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Help Plan Feigenbaum Hall

12:00AM / Monday, March 12, 2007

Pittsfield – The Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield invites area residents to participate in the planning for the forthcoming Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation by suggesting innovators and innovations for consideration.

The 3000-square-foot interactive gallery will focus on the innovations in science, technology, the arts, and industry that have originated in Berkshire County.

To qualify for inclusion in the ever-changing exhibits, innovations should have origins within the county and have demonstrated impact around the world.

Suggestions may be sent via mail to Maria Mingalone, director of education and public programs, Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass., or via email to info@berkshiremuseum.org.

Visitors may also stop by the Berkshire Museum during regular operating hours and fill out a visitor survey about their thoughts on innovation, at the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation kiosk, a small display highlighting the forthcoming Hall and currently featuring the electrical transformer, invented in Pittsfield by William Stanley.

The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation will be located in recaptured and renovated space on the south side of the Berkshire Museum’s building on South Street in Pittsfield.

The galleries will predominantly feature the numerous innovative achievements that Berkshire County residents have made in science, technology, and management, as well as innovations in the arts and other disciplines. The new exhibit will be researched by a professional historian and will be complemented by highest quality of interpretation and an array of educational programs.

Innovative exhibits will include photographs, historical perspectives, biographical information, interactive devices, products, and commentary. The hall will show how such innovations have influenced and been adopted throughout the country and the world. The gallery will be continually updated both in content and in the technology and interpretation in the presentation.

The Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation was established through a $1.2 million dollar gift from the Feigenbaum Foundation to the Berkshire Museum’s $9 million capital campaign, “A Wider Window.”

The Berkshire Museum has assembled a team to develop the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation in preparation for its completion in winter 2008. In addition to Berkshire Museum staff the team of consultants includes writer and cultural journalist Timothy Cahill; Christopher Clarke, an independent exhibition designer and consulting historian; independent curator and Berkshire historian Maureen Hart Hennessey; exhibition designer Katherine McCusker, and consultant Linda Norris.

The Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street on Route 7 in Downtown Pittsfield. The galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10, or visit berkshiremuseum.org.
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