Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Return to Stockbridge

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Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" paintings return to Stockbridge

Returning to New England this fall after a six -city international tour is an exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell's iconic depictions of Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want.
"We are tremendously honored that so many people from around the world have enjoyed Rockwell's work over the past 2 plus years, as the exhibition traveled around the U.S. and to France, and now comes home for its finale in the Berkshires," Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffatt said. "Perhaps now more than ever, the exhibition offers timely reflection into how far our nation has come, yet how much farther we need to go in pursuit of universal human rights, inviting viewers to consider the concepts of common good, civic engagement, and civil discourse."
"Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom" explores how the 1943 paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans, providing crucial aid to the War effort and taking their place among the most indelible images in the history of American art. 
More than 40 Rockwell artworks are joined by paintings, drawings, photography, artifacts, and writings from artists across the decades in the expression of freedom, including Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Mead Schaeffer, Arthur Szyk, Martha Sawyers, Langston Hughes, Thomas Lea, Boris Artzybasheff, and Denys Wortman, among others.
The exhibit opens Saturday Oct. 17. There will be a virtual gala at 5:30 pm.

Pop Up Bistro and Virtual Ghost Tours at The Mount 

Starting Friday Oct. 16 The Mount will collaborate with local food trucks. Menu items will vary weekly and are inspired by seasonal flavors. A selection of craft beers, wine, cider, and specialty cocktails will also be available. The Bistro will run from 3 pm to 7 pm every Friday and Saturday in October through Oct. 24.
Sunday brunches will run 10 am to 1 pm every Sunday through Oct. 25.
Also, virtual ghost tours begin Friday Oct. 16 from 8 to 9 pm through Oct. 30.  
Veteran tour guide Robert Oakes will lead tours through The Mount, sharing tales of the many eerie encounters that have been reported over the years. 
Reserve tables for the bistro or sign up for the ghost tour at

The Solomon Wright Public Library Open House 

The Solomon Wright Public Library will hold an open house Saturday Oct. 17 to celebrate the recent interior renovations.
The self guided tour of the new library interior will follow COVID -19 safety protocols. Participants will enter the front door, stop at eight socially distant points of interest and exit the rear door of the library. Participants will be required to wear masks. Doors and windows will be open. 
The celebration will include a raffle of a folding wooden bookshelf and a gift certificate to the Where'd You Get That store in Williamstown. Commemorative individually wrapped cookies and bookmarks will cap off the celebration.
The Library's address is 97 Main St. Pownal, VT.

Lenox Library's Distinguished Lecture: "What Will the 2020 Election Say about the United States?"

Dr. Michael Hannahan, director of the University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative, will discuss "What Will the 2020 Election Say about the United States?"
Michael Hannahan has managed over 50 different exchange programs over nearly 15 years and has spoken in Pakistan, Iraq, Indonesia, and Argentina. He has also managed programs in Croatia, Russia, and Bulgaria. Dr. Hannahan's research examines the effects of political campaign activity, especially direct mail and phone banks.
Dr. Hannahan has worked for political parties; managed campaigns and political consulting firms; and served as senior advisor to former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift. He teaches American Political Thought, American Government, Campaign Finance and Reform, and Modern Political Campaigns.
The lecture will take place Sunday Oct. 18 at 4 pm on Zoom .

Community Recreation Association to hold food drive

As part of the effort of "Staying Connected to Our Community," the Community Recreation Association (CRA) is holding a Food Drive on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 9 am to 12 pm to benefit neighbors in need. The drive will be held rain or shine.
Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes and the United Methodist Church Food Banks in Dalton and The First Congregational Church Food Bank in Hinsdale.
For safety, canned goods or non-perishable food items should be left on the curb in front of the Community House at 400 Main Street, Dalton. 
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Community Action Plan


While the responsibility for domestic violence lies with the perpetrators of these crimes, we all play a role in creating a culture of respect and preventing violence. 


Help us raise awareness about domestic violence this month. Commit to action for National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthBelow are some steps you can take. 


1. Add a Facebook Frame to your profile picture:

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2. Stand Out Against Domestic Violence with MICinc


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 5:00PM to 6:30PM

North Adams City Hall

Join Men Initiating Change in North County (MICinc) and Elizabeth Freeman Center as we stand out (or show up) for domestic violence as part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Social distancing and masks are required. Bring a sign or use one of ours!

Check out the Facebook event for more info!

