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Children gaze at one of the trees on display at the Berkshire Museum's Festival of Trees opening event on Nov. 15. The festival runs through Jan. 5; starting Jan. 1, children will receive free admission to the museum.

Berkshire Museum Will Be Free for Children Under 18 in 2020

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All children under 18 years of age will receive free admission to the Berkshire Museum in 2020 through an initiative honoring Elizabeth "Buzz" McGraw, president of the museum's Board of Trustees.

The museum's annual gala in June raised more than $300,000 to support the museum's education programs and expand free access to its youngest visitors. Free admission for youth will begin in January 2020.

"We are so grateful to the many supporters who are making it possible for us to give back to the community in such a powerful way," said Jeff Rodgers, executive director of the Berkshire Museum. "And all of this in honor of Buzz McGraw who has worked so tirelessly to keep open the doors of this wonderful museum. There has been no stronger advocate for the Berkshire Museum."

This year, the museum welcomed all school groups free of charge thanks to funds raised at the museum's 2018 gala combined with support from Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Beauregard Family. Greylock Federal Credit Union has committed to fund free school admissions for next year as well.

"The center of the museum’s mission is education, which is so near and dear to me. I am so honored to be recognized in this way and thrilled that this wonderful museum will be even more accessible and more valuable to the young people of Berkshire County and this region," McGraw said. "Everyone’s generosity that evening was astounding and the support for the Berkshire Museum is stronger than ever. There is so much to learn and discover at the Berkshire Museum and now the youth in our community can return again and again in 2020."


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Pittsfield Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council President Peter Marchetti welcomes the crowd. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The holiday season is officially on in Pittsfield with the annual tree lighting  Ceremony at Park Square.
Hundreds gathered at Park Square on Friday night to bring in the holiday season with song and cheer as they lit up the Park Square Christmas tree.
"On behalf of Mayor Tyer and the entire City Council, I want to welcome you to the tree lighting ceremony and wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays on behalf of the city," Council President Peter Marchetti said. "Tonight is a very special moment in the city."
Recreation Activities Coordinator Becky Manship thanked all who made the event possible especially the parks maintenance crew. 
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