press.  

It is a new comprehensive collection of Herman Melville's last poetry and short fiction – principally written during the final years of his life. It is Melville at his most romantic, sentimental and autobiographic; this book let him return in memory to his years at Arrowhead. It was a gift to his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville.  

Other poetry, by actor/poet Steve Butler, and by writers working at an ongoing workshop at Arrowhead, will be also be featured.

The cost for the dinner at the Pittsfield Country Club is $35/person.  Cash bar available.  To make your reservations, e-mail, call 413.442.1793 x12, or mail a check to the Berkshire Historical Society, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield MA 01201

Image is a postcard from the collections of the Berkshire County Historical Society, early 20th century.

Please visit our website,, or like us on Facebook at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.     Arrowhead is located at 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield MA


The new exhibit, Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond, is open!  Friday through Monday each weekend until May 2, 10 am - 3 pm.  At Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield.  Military veterans with identification get $2 off admission. 

Barnes and Noble bookstore in Pittsfield will feature the Historical Society's new book, in Arcadia's Postcard History Series: Pittsfield.  Published by Arcadia Press.  Stop by on Saturday, April 30 at 2:00 pm to meet the authors!  
We are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. And we are committed to the preservation and interpretation of Arrowhead, home of author Herman Melville. The Berkshire County Historical Society is a non-profit organization.
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January 15, 2016

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