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3. Purple Challenge 


Thursday, October 22, 2020 is National Wear Purple Day

Wearing purple is a simple, yet meaningful way to raise awareness about domestic violence. Get your friends, family members and coworkers to join you in wearing purple.


Snap a selfie! Or take a group shot of your friends/family/co-workers all wearing purple.


Post it on social media with #PurpleChallenge and #DVAM. Don't forget to tag us!

  • Facebook: @ElizabethFreemanCenter
  • Instagram: @Elizabeth_Freeman_Center

4. Call Your Representatives


Advocating for budget priorities and legislative changes can better protect the rights of victims and improve access to services, resources, and justice for survivors. Call your representatives and let them know where you stand on the issues below.


Elizabeth Freeman Center Budget Priorities 

We understand the impact of COVID-19 on our state's revenue has been significant. That said, the complex needs of survivors are only increased by the isolation of this pandemic. EFC is urging the legislature to prioritize the needs of survivors and challenge any cuts to these line items. 


DPH Line Item 4513-1130: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Services 

Total Funding Request: $45,233,631 ($5.38 million increase over H2)

There is a resounding need for programs to increase their advocacy and outreach in order to meet the needs of survivors especially now during the  COVID-19 crisis. Any cuts to sexual and domestic violence service providers would be devastating to the safety and wellbeing of all residents of the Commonwealth.


DPH Line Item 4513-1131: Healthy Relationships Grant Program

Total Funding Request: $1,000,000 (level funding with H2)

Maintain violence prevention education programming to youth across the Commonwealth with an emphasis on programming for marginalized identities, including EFC’s new program with Taconic High School and 18 Degree’s Live Out Loud Youth Project.

State Legislators


Senator Adam Hinds

Phone: (413)344-4561 or (413)768-2373


100 North Street, Suite 410

Pittsfield, MA 01201


Rep. John Barrett, III

Phone: (413)743-8300


8 Park Street

Adams, MA 01220


Rep. Paul Mark

Phone: (413)464-5635


PO Box 114

Dalton, MA 01227


Rep. Smitty Pignatelli

Phone: (413)637-0631


PO Box 2228

Lenox, MA 01240


Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Phone: (413)442-4300


PO Box 3798

Pittsfield, MA 01202

Legislative Priorities


An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access (ROE Act) (S1209/H3320)

Survivors access to all reproductive health options is critical.


An Act Relative to Sexual Violence on Higher Education Campuses (H4418)
Legislation to address policy, prevention and services to student experiencing sexual assault at institutions of higher education.


Act Relative to Healthy Youth (S263/H410
Ensure that sexuality education, when taught, is age appropriate and medically accurate.

An Act to Lift Kids out of Deep Poverty (S36/H102)
Set a floor on cash assistance at 50% of the federal poverty level.

Rights and Safety of All MA Residents (Safe Communities Act) (S1401/H3573) 
Preserve and restore community trust in police by separating law enforcement and immigration, making it safer for survivors to come forward to seek support and services.


5. Like & Share 


Keep up to date with Elizabeth Freeman Center and help us continue to raise awareness by following us on Instagram and Facebook and sharing our posts.

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Elizabeth Freeman Center Statement on Racial Justice

Why Our Anti-Violence Work Is and Must Be Anti-Racist


Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC) stands in solidarity with local, state and national movements, including Black Lives Matter, in demanding civil rights, justice and liberation for our Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.


As the domestic and sexual violence response center for Berkshire County, we at EFC see daily how individual violence and systemic racism are intertwined. Black, Brown and Indigenous people endure more violence, face disbelief or blame when they talk about it, and are often punished by the systems ostensibly there to help, including the police, courts, and state agencies.  Our anti-violence work is – and must be – rooted in anti-racism to combat these realities.  We will continue to fight until the lives, stories, and safety of survivors of color are valued.


Read the full statement here.

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The world changed, but the violence continued.

These are dangerous and unprecedented times. The very necessary steps we take to stop the spread of Coronavirus also create the very conditions that result in increased domestic and sexual violence. And we are seeing it. 


Elizabeth Freeman Center is OPEN! Our hotline is answered 24/7. Our offices are open to help with emergencies, receive walk-ins, provide basic assistance, i.e. food, shelter, safe phones and transportation, and help with forms and protection orders. In addition, our shelter is open and we continue to motel survivors fleeing danger when our shelter is full. 

